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We are not at war with Egypt. We are in an armed conflict. Anthony Eden
Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious. Herbert Spencer
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler
A lot of people out there pay good lip service to the idea of personal freedom... right up to the point that someone tries to do something that they don't personally approve of. Neal Boortz
If we ever hope to rid the world of the political AIDS of our time, terrorism, the rule must be clear: One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists. Meir Kahane
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs. John Stuart Mill
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. Benjamin Disraeli
I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth. Christopher Hampton
The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress. Quentin Crisp
You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State... We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens of one State Muhammad Ali Jinnah
America has spiritual energy in her in which no other nation can contribute to the liberation of mankind. Woodrow Wilson
I ordered that they use any means necessary, including illegal means, to accomplish this goal. . . . The president of the United States can never admit that. Richard Nixon
Out of the melancholy facts of political life is that your convictions tend to align with your paycheck. Barton Swaim
... authoritarian states sign on [to human rights treaties] solely for propaganda purposes and then find it fairly easy to flout the rules. G. John Ikenberry
How many more [murders of abortion providers] is it going to take before we finally realize that legalized abortion in fact will destroy the United States of America? What do you expect people to do who literally understand that these people are making a living killing babies? Well, the evidence is at hand. There are people out there who will go and blow their brains out. Neal Horsley
Congress called a special session to debate the treatment of a woman in a persistent vegetative state on a day that 20,000 children died in the third world. Jeffrey Sachs
We cannot have homeless people in our society. It's just wrong. Adrienne Clarkson
Amnesia best describes America's official stance regarding slavery Eric Foner
The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop. Junius; Philip Francis
In our anxiety to get votes, we sometimes put in our platform things that are not orthodox. Joseph Cannon
Some of the people who are the biggest advocates of personal responsibility are the biggest hypocrites as they are advocates for farm welfare and subsidies to agribusiness contracts and laws for corporations to insulate themselves from the market economy and the like. Major Owens
What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose Thomas Jefferson
Don’t put yourself in a situation where you will not be able to achieve your ideals without violating them. Michael Oren
... gross, barefaced inconsistency. Samuel Hopkins
Where there is a vast multitude of slaves as in Virginia, those who are free, are by far the most proud and jealous of their freedom Edmund Burke
One of the jobs of a stand-up comedienne is to expose hypocrisy. Omid Djalili
The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. William Hazlitt
… the cynic has unusually high motives or insight. He is better able to see behind false appearances, and he is more shocked and disappointed to discover the low motives of others. Because he is unwilling to be hypocritical, he is less popular and so he succeeds and leads less. Most people dislike cynics because cynics expose most people's hypocrisy. Robin Hanson
I hope today’s bill is a pedophile’s nightmare. Mark Foley
You can’t go making new nuclear weapons and talk to the rest of the world about giving them up. Jessica Mathews
Marriage will be defined in America. It’s just a question of whether it will be defined by the courts of defined by the people. Sam Brownback
Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse. Pieter-Dirk Uys
One camel does not make fun of another camel's hump. Ghana Proverb
The Jewish Satan Al-Watan
A Jewish Vampire Controls the United Nations Akhbar Al-Khalij
Republicans are always much more supportive of unions in Poland than they are of unions in the United States. E. J. Dionne Jr.
