Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Words I Wish I Wrote: 20 Thought-Provoking And Laugh-Inducing Quotes About Politics

No preamble necessary. Here we go...

1)  "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."  ~  Plato, philosopher

2)  "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand."  ~  Milton Friedman, economist

3)  "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."  ~  John F. Kennedy, President

4)  "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."  ~  Emma Goldman, political activist

5)  "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."  ~  Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father

6)  "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself."  ~  Mark Twain, writer

7)  "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."  ~  Noam Chomsky, philosopher

8)  "A fool and his money are soon elected."  ~  Will Rogers, humorist

9)  "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."  ~  Dante Alighieri, poet

10)  "Any American who is prepared to run for President should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so."  ~  Gore Vidal, writer

11)  "Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink, and make the combination worthless."  ~  Milton Friedman, economist

12)  "Politics have no relation to morals."  ~  Niccolo Macchiavelli, writer

13)  "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."  ~  John Quincy Adams, President

14)  "Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed."  ~  Mao Tse-Tung, Chinese politician

15)  "If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable."  ~  Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court justice

16)  "Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated."  ~  Will Rogers, humorist

17)  "America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration."  ~  Warren G. Harding, President

18)  "Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least."  ~  Robert Byrne, politician

19)  "Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."  ~  Henry A. Kissinger, Secretary of State

20)  "Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote."  ~  William E. Simon, Secretary of Treasury

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