Law and Politics
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I think it would be a good idea.
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal.
Jury: Twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never her age.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
A man who seeks truth and loves it must be reckoned precious to any human society.
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.
We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.
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.
Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
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.
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.