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Aldems' Political Quotations: Apt & Otherwise

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qualities to be found in public life."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "There is no index of character so sure as the voice."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

"Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "I never deny; I never confradict. I sometimes forget."        -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister, (on dealing with Queen Victoria)

    "Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "Never complain and never explain."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory."
       -- Benjamin Disraeli,
British prime minister

    "If heroes do not exist, it is necessary to invent them. Good for public morale."
Doctor Who

    "You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common, they don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit the views, which can be uncomfortable, if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering."
Doctor Who

    "Every great decision creates ripples--like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences."
Doctor Who (Ben Aaronovich)

    "We're trying to get good pictures. Don't worry very much about what I say."
       -- Senator Bob Dole, (R-KS)
May 1996

    "Think I'll win. Could be big."
       -- Senator Bob Dole, (R-KS)

    "Our intent will not be to create gridlock. Oh, except maybe from time to time."
       -- Senator Bob Dole (R-KS)

    "The House looks like more fun. It's like the
Donahue show. The Senate is like one of those Sunday morning public service programs."
       -- Phil Donahue

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
       -- Frederick Douglass

    "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
       -- Frederick Douglass

    "Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."
       -- Frederick Douglass

    "The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it."
       -- Edward Dowling

    "They that possess the prince possess the laws."
       -- John Dryden

    "There are no friends at cards or world politics."
       -- Finley Peter Dunne

    "In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order."
       -- Will Durant

    "One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say."
       -- Will Durant

    "History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."
       -- Abba Eban

    "We can't tell our left from right
But we know we love extremes"
       -- Echo and the Bunnymen,
"Back of Love"

    "Your golden smile would shame a politician."
       -- Echo and the Bunnymen,
Show of Strength

    "Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
       -- Murray Edelman,
Politics as Symbolic Action, p. 1

    "Everyone is always in favour of general economy and particular expenditure."
       -- Anthony Eden,
British prime minister

    "I plan to stand up and be counted. And the thing I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna do what we're gonna do right now. I'm going to the people and say, 'Now this is what I'm trying to do.' And I'm going to do this because I believe the people need representation."
       -- Paul Eggers,
Texas gubernatorial candidate (R)

    "I was raised the old-fashioned way, with a stern set of moral principles: Never lie, cheat, steal or knowingly spread a venereal disease. Never speed up to hit a pedestrian or, or course, stop to kick a pedestrian who has already been hit. From which it followed, of course, that one would never ever - on pain of deletion from dozens of Christmas card lists across the country - vote Republican."
       -- Barbara Ehrenreich

    "The only truly new ideas [the right] has come up with in the last twenty years are (1) supply side economics, which is a way of redistributing the wealth upward toward those who already have more than they know what to do with, and (2) creationism, which is a parallel idea for redistributing ignorance out from its fundamentalist strongholds to those who know more than they need to."
       -- Barbara Ehrenreich

    ""Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions."
       -- Albert Einstein

    "An empty stomach is not a good political adviser."
       -- Albert Einstein

    "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking. .... The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."
       -- Albert Einstein

    "Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity."
       -- Albert Einstein

    "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
       -- Dwight David Eisenhower

    "You don't lead by hitting people over the head--that's assault, not leadership."
       -- Dwight David Eisenhower

    "I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."
       -- Dwight David Eisenhower

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
       -- Dwight David Eisenhower,

    "Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy."
       -- Dwight David Eisenhower

    "Oh, that lovely title, ex-president."
       -- Dwight David Eisenhower

    "Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one."
       -- Dwight David Eisenhower

    "Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
       -- Dwight David Eisenhower

    "The British Constitution has always been puzzling and always will be."
       -- Queen Elizabeth II

    "If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to bind, imprison and destroy."
       -- Ralph Ellison

    "Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well. What satire on government can equal the severity of censure conveyed in the word
politics ….?"
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservation and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made."
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Washington, where an insignificant individual may trespass on a nation's time."
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking."
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1831

    "Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Once you get past the ethics, the rest is easy."
       -- "J. R. Ewing",

    "I am an optimist. If I ever quit being an optimist, I guess I'll become a Republican."
       -- State Senator Ray Farabee ,(D-Wichita Falls, TX)

    "I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns and women join the unqualified men in running our government."
       -- State Rep. Sissy Farenthold, (D-Corpus Christi, TX)

    "Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want."
       -- Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 

    "Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it."
       -- Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 

    "All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers …. Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born."
       -- Francois Fenelon

    "I should have had a circuitous answer; that was a non-answer."
       -- Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY)

    "Democracy no longer works for the poor if politicians treat them as a separate race."
       -- Frank Field

    "May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not."
       -- Millard Fillmore

    "Nothing commends a radical change to an Englishman more than the belief that it is really conservative."
       -- H. A. L. Fisher,

    "This strategy represents our policy for all time. Until it's changed."
       -- Marlin Fitzwater,
George H. W. Bush press secretary

   "…President [Bush] believes that [high-energy consumption] is an American way of life, and that it should be the goal of policymakers to protect the American way of life. The American way of life is a blessed one."
       -- Ari Fleischer,
George W. Bush Presidential spokesman, May, 2001

    "Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper."
       -- Larry Flynt

    "Politics is my hobby. Smut is my vocation."
       -- Larry Flynt

    "He's passed from rising hope to elder statesman without any intervening period whatsoever."
       -- Michael Foot

    "When a man runs for office, he ought to expect the roof to fall in on him."
       -- Charles Ford,
Texas oilman

    "If Lincoln were alive today, he'd be turning over in his grave."
       -- Gerald R. Ford

    "When a society fosters as much crime and destitution as ours, with ample resources to meet the actual necessities of every one, there must be something radically wrong, not in the society but in the foundation upon which society is reared."
       -- T. Thomas Fortune

    "A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It does not haggle over expenditures on armaments and military equipment. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain."
       -- Anatole France (Jacques Anatole François Thibault),
French critic and writer

    "[The poor] have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
       -- Anatole France (Jacques Anatole François Thibault),
French critic and writer

    "A minister who moves about in society is in a position to read the signs of the times even in a festive gathering, but one who remains shut up in his office learns nothing."
       -- Etienne François, Duc de Choiseul

    "It is difficult to attack me directly on religion because I never speak of it. Formally I am a strict observer of decorum and in public affairs it

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