Quotes M – P

• Here is part of a still-growing herd of political, humorous and general quotations, listed in the following categories:

magic * manners * memory * men * mistakes * money * morality * motivation * music
obstinacy * obvious * opinions * opportunity * oppression * optimism * originality
paranoia * patience * patriotism * peace * politics & government * possessions * poverty * power * prayer * predictions * pretension * pride * principles * priorities * progress * propaganda * prudence * punctuality

A few items are even my own shameless efforts, but I’ve paid my dues by finding all this stuff… and now it’s your turn to suffer. – LLF



Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. –Arthur C. Clark

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. -Tom Robbins

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. –Kurt Vonnegut


Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves, and how little we think of the other person. –Mark Twain

If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. –Unknown

It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full, but it’s no better to speak when your head is empty. –Curmudgeon

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use. –Emily Post

Sarcasm helps keep you from telling people what you really think of them. –unknown


At my age, ‘getting lucky’ means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for. –Curmudgeon

Deja Moo — the feeling that you’ve heard this Bull before! –Curmudgeon

It’s surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. –Barbara Kingsolver

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. –Abraham Lincoln

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. –Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory. –Franklin P. Adams

People’s memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. –Haruki Murakami

Someday we’ll look back on this moment … and plow into a parked car. –Evan Davis

The biggest lie I tell myself is ‘I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it’. –Curmudgeon

The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor. –James Howell

When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not; but I am getting old, and soon I shall remember only the things that never happened. –Mark Twain

When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction. –Stephen King

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person? –Francois de La Rochefoucauld


A Swiss Army Knife is like a man, because even though it appears useful for a wide variety of work, it spends most of its time just opening bottles. –Curmudgeon

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. –Miss Piggy

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. –Kin Hubbard

Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. –George Carlin

I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back. –Zsa Zsa Gabor

I only like two kinds of men; domestic and imported. –Mae West

I pray for Wisdom to understand my man, love to forgive him, and Patience for his moods. However, I do not pray for Strength, as I might beat him to death!!! –unknown

If it has tires or testacles, you know you’ll have trouble with it. –unknown

Ladies, if a man says he’ll fix it, he will; there is no need to remind him of it every six months! –Curmudgeon

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s just too much fraternizing with the enemy. –Henry Kissinger

Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired. –Mae West

The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874, and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important. –Unknown

There are three kinds of men: a few who learn by reading; a few more who learn by observation; The rest have to pee on the electric fence and find out the hard way. –Curmudgeon

Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men ever spend thinking. –Curmudgeon


A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. –Alexander Pope

Always try to make new mistakes. –unknown

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. –Niels Bohr

Anyone can make a mistake once; repeating it seems more like carelessness. Or stupidity. –C. C. Whitman

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake … almost as soon as you make it again. –Franklin P. Jones

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. –Mahatma Gandhi

I don’t want to make the wrong mistake. –Yogi Berra

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. –John Kenneth Galbraith

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. –Tallulah Bankhead

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you can find something everyone agrees on, it’s probably wrong. –Mo Udall

It is better to want things you don’t have than to have … things you don’t want. –Tim Stivers

Laughing at your own mistakes can lengthen your life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it. –Cullen Hightower

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which at least others can learn from. –Al Franken

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. –James Joyce

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. –Napoleon Bonaparte

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on. –Unknown

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes. –Oscar Wilde

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. –Sidney J. Harris

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. –Emily Kimbrough

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once. –Unknown

There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake. –Jonathan Swift

This isn’t right! This isn’t even wrong! –Wolfgang Pauli

To err is dysfunctional, to forgive co-dependent. –Berton Averre

To err is human, but it feels divine. –Mae West

To err is human; to blame it on somebody else shows management potential. –Unknown

To err is human. To blame it on someone else is even more human. –Curmudgeon

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. –Abraham Lincoln


* A million here, a million there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. –Everett Dirksen

