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Aldems' Political Quotations: Apt & Otherwise

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    "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -- after they've tried.
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "I had no idea of the enormous and unquestionably helpful part that humbug plays in the social life of great peoples dwelling in a state of democratic freedom."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "[A politician needs] the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "A fanatic is one who won't change his mind and won't change the subject."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Mr. Gladstone read Homer for fun, which I thought served him right."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "They [the Labour Party] are not fit to manage a whelk stall."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "For with primacy in power is also joined an awe inspiring accountability to the future."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister, March 5th, 1946

    "A world united is better than a world divided, but a world divided is better than a world destroyed."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "If you're going through hell, keep going."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."
       -- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister

    "Avoid any specific discussion of public policy at public meetings."
       -- Quintus Cicero

    "The budget should be balanced, the treasury refilled, public debt reduced, the arrogance of officialdom tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt." 
       -- Quintus Cicero

    "During war, the laws are silent."
       -- Quintus Cicero

    "There's nothing so improves the mood of the Party as the imminent execution of a senior colleague."
       - Alan Clark,
British politician

    "In the end we are all sacked and it's always awful. It is as inevitable as death following life. If you are elevated there comes a day when you are demoted. Even Prime Ministers."
       -- Alan Clark,
British politician

    "There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water."
       -- Alan Clark,
British politician

    "A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you."
       -- Ramsey Clark

    "Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories."
       -- Arthur C. Clarke

    "War is nothing but the continuation of politics with the admixture other means."
       -- General Karl Von Clausewitz

    "Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity."
       -- General Karl Von Clausewitz

    "Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people."
       -- Senator Henry Clay (Whig-KY)

    "If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean."
       -- Senator Henry Clay (Whig-KY)

    "I had rather be right than be President."
       -- Senator Henry Clay (Whig-KY)

    "The folks you help won't remember it and the folks you hurt won't ever forget it."
       -- Bill Clayton,
Texas state representative (D)

    "Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust."
       -- Grover Cleveland, Inaugural Address

    "After an existence of nearly twenty years of almost innocuous desuetude these laws are brought forth."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "No man has ever yet been hanged for breaking the spirit of a law."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "It is a condition which confronts us--not a theory."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "Party honesty is party expediency."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "The communism of combined wealth and capital, the outgrown of overweening cupidity and selfishness which assiduously undermines the justice and integrity of free institutions, is not less dangerous than the communism of oppressed poverty and toil which, exasperated by injustice and discontent, attacks with wide disorder the citadel of misrule."
       -- Grover Cleveland

    "Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel."
       -- Bill Clinton

    "The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense."
       -- Bill Clinton

    "You can put wings on a pig, but you don't make it an eagle."
       -- Bill Clinton

    "I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President."
       -- Bill. Clinton

    "I like the job. That's what I'll miss the most... I'm not sure anybody ever liked this as much as I've liked it."
       -- Bill Clinton

    "It takes a long time to turn a big country around. Just be of good cheer and keep working on it."
       -- Bill Clinton

    "If we disagree and I think I'm right, I just go ahead and do what I think is right. And then she tells me, 'I told you so.'"
       -- Bill Clinton,
on Hillary

    "I believe that a worthwhile life is defined by a kind of spiritual journey and a sense of obligation."
       --Hillary Rodham Clinton

    "You show people what you're willing to fight for when you fight your friends."
        --Hillary Rodham Clinton

    "The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible."
       --Hillary Rodham Clinton

    "In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart."
       --Hillary Rodham Clinton

    "There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace."
       -- Bourke Cockran

    "Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate."
       -- Mark B. Cohen

    "In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure."
       -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    "I've never met a politician who didn't like free publicity."
       -- William Cologie

    "Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases."
       -- James Bryant Conant

    "In the early sixties, we were strong, we were virulent "
       -- Governor John Connally, (D/R TX)

    "When you're out of office, you can be a statesman."
       -- John Connally (D/R TX),
former governor

    "When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results."
       -- Calvin Coolidge

    "If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it."
       -- Calvin Coolidge

    "Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still."
       -- Calvin Coolidge

    "Never go out to meet trouble. If you just sit still, nine cases out of ten, someone will intercept it before it reaches you."
       -- Calvin Coolidge

    "In the discharge of the duties of this office, there is one rule of action more important than all others. It consists in never doing anything that someone else can do for you."
       -- Calvin Coolidge

    "The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct."
       -- Calvin Coolidge

    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business."
       -- Calvin Coolidge

    "The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it."
       -- Joseph Conrad,
Heart of Darkness

    "Let others make war, you happy Austria marry, for kingdoms  given to others by Mars, Venus will give to you."
       -- Mathias Corvinus

    "Never make people laugh. If you would succeed in life, you must be solemn, solemn as an ass. All great monuments are built over solemn asses."
       -- Senator Thomas Corwin (Whig-OH)

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