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Comment#  ·   Fair (192 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.

John Peter Zenger, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (748 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

"Political economy" is a phrase consisting of two incompatible words.

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

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (359 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A diplomat is a man who can convince his wife she'd look stout in a fur coat.

Unknown, in Law and Politics and Men and Women

Comment#  ·   Fair (152 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (235 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A person who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (733 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A political campaign starts when a politician stops working and goes about making speeches about all the work he intends to do.

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

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (642 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A political machine is a united minority working against a divided majority.

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

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (204 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A reactionary is a man whose political opinions always manage to keep up with yesterday.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (226 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.

Unknown, in Law and Politics

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 (192 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

There exists among humans no natural authority, only that established for convenience.

John Teeple, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (278 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Henry David Thoreau, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (138 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Harry S Truman, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (119 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.

Harry S Truman, 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

Comment#  ·   Fair (138 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Mark Twain, in Law and Politics

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