The work of internal government has become the task of controlling the thousands of fifth-rate men.
-- Henry B. Adams


I didn't accept it. I received it.
-- Richard Allen, National Security Advisor to President Reagan, explaining the $1000 in cash and two watches he was given by two Japanese journalists after he helped arrange a private interview for them with First Lady Nancy Reagan.


I don't know exactly what democracy is. But we need more of it.
-- Anonymous Chinese Student, during protests in Tianamen Square, Beijing, 1989


Republican boys date Democratic girls. They plan to marry Republican girls, but feel they're entitled to a little fun first.
-- Anonymous


Asking politicians to vote themselves out of power is like asking rabbits not to multiply, it ain't natural.
-- Bob Beckel, on term limits, CBS This Morning, 3/30/95


CAPITAL, n. The seat of misgovernment. That which provides the fire, the pot, the dinner, the table and the knife and fork for the anarchist; the part of the repast that himself supplies is the disgrace before meat.
-- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911


People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
-- Otto von Bismarck


Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.
-- George Burns


Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
-- Samuel Butler


Just buy a box of popcorn and a Coca-Cola and sit back and watch.
-- James Carville, Clinton advisor, offering advice for Democrats on the term-limits vote in the House


Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
-- Wynn Catlin, also attributed to Will Rogers


I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals...
-- G. K. Chesterton


Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
-- Winston Churchill


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
-- Winston Churchill


Sir, I would rather be right than be President.
-- Henry Clay, Speech, 1850, referring to the Compromise Measure


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


When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
-- Clarence Darrow


The multitude is always in the wrong.
-- Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscommon, 1684


Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
-- Paulo Freire


A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
-- Robert Frost


Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
-- John Kenneth Galbraith


Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.
-- John Kenneth Galbraith


The marriage of Marxism and feminism has been like the marriage of husband and wife depicted in English common law: Marxism and feminism are one, and that one is Marxism.
-- Heidi Hartmann, The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism


Tauzin backs term limits -- But he thinks it's a bad idea.
-- Headline, story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Feb 20, 1995


We need a president who's fluent in at least one language.
-- Buck Henry


What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
-- Adolf Hitler


The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
-- Robert Hutchins, GREat Books, 1954


Asking an incumbent member of ConGREss to vote for term limits is a bit like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders.
-- Bob Inglis, 1995


All over Washington today, the politicians and the power brokers are happy. In fact, if you listen closely, you can hear the sound of champagne corks popping.
-- Paul Jacob, Term Limits Executive Director


The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
-- Thomas Jefferson


Do you not know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled?
-- Pope Julius III


The crime bill passed by the Senate would reinstate the Federal death penalty for certain violent crimes: assassinating the President; hijacking an airliner; and murdering a government poultry inspector.
-- Knight Ridder News Service dispatch


Eh! Je suis leur chef, il fallait bien les suivre. (Ah well! I am their leader, I really ought to follow them.)
-- Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin


Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.
-- John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy, 1981-1987


Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today?
1) Writing his memoirs of the Civil War.
2) Advising the President.
3) Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin.
-- David Letterman


As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
-- Abraham Lincoln


No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
-- Abraham Lincoln


Jimmy Carter as President is like Truman Capote marrying Dolly Parton. The job is just too big for him.
-- Rich Little


Politics have no relation to morals.
-- Niccolo Machiavelli


It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
-- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince


Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.
-- Groucho Marx


It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
-- Eugene McCarthy


If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
-- H. L. Mencken


In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
-- H. L. Mencken


Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule--and both commonly succeed, and are right.
-- H. L. Mencken


Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
-- John Stuart Mill


My father was a minister. I had to make up for the lack of sin.
-- Milwuakee mayor, on why he became a politician


Intelligence has nothing to do with politics.
-- Londo Molari


Watching the debate this afternoon it was apparent they loved term limits in the House -- as Brutus loved Caesar.
-- Bill Moyers


Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
-- George Jean Nathan


We do not have censorship. What we have is a limitation on what newspapers can report.
-- Louis Nel, Deputy Minister of Information, South Africa


Oregon Democratic Senate candidate Tom Bruggere, in describing his support for comprehensive health care during a candidates' forum, said he supported "erection-to-resurrection" coverage. He later amended that to "cradle to grave."
-- News report


The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.
-- P. J. O'Rourke


When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
-- P. J. O'Rourke


Public office is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
-- Boies Penrose, 1931


If we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any war.
-- Pentagon official, on why US military censored graphic footage from the Gulf War


I know I'm not in government anymore. In fact I'm out of work.
-- Ronald Reagan, Former U.S. President, on a speaking tour of Japan, 1989


Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
-- Ronald Reagan, Saturday Evening Post, 1965


A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
-- James Reston


Politics is for people who have a passion for changing life but lack a passion for living it.
-- Tom Robbins


What is politics, after all, but the compulsion to preside over property and make other peoples' decisions for them?
-- Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All


I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!
-- Will Rogers


The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How's the President?"
-- Will Rogers


There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators.
-- Will Rogers


This country has come to feel the same when ConGREss is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
-- Will Rogers


The Republicans have a new healthcare proposal: Just say NO to illness!
-- Mark Russell


If God had meant us to vote, He would have given us candidates.
-- Seen on a bumper sticker


A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw


Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
-- George Bernard Shaw


Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for the appointment by the corrupt few.
-- George Bernard Shaw


If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
-- Harry Shearer


In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
-- Adlai Stevenson


The best reason I can think of for not running for President of the United States is that you have to shave twice a day.
-- Adlai Stevenson


Hey, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!
-- Dr. Strangelove


When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment... it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands.
-- Margaret Thatcher, on the Falklands Conflict


That government is best which governs least.
-- Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, 1849


Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
-- Harry S. Truman


The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy - give one and take ten.
-- Mark Twain


Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
-- Oscar Wilde


When making public policy decisions about new technologies for the Government, I think one should ask oneself which technologies would best strengthen the hand of a police state. Then, do not allow the Government to deploy those technologies.
-- Philip Zimmermann


The fantasy which serves as a support for the figure of the Stalinist Communist is therefore exactly the same as the fantasy which is at work in the Tom and Jerry cartoons.
-- Slavoj Zizek


Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
-- Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet


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