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Aldems' Political Quotations: Apt & Otherwise

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    "Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair."
       -- George Burns

    "A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword."
       -- Robert Burton,
The Anatomy of Melancholy

    "You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord."
       -- Barbara Bush

    "I'll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most."
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it."
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "You cannot be President of the United States if you don't have faith. Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial in the Civil War and all that stuff."
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "I'm going to be so much better a president for having been at the CIA that you're not going to believe it"
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "But let me tell you, this gender thing is history. You're looking at a guy who sat down with Margaret Thatcher across the table and talked about serious issues."
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another."
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "It's a very good question, very direct, and I'm not going to answer it."
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "There are things we can do to give us a little more attention.... I've got to look more frantic."
       -- George H. W. Bush,
1987, (speaking to his aides)

    "I have opinions of my own -- strong opinions --but I don't always agree with them.
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."
       -- George H. W. Bush

    "Please don't ask me to do that which I've just said I'm not going to do, because you're burning up time. The meter is running through the sand on you, and I am now filibustering."
       --George H. W. Bush

    "I am not one who -- who flamboyantly believes in throwing a lot of words around."
       --George H. W. Bush

    "It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."
       -- George W Bush,
May 5th, 2000

    "People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I'll give you an example; I don't read what's handed to me. People say, 'Here, here's your speech, or here's an idea for a speech.' They're changed. Trust me."
       -- George W. Bush,
2000

    "This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve."
       -- George W. Bush,
2000

    "I don't make any apologies for what I do on the campaign trail."
       -- George W. Bush

    "It's exciting; I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes."
       -- George W. Bush,
asked by a Des Moines, Iowa fifth-grader how it felt to run for president,.

    "I am the right."
       -- George W. Bush,
campaigning in South Carolina 2000

    "You know, there are a lot of would-be governors of Texas sitting around today who never took the opportunity to get into a race when the time was right. If George is good at anything, it's timing."
       -- Laura Bush,
1994

    "Politics is largely a matter of heart."
       -- R. A. Butler

    "In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves."
       -- R. A. Butler

    "Men readily believe what they want to believe."
       -- Julius Caesar,
Commentaries

    "If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it."
       -- Julius Caesar

    "All bad precedents began as justifiable measures."
       -- Julius Caesar
as quoted by Sallust in The Conspiracy of Catiline

    "Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them."
       -- Arman de Caillavet,
1913

    "Protection and patriotism are reciprocal."
       - John C. Calhoun

    "Would that the Roman people had but one neck!"
       -- Caligula

    "A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice."
       -- James Callaghan

    "An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought."
       -- Simon Cameron

    "The only justification of the [House of] Lords is its irrationality; once you try to make it rational, you satisfy no one."
       -- Lord Campbell of Eskan,
1982

    "Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic."
       -- Albert Camus

    "Away with the cant of 'Measures not men!'--the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along."
       - George Canning,
British prime minister

    "Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow the skunks to choose the weapons."
       -- House Speaker Joe Cannon (R-IL)

    "Don't you get the idea I'm one of those goddam radicals. Don't get the idea I'm knocking the American system."
       -- Al Capone

    "It's the middle class that feels the luxury of being able to have causes."
       -- Orson Scott Card

    "Herman Brown was a businessman who wanted value for money spent. His relationships with politicians were measured by that criterion."
       -- Robert Caro,
1982, The Path to Power

    "If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing."
       -- John le Carre

    "Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread."
       -- Jimmy Carter

    "Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom."
       -- Jimmy Carter

    "If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement."
       -- Jimmy Carter

    "Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future."
       -- Jimmy Carter

    "Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."
       -- Jimmy Carter

    "To deal with individual human needs at the everyday level can be noble sometimes."
       -- Jimmy Carter

    "Don't worry about polls, but if you do, don't admit it."
       -- Rosalynn Carter

    "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be."
       -- Rosalynn Carter

    "The trouble with radicals is that they only read radical literature, and there trouble with conservatives is that they don't read anything ."
       -- Thomas Nixon Carver

    "In politics, guts is all."
       -- Barbara Castle

    "No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion"
       -- Carrie Chapman Catt

    "[Compromise:] An agreement between two men to do what both agree is wrong."
       -- Lord Edward Cecil

    "Laws cannot be imposed on him who is the master of the law."
       -- Benvenuto Cellini,
Autobiography

    "When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome."
       -- Miguel de Cervantes Saave

    "There are only two families in the world, my old grandmother used to say, the Haves and the Have-nots."
       -- Miguel de Cervantes Saave

    "Action based only on principles isn't always good even if it feels good."
       -- John Chancellor

    "The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought."
       -- John Jay Chapman

    "Never make a defense or apology before you be accused."
       -- King Charles I

    "People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader -- occasionally in the right direction."
       -- Alexander Chase

    "The mind of a horse is a very limited concern, relying almost entirely upon memory. He rivals our politicians in that he has little real intellect. Consequently, when the pony was faced with conditions different from those to which he was accustomed, he showed little adaptability."
       -- Apsley Cherry-Garrard,
The Worst Journey in the World

    "Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them."
       -- Lord Chesterfield

    "Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated."
       -- G. K. Chesterton

    "'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'"
       -- G. K. Chesterton

    "The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all."
       -- G. K. Chesterton

    "Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead."
       -- G. K. Chesterton

    "All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change."
       -- G. K. Chesterton

"I don't know exactly what democracy is. But we need more of it."
       -- Chinese Student, Tianamen Square, 1989

    "[When people] say 'let's do something about it,' they mean 'let's get hold of the political machinery so that we can do something to somebody else.' And that somebody is invariably you."
       -- Frank Chodorov,
1949

      "One of the greatest Romans, when asked where were his politics, replied, 'Imperium et libertas' ['Empire and liberty' (Cicero)]. That would not make a bad programme for a British Ministry."
       -- Sir Randolph Churchill

    "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best'. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "An efficient and a successful administration manifests itself equally in small as in great matters."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time--a tremendous whack."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    " [Neville Chamberlain] looked at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

 
  "At the depths of that dusty soul there is nothing but abject surrender."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister, on Neville Chamberlain

    "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. "
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister, 1915

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