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore. –Yogi Berra

* Economists have confidently predicted nine of the last five recessions. –Kevin Phillips

Every crowd has a silver lining. –P. T. Barnum

Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand – until it finally disappears. –Robert W. Sarnoff

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. –Mark Twain

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I have to buy something. –Jackie Mason

I just need enough to tide me over until I need more. –Bill Hoest

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered. –George Best

If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves, there wouldn’t be enough to go around. –Christina Stead

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. –Francis Bacon

If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living. –Yiddish Proverb

If you lend someone twenty dollars and never see that person again, you got a bargain. –Unknown

* If you steal $250 you’re a thief.
Stealing $250,000 makes you an embezzler.
But steal $250,000,000 — and you’re a financier! –The Nation

If you’re not part of the solution, there’s always good money to be made in prolonging the problem. –Curmudgeon

In a society pushed so far into materialism, stealing was the only answer to what they thought of as their needs. –Ian Rankin

It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours. –Harry S Truman

It’s especially hard to work for money you’ve already spent on something you didn’t even need. –Curmudgeon

It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. –George H. Lorimer

Know the easiest way to make a small fortune? Start with a large one. –Unknown

Lack of money is the root of all evil. –George Bernard Shaw

L’amour, il fait plus, l’argent, il fait tout.
Love does much, money does everything. –French proverb

Materialism is buying things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people who don’t matter. –Curmudgeon

Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men. –Sydney J. Harris

Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. – -Edmund Burke

Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money. –Satchel Paige

Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty. –Leo Rosten

Money doesn’t always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars. –Hobart Brown

Money is always there, but the pockets change. –Gertrude Stein

No man is rich enough to say, “I have enough!” –Latin proverb

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for –, in order to get to the job you need, to pay for the clothes and the car, and for the house you leave empty all day so you can afford to live in it. –Ellen Goodman

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. –Rex Stout

Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy, so they’ll have jobs, and get enough money to buy things. –Philip E. Slater

Save a little money each month, and at the end of the year you’ll be surprised at how little you have. –Ernest Haskins

The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor. –James Howell

The easiest way to figure the cost of living is to take your income, and add ten percent. –Curmudgeon

The modern theory of the perpetuation of debt has drenched the earth with blood, and crushed its inhabitants under burdens ever accumulating. –Thomas Jefferson

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time. –Willem de Kooning

The wages of sin are unreported. –Unknown

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers. –Richard Feynman

There is no free lunch. Anything “free” will prove worthless, or cost twice as much in the long run. –Robert A. Heinlein

There’s too much month left at the end of the money! –John Barrymore

When I retire, I plan to live off my savings. What I’ll do the second week, I have no idea. –Curmudgeon

When money speaks, the truth keeps silent. –Russian proverb

Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use. –Samuel Butler


Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. –Henry David Thoreau

Always do right; this will gratify some people – and astonish the rest! –Mark Twain

Cowardice asks, is it safe? Expediency asks, is it politic? Vanity asks, is it popular? But conscience asks, is it right? There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

How I wish abortion were the worst thing we ever do to our children; then I could have the luxury of worrying about its morality. –LLF

How many does it take to metamorphose wickedness into righteousness? One man must not kill. If he does, it is murder… But a state or nation may kill as many as they please, and it is not murder. It is just, necessary, commendable, and right. Only get people enough to agree to it, and the butchery of myriads of human beings is perfectly innocent. But how many does it take? –Adin Ballou

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. –Marcus Aurelius

In the face of suffering, one has no right to turn away, not to see. –Elie Wiesel

My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy. –George Eliot

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. –Isaac Asimov

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. –Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. –Arthur C. Clarke

People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power. –Bill Clinton

The Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives. –Winston Churchill

The people regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others. –Bertrand Russell

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it. –Denis Diderot

You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who cannot repay you. –Ruth Smeltzer

You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon on how to behave. -Billie Holiday


A man always has two reasons for what he does; a good reason – and the real one. –J. P. Morgan