Let him who means to tax another, examine himself, and then he will be silent. French Proverb
To arrest a journalist for performing his duty is a confiscation of the freedom of expression guaranteed by all international pacts Syrian Union of Journalists
A little hypocrisy is better than losing. Anonymous
I have sometimes been ready to think that the passion for liberty cannot be equally strong in the breasts of those who have been accustomed to deprive their fellow creature of theirs. Abigail Adams
Have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath Aesop
Blush Ye pretended votaries of freedom. Ye trifling patriots who are making a vain parade of being advocates for the liberties of mankind, who are thus making a mockery of your profession by trampling on the sacred, natural rights and priorities of Africans. John Allen; Isaac
Ambition is the mother of hypocrisy and prefers to skulk in corners and dark places. It cannot endure the light of day. It is an unclean vice wallowing in the depths, always hidden, but with ever an eye to advancement. Bernard of Clairvaux
Patriotism is seen not only the last refuge of the scoundrel bus as the first bolt-hole of the hypocrite. Melvyn Bragg
By a revolution in the state, the fawning sycophant of yesterday is converted into the austere critic of the present hour. Edmund Burke
I looked the man in the eye and found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. George W. Bush
I don't like hypocrisy—even in international relations. Kofi Busia
Everybody calls me a racketeer. I call myself a business man. When I sell liquor, it's bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lake Shore Drive [in Chicago] it's hospitality. Al Capone
The White man is a paradox. On the one hand, he professes almost fanatic commitment to high ideals; on the other, he disdains those same ideals in practice. Harold Cardinal
Because of the greatness of the Shah, Iran is an island of stability in the Middle East. Jimmy Carter
America is so terribly grim in spite of all that material prosperity.... Compassion and the old neighborliness have gone, people stand by and do nothing when friends and neighbors are attacked, libeled and ruined. The worst thing is what is done to the children. They are being taught to admire and emulate stool pigeons, to betray and to hate, and all in a sickening atmosphere of religious hypocrisy. Charlie Chaplin
Be a hypocrite if you like, but don't talk like one. Denis Diderot
All the cant and hypocrisy, all the damnable survivals, all the vestiges of old truths now putrid and false infect the air, choke you worse than German gas—The ministers from their damn smug pulpits, the business men—the heroics about war—my country right or wrong—oh infinities of them! Oh the tragic farce of the world. John Dos Passos
Canting hypocrisy Frederick Douglass
We can not subscribe to one law for the weak and another law for the strong; one law for us, another for our opponents. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in this world must first come to pass in the heart of America. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The word liberty in the mouth of Mr. [Daniel] Webster sounds like the word love in the mouth of a courtesan. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for we get rid of cant and hypocrisy. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everybody's out there to make a case and sometimes a little hypocrisy gets involved with that case. Dianne Feinstein
In this cold and ruthless city [Washington DC] the center of hypocrisy is Capitol Hill Newt Gingrich
The rankest form of hypocrisy. Laws that are good enough for everybody else ought to be good enough for us. John Glenn
Who takes the blame: the leader who talks of poverty but lives in luxury, or the poor who choose a leader of that type? Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
Members of Congress should do a little penance after such a virtuous vote for the soldiers of the regular army. John F. Fitzgerald
In all ages hypocrites called priests have put crowns upon the heads of thieves called kings. Robert G. Ingersoll
In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns on the heads of thieves, called kings. Robert G. Ingersoll
Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. Thomas Jefferson
Politicians must let voters know what they think about issues before the election. Judges should not. John Kyl
It is of great consequences to disguise your inclination, and to play the hypocrite well. Niccolo Machiavelli
It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a great hypocrite and dissembler. For men are so simple, and yield so much to immediate necessity, that the deceiver will never lack dupes. Niccolo Machiavelli
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job. W. Somerset Maugham
You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency. W. Somerset Maugham
The King of France is called the Most Christian King, but this does him an injustice, for he never did a Christian thing.... The Pope is called His Holiness but he is the biggest scoundrel on earth. Maximilian I
Democracy is hypocrisy without limitation. Iskander Mirza
We don't deal in politics. You cannot ask me to give any political view. There is a market in this region. George A. Lewis
We were proclaiming ourselves political hypocrites before the world by thus fostering human slavery and proclaiming ourselves, at the same time, the sole friends of human freedom. Abraham Lincoln
Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." Now we practically read it, "all men are created equal except Negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia for instance where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy. Abraham Lincoln
Notice that the leaders of Hamas do not send their own sons and daughters, and their own grandchildren, to blow themselves up … Michael Koubi
Hypocrisy is a fearful evil, and every thing which has a tendency to produce it should be avoided. Archibald Alexander
We can’t legalize torture; it’s contrary to American values…. We’ll have to think about transferring some suspects to our less squeamish allies, even if that’s hypocritical. Nobody said this was going to be pretty. Jonathan Alter
Turn to your kitchens recognize your shame And cease to stun our ears with freedom’s name…. Anonymous
It comes to pass that men do so magnify their own opinions, and are as censorious of any that differ from them in lesser things Richard Baxter
To follow foolish precedents, and wink With both our eyes, is easier than to think. William Cowper
A sad day it was, and a repaying of blood with blood. For in the time of Oliver Cromwell, when several men were put to death by him, being hung, drawn and quartered for pretended treasons, I felt from the Lord God that their blood would be required; and I said as much then to several. And now, upon the King's return, several that had been against him were put to death, as the others that were for him had been before by Oliver. This was sad work, destroying people; contrary to the nature of Christians George Fox
A Man … is not half so intent upon reforming the Abuses of his own Party, as discerning the Errors of his Enemies. To view the Virtues of the Side he espouses, he uses the magnifying End of the Perspective; but inverts the Tube, when he surveys those of his Adversaries William Livingston
The designing Party-Man always appears in the Mask of publick Spirit, and conceals the most selfish and riotous Disposition, under the venerable Pretext of asserting Liberty, and defending his Country William Livingston
If you look at Christianity you must admit that being thrown to the lions by the Romans did not prevent Christians when they achieved power from being totally intolerant of those who did not accept Christianity. During the Spanish Inquisition suspected apostates were burnt at the stake after mock trials. In fact many who are in America today are descended from Christians who had fled from terror perpetrated by other Christians. And the Jews in America are the descendants of the Jews who fled the regular pogroms in European countries Mahathir Mohamad
As a Catholic priest, I state that no worse outrage could be inflicted on religion than the Te Deum to be sung to the glory of [Spanish Dictator] Franco in the church at Guernica … Alberto Onaindia
You learn to look the other way. If you go after all the corruption, you end up blowing up your own administration. Richard Shenkman
… beware of the paleface. It was the cruel paleface who caused the death of your sister and your uncle, my brave brother. It is this same paleface who offers in one palm the holy papers, and with the other gives a holy baptism of firewater. He is the hypocrite who reads with one eye, 'Thou shalt not kill,' and with the other gloats upon the sufferings of the Indian race. Gertrude Simmons Bonnin; Zitkala-Sa
The philosophers and the moralists had the simplicity to believe that they would stop the woman movement by opposing to it the sacred interest of the family, which they declared could not survive without the subjection of woman to the labors of the household, the sewing on of shirt buttons, the mending of hose, etc., her duty was to devote herself to these obscure and thankless labors, in order that man might freely unfold and display his brilliant and superior faculties. These same philosophers, who lectured the rebellious ladies on the cult of the family, sang the praises of capitalist industry, which, by forcing the wife away from the domestic hearth and her child’s cradle to condemn her to the forced labor of the factory, destroys the working-class family. Paul Lafargue
The Government, while it most sedulously and rigorously guards against the further introduction of slave, protects at the same time, by remarkable laws, the rights of the owners of that species of property in the States where it exist, and permits it transfer from one of these States to another Martin Van Buren
nations that talk democracy make dirty little secret deals with strategic allies who have no use for democratic values Garry Kasparov
Who taught us corruption? I believe it was you, frankly... It's an import. Joseph Desire Mobutu
China is a company of contradictions. Nothing is what it appears to be. We have to be extremely respectful when we go overseas. Howard Schultz
Marriage is not about love. It is about a love that can bear children. Todd Akin
Saying is one thing and doing is another. Michel de Montaigne
Some voices are calling on America to circle the wagons. Some are even saying that our enemies do worse, so we should respond in kind. The problem here is that this is America. This is a constitutional republic based on the rule of law and equal respect for all persons. We can’t pretend that we can bend the rules any which way. We made the rules for ourselves. We have to live by them Michael Ignatieff
To defeat evil, we may have to traffic in evils: indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, targeted assassinations, even pre-emptive war. Michael Ignatieff
Lyndon Johnson used to call his chauffer “Boy,” but he passed the greatest Civil Rights bill in the history of the company. Bill Maher
