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Aldems' Political Quotations: Apt & Otherwise

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    "A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
       -- Daniel Webster

    "A politician is the devil's quilted anvil; He fashions all sins on him, and the blows are never heard."
       -- John Webster,
The Duchess of Malfi

    "That realm is never long in quiet, where the ruler is a soldier."
       -- John Webster,
The Duchess of Malfi

    "I've always been a big supporter of the Constitutional right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition government for redress of grievances. It's just that I never envisioned it taking the form of thousands of people screaming 'you asshole!' at me."
       -- Lowell Weicker, (R/I-CT)

    "In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed -- they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace and what did that produce….? The cuckoo clock."
       -- Orson Welles

    "In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table."
       -- H. G. Wells

    "The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars."
       -- General William Westmoreland

    "Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."
       -- General William Westmoreland

    "Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome."
       -- Benjamin Whichcote,
Moral and Religious Aphorisms

    "A politician weakly and amiably in the right, is no match for a politician tenaciously and pugnaciously in the wrong."
       -- Edwin Percy Whipple

    "Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time."
       -- E. B. White

    "Politics in America is the binding secular religion."
       -- Theodore H. White

    "I have the thermometer in my mouth and I am listening to it all the time."
       -- William Whitelaw,
British Conservative politician, on party morale, 1974

    "The Labour Party is going about the country stirring up apathy."
       -- William Whitelaw,
British Conservative politician, 1970

    "Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room"
       -- Governor Christie Todd Whitman (R--NJ)

    "We are Democrats, without suffix, prefix, apology or explanation because we believe that we can do better by every single American in this country regardless of sex, creed, color, national origin or sexual orientation.  If we begin to fight over who we are and what we allow, then we will defeat ourselves. And now, there is work to be done…."
       -- Carl Whitmarsh
, Houston Democratic political activist

    "A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time."
       -- Alfred E. Wiggam

    "The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world."
       -- Oscar Wilde

    "Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm."
       -- Oscar Wilde

    "In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever."
       -- Oscar Wilde

    "Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people."
       -- Oscar Wilde

    "As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular."
       -- Oscar Wilde,

    "As one reads history, not in the expurgated editions written for schoolboys and passmen, but in the original authorities of each time, one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime."
       -- Oscar Wilde,
The Soul of Man Under Socialism

    "Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community, and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilization."
       -- Oscar Wilde,
The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891)

    "A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
       -- Oscar Wilde

    "One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards."
       -- Oscar Wilde

    "Everything popular is wrong."
       -- Oscar Wilde

    "The first black president will be a politician who is black."
       -- Governor Doug Wilder (D-VA)

    " Politics is about who wins and loses. The rest is of marginal interest.'
       -- Sean Wilentz,
Princeton history professor

    "Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues."
       -- George F. Will

    "Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good."
       -- George F. Will

    "All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four words in politics are 'up to a point.'"
       -- George F. Will

    "A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience."
       -- George F. Will

    "Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one's friends."
       -- George F. Will

    "You really don't want a president who is a football fan. Football combines the worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings."
       -- George F. Will

    "The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to lose an election."
       -- Earl Wilson

    "A week is a long time in politics."
       -- Harold Wilson,
British prime minister

    "This party is a bit like an old stagecoach. If you drive along at a rapid rate everyone aboard is either so exhilarated or so seasick that you don't have a lot of difficulty."
       -- Harold Wilson,
British prime minister, on the Labour Party

    "Whichever party is in office, the Treasury is in power."
       -- Harold Wilson,
British prime minister

    "One man's wage increase is another man's price increase."
       -- Harold Wilson,
British prime minister

    "The main essentials of a successful prime minister [are] sleep and a sense of history."
       -- Harold Wilson,
British prime minister

    "It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea."
       -- Robert Anton Wilson

    "Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative,' one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary,' one who won't go at all."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is growing or swelling."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "Never attempt to murder a man who is committing suicide."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "There are blessed intervals when I forget by one means or another that I am President of the United States."
       -- Woodrow Wilson

    "Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil."
       -- Mary Shelly Wollstonecraft,
"The French Revolution" 1794

    "An Ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country."
       -- Sir Henry Wotton,
British diplomat, circa 1612

    ""My final warning to you is always pay for your own drinks. All the scandals in the world of politics today have their cause in the despicable habit of swallowing free drinks."
       -- Y. Yakigawa,
President, Kyoto University

    "You can make a throne of bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long."
       -- Boris Yeltsin

       "There are numerous bugbears in the profession of a politician. First, ordinary life suffers. Second, there are many temptations to ruin you and those around you. And I suppose third, and this is rarely discussed, people at the top generally have no friends."
       -- Boris Yeltsin

    "Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."
       -- Frank Zappa

    "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer."
       --Frank Zappa

    "No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves."
       -- John P. Zenger

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