Thursday, July 26, 2012

Political Quotes for Clarity--Words, Truths, and Lies

Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear-- French writer Joseph Joubert 1754-1824
Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell
in such a way that they look forward to the trip.              
Winston Churchill

Men use thought only to justify their wrongdoings, and speech only to conceal their thoughts.  French writer Voltaire 1694-1778
We resent all criticism which denies us anything that lies in our line of advance--American Essayist Ralph waldo Emerson 1803-1882

We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. --Abigail Adams 1735-1826

If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics. American Humorist Will Rogers 1879-1935

People believe anything they read on the Internet if it fits their preconceived notions---Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations... can never effect a reform. Susan B. Anthony

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left....Margaret Thatcher 1925-

 The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race. -- Susan Brownell Anthony 1820-1906

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble,
finding it everywhere,
diagnosing it incorrectly and
applying the wrong remedies."
Groucho Marx

"The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty." F. Ames (speech in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 15 January 1788)

"Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Ronald Reagan, 1911-1981

In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing. samuel clemens- Autobiography of Mark Twain

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."
Virginia Woolf
 {D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few." -- John Adams (An Essay on Man's Lust for Power, 29 August 1763) Reference: Original Intent, Barton (338); original The Papers of
John Adams, Taylor, ed., vol. 1 (83)

The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent
and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all
Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation
of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of
conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment. -- George Washington, 1732-1799 (Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland, 2 December 1783)

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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.-- President Franklin D Roosevelt 1882-1945

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States."
--Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 10 October 1787

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.”--Daniel Patrick Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003) American politician and sociologist

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If we choose only to expose ourselves to opinions and viewpoints that are in line to our own, we become more polarized, more set in our own ways. It will only reinforce and deepen the political divides in our country. But if we choose to actively seek out information that challenges our assumptions and beliefs, perhaps we can begin to understand where the people who disagree with us are coming from. --Barack Obama, University of Michigan Commencement, 2010

 I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. President A. Lincoln-- 1809-1865. 
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.--Ronald Reagan, 1911-1981

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"The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened."
John F. Kennedy
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
Ayn Rand

I usually make up my mind about a man
 in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.--Margaret Thatcher

A Dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up.--Mae West

The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself. 
--Daniel Patrick Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003)  American politician and sociologist
I am accordingly ready; I have pressed as many Cabinet papers into trunks as to fill one carriage; our private property must be sacrificed, as it is impossible to procure wagons for its transportation.-- Dolley Madison 1768-1849

"After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did.
She just did it backwards and in high heels."
Ann Richards

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently
enough, it will be believed.”
― Adolf Hitler
“I have a higher and grander standard of principle
than George Washington.
 He could not lie; I can, but I won't.”
Mark Twain
“Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives,
 but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.”
Barbara Bush
“What you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying.”
Henry Adams
“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
Napoleon Bonaparte
“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.”
Michael Jackson
“Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Anger at lies lasts forever. Anger at truth can't last.”
Greg Evans
But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

When truth is replaced by silence,
the silence is a lie.”
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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