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Aldems' Political Quotations: Apt & Otherwise

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as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt 

    "If you have any interests you can gain a wider audience for those interests while the goldfish bowl is yours!"
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "...real prosperity can only come when everybody prospers."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "I wonder if Communists occupied in producing plays are not safer than Communists starving to death. I have always felt that whatever your beliefs might be, if you could earn enough to keep body and soul together and had to be pretty busy doing that, you would not be very apt to have time to plot the overthrow of any existing government."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "...the things you refuse to meet today always come back at you later on, usually under circumstances which make the decision twice as difficult as it originally was."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me 'understand' something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"...without equality there can be no democracy."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "...what one has to do usually can be done."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die."
       -- Eleanor Roosevelt ~

    "I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "He may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch"
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
on Anastasio Somoza   

    "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes strong than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads, allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "There is nothing I love as much as a good fight."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made."
       -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "If I were a factory employee, a workman on the railroads or a wage-earner of any sort, I would undoubtedly join the union of my trade. If I disapproved of its policy, I would join in order to fight that policy; if the union leaders were dishonest, I would join in order to put them out. I believe in the union and I believe that all men who are benefited by the union are morally bound to help to the extent of their power in the common interests advanced by the union."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt,
Autobiography

    "Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst,if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft."
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "Secretary [of War] Stanton used to get out of patience with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning men who ought to be shot."
       -- Senator Elihu Root (R-NY)

    "The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices."
       -- Francois de La Rouchfoucauld

    "It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can."
       -- Jean- Jacque Rousseau

    "It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living."
       -- Jean Jacques Rousseau ~

    "A minority group has 'arrived' only when it has the right to produce some fools and scoundrels without the entire group paying for it."
       -- Carl T. Rowan

     "Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something."
       -- Dean Rusk

    "I look upon those pitiful concretions of lime and clay which spring up, in mildewed forwardness, out of the kneaded fields about our capital ... not merely with the careless disgust of an offended eye, not merely with sorrow for a desecrated landscape, but with a painful foreboding that the roots of our national greatness must be deeply cankered when they are thus loosely struck in their native ground.... The crowded tenements of a struggling and restless population differ only from the tents of the Arab or the Gipsy by their less healthy openness to the air of heaven, and less happy choice of their spot of earth; by their sacrifice of liberty without the gain of rest, and of stability without the luxury of change."
       -- John Ruskin,
The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849)

    "How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty: most treacherous, indeed, of all phantoms; for the feeblest ray of reason might surely show us, that not only its attainment, but its being, was impossible….. There is no such thing in the universe. There can never be. The stars have it not; the earth has it not; the sea has it not; and we men have the mockery and semblance of it only for our heaviest punishment."
       - John Ruskin,
The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849)

    "Since first the dominion of men was asserted over the ocean, three thrones, of mark beyond all others, have been set upon its sands: the thrones of Tyre, Venice, and England. Of the First of these great powers only the memory remains; of the Second, the ruin; the Third, which inherits their greatness, if it forget their example, may be led through prouder eminence to less pitied destruction.''
.       -- John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice I (1851)

    "[For men] to feel their souls withering within them, unthanked, to find their whole being sunk into an unrecognized abyss, to be counted off into a heap of mechanism numbered with its wheels, and weighed with its hammer strokes -- this, nature bade not, -- this, God blesses not, -- this, humanity for no long time is able to endure.''
       -- John Ruskin,
The Stones of Venice I (1851)

    "The great cry that rises from all our manufacturing cities, louder than the furnace blast, is all in very deed for this -- that we manufacture everything there except men."
       -- John Ruskin,
The Stones of Venice II (1853)

    "We have much studied and much perfected, of late, the great civilized invention of the division of labour; only we give it a false name. It is not, truly speaking, the labour that is divided; but the men."
       --John Ruskin,
The Stones of Venice II (1853)

    "You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil."
       -- John Ruskin,
The Two Paths (1859)

    "The essence of lying is in deception, not in words."
       -- John Ruskin,
Modern Painters V (1860)

    "… no human actions ever were intended by the Maker of men to be guided by balances of expediency, but by balances of justice."
       -- John Ruskin,
Unto This Last (1862)

    "Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons."
       -- John Ruskin,
Unto This Last (1862)

    "Whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared that the rich have no right to the property of the poor."
       -- John Ruskin,
Unto This Last (1862)

    "Production does not consist in things laboriously made, but in things serviceably consumable; and the question for the nation is not how much labour it employs, but how much life it produces."
       -- John Ruskin,
Unto This Last (1862)

    "But I beg you to observe that there is a wide difference between being captains or governors of work, and taking the profits of it. It does not follow, because you are general of an army, that you are to take all the treasure, or land, it wins; (if it fight for treasure or land); neither, because you are king of a nation, that you are to consume all the profits of the nation's work."
       -- John Ruskin,
Traffic (1864)

    "The Athenians had an 'Athena Agoraia', or Athena of the Market; but she was a subordinate type of their goddess, while our Britannia Agoraia is the principal type of ours. And all your great architectural works are, of course, built to her. It is long since you built a great cathedral; and how you would laugh at me if I proposed building a cathedral on the top of one of these hills of yours, to make it an Acropolis! But your railroad mounds, vaster than the walls of Babylon; your railroad stations, vaster than the temple of Ephesus, and innumerable; your chimneys, how much more mighty and costly than cathedral spires! Your harbour-piers; your warehouses; your exchanges! --all these are built to your great Goddess of 'Getting-on'; and she has formed, and will continue to form, your architecture, as long as you worship her."
       -- John Ruskin,
Traffic (1864)

    "The rest is silence. Last words of the chief wisdom of the heathen, spoken of this idol of riches; this idol of yours; this golden image, high

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