Why the hell do I want to go to a place like Mombassa?... I just see myself in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around me. Mel Lastman
It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction. Mark Foley
Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice John Adams
The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. Charles de Montesquieu
And now the liberals want to stop President Reagan from selling chemical warfare agents and military equipment to Saddam Hussein and why? Because Saddam 'allegedly' gassed a few Kurds in his own country. Mark my words. All of this talk of Saddam Hussein being a 'war criminal' or 'committing crimes against humanity' is the same old thing. LIBERAL HATE SPEECH! Rush Limbaugh
The Government will regard as its first and foremost duty to revive the spirit of unity and cooperation in the nation and to preserve and defend its basic principles of Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life. Adolf Hitler
You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else's life. They're plenty loud and they talk all the time. You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and legislatures and congress. That's their business. They sound wonderful. Death before dishonor. This ground sanctified by blood. These men who died so gloriously. They shall not have died in vain. Our noble dead. Dalton Trumbo
If the innocent people who died in the attack on Afghanistan, and those who have been dying from lack of food and medical care in Iraq, are considered collaterals, are not the 3,000 who died in New York and the 200 in Bali also just collaterals, whose deaths are necessary for the operations to succeed? Mohamad Mahathir
Senator, some of us strongly believe that Americans are the last people that can go around the world preaching morality. What we are doing to the blacks in Africa today is what you have already done and continue to do to the American Indian. Roelof Botha
The Capitol Building should have a sign saying, “Warning!! You are now Entering an Ethics-Free Zone!” Margaret Carlson
Every stupid policeman, fanatical judge, or moralist for revenue, can successfully abridge freedom of speech by the lawless use of power, and the hysterical mob of pretending lovers of liberty and democracy will stand by an applaud, --so low have we fallen since our American Constitutions were written. We see how the very essence of tyranny thrives under the forms of democracy Theodore Albert Schroeder
The Liberal (Party) mentality is very different from the Tory mentality, because the Tory mentality is orientated to serve the big business interests. Jean Chretien
Prosecutors are not disciplined or disbarred for a bad prosecution. Defense attorneys are. Bill Curtis
FLATTERY is nothing, but false friendship, fawning hypocrisy, dishonest civility, base merchandise of words… Joseph Hall
Lenin was a Russian bourgeois who cursed the weakness and ineptitude of the Russian bourgeoisie Fredy Perlman
What, pray, does it profit a man to teach others, and to be prating always about virtue, in high-sounding words, if he fails to give heed to his own instructions? Francesco Petrarca
Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism Margaret Chase Smith
The history of the opium fight forms a queer illustration of our National blindness to our own faults, and emphasizes our National tendency to see with amazing clarity, the sins of others, while remaining blind to our own viciousness Hamilton Wright
Born of woman, nourished by woman, wedded to woman, why do they revile woman? …. Why revile her that gives birth to kings amongst men Nanak Dev Ji
Men condemne the same things in others, which they approve in themselves; on the other side, they publickly commend what they privately condemne; Thomas Hobbes
Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers’ suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children. Gro Harlem Brundtland
I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan
You are promoting hate under the guise of a legitimate political debate about immigration. Mr. Romney, you might get your racist ways some day if you get elected and expel the people who you have hired to do your dirty work. If so, there will be one saving grace. There will be no one to pick up your poop after you. Keith Oberman
We should not let the enemies interfere in the Islamic countries’ relations including Iran and Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud; Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
In beloved Iraq, blood is flowing between brothers, in the shadow of an illegitimate foreign occupation. Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud; Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us. Lionel Trilling
Hypocrisy is not the failure to practice what you preach but the failure to believe it. Hypocrisy is propaganda. Peter Kreeft
Too many whites are getting away with drug use...Too many whites are getting away with drug sales...The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too. Rush Limbaugh
When the tyranny of the state is combined with the hypocrisy of the church, you have a modern example of the twin vultures that have devoured man, and his rights, throughout the ages. Joseph L. Lewis
…his politics are tinctured with fanaticism, that he is too much in earnest in his democracy…. he is a contemptible hypocrite. Alexander Hamilton
