"People believe any quote they read on the internet if it fits their preconceived notions." — Martin Luther King.
The following are humorous (and sometimes serious too) quotes gathered from the Web, Usenet's personal .sig and other sources. Since it's all a big rip-off, I am assuming no copyright whatsoever. I don't even guarantee that they are accurate. Now that you've been warned, enjoy.
"Politicians lie. Even when they're telling the truth."
"Funny how it takes but weeks to throw billions at mismanaged banks, but it's taken years and no end in sight to agree on matters vital to the survival of the damn planet." — Tom.
"They call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." — George Carlin.
"Tea parties are for little girls with imaginary friends."
"If you are selling security, you have to make sure people feel insecure." — Spun.
"The banks have taken over and the only thing socialized is their debt." — Prof. Taleb.
"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology seem respectable." — John Kenneth Galbrain.
"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." — Edward R. Murrow.
"The Union of Concerned Scientists says the Bush administration manipulates and suppresses science. The administration points out that the Union of Bought and Paid for Scientists disagrees." — fark.com.
"In a surprising move, the National Weather Service has blamed the 2004 presidential campaign for the current onslaught of hurricanes devastating the South and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Said a spokesman: 'There's been so much hot air coming out of Washington, it was bound to have disastrous effects on the climate'." — Mike Levy.
"In an ironic juxtaposition yesterday was Groundhog Day and the State of the Union Address: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, and the other involves a groundhog." — Air America Radio, 2005.
"W stands for Wrong." — Bumper sticker.
"The last time someone listened to a Bush, a bunch of people wandered in the desert for 40 years." — ThatOneDude.
"George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States, he was appointed by God." — Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin.
"If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we've got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it." — Stephen Colbert.
"If there is one thing that our role models in this election have taught us, it's that omitting important information is completely different from lying." — Scott Adams.
"Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." — Dick Cheney.
"Failure is the ultimate regulator, unfortunately the people who fund all the reelection campaigns in this country mysteriously became 'too big to fail'." — Wonko the sane.
"As far as the general public is concerned, it's not a big deal when the wealthy steal from the wealthy. That's business by another name. And it's not a big deal when the wealthy steal from the poor — that's business as usual. All we really care about is when the poor steal from the wealthy, because we always look down on those poorer than us, we like to imagine ourselves as wealthy, and so when the poor steal, it's an affront to our ideals." — Red Flayer.
"We traded in a whoremonger for a warmonger, and some people think that's progress."
"Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney were the best assassination attempt prevention ever. McCain was going the same route, but shot too far."
"The Rapture is not an 'exit strategy' and Armageddon is not a 'plan'." — Troutfishing.
"They were going to call it 'Operation Iraqi Liberation' — but then they realized that there was something wrong with the acronym."
"Diebold — making machines that vote so you don't have to." — Bumper Sticker.
"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans — unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing." — Karl Rove.
"Freedom is the Distance Between Church and State."
"The economy is all about money, and politics is all about power. Nowhere does the good of the people figure in or matter."
"A worldwide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: 'Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world ?' The survey was a huge failure... In Africa they didn't know what 'food' meant. In Eastern Europe they didn't know what 'honest' meant. In Western Europe they didn't know what 'shortage' meant. In China they didn't know what 'opinion' meant. In the Middle East they didn't know what 'solution' meant. In South America they didn't know what 'please' meant. And in the USA they didn't know what 'the rest of the world' meant." — Benja.
"The U.S. Government should change its emblem from an eagle to a condom to more accurately reflects the government's political stance: condoms stand up to inflation, halt production, destroy the next generation, protect pricks, and give a sense of security while actually screwing you."
"Military solutions are problems." — Bumper sticker.
"Diplomacy is about haggling with people you'd prefer to shoot, which results in agreements that everyone hates, but can't live without."
"I was in a shop in Britain, when an American tourist in front of me tried to pay for something in US dollars. The shop keeper politely told her that this was Britain, and you can't use U.S. dollars here. The lady replied... 'But I had no problems in other third world countries'." — KJ.
"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they've tried everything else." — Winston Churchill.
"America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesman with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable." — Hunter S. Thompson, 'Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail'.
"America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization." — Georges Clemenceau (1841—1929), French statesman.
