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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 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 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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The Four Freedoms: FDR

The ‘Four Freedoms’ were outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the end of his State of the Union Address to the US Congress on January 6, 1941.

The US was not yet involved in World War II. The attack on Pearl Harbour came 11 months later.

The ‘Four Freedoms’ were read during the memorial services on September 11, 2002, for the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. [Read more…]