Quotes of Political Leaders
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
"Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens -- and then everybody disagrees."
Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening....The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they're not tempted to think about any other role."
William Harris U.S. Commissioner of Education , 1889
"Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it important."
Eugene McCarthy (1916-) US politician, teacher
"I hope you will be yourself, human, even a little sentimental, possessed of a sense of humor and a sense of humility. . . . There are arrogant people in this world and, what is worse, arrogant judges."
Harry A. Blackmun US supreme court justice
"If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very, very low crime rate."
Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
"I especially love driving down a hill directly at a tree and swerving to one side at the last moment. That's my way to relax."
Boris Yeltsin, on the joys of driving his golf buggy.
"Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that."
Rhodes Scholar Bill Clinton
"I am ignorant of the Government's reasons, but I disapprove of them."
James C. Percy (citing an English Member of Parliament during a heated parliamentary debate circa 1910)
"The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind."
Jacques Martin Barzun, American educator, historian, Dean of
Graduate School, Columbia University
"We have probed the earth, excavated it, burned it, ripped things from it, buried things in it. ...That does not fit my definition of a good tenant. If we were here on a month-to-month basis, we would have been evicted long ago."
Rose Elizabeth Bird, former California Chief Justice
"The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior."
Earl Warren (1891-1974) US politician, jurist "The Christian Science Monitor," 21 May 1964.
"When a woman does me the honor to name me the father of her child, I shall always be too gallant to decline the honor."
Aaron Burr (1756-1836) Many women claimed to be pregnant after passionate encounters with Burr
"During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think."
Bernard Baruch (financier; chairman of War Industries Board [WWI]; representative: UN Atomic Energy Commission; presidential adviser) said "Let us not deceive ourselves: we must elect world peace or world destruction." Coined the phrase "Cold War"
"No man is an Ireland."
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains? Forbid it Almighty God!", and "Give me liberty or give me death!"
"Don't be too hasty in judging me and then trying to oust me. If I am found to have done something wrong, then I ask to be forgiven."
Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, who is alleged to have been involved in two financial scandals involving some six million dollars, and who acknowledged that according to the results of the last election, his deputy, Megawati Sukarnoputri, should have been elected president.
"The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means."
Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968).
"To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless."
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC-3BC) Roman statesman, scholar, orator
"We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them."
Abigail Adams (1744-1818) US first lady, Letter to John Adams, 1774
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
"The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election."
Gerald R. Ford (1913-) 38th US President, Republican
"extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
Barry M. Goldwater In accepting the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco 7-16-1964
"A man who has to be convinced before he acts is not a man of action... You must act as you breathe."
Georges Clemenceau, French statesman, journalist, and formulator (with the United States and Britain) of the Treaty of Versailles
"Excesses accomplish nothing. Disorder immediately defeats itself."
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
"Shall I ask the brave soldier who fights by my side in the course of mankind if our creeds agree?"
Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
"China is a big country with a lot of Chinese people living there."
Former French President Charles De Gaulle
"One man with courage makes a majority."
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
"It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one."
Horace Mann (1796-1859) American Educator, 1st secretary Mass. Board of Education
"Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those right or keep them."
F. D. Roosevelt "Four Freedom's" Speech
"You can build a throne out of bayonets, but you can't sit on it for very long."
"Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke."
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."
Abba Eban (b. 1915) South African-born, Israeli diplomat and statesman
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