"Nothing is more annoying in the ordinary intercourse of life than this irritable patriotism of the Americans. A foreigner will gladly agree to praise much in their country, but he would like to be allowed to criticize something, and that he is absolutely refused." — Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1831).
"Patriotism is for suckers. Citizenship is a business relationship, and that is IT! It's give and take. What can the country do for me, in return for my support." — FatSean.
"What Jefferson should have said was 'Life, liberty, and the pursuit of intelligence', for the latter has never been a recognizable goal of our nation." — John Irving.
"If nominated, I will not accept; if drafted, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve." — William Tecumseh Sherman.
"One retarded kid swallows a magnet, and they can ban buckyballs. A pilot or something might get blinded at some point in the future and we can ban laser pointer sales. 30,000 people a year die from gun violence and we can't even pass universal fucking background checks ? No. Fuck this shit. I move that every citizen of the USA shall receive from the government one glock 9 mm pistol, one box of hollow point ammunition, one multi-watt laser pointer, one... no, make that TWO extremely fucking dangerous magnets, a gallon of Jaegermeister, a 3 wheeler ATV and a big fucking bucket of fireworks, to do with as they please. In one year, the survivors can get together and discuss additional regulation." — Greyfox.
"Remember, freedom is always taken, never given." — Scott Adams.
"Vote for the candidate/party that will give you what you're not smart enough to get yourself."
"Every dollar not spent on bad movies and pop music is one more dollar that can be spent on productive industry."
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'." — Isaac Asimov.
"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." — William Casey (1913-1987), CIA Director.
"I keep hearing the argument that some things are constitutional while other things are not. The idea is that we should be in favor of all the things that were decided over 200 years ago by a bunch of slave-owning cross-dressers who pooped in holes." — Scott Adams.
"I keep hearing the argument that some things are constitutional while other things are not. The idea is that we should be in favor of all the things that were decided over 200 years ago by a bunch of slave-owning cross-dressers who pooped in holes." — Scott Adams.
"Everyone says there's a lack of leadership in the world these days. I think we should all be thankful, because the only reason for leadership is to convince people to do things that are either dangerous (like invading another country) or stupid (working extra hard without extra pay)." — Scott Adams, Don't step in the leadership.
"The idea that a reporter has to be 'fair and balanced' is ridiculous. The fact is, the truth usually is not fair and it's not balanced. Truth stands by itself. And the idea that something called fair and balanced is a substitute for truth and fact is mindless nonsense that has captured much of the national media." — Lou Dobbs, CNN business journalist.
"We speak English; when we have a World Championship, we invite teams from other countries; and when we face our head of state, we go down on only one knee." — An englishman explaining the difference between England and the US.
"Monica Lewinsky had more President in her than George Bush ever will."
"Bloody hell, this article reads like a well-crafted piece of BS, designed to put the N back into FUDing." — Kru.
"Q: Why did Australia get the criminals and the USA get the religious zealots ?
A: Australia was allowed to choose first !"
"I think there would be a severe reduction in stupid laws if politicians (but not other members of the public) were subjected to them during a trial period, with the general public being able to see the results." — Aaza.
"LAWS do not stop people doing things (see drugs, illegal, the continued use of).
LAWS just allow POLICE to arrest you, and LIFE INSURANCE people to reject your payout."
"Sure you can trust your government... Just ask an Indian." — Helmet Sticker.
"First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me." — Martin Niemöller.
"When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs. When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent. When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don't own a gun. Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet." — Lyle Myhr.
"1. Sort of
2. Sort of
6. Sorry, no
7. Not sure
9. Not sure
10. Technically yes." — Answers to the question: "Do the US constitution amendments still matter ?".
"I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." — The original pledge of allegiance, as written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, and before revisionism changed it for the worse.
"It's always saddened me that of all the freedoms granted to American citizens, most of us choose to practice the right to be stupid and ignorant."
"There are 1011 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers." — Richard P. Feynman (1918-88).
"Campaign contribution is the same as if you tried to hand a cop a twenty before breaking the law. There are laws against bribery in some contexts, why do we allow it in more important contexts ?"
