Saturday, April 16, 2005

Interesting quotes

Quotes I found at the following site, many more there.

The official's heart must stand at attention before his mind.
A. A. Bestuzhev-Marlinsky

The highest measure of democracy is neither the 'extent of freedom' nor the 'extent of equality', but rather the highest measure of participation.
A. d. Benoist

Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.
Abbie Hoffman

Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
Abraham Lincoln

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

As a rule, dictatorships guarantee safe streets and terror of the doorbell. In democracy the streets may be unsafe after dark, but the most likely visitor in the early hours will be the milkman.
Adam Michnik

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Ewing Stevenson

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
African proverb

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
Alan Coren

Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens.
Alastair Farrugia

Dictatorships are one-way streets. Democracy boasts two-way traffic.
Albert Moravia

Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
Aldous Huxley

The people is always expressive of the truth. The life of a people cannot be a lie.
Alexander Herzen

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.
Alexander Tytler

Democracy does not create strong ties between people. But it does make living together easier.
Alexis de Tocqueville

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Alfred North Whitehead

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
Alice Walker

Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
Andre Maurois

Intellectual freedom is the only guarantee of a scientific - democratic approach to politics, economic development, and culture.
Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov

We must all live so that our children do not have to pay for our deeds.
Andrejs Upits

Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigourously, more vigourously, and more severely, than by one.
Andrew Johnson

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

If liberty and equality are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

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

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

The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it.
Axel Munthe

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the
Ayn Rand

That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing -- the truly democratic thing about it -- is that you don't even have to be a player to lose.
Barbara Ehrenreich

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
Benjamin Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.
Benjamin Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
Bernard Baruch

Those against politics are in favor of the politics inflicted upon them.
Bertolt Brecht

A democrat need not believe that the majority will always reach a wise decision. He should however believe in the necessity of accepting the decision of the majority, be it wise or unwise, until such a time that the majority reaches another decision.
Bertrand Russell

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

We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.
Blaise Pascal

Democrats will play the old Washington game of calling reductions in the rate of growth of spending for any program a 'cut'.
Bruce Bartlett

Those wanting to improve democracy in their countries should not wait for permission.
Bulent Ecevit

Democracy means decision by those concerned.
Carl-Friedrich von Weizsaecker

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
Charles de Gaulle

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
Charles DeGaulle

In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.
Chris Patten

In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks.
Chris Patten

He who strikes terror into others is himself in continual fear.

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Atlee

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.

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