Saturday, May 31, 2008

On Politics....


I always loved Walter Benjamin's idea of writing a book comprised entirely of quotations.

"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason." ~Author Unknown

"Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against." ~ W.C. Fields

"We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy." ~Martin L. Gross

"There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle." ~Alexis de Tocqueville

"We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate." ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

"All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field." ~Albert Einstein

"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

"What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?"~Abraham Lincoln

"I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough." ~Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate

"A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." ~Leonard Bernstein

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." ~Plato

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where they is no river." ~Nikita Khrushchev

"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear." ~William E. Gladstone

"George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles." ~Author Unknown

"An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry." ~T.S. Eliot

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy." ~Ernest Benn

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." ~John Kenneth Galbraith

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel." ~John Quinton

"A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead." ~Leo Rosten

"Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving." ~Robertson Davies

"Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative." ~John Kenneth Galbraith

"The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning." ~Adlai E. Stevenson

"He didn't say that. He was reading what was given to him in a speech." ~Richard Darman, director of the Office of Management and Budget, explaining why President Bush wasn't following up on his campaign pledge that there would be no loss of wetlands

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

"The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win." ~Will Rogers

"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

"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country." ~Texas Guinan

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

"How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?" ~Author Unknown

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

4 comments:

jim said...

I LOVE you Stan Denski!

Stan Denski said...

An I find myself dreaming of you most nights too.....

Coffee Messiah said...

All excellent and glad to see WCF here too.

Fitzgerald said...

Yes, this is good stuff. It made me laugh.