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Aldems' Political Quotations: Apt & Otherwise

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       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    "When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were."
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    "Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    "Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole."
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    "I'm an idealist without illusions."
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    "We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    "...we must think and act not only for the moment but for our time. I am reminded of the story of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon.'"
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    "For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy,

    "One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "Democracy is no easy form of government. Few nations have been able to sustain it. For it requires that we take the chances of freedom; that the liberating play of reason be brought to bear on events filled with passion; that dissent be allowed to make its appeal for acceptance; that men chance error in their search for the truth."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy,
South Africa, 1966:

    "It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black "
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?"
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "Now I can go back to being ruthless."
        -- Robert F. Kennedy
(after winning his New York Senate race)

    "And as long as America must choose, that long will there be a need and a place for the Democratic Party. We Democrats can run on our record but we cannot rest on it. We will win if we continue to take the initiative and if we carry the message of hope and action throughout the country. Alexander Smith once said, 'A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.' Let us continue to plant, and our children shall reap the harvest. That is our destiny as Democrats."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts -- spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. . . . There was only one gift he held back -- length of life. "
       -- Rose Kennedy

    "Owning your own home is America's unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time."
       -- Florence King

    "The Negro's great stumbling block in the drive toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality .... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Cowardice asks, is it safe? Expediency asks, is it politic? Vanity asks, is it popular? But conscience asks, is it right? There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him, it is right."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."
       -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards."
       -- Neil Kinnock,
British Labour Party leader

    "The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer."
       -- Henry Kissinger

    "Power is the great aphrodisiac."
       -- Henry Kissinger

    "Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."
       -- Henry Kissinger

    "There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full."
       -- Henry Kissinger

    "I have been underestimated for decades. I have done very well that way."
       -- Helmut Kohl

    "The avalanche has already started. It is too late for the pebble to vote."
       -- Ambassador Kosh"
[Babylon 5]

    "[Among conservatives] there's been too much pseudo-populism, almost too much concern and attention for, quote, 'the people'.... After all, we conservatives are on the side of the lords and barons.... We...are pulling up the drawbridge against the peasants."
       -- William Kristol

    "Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges, even where there are no rivers."
       -- Nikita Khrushchev

    "Revolutions are not made for export."
       -- Nikita Khrushchev

    "If we were to promise people nothing better than only revolution, they would scratch their heads and say: 'Is it not better to have good goulash?'"
       -- Nikita Khrushchev

"If you cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen."
       -- Nikita Khrushchev

    "The crime bill passed by the Senate would reinstate the Federal death penalty for certain violent crimes: assassinating the President; hijacking an airliner; and murdering a government poultry inspector."
       -- Knight Ridder News Service dispatch

    "He must fear many, whom many fear."
       -- Laberius

    "Millions of votes are thrown out in election after election in this country. Now that's a story."
       - Andrew Lack,
president of NBC News

    "We should realize that the average family in America spends five minutes a week on politics."
       -- Celinda Lake,
Democratic pollster

    "The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs."
       - Alphonse de Lamartine,
French President

    "Politics, like theater, is one of those things where you've got to be wise enough to know when to leave."
       -- Governor Richard Lamm (D-CO)

    "The wise become as the unwise in the enchanted chambers of Power, whose lamps make every face the same colour."
       -- Walter Savage Landor

    "Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions, many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly?"
       -- Lewis Lapham

    "They should have picked a different city to name after a man who reputedly never told a lie."
       -- Doug Larson, "Senator Soaper"

    "Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management."
       -- Doug Larson,
"Senator Soaper"

    "In politics, familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It breeds votes."
       -- Paul Lazarsfeld

    "Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.
       -- Dennis Leary

    "... after you have once ridden behind a motorcycle escort, you are never the same again"
       -- Senator Herbert H. Lehman (D-NY)

    "Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat."
       -- John Lehman

    "There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel."
       -- Vladimir Lenin

    "Bob Dole revealed he is one of the test subjects for Viagra. He said on
Larry King, 'I wish I had bought stock in it.' Only a Republican would think the best part of Viagra is the fact that you could make money off of it."
       -- Jay Leno

    "President Bush spent the day calling names he couldn't pronounce in countries he never knew existed."
       -- .Jay Leno,

    "Ask a man which way he is going to vote, and he will probably tell you. Ask him, however, why, and vagueness is all."
       -- Bernard Levin

    "Men still have to be governed by deception."
       -- G. C. Lichtenberg

    "It is hard to say why politicians are called servants, unless it is because a good one is hard to find."
       -- Gerald F. Lieberman

    "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
       -- Abraham Lincoln

    "The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to

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