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Comment#  ·   Fair (162 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Caskie Stinnett, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (134 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.

I. F. Stone, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (192 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

There exists among humans no natural authority, only that established for convenience.

John Teeple, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (278 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Henry David Thoreau, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (274 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.

Lyman Beecher, in Law and Politics and Science and Religion

Comment#  ·   Fair (1183 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999  · 

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not the opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed the same kind.

George Bernard, in Law and Politics and Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (247 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Even Napoleon had his Watergate.

Yogi Berra, (on Frenchmen in American politics), in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (463 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Accuse: To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged them.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Law and Politics

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (1221 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others' pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Law and Politics and War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (259 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (104 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (231 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who has never learned to walk.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (102 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

Jean Jacques Rousseau, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (93 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or laziness on the part of a government.

Jean Jacques Rousseau, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (89 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (68 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Counterfeit exists because there is such a thing as real gold.

Jelaluddin Rumi, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (139 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every nation ridicules other nations -- and all are right.

Arthur Schopenhauer, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (790 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

William Shakespeare, Henry VI, in Law and Politics

Henry VI (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (276 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (92 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

Isaac Bashevis Singer, in Law and Politics

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