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Comment#  ·   Fair (138 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Mark Twain, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (714 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.

Paul Valéry, (from Politicians and Other Scoundrels by Ferdinand Lundberg), in Law and Politics

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (304 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

Bill Vaughan, in Law and Politics and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (183 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Voltaire, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (136 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.

Voltaire, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (226 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (968 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Voters are people who have the God-given right to decide who will waste their money for them.

Unknown, (from Politicians and Other Scoundrels by Ferdinand Lundberg), in Law and Politics

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (394 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

When the government fears the people, we have liberty. When the people fear the government, we have tyranny.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism and Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (255 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -- it only guarantees equality of opportunity.

Irving Kristol, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (127 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.

Lao Tsu, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (181 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

Abraham Lincoln, in Law and Politics and Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (318 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.

Abraham Lincoln, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (162 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is perfectly true that the government is best which governs least. It is equally true that the government is best which provides most.

Walter Lippmann, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (1050 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Michael A. Loduha

When skunks duel, wind direction is everything.

Michael A. Loduha, (on environmental factors in legal cases vs. the attorneys' skills; from a lecture series), in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (92 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.

Marshall Lumsden, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (154 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Every nation has the government it deserves.

Joseph de Maistre, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (46 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.

Nelson Mandela, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (61 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.

Jeff Marder, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (319 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Philosophers have merely interpreted the world. The point is to change it.

Karl Marx, in Law and Politics and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (77 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.

Eugene McCarthy, in Law and Politics

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