This is Arizona, Barry Goldwater’s state. It’s dry country out here. Water is priceless. That’s why they’re building this dam. It’s a federal dam. Federal taxes build it. It was sponsored by, uhh, Barry Goldwater. Now here’s the funny part. Barry sponsored this dam in his state, but he wanted to sell the TVA dams in Tennessee. He voted against the Hell’s Canyon Dam in Idaho, against the Hanford atomic power project in Washington, against public works all over the country. In Barry’s book, this kind of thing is “creeping Socialism,” except when it creeps into Arizona. Anonymous
You see few people here in America who really care very much about living a Christian life in a democratic world. Clare Boothe Luce
You bet I did. I enjoyed it. Michael Bloomberg
They are two different countries. Dean Acheson
Don't forget your own self while preaching to others. Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
It seems to me that the Pope's son, the Cardinal, is not in a condition for me to give him my daughter to wife. Make a cardinal who can marry and take off the hat, and then I will give him my daughter. Frederick IV
I am not a politician. A politician is someone who does things to get elected. He's a guy who says things to please the public, that he thinks the public wants to hear, and his story changes with every passing day. I want to be elected, but I am not going to say a damn thing for your benefit, or that person's benefit out there on the street, or anybody's Julius W. Hobson Jr.
I’m always amused by politicians running against Washington, when they desperately want to get to Washington. Gwen Ifill
This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there - with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way. David Vitter
Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree and then mount the stump to make a speech for conservation. Adlai Stevenson
Neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone. John Milton
Republicans used to talk about individual rights. Now that they are in power, they want to take away individual rights. Howard Dean
Had some inscrutable decree of fate ordained and made it certain, with a certainty not to be disturbed, that no candidate could be returned to Parliament who would not assert the earth to be triangular, there would rise immediately a clamorous assertion of triangularity among political aspirants. The test would be innocent. Candidates have swallowed, and daily do swallow, many a worse one. As might be this doctrine of a great triangle, so is the doctrine of Home Rule. Anthony Trollope
People who worry about genetically modified food, a technology which has been tested and proven safe, talk to each other on cell phones which have not been tested and proven safe. Michael Crichton
Camouflaging it as zeal for freedom of thought, imperialists have kept in demand every type of intellectual current in Muslim countries. Because of this you can see a capitalist country supporting and financing communism in a Muslim country, and protecting and sheltering in their own nation a communist extremist who has faced persecution at home. But at the same time you can see in that same Muslim country that Muslim thought is carefully followed and severely suppressed and Muslim leaders are imprisoned and killed, but no one from the East or West says a word. So where is freedom of thought? Mahmud Esad Cosan
Zaire is among America's oldest friends, and its president - President Mobutu - one of our most valued friends...And so I was honored to invite President Mobutu to be the first African head of state to come to the United States for an official visit during my presidency George W. Bush
I think it would be much better for the country and for Clinton personally to resign. I come from the business side. If you had a chairman or president in the business world facing these allegations, he'd be gone. Mark Sanford Jr.; Sanford, Marshall Clement 'Mark' Sanford, Jr.
He will also find that the high and independent spirit, which usually dwells in the breast of those who are deeply versed in scientific pursuits, is ill adapted for administrative appointments; and that even if successful, he must hear many things he disapproves, and raise no voice against them. Charles Babbage
You have to live with the people in hypocrisy for them to stay happy with you. Shams Tabrizi
Social spending is going up at a tremendous rate. The irony is that it went up even faster during the “prudent” years of Republican administration more so than it did under the “spendthrift” Democratic administrations…. Alan Greenspan
Apartheid is often misunderstood. It could just as easily be understood a policy of good neighborliness. Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd
Break off the shackles from the poor black man, and hire him to labor like other human beings Pray Congress to pay every man a reasonable price for his slaves out of the surplus revenue arising from the sale of public lands, and from the deduction of pay from the members of Congress. Petition, also, ye goodly inhabitants of the slave States, your legislators to abolish slavery by the year 1850, or now, and save the abolitionist from reproach and ruin, infamy and shame. My cogitations…have for a long time troubled me, when I viewed the condition of men throughout the world, and more especially in this boasted realm, where the Declaration of Independence “holds these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” but at the same time some two or three millions of people are held as slaves for life, because the spirit in them is covered with a darker skin than ours... The Southern people are hospitable and noble. They will help to rid so free a country of every vestige of slavery, whenever they are assured of an equivalent for their property… Joseph Smith, Jr.
