Posts tagged ‘politics’



In politics, if you want anything said, ask a  man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.

Margaret Thatcher, speech to National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds Conference (1965)



I support every president. Period.

Jack Nicholson, interview with AP Entertainment Press (2007)


fraternal affection

One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.

George Washington, “Farewell Address” (1796)


partially insane

Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now…All Democrats are insane, but not one of them knows it; none but the Republicans and Mugwumps know it. All the Republicans are insane, but only the Democrats and Mugwumps can perceive it. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

Mark Twain,  “Christian Science” (1907)


matters of opinion

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

Mark Twain, “Christian Science” (1907)


too good

Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character. You’re too good for schadenfreude, you’re too good for gossip and snark, you’re too good for intolerance—and since you’re walking into the middle of a presidential election, it’s worth mentioning that you’re too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy.

Aaron Sorkin, Syracuse Commencement Address (2012)


the ERA

Ainsley Hayes (on opposing the ERA):
I am a citizen of this country, I am not a special subset in need of your protection. I do not have to have my rights handed down to me by a bunch of old, white men. The same Article 14 that protects you protects me.

Aaron Sorkin, The West Wing, “17 People” (2001)

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