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Another Good Definition Of Politics

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

– Henry Adams, historian and teacher (1838-1918)


Thoughts

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. – Pierre Bayle, philosopher and writer (1647-1706)


Quote of the Day

I just stumbled across this quote in the excellent daily email from WordSmith.org.

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
– Ben Hecht, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, director, and producer (1894-1964)

Political Quotations – Set 9

  1. One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways. – Bertrand Russell, English mathematician-philosopher (1872-1970)
  2. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. – Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet (1792-1822)
  3. Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes. – John Donne, poet (1573-1631)
  4. Cheer up! The worst is yet to come! – Philander Chase Johnson, American author (1866-1939)
  5. Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward – your destiny – are here and now. – Dag Hammarskjold, United Nations Secretary-General (1905-1961)
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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)
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Political Quotations – Set 7

  1. We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. – Livy, Roman historian (64 or 59 B.C.-A.D. 17)
  2. Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. – Bertholt Brecht, German poet and dramatist (1898-1956)
  3. We must not waste life in devising means. It is better to plan less and do more. – William Ellery Channing, American clergyman (1780-1842)
  4. The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. – Plato, philosopher (427-347 BCE)
  5. The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do. – Samuel P. Huntington
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Political Quotations – Set 6

  1. Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. – Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, “father” of America’s nuclear navy (1900-1986)
  2. What experience and history teach is this: that people and governments have never learned anything from history. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher (1770-1831)
  3. More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing nothing, than by believing too much. – P.T. Barnum, American showman (1810-1891)
  4. The law that will work is merely the summing up in legislative form of the moral judgment that the community has already reached. – Woodrow Wilson, American president (1856-1924)
  5. The crisis you have to worry about most is the one you don’t see coming. – Mike Mansfield, American statesman (1903-2001)

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Political Quotations – Set 5

  1. All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. – attributed to Alexandre Dumas, French author (1824-1895)
  2. Heresy is another word for freedom of thought. – Graham Greene, English writer (1904-1991)
  3. Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as occasionally receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful – just as one is more angry for being told one is angry. – Katharine Fullerton Gerould, American writer (1879-1944)
  4. In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. – Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk, activist and writer
  5. There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all. – Dame Rebecca West, Irish-born novelist (1892-1983)

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Political Quotations – Set 4

  1. The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. – Thomas Carlyle, writer (1795-1881)
  2. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  3. It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. – William G. McAdoo, American government official (1863-1941)
  4. An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me…It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and superiority. The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied…”The one I feed.”
  5. If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us. – Herman Hesse, German novelist (1877-1962)
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Political Quotations – Set 3

  1. Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. – Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
  2. Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. – Paul Valery, French poet and critic (1871-1945)
  3. Life means progress, and progress means suffering. – Hendrik Willem Van Loon, Dutch-born journalist and lecturer (1882-1944)
  4. The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within. – Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
  5. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. – George Orwell
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