He who has a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’. –Friedrich Nietzsche

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing-that’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar


Anything too stupid to be said is sung. –Voltaire

Blues is truth, and truth is blues. Show me a man who knows the truth — and I’ll show you a fellow that’s got the blues. –Joel Mabus

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. –Kin Hubbard

I am one of the last of a small tribe of troubadors who still believe that life is a beautiful and exciting journey, with a purpose and grace well worth singing about. –Yip Harburg

If I didn’t believe music can help save the human race … then I wouldn’t be making music. –Pete Seeger

If there’s no music in heaven, I won’t go; and if they don’t have good music, I won’t stay! –LLF

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. –Jimi Hendrix

No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible. –W. H. Auden

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. –Samuel Johnson

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of bleeding, he sings. –Ed Gardner

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. –Elvis Costello

The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with. –Bruce Springsteen

The human mind is a wonderful thing, it starts working from before you’re born and doesn’t stop till you sit down to write a song. –Roger Miller

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky. –Solomon Short

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. –Decca executives, rejecting the Beatles, 1962


Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience… Therefore all such individuals have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring. –The Nuremberg Tribunal 1945-1946

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. –Albert Einstein

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. –Charles de Gaulle

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. –George Orwell


An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him. ––Alexander Pope

At times, one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid. –Friedrich Nietzsche

I don’t know what they have to say.
It makes no difference anyway.
Whatever it is, I’m against it!
No matter what it is,
Or who commenced it,
I’m against it!
Your proposition may be good,
But let’s have one thing understood,
Whatever it is, I’m against it!
And even when you’ve changed it,
Or condensed it,
I’m against it! –Groucho Marx

Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their suffering and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal. –Thomas Paine

Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong. –Madame Necker

People first abandon reason, and then become obstinate; and the deeper they are in error the more angry they are. –Hugh Blair


Be alert. The most important things in life are seldom the most obvious. –Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. –George Orwell


A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world. –Edmond de Goncourt

An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it. –Jef Mallett

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts. –Daniel P. Moynihan

I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts. –Mark Twain

I have opinions of my own — strong opinions — but I don’t always agree with them. –George H. W Bush

If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong. –Unknown

I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side — I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts. –Bethania McKenstry

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right. –Curmudgeon

New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths. –George Bernard Shaw

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all. –Georg Christophe Lichtenberg

Opinion is the midpoint between knowledge and ignorance. –Plato

Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know. –Cullen Hightower

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. –Bertrand Russell

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. –William Blake

The more opinions you have, the less you see. –Wim Wenders

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane. –Mark Twain

There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued. –Thomas Huxley

We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us. –Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. –Oscar Wilde

You wouldn’t worry about what people think of you, if you knew how seldom they do. –Olin Miller


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. –Francis Bacon

I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. –Mark Twain

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most of us don’t recognize them. –John James Ingalls

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities. –Walt Kelly


At a certain point in their existential experience, the oppressed feel an irresistible attraction to the oppressor and his way of life. Sharing this way of life becomes an overpowering aspiration. –Paulo Freire

I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight. –Malcolm X

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. –Malcolm X

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. –Elie Wiesel

The most powerful tool in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. –Stephen Biko

The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. –Malcolm X


A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. –Herm Albright

Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory. –Molly Ivins

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. –George Bernard Shaw

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality …. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. –Martin Luther King Jr.

