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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 (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

Comment#  ·   Fair (714 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.

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

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (304 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

Bill Vaughan, in Law and Politics and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (183 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Voltaire, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (136 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.

Voltaire, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (135 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

Bob Wells, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (159 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.

Alfred E. Wiggam, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (503 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

Oscar Wilde, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (790 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

William Shakespeare, Henry VI, in Law and Politics

Henry VI (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (276 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (92 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

Isaac Bashevis Singer, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (99 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.

Art Spander, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (109 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A nation ... is just a society for hating foreigners.

Olaf Stapledon, in Law and Politics

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