I called each [friend] and stated bluntly that I needed an abortion and asked whether she knew anybody reasonably reliable who might do the job. Two ... said that they themselves had obtained abortions within the last two years. Each gave me without hesitation the name, address, and telephone number of her physician. The fourth friend did a little detective work and in twenty-four hours came up with another physician, chiefly remarkable for the fact that his office was directly across the street from one of the city's police precinct stations…. Is the time coming when we can rid ourselves of one more hypocrisy, closing the gap between what we do and what we say we do? Anonymous
The Spanish Inquisition sought to avoid direct responsibility for the burning of heretics by handing them over to the secular arm; to burn them itself, it piously explained, would be wholly inconsistent with its Christian principles. Few of us would allow the Inquisition thus easily to wipe its hands clean of bloodshed; it knew quite well what would happen. Equally, where the technological application of scientific discoveries is clear and obvious — as when a scientist works on nerve gases — he cannot properly claim that such applications are "none of his business," merely on the ground that it is the military forces, not scientists, who use the gases to disable or kill. John Passmore
With sophistry bordering on hypocrisy, tolerant New Netherland offered its inhabitants freedom to believe whatever they wanted, as long as their belief did not extend to religious exercises outside the family. Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs
I don’t know what the President is thinking … his angry words at Wall Street, at their recklessness, and their dangerous incentives in compensation, about how they do their business in ways utterly divorced from what’s actually good for the economy—that he can’t just say that sort of thing, and then dump money into their laps and be credible. Elizabfinaneth Warren
You’ve got to give him one thing. A guy has to have some brass for attacking someone for what he did himself. Bill Clinton
… as a nation, we recognize the right of all people to believe as they want and not to impose our beliefs on other people. I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law, and the right of a woman to make that choice, and my personal beliefs, like the personal beliefs of other people, should not be brought into a political campaign Mitt Romney
Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out...and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel. ..And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for "the universal brotherhood of man"--with his mouth. Mark Twain
Your notion and mine about polygamy is without doubt exactly the same; but you probably think we have some cause of quarrel with those people for putting it into their religion, whereas I think the opposite. Considering our complacent cant about this country of ours being the home of liberty of conscience, it seems to me that the attitude of our Congress and people toward the Mormon Church is matter for limitless laughter and derision. The Mormon religion is a religion: the negative vote of all of the rest of the globe could not break down that fact; and so I shall probably always go on thinking that the attitude of our Congress and nation toward it is merely good trivial stuff to make fun of. Mark Twain
It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honor of the States, as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused. John Jay
What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man,--who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment, and death itself, in vindication of his own liberty, and, in the next moment, be deaf to all those motives whose power supported him through his trial, and inflict on his fellow-men a bondage one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose! Thomas Jefferson
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side; one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach. Bertrand Russell
Just get me a fucking faith-based thing. Got it? Karl Rove
We have the spectacle, still to be seen today, of the western rancher who accepts federal aid for his cattle operations and federal aid for his grazing requirements, but bitterly opposes all social programs that do not concern him, and the philosophy that lies behind them. Charles A. Reich
The [American] President says one thing during the election; something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves Deng Xiaoping
I was no longer committing adultery by that time, the impeachment trial. Tom DeLay
So many minority youths had volunteered...that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself Tom DeLay
The evils of war must fall upon the people, and with them the war-feeling should originate. We, their representatives, are but a mirror to reflect the light, and never should become a torch to fire the pile. Jefferson Davis
The United States, in its early years engaged in massive illegal smuggling of intellectual properties from other counties…. The United states was a hotbed of intellectual piracy in the 19th century…. It was a way of jump-starting our industrial democracy…. Today we tell emerging nations, “do as we say, not as we did.” Peter Andreas