"The concept of 'trickle down' economics is so easy to debunk it's a wonder politicians still use it. If you give money to the rich, they'll put it away in offshore accounts or use it to purchase art from other rich people. None of it goes back into the economy. If you give it to the poor, they use it to buy food or fix their car. The next day it's back into the economy."
"Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money." — George Carlin.
"Conservatives believe that: states should have the right to make their own laws, except when they disagree with them, e.g., legalizing gay marriage, marijuana or abortion. Welfare is wrong except when it benefits corporations. The government should not intervene in the economy except when bad things happen to wealthy people. In family values except when cheating on their spouse. Life is sacred until a person is born. Individuals should have the right to organize as corporations, but not as unions or consumer groups. If the benefit at the expense of the many, it is free enterprise; but if the many benefit at the expense of the few, it's class warfare. All complex problems have simple solutions."
"In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem." — George Carlin.
"Once you leave the womb, conservatives don't care about you until you reach military age. Then you're just what they're looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers." — George Carlin.
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." — John Kenneth Galbraith.
"Bush's budget issued in 2001 warned that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were overleveraged, and said that they needed tighter controls, oversight, and a host of reforms because 'their failure could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting federally insured entities and economic activity'."
"The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it." — George Carlin.
"We elect politicians so we don't have to think." — Homer Simpson.
"Libertarians are Republicans that like getting high and watching porn.
Greens are Democrats that can't get a trade union job or don't work at all."
"Q: How many libertarians does it take to stop a Panzer division ?
A: None, obviously market forces will take care of it."
"Some people seem to believe they should get all the benefits of society and none of the costs. We usually call those people 'Libertarians'."
"That's libertarians for you — anarchists who want police protection from their slaves." — Coyote in Kim Stanley Robinson's Green Mars.
"It may have to do with America's racial diversity..." — Charleton Heston, when asked in Bowling for Columbine why there were over 11 000 deaths/year due to gun violence in America, compared with less than 300 in Canada, and less than 100 in Japan.
"'My country, right or wrong', is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober'." — G. K. Chesterton.
"I do feel more myself in America. I can regress there, and they have roller-coaster parks." — Alan Rickman (the vilain in Die Hard).
"The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer." — Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State (1975).
"It was the most difficult decision in my life — except the one in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax." — Arnold Schwarzenegger on his decision to run for governor of California.
"I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." — Alan Greenspan, before a Congressional committee.
"Those who forget history are doomed to testify before congressional committees." — Andy Kessler.
"It's not 'vote fraud' unless you can prove those dead guys would've voted the other way."
"Highly intelligent and well-informed people disagree on every political issue. Therefore, intelligence and knowledge are useless for making decisions, because if any of that stuff helped, then all the smart people would have the same opinions. So use your "gut instinct" to make voting choices. That is exactly like being clueless, but with the added advantage that you'll feel as if your random vote preserved democracy." — Scott Adams.
"If free will exists, why do the tallest candidates with the best hair usually win elections ?" — Scott Adams.
Legislation is an unnatural ecosystem, and could use some sort of predator as a feedback loop." — Smitty One Each.
"It is more profitable for your congressman to support the tobacco industry than your life." — Jackie Mason.
"You know the world's gone mad when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the USA of arrogance and the Germans don't want to go to war !" — Chris Rock, March 2003.. . .
"We don't have to protect the environment — the Second Coming is at hand." — James Watt.
"Global Warming, Agrarian Society, Nuclear Energy. Pick One." — Bumper sticker.
"Environmentalists are a socialist group of individuals that are the tool of the Democrat Party. I'm proud to say that they are my enemy. They are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans." — Don Young.
"I don't see any justification for the federal government owning land, other than the Statue of Liberty and maybe a few parks, maybe a few refuges. But to just own land to do nothing with it I think is a disservice to the Constitution." — Don Young.
"We wonder why we have got the Freemen or the militants. We wonder why we have got unrest in this country. It is because our government, in fact, has got out of hand and out of line, with the Endangered Species Act." — Don Young.
"If I have my way, I'm going to dissolve the Forest Service. They're in the business of harvesting trees and they're not harvesting trees, so why have them anymore ?" — Don Young.
"If you can't eat it, can't sleep under it, can't wear it or make something from it, it's not worth anything." — Don Young.
