On Politics – from Kierkegaard to George W. Bush

  • People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they never use. – Kierkegaard
  • Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time. – E.B. White
  • Nearly all men can withstand adversity; If you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but what you should have accomplished with your ability. – John Wooden
  • Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. – Benjamin Franklin
  • How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese? – Charles De Gaulle
  • Ideas are for more powerful than guns. We don’t allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas? – Joseph Stalin
  • The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence, clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblin, all of them imaginary. – H.L. Mencken
  • The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries in itself the causes of its destruction. – Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • The fact which the politician faces is merely that there is less honor among thieves than was supposed, and not the fact that they are thieves. – Henry David Thoreau
  • Politics is made up of two words. “poli” which is Greek for “many”, and “tics”, which are bloodsucking insects. – Gore Vidal
  • Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats, We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. – Helen Keller
  • I stand by all the misstatements I may have made. – George W. Bush


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