If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people. –Tony Benn

If we humans have learned to use flush toilets, we can surely tame other primitive impulses – eventually, even greed, selfishness, and aggression. You and I may never see it, but if people will seriously try working together, I am sure we can get over ourselves someday! –LLF

If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being – we can do it. –Eleanor Roosevelt

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. –Nelson Mandela

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. –Jack Layton

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. –Helen Keller

Optimism enables a man to claim the future for himself, and not to abandon it to his enemy. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope. –Helen Keller

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. –John F. Kennedy

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. –Senator Edward Kennedy

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum. –Arthur C. Clarke

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. –Martin Luther King Jr.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always. –Mahatma Gandhi

When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. –Pauline R. Kezer

You got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you’ve got to be a humorist to stay one. –Will Rogers

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. –Mahatma Gandhi


About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. –Josh Billings

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats. –Howard Aiken


Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant – it tends to get worse. –Molly Ivins

Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you. –Satchel Page

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

* Paranoia is just having all the facts. –William S. Burroughs


A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. –Dutch Proverb

It is going to be a long, hard haul; it will require patience, courage, faith that hangs on when hope fails, if we are to tame the rude barbarity of man, so that the atomic age becomes a blessing, not a curse. –Harry Fosdick

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. –Hal Borland

My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance for idiots that needs work. –Curmudgeon

Our patience will achieve more than our force. –Edmund Burke

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice. –George Jackson

Patience is also a form of action. –Auguste Rodin

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind. –Leonardo da Vinci

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. –A. A. Milne

There will be a time when loud-mouthed, incompetent people seem to be getting the best of you. When that happens, you only have to be patient and wait for them to self destruct. It never fails. –Richard Rybolt


And so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. –John F. Kennedy

I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred toward any one. –Edith Louisa Cavell, before her execution for espionage, 1915

It is lamentable that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. –Voltaire

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots. –Barbara Ehrenreich

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. –Guy de Maupassant

Patriotism is Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as ‘the last resort of a scoundrel’. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit it is the first. –Ambrose Bierce

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. –George Jean Nathan

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. –Bertrand Russell

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. –Charles de Gaulle

The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border. –Pablo Casals

The true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it. –Mark Twain

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. –Clarence Darrow


Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war. –Maria Montessori

Five great enemies to peace inhabit within us: viz., avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. –Petrarch

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it. –Dwight D. Eisenhower

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace. –John Lennon

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. –Thomas Paine

If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being – we can do it. –Eleanor Roosevelt

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. –Moshe Dayan

Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one. –John Lennon

In international affairs, peace is a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. –Ambrose Bierce

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. –Eleanor Roosevelt

No one is so foolish as to prefer war to peace. In peace children bury their fathers, while in war fathers bury their children. –Herodatus

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous. –George Bernard Shaw

The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies. –Lester Bowles Pearson

There never was a good war or a bad peace. –Benjamin Franklin

We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children. –Jimmy Carter

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. –Jimi Hendrix


A lot of times in politics you have people look you in the eye and tell you what’s not on their mind. –George W. Bush

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. –Edward R. Murrow

A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It does not haggle over expenditures on armaments and military equipment. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain. –Anatole France

A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies. –Friedrich Nietzsche

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for 15 years. –Harry Truman

A politician is a person who approaches every subject with an open mouth. –Adlai Stevenson

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. –Carl Sandberg

A politician thinks of the next election – a statesman thinks of the next generation. –James Freeman Clarke

A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues. –Theodore Roosevelt

Advertising men and politicians are dangerous if they are separated. Together they are diabolical. –Phillip Adams

After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood. –Fred Thompson

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. –Simon Cameron

Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory. –Molly Ivins, 2003?

As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ‘em anyway, you don’t belong in office. –Molly Ivins

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. –George G. Nathan

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important. –Eugene McCarthy

Crime does not pay … as well as politics. –Alfred E. Newman

Even Napoleon had his Watergate. –Yogi Berra

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. –H. L. Mencken

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck. –Guy de Maupassant

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. –Thomas Paine

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. –George Washington

Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians. –Chester Bowles

He knows nothing, and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. –George Bernard Shaw

He mocks the people, who proposes that the government shall protect the rich, and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor. –Grover Cleveland

I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. –H. L. Mencken

I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents. –Winston Churchill

I once said cynically of a politician, “He’ll doublecross that bridge when he comes to it.” –Oscar Levant

I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here. –Harry Truman

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

If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake, from which one cannot get out no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake. –Mahatma Ghandi

