Law and Politics
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Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.
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.
Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
Accuse: To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged them.
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.
Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary, "patriotism" is defined as the last resort of the scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first.
Vote: The instrument and symbol of a free man's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.
Nowadays it's not as important for voters to know what a politician has done as what he or she hasn't done.
In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.
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.
I'm very critical of the U.S., but get me outside the country and all of a sudden I can't bring myself to say one nasty thing about the U.S.
Frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or laziness on the part of a government.