Quotations for life and politics
Lord Emerich Edward Acton
Since it seems to me that we have lost track of so many basic principles in our politics and society I have gathered a random array of observations that appeal to me. They are in no particular order. Some of you may find some relation to our current national situation. All quotes are from The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations-Third Edition
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
You can fool all of the people some of the time,
And some of the people all the time,
But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
Lord Acton 1534-1902
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Child: Mama are Tories born wicked, or do they grow wicked afterward?
Mother: They are born wicked and grow worse.
Edmund Burke 1729-1797
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
People will not look forward to posterity, who never looked backward to their ancestors.
Man is by his constitution a religious animal.
Lewis Carroll 1832-1898
‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice.
Cicero 106-43 BC
The good of the people is the chief law.
William Cobbett 1760-1835
…I had imbibed the opinion, that it was every man’s duty to do all that lay in his power to leave his country as good as he had found it.
Calvin Coolidge 1872-1933
The business of America is business.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882
The louder he talked about his honour, the faster we counted the spoons.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
One statesman said ‘the curse of this country is eloquent men.’
Edward Gibbon 1737-1794
The first of earthly business, independence.
Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826
If the principle were to prevail of a common law (i.e., a single government) being in force it the United States…it would become the most corrupt government on the earth.
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself public property.
© 2010 Don A. Hoglund