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read “President Can’t Swim”. –Lyndon B. Johnson

If the Republicans will stop telling lies about us, we will stop telling the truth about them. –Adlai Stevenson

I’m not in any organized political party … I’m a Democrat. –Will Rogers

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics’. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. –George Orwell

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap. –Napoleon

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. –Doug Larson

It is better to vote for what you want, even if you never get it, than to vote for what you don’t want and get it. –Eugene V. Debs

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

Just when you thought there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you’re wrong. –Molly Ivins

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. –James Madison

Luckily, we never get all the government we pay for. –Will Rogers

Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper. –Larry Flynt

Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to be President, but according to a famous Gallup poll of some years ago, some 73 percent do not want them to become politicians in the process. –John F. Kennedy

Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention! –Molly Ivins, 2003?

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. –Henry Kissinger

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

Now I know what a statesman is; he’s a dead politician. We need more statesmen. –Bob Edwards

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians. –David Brinkley

Our differences are politics. Our agreements are principles. –William McKinley

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

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges, even where there are no rivers. –Nikita Khrushchev

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

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. –Ronald Reagan

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. –Paul Valery

Politics is the conduct of public affairs for private advantage. –Ambrose Bierce

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. –Oscar Ameringer

Politics isn’t about left versus right; it’s about top versus bottom. –Jim Hightower

Politics: the art of keeping as many balls as possible up in the air at one time — while protecting your own. –Sam Attlesey

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too. –Richard M. Nixon

That reminds me of the kind of politician who would chop down a tree, then stand on the stump and give a speech about conservation. –Bill Bradley

The bedfellows politics makes are never strange. It only seems that way to those who have not watched the courtship. –Marcel Achard

The best party is but a kind of conspiracy against the rest of the nation. –George Savile, Lord Halifax

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. –Thomas Jefferson

The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it. –P. J. O’Rourke

The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel and clothes. The second, to see that they have means of moral and intellectual education. –John Ruskin

The hardest thing about any political campaign is, how to win it without proving that you are unworthy of winning. –Adlai Stevenson

The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we’d have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense. –Bill Clinton

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. –Eugene McCarthy

The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet. –Mark Twain

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. –G. K. Chesterton

The problem with political jokes? Too many of them get elected. –Unknown

The word POLITICS is derived from “poly” meaning many, and “ticks” which are blood sucking creatures. –Curmudgeon

There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that, if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below. The DEMOCRATIC idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them –William Jennings Bryan, 1896

There is nothing more dangerous than a government of the many controlled by the few. -Lawrence Lessig

To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. –Henry David Thoreau

Washington is a city filled with Southern efficiency, and Northern charm. –John F. Kennedy

We hang the petty thieves, and appoint the great ones to public office. –Aesop

When politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained. –Edward R. Murrow

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. –Thomas Jefferson

With the Democrats, you get more of the same; with the Republicans, you get less of the same. –Unknown

You can’t ignore politics, no matter how much you’d like to. –Molly Ivins


Do we really need anything that is not useful, beautiful or joyful? –Unknown

Every increased posession loads us with a new weariness. –John Ruskin

Imagine no possessions.
I wonder if you can. –John Lennon

It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. –Bertrand Russell

Not what I have, but what I do, is my kingdom. –Thomas Carlisle


The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have. –Leonard Nimoy

To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible. –Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

We have created a manic world nauseous with the pursuit of material wealth. Many also bear their cross of imagined deprivation, while their fellow human beings remain paralyzed by real poverty. We drown in the thick sweetness of our sensual excess, and our shameless opulence, while our discontent souls suffocate in the arid wasteland of spiritual deprivation. –Anthon St. Maarten

You can’t have everything. Where would you put it? –Steven Wright

Poverty –

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilisation. –Samuel Johnson

A hungry man is not a free man. – -Adlai Stevenson

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. –Plutarch

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness. –George Bernard Shaw

I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. –Robert F. Kennedy

I pity the man that wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman that produced the cloth will starve in the process. –Benjamin Harrison

