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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

Comment#  ·   Fair (304 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

People do not resist change -- they resist being changed.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (258 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Politics is a rotten egg; if broken, it stinks.

Unknown, (Russian proverb), in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (288 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.

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

Comment#  ·   Fair (272 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Politics makes strange bedfellows stranger.

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

Comment#  ·   Fair (262 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Quigley's Law: Whoever has any authority over you, no matter how small, will attempt to use it.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (272 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Rule of Defactualization: Information deteriorates upward through bureaucracies.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

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 (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 (219 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

All extremists should be taken out and shot.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (221 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anarchy may not be a better form of government, but it's better than no government at all.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (225 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth -- communism is the equal distribution of poverty.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (246 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (166 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

Mark Twain, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (158 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

Mark Twain, (inscription beneath his bust in the Hall of Fame), in Law and Politics

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