"The environmentalists — the self-centered bunch, the waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots that don't understand that they're leading this country into environmental disaster." — Don Young.
"Oooh, so Mother Nature needs a favor ?! Well maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys ! Nature started the fight for survival, and now she wants to quit because she's losing. Well I say, hard cheese." — CM Burns.
"God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'" — Ann Coulter.
"... those things are unknowable because the information is filtered through known liars."
"Unlimited Growth didn't serve Andre the Giant very well either." — Ill Lich.
"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."
"Even if the trickle down theory of economics works, you're still getting pissed on." — Gmoke.
"The problem with the Invisible Hand is that it never picks up the check."
"Give me money or give me debt !"
"Luke, come to the dark side, use the American Express card."
"The difference between spending $100 more than your paycheck and $100 less is the difference between indentured servitude and freedom."
"Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emissions standards from man-made sources." — Ronald Reagan (1988—2004).
"Democracy is three wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner."
"Unfortunately, democracies can't give the people what they want, but just a list of persons to pick from." — David Kastrup.
"You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and liberty." — Henrik Ibsen.
"The difference between a Democracy and a Dictatorship is that in a Democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a Dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting." — Charles Bukowski.
"You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists." — Abbie Hoffman.
"Democracy is not a system where everyone's votes count; only where the winners' votes count."
"Democracy originated in the mind of a rational being who has the deepest hatred for God." — Robert T Lee.
"Democracy: the right to choose between a bunch of self serving bastards who don't give a fuck about you and a bunch of self serving bastards who pretend they do give a fuck about you."
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." — Voltaire (1694-1778).
"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." — Cardinal Richelieu (1585–1642).
"Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason."
"Government is powerless to protect you, not powerless to punish you." — Chief Wiggum.
"The thinking it took to get us into this mess is not the same thinking that is going to get us out of it." — Albert Einstein.
"Mr. Candidate, sir, given the overwhelming body of evidence from hundreds of different scientific fields ranging from archeology to physics to zoology, can you explain to us how you can seriously believe that the world was created 2000 years after the Babylonians invented beer ?" — Question suggested by Bombula for creationist candidates.
"The kinds of people who are willing to fight for power tend to be precisely the kinds of people that you don't want in power." — The leaders' paradox.
"Sure, the government lies and the media lies, but in a democracy, they're different lies."
"If you are not communist when you are 20, then you have no heart.
If you are still communist when you are 40, then you have no brains."
"There are two kinds of fascists: fascists and antifascists." — Ennio Flaiano.
"In the future, there will be fewer but better Russians." — Joseph Stalin.
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." — Joseph Stalin.
"Everything Lenin taught us about socialism was wrong. Everything he taught us about capitalism was right." — Russian saying.
"Socialism only works in two places: heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it." — Ronald Reagan.
"Introduce socialism in countries in the Sahara desert area, and in 3 years they will be shortages of sand." — Old central Europe joke.
"Every term in office should be followed by a term in jail."
"Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote." — George Jean Nathan.
"Are you any good at finding someone stupider than you and taking advantage of them ? Because that's what trading is all about." — Unnamed Wall Street broker.
"Rags make paper, paper makes money,
Money makes banks, banks make loans,
Loans make beggars, beggars make rags."
"Democrat: Give us your money. We'll solve your problems. Republican: Give us your money. We'll ignore your problems. Libertarian: Keep your money. Solve your own problems."
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." — George Bernard Shaw.
"Ideology /n./ A system of ideas and beliefs that commonly supplants reality among weaker minds. Syn: Bullshit."
"A bureaucracy is like a septic tank — all the really big shits float to the top."
"'Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty' used to mean we watched the government — not the other way around." — Bill Stewart.
"No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race." — Richard P. Feynman (1918-88).
"A reactionary is a man whose political opinions always manage to keep up with yesterday."
"Opinions are like assholes — everyone's got one, but nobody wants to look at the other guy's." — Winston Hal Hickman.
"How do you tell a politician is lying ? Easy, his lips are moving."
"My opinions. No one else may claim them. My employer rarely asks what they are. My wife disagrees with them. My boss ignores them. My lawyer worries about them. My shrink writes articles about them. Any more questions ?" — G. Boggs.
"I love my country, but I fear its leaders and the peoples' complacency !"