It is wrong to say that God made rich and poor; he made only male and female; and he gave them the Earth for their inheritance… The Earth, in its natural uncultivated state was, and ever would have continued to be, the common property of the human race. –Thomas Paine

No one has ever become poor by giving. –Anne Frank

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. –Adam Smith

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want. –Jonathan Swift

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving. –George Eliot


Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. –Nelson Mandela

Poverty consists, not in the decrease of one’s posessions, but in the increase of one’s greed. –Plato

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. –Aristotle

Poverty is the worst form of violence. –Mahatma Gandhi

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. –Plato

The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization… The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. –Martin Luther King Jr.

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. –Anatole France

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. –John F. Kennedy

To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. –Oscar Wilde

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. –Martin Luther King Jr.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. –Frederick Douglass


Arbitrary power has seldom…been introduced in any country at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it were step by step. –Lord Chesterfield

As the years pass, the power of the government becomes more and more pervasive. It is a power to suffocate both people and causes. Those in power, whatever their politics, want only to perpetuate it. Now that the fences of the law, and the tradition that protected the press are broken down, the people are the victims. The First Amendment as I read it was designed precisely to prevent that tragedy. The press has a preferred position in our constitutional scheme, not to enable it to make money, not to set newsmen apart as a favored class, but to bring fulfillment to the public’s right to know. Justice William O. Douglas

Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force. –George Bernard Shaw

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power! –Barbara Jordan

Here are five questions to ask whenever you meet a person of power:
What power have you got?
Where did you get it from?
In whose interests do you exercise it?
To whom are you accountable?
And how can we get rid of you? –Tony Benn

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

In my eyes power is always dull, it is dangerous, it is brutal, and ultimately even dumb. –Ludwig Erhard

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. –Abraham Lincoln

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians. –David Brinkley

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles, and misguided men. –Martin Luther King Jr.

People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power. –Bill Clinton

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws. –John Adams

Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. –George Orwell

Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many. –Maggie Kuhn

Powerlessness and silence go together. We…should use our privileged positions not as a shelter from the world’s reality, but as a platform from which to speak. A voice is a gift. It should be cherished and used. –Margaret Atwood

The ability to ignore unwanted facts is one of the prerogatives of unchallenged power. Closely related is the “right” to radically revise history. –Noam Chomsky

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. –Malcolm X

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us. –John F. Kennedy

The power to define the situation is the ultimate power. –Jerry Rubin

Today the real test of power is not our capacity to make war, but our capacity to prevent it. –Anne O’Hare McCormick

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. –Senator Stewart I. Udall

We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes. –J. William Fulbright

You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again. –Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; And Patience for his moods. However, I don’t pray for Strength, as I might beat him to death!!! –unknown

I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. –Frederick Douglass

If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same happens in the absence of prayers. –Steve Allen

Many of us spend all week sowing wild oats, then go to church on Sunday and pray for crop failure. –Bob Hope

Pray for the dead – and fight like hell for the living! –Mother Jones

Prayer is asking that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. –Ambrose Bierce

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. –Oscar Wilde


Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value. –Ferdinand Foch, 1911

But what is it (the microchip) good for? –IBM engineer, 1968

Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy. –Pennsylvania well-drillers, 1859

* Economists have confidently predicted nine of the last five recessions. –Kevin Phillips

Everything that can be invented has been invented. –US Patents Office official, 1899

I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume (The Origin of Species) should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone. –Charles Darwin, 1859

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. –IBM’s Thomas Watson, 1943

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done. –Peter Ustinov

Isn’t it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists? –Kelvin Throop

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. –Yogi Berra

Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. –French physiology professor Pierre Pachet, 1872

Professor (Robert) Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools. –New York Times editorial, 1920

Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax. –Lord Kelvin, 1899

640K ought to be enough (computer memory?, drive space?) for anybody. –Bill Gates, 1981

Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. –economist Irving Fisher, 1929

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. –John Kenneth Galbraith

The wireless music box (radio) has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular? –financial advisers, 1920s

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. –Digital Equipment’s Ken Olson, 1977

There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will. –Albert Einstein, 1932

This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. –Western Union memo, 1876

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. –Decca executives, rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons. –Popular Mechanics, 1949

While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility. –Lee DeForest

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? –studio executive H. M. Warner, 1927


An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure. –Unknown

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. –Kurt Vonnegut

You are judged by your actions,
And not by your pretensions. –Billy Bragg


Conceit is God’s gift to little men. –Bruce Barton

I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it. –Edith Sitwell

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact. –Bertrand Russell

Pride is what we have. Vanity is what others have. –unknown


A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. –Malcolm X

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. –Dwight D. Eisenhower

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. – Thomas Paine

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. –John Quincy Adams

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. –Dr. Seuss

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. –Everett Dirksen

I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t. –Mark Twain

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. –Thomas Jefferson

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. –Alfred Adler

Our differences are politics. Our agreements are principles. –William McKinley

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. –Thomas Paine

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into practice. –Otto von Bismarck

Whereas principle is a great and noble protection against showy and degrading vanities and vices, poverty is worth six of it. –Mark Twain


A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. –Martin Luther King Jr.

For NASA, space is still a high priority. –Dan Quayle


Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. –Edward Abbey

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power. –P.J. O’Rourke


Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. –Will Rogers

Hope is the fuel of progress, and fear is the prison in which you put yourself. –Tony Benn

I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people”. –Barbara Jordan

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality …. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress? –unknown

If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me “a faster horse!”. –Henry Ford

If we humans have learned to use flush toilets, we can surely tame other primitive impulses – eventually, even greed, selfishness, and aggression. You and I may never see it, but if people will seriously try working together, I am sure we can get over ourselves someday! –LLF

In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. –Robert H. Goddard

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. –George Bernard Shaw

Stumbling is not falling. –Malcolm X

Suburbia is where they bulldoze out the trees, then name the streets after them. –Bill Vaughan

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race. –Don Marquis

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. –Sigmund Freud

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. –George Eliot

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at points in history, and creating a power that nothing can suppress. –Howard Zinn

Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality. –George Santayana

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. –Sigmund Freud

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. –Frank Zappa

You can’t drive a knife into a man’s back nine inches, pull it out six inches and call it progress. –Malcolm X

You can’t say that civilization don’t advance, for in every war they kill you in a new way. –Will Rogers


All news is lies, and all propaganda is disguised as news. –Willy Munzenberg

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. –George Orwell

By his power of giving or withholding information, the politician can often effectively censor political news. –Edward Bernays

By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell, or an extremely wretched life as paradise. –Adolf Hitler

He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense. –Joseph Conrad

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. –Malcolm X

It will be objected …that propaganda will tend to defeat itself as its mechanism becomes obvious to the public. My opinion is that it will not. –Edward Bernays

Ours must be a leadership democracy, administered by the intelligent minority who know how to regiment and guide the masses. –Edward Bernays

Propaganda is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding some of the facts from them. –Harold Evans

Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship. –William Blum

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. –Edward Bernays

The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked. Denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. — Hermann Goering


Be nice to your kids. They’ll choose your nursing home. –unknown

Before you give someone a piece of your mind, make sure you can get by on what’s left. –Curmudgeon


I have noticed that people who are late are often so much jollier than those who have to wait for them. –E. V. Lucas

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it. –Franklin P. Jones


DISCLAIMER: I do not vouch for the accuracy of any quote or attribution in this list, with the possible but not absolute exception of my own lines. Some I’ve edited slightly, and some come from my all-too fallible memory. Those marked with * are still more uncertain. For the rest, I have found them all somewhere in books, music or on some website – which does not signify much, either, and I offer no reference notes for this material. – LLF

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