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Political Quotations – Set 8


  1. People who never get carried away should be. – Malcolm S. Forbes, American publisher (1919-1990)
  2. Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life. – Eugene O’Neill, American playwright (1888-1953)
  3. He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak. – Michel De Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)
  4. No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. – Thomas Mann, German author (1875-1955)
  5. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
  6. Life is an adventure in forgiveness. – Norman Cousins, author and editor (1915-1990)
  7. Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral. – Rosalind Russell, American actress (1911-1976)
  8. If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy, 35th US president (1917-1963)
  9. Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of the few; and number not voices, but weigh them. – Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (1724-1804)
  10. Those who nobly set out to be their brother’s keeper sometimes end up by becoming his jailer. Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every truth easily becomes a lie. – I.F. Stone, American journalist (1907-1989)
  11. Don’t be humble; you’re not that great. – Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister (1898-1978)
  12. It wasn’t until quite late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say ‘I don’t know.’ – W. Somerset Maugham, English writer (1874-1965)
  13. Dalton’s records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war. – Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)
  14. After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless. – Chinese proverb
  15. Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be! – Miguel de Cervantes, writer (1547-1616)
  16. You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive. – James Baldwin, writer (1924-1987)
  17. Men hate those to whom they have to lie. – Victor Hugo, French author (1802-1885)
  18. I am not one of those who believe that a great army is the means of maintaining peace, because if you build up a great profession those who form parts of it want to exercise their profession. – Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president, Nobel laureate (1856-1924)
  19. I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved; the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880)
  20. It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg. – Anatole France, French author and critic (1844-1924)

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