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Aldems' Political Quotations: Apt & Otherwise

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    "No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach."
       -- William Cowper

    "Disloyalty is the secret weapon of the Tory Party."
       -- Julian Critchley

    "Like Marxism, Thatcherism is, in fact, riddled with contradictions. Mrs. Thatcher, on the other hand, is free of doubt; she is the label on the can of worms."
       -- Julian Critchley

    "She cannot see an institution without hitting it with her handbag."
       -- Julian Critchley
(on Mrs. Thatcher)

    "No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going. Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking. Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged."
       -- Oliver Cromwell

    "To be a great president, you have to have a war. All the great presidents have had their wars."
       -- Admiral James Crowe,
1990

    "The President has apologized for his activities with Monica Lewinsky. These were too little, too late, in my opinion."                 
       -- Rep. Barbara Cubin, (R-WY)

    "People expect Byzantine, Machiavellian logic from politicians. But the truth is simple. Trial lawyers learn a good rule: 'Don't decide what you don't have to decide.' That's not evasion, it's wisdom."
       -- Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY)

    'You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose."
       -- Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY)

    "There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory."
       -- Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY)

    "What is inherently wrong with the word 'politician' if the fellow has devoted his life to holding public office and trying to do something for his people?"
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "Good government is good politics."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "Television and radio do a wonderful job in focusing attention on the problems of our society."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "Power is dangerous unless you have humility."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "Even the Lord had skeptical members of His party."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "Look at our Lords disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government?"
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "We as Democrats have no apologies to make to anyone."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "The Democratic Party is the party that opened its arms. We opened them to every nationality, every creed. We opened them to the immigrants. The Democratic Party is the party of the people."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "Don't worry if they're Democrats or Republicans. Give them service and they'll become Democrats"
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor (on the electorate)

    "We all like to hear a man speak out on his convictions and principles. But at the same time, you must understand that when you're running on a ticket, you're running with a team."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

   
"Return to the fundamentals of politics -- sell our story door to door."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "No poll can equal the day-to-day visits of the men and women of the Democratic Party."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "They have vilified me, they have crucified me; yes, they have even criticized me."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "The strength of the Democratic Party of Cook County is not something that just happened."
       -- Richard J. Daley,
Chicago mayor

    "And yet, seasons must be taken with a grain of salt, for they too have a sense of humor, as does history. Corn stalks comedy, comedy stalks tragedy, and this too is historic. And yet, still, when corn meets tragedy face to face, we have politics."
       -- Grey Dalglish, Pete Larsen and Malcolm Sutherland,
Root Crops and
Ground Cover

    "Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything."
       -- Frank Dane

    "Rome had Senators too, that's why it declined."
       -- Frank Dane

    "The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time."
       -- Angela Davis

    'What this country needs is more unemployed politicians."
       -- Angela Davis

    "Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule."
       -- Jefferson Davis,
President of the Confederacy

    "If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone:
Died of a Theory."
       -- Jefferson Davis,
President of the Confederacy

    "The media I've had a lot to do with is lazy. We fed them and they ate it every day."
       -- Michael Deaver,
deputy chief of staff to Ronald Reagan

    "It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it."
       -- Eugene Victor Debs

    "When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right."
       -- Eugene V. Debs

    "I am not a political figure, nor do I want to be one; but I come with my heart."
       -- Diana, Princess of Wales

    "The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."
       -- Philip K. Dick

    "Keep up appearances whatever you do."
       -- Charles Dickens

     "I've got all of my enemies here in the Cabinet where I can keep an eye on them."
       -- John Diefenbaker,
Canadian prime minister

    "I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times."
       -- Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL)

    "If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Frank and explicit--that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "The very phrase 'foreign affairs' makes an Englishman convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "An insular country, subject to fogs, and with a powerful middle class, requires grave statesmen."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "I repeat... that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "
I say that justice is truth in action."
       - Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister, speech, 1851

    "The palace is not safe when the cottage is not happy."
         -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister
 
    "The secret of success is constancy to purpose."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "It is much easier to be critical than to be correct."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

   
"We cannot learn men from books."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    'What we anticipate seldom occurs: but what we least expect generally happens."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Never take anything for granted."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "A precedent embalms a principle."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Man is not the creature of circumstances; circumstances are the creatures of men."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "The Duke of Wellington brought to the post of first minister immortal fame, --a quality of success which would almost seem to include all others."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "[William Gladstone] has not a single redeeming defect."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "The difference between a misfortune and a calamity? If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, it would be a calamity."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Posterity will do justice to that unprincipled maniac Gladstone -- extraordinary mixture of envy, vindictiveness, hypocrisy and superstition; and with one commanding characteristic -- whether Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition, whether preaching, praying, speechifying or scribbling -- never a gentleman."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

   
"Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "'A sound Conservative government,' said Taper, musingly. 'I understand: Tory men and Whig measures.'"
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister, Coningby (1844)

    "Real politics are the possession and distribution of power."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "We should never lose an occasion. Opportunity is more powerful even than conquerors and prophets."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "In politics nothing is contemptible."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth."
       - Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Finality is not the language of politics."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "There is no gambling like politics."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "A majority is always better than the best repartee."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "As for our majority… one is enough."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "
No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Damn your principles! Stick to your party."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all

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