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Comment#  ·   Fair (180 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

Albert Einstein, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (364 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 by David Epstein

I'm left on the right issues and right on what's left. Now that's an issue I left right in front of you to debate.

David Epstein, 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 (292 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

Ambrose Bierce, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (420 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Vote: The instrument and symbol of a free man's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

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

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

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 (326 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.

Honoré de Balzac, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (368 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.

John Perry Barlow, 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 (215 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If voting should change anything, there would be a law against it.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (707 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In politics people work hard to get a job and do little after they get it.

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

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (275 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (251 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.... While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (254 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mollison's Bureaucracy Hypothesis: If an idea can survive a bureaucratic review and be implemented it wasn't worth doing.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

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