"Politicians do it to everyone."
"Democrats eat the fish they catch.
Republicans hang them on the wall."
"Tubgirl is a republican. She believes in the trickle down theory..."
"I don't use the words 'Democrat' and 'Republican'. I use the words 'liberal' and 'American'." — James Watt.
"I hate conservatives, but I really fucking hate liberals." — Matt Stone, South Park co-creator.
"A person who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal."
"Reality has a well known liberal bias." — Stephen Colbert.
"A liberal is a conservative who's been arrested. A conservative is a liberal who's been mugged." — Wendy Kaminer.
"If voting could really change things, it would be illegal." — Revolution Books, New York.
"Giving money and power to the government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." — P. J. O'Rourke
"Government is really good at only one thing, and that is to break your leg, then hand you a crutch and say: 'Look, if it weren't for the government you wouldn't be able to walk'." — Harry Browne.
"We have laws about that so that when people like you are in power, I'm safe, and when people like me are in power, you're safe."
"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else." — Frederic Bastiat.
"A communist is like a crocodile: when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up." — Winston Churchill.
"If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." — Anatole France.
"Man is a thinking animal, a talking animal, a toolmaking animal, a building animal, a political animal, a fantasizing animal. But, in the twilight of a civilization he is chiefly a taxpaying animal." — Hugh MacLennan.
"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did they produce ? The cuckoo clock." — Orson Welles (1915—1985).
"Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations that we can perform without thinking about them." — Alfred North Whitehead.
"The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization." — Attributed to Sigmund Freud.
"I think it would be a good idea." — Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), when asked what he thought of Western civilization.
"The election is not a time to discuss serious issues." — Kim Campbell.
"The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be." — Lao-tzu (604-531 B.C.)
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all." — H.L. Menken.
"Justice is a vending machine that only takes $10 000 coins, usually a lot of them. And sometimes the chocolate bar still gets stuck."
"The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter." — Winston Churchill.
"What we need is either less corruption or more chance to participate in it." — Oscar Wilde.
"Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen." — Bob Edwards.
"Canada is one of the worst countries in the world, it's everything the world hates about america and france combined in one arctic wasteland." — ThanatoChaos.
"People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke." — Will Rogers.
"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future." — Adolf Hitler, 1935 [most likely fake quote].
"What Democratic congressmen do to their women staffers, Republican congressmen do to the country." — Bill Maher.
"I believe the current fashion among right-wing nutters is to create a website with the names and addresses of the people who have, by reason of having a functioning cerebellum, pissed off the RWNs."
"Television is democracy at its ugliest." — Paddy Chayevsky.
"I voted for the Democrats because I didn't like the way the Republicans were running the country. Which is turning out to be like shooting yourself in the head to stop your headache." — Jack Mayberry.
"So the bottom line is that America is the father, the Islamic countries in the Middle East are the mother, and Israel is the offspring conceived by rape." — Scott Adams.
"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one ?" — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).
"The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces." — Maureen Murphy.
"Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put up a wall to keep our people in." — John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
"Do you realize the responsibility I carry ? I'm the only person standing between Nixon and the White House." — John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), in 1960.
"They say it's the responsibility of the media to look at government — especially the President — with a microscope. I don't argue with that, but when they use a proctoscope, it's going too far." — Richard Nixon.
"I would not like to be a political leader in Russia. They never know when they're being taped." — Richard Nixon.
"Avoid all needle drugs. The only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon." — Abbie Hoffman.
"I used to say that politics is the second oldest profession, and I have come to know that it bears a gross similarity to the first." — Ronald Reagan (1988—2004).
"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting." — Ronald Reagan (1988—2004).
"In a disastrous fire in President Reagan's library both books were destroyed. And the real tragedy is that he hadn't finished coloring one." — Jonathan Hunt (1938- ), New Zealand politician.
"A triumph of the embalmer's art." — Gore Vidal (1925- ), US novelist. Referring to Ronald Reagan.
"The taxpayer: Someone who works for the government but doesn't have to take a civil service examination." — Ronald Reagan (1988—2004).
"I believe that people would be alive today if there were a death penalty." — Nancy Reagan.
