Arnold H. Glasgow
Charles F. Kettering
Chris Van Allsburg
Henry Ward Beecher
J. B. Priestley
James A. Baldwin
Jerry B. Jenkins
Linda M. Godwin
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thomas A. Edison
"A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful"
"Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness"
"Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers"
"Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose"
"It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence"
"He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander"
"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today"
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary"
"We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate"
"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river"
"A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it"
"I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power"
"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives"
"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators"
"If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers"
"Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois"
"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end"
"We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy"
"And after I make a lot of money, I'll be able to afford running for office"
"I do have a political agenda. It's to have as few regulations as possible"
"I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the fact that an election is coming up every 90 days"
"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did"
"It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself"
"It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren"
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all"
"Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least"
"Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote"
"Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?"
"Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so"
"Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates"
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