"We can look forward to four more years of wonderful, inspirational speeches full of wit, poetry, music, love and affection, plus more goddamn nonsense." — David Brinkley, ABC News, after Clinton clinched his re-election.
"Every American should have above average income, and my Administration is going to see they get it." — Bill Clinton on the campaign trail.
"Politics /n/: from 'poly ticks', short for 'many small bloodsucking insects'." — Henry Spencer.
"Do you know Presidents talk to the country the way men talk to women ? They say: 'Trust me, go all the way with me, and everything will be all right'. And what happens ? Nine months later, you're in trouble !"
"In politics stupidity is not a handicap." — Napoleon Bonaparte.
"Say what you have to say, not what you ought." — Henry David Thoreau.
"You can not get ahead while you are getting even." — Rep. Dick Armey.
"Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against — then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens' What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted — and you create a nation of law-breakers — and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957.
"With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone. In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him." — Robert H. Jackson, Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice, from a speech given in 1940.
"All I can say is that I am not a Marxist." — Karl Marx in a letter to Engel at the end of his life.
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." — Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
"It was a charming fantasy of romantics that the spies would stop spying, that political conflict would end and politicians would tell the truth. Unfortunately that has not been the case." — John Le Carre, spy novelist, about not lacking source material in the post-Cold War era.
"Vote early and vote often." — Al Capone.
"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant." — Charles de Gaulle.
"A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time." — Alfred E. Wiggam.
"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas." — Former Australian cabinet minister Keppel Enderbery.
"If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops." — Kelvin Throop.
"If I got arrested and had one phone call, I'd call the police station with a bomb scare."
"Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions." — Albert Einstein.
"All our lauded technological progress — our very civilization — is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal." — Albert Einstein.
"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." — Albert Einstein.
"Did you hear about that woman that smoked dope in the streets of Baghdad ? She was so stoned..." — Shockster.
"The budget should be balanced, the treasury refilled, public debt reduced, the arrogance of officialdom tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt." — Cicero.
"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." — Plato (427?-347BCE).
"Yasser Arafat won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, and it appears he has finally done something to promote peace: He stopped breathing." — James Taranto.
"Know the difference between patriotism and nationalism ? It's nationalism when foreigners do it."
"I'm also going to start lumping things together in my mind based on their similarities just to save space. From now on, stem cells are babies, and Iranians are Arabs. And they all live in North Korea with Osama." — Scott Adams.
"My favorite conspiracy theory is the one that says the world is being run by a handful of ultra-rich capitalists, and that our elected governments are mere puppets. I sure hope it's true. Otherwise my survival depends on hordes of clueless goobers electing competent leaders. That's about as likely as a dog pissing the Mona Lisa into a snow bank." — Scott Adams.
"Suffer corporations to become your equals, and they will become your superiors." — Cato the Elder.
"Corporations have guns that fire cops." — The Who.
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." — Winston Churchill.
"It is interesting to note that the death penalty for individuals is less controversial than the mere suggestion that a few corporations may have forfeited their right to exist. How many people does a company have to harm before we question if it ought to exist ?" — Paul Hawken.
"Liberal /n./ Someone too poor to be a capitalist and too rich to be a communist."
"It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses." — Winston Churchill.
"In front of a bully, the truth will set your teeth free."
"The truth is too valuable to give to just anyone who asks for it."
"Blessed are the meek for they shall inhibit the earth."
"We train young men to drop fire on people, yet their commanders won't allow them to write fuck on their airplanes because it's obscene." — Col. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now.
"In the future, new technology will allow police to solve 100 percent of crimes. The bad news is that we'll realize 100 percent of the population are criminals, including the police." — Scott Adams.
"— Dad, I decided to quit college and take up a life of crime.
— That's nice son, government or politics ?"
"An empty stomach is not a good political advisor." — Albert Einstein.
"Force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels." — Albert Einstein.
"Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race." — Albert Einstein.
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." — Albert Einstein.
"Serial killers ruin families. Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies." — Bob Hare, UK psychiatrist.
"Ever since the end of 2001, we could solve the world's energy problems if we could just harness the rotational energy coming from Orwell's grave..." — Jason Giglio.
"Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word 'no'." — Betteridge's Law of Headlines.
"Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested, and the frog dies of it." — E.B. White (1899—1985).