Since the third century Christianity has always served simultaneously those who supported the social order and those who wished to overthrow it. . . . Ludwig von Mises
A custom / More honored in the breach than the observance. William Shakespeare
The dream of diversity is like the dream of equality. Both are based on ideals we celebrate even as we undermine them daily. David Brooks
Thousands of years of worshiping power has dealt a mortal wound to Chinese culture. That’s hypocrisy and falsehood. The habit of falsehood is fatal to a culture. But to us, falsehood is the essence. Wang Xiaofang
Slavery is the handmaiden of civil liberty. John Brown Gordon
While Zinoviev is in the majority he is for iron discipline.... When he is in the minority... he is against it. Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan
God requireth not a uniformity of religion to be enacted and enforced in any civil state; which enforced uniformity (sooner or later) is the greatest occasion of civil war, ravishing of conscience, persecution of Christ Jesus in his servants, and of the hypocrisy and destruction of millions of souls. Roger Williams
Neither ethical lapses nor public corruption are commonplace, let alone tolerated.. William J. Howell
Either we agree that any terrorism is unacceptable, or we will be playing a double-standard game where some son of a bitch is okay because he is our son of a bitch. Sergei Lavrov
Oh Lord. Deliver us from the hypocrisy of talking to sound reasonable while not being reasonable. Barry C. Black
Much of the animus toward the Soviet Union within the American political establishment is political hypocrisy born of an ideological inability to acknowledge the success of socialist economics? Harry Dexter White
Kill the Gays Bill Anonymous
That’s one of the wonders of this country. Eventually, we live up to our ideals. Christopher Matthews
To give this activity [the Bay of Pigs] even covert support is of a piece with the hypocrisy and cynicism for which the United States is constantly denouncing the Soviet Union in the United Nations and elsewhere. This point will not be lost on the rest of the world-nor on our own consciences J. William Fulbright
Vladimir Ilyich, your concrete actions are completely unworthy of the ideas you pretend to hold. Peter Kropotkin
This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behavior we expect from other people. C. S. Lewis
We join a mass movement to escape individual responsibility, or, in the words of the ardent young Nazi, "to be free from freedom." It was not sheer hypocrisy when the rank-and-file Nazis declared themselves not guilty of all the enormities they had committed. They considered themselves cheated and maligned when made to shoulder responsibility for obeying orders. Had they not joined the Nazi movement in order to be free from responsibility? Eric Hoffer
Please provide continuous Predator coverage over anti-government militants. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
I chose to compromise my principles. I broke my promise to always tell the truth. John McCain
The Chrysler bailout is a basic challenge to the philosophy of America. Thomas A. Murphy
Our demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantee of those practices in our own country. Hubert Humphrey
The people who are opposing the policy of apartheid have not the courage of their convictions. They do not marry non-Europeans. Pieter Willem Botha
In its mad passion for power, the Communist State even sought to strengthen and deepen the very ideas and conceptions which the Revolution had come to destroy. It supported and encouraged all the worst antisocial qualities and systematically destroyed the already awakened conception of the new revolutionary values Emma Goldman
What our family has done is participate in the farm programs … programs I think essentially almost every farmer in South Dakota has participated in those, and they haven't been bailouts, they have been programs that the United States has put forward for farmers to participate in. Kristi Noem
I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. It cannot be so easily discovered if you allow him to remain silent and look wise, but if you let him speak, the secret is out and the world knows that he is a fool. So it is by the exposure of folly that it is defeated; not by the seclusion of folly, and in this free air of free speech men get into that sort of communication with one another which constitutes the basis of all common achievement. Woodrow Wilson
John Adams is a repulsive pedant, a gross hypocrite and an unprincipled oppressor…. The Adams administration is a continual tempest of malignant passions James Thomson Callender
Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you are a millionaire conservative radio jock, which makes it an illness and needs our prayers for your recovery. James Richard Howington
You have to believe that trade with Cuba is wrong because it is communist, but trading with China and Vietnam is just dandy. James Richard Howington
Russia annexed Crimea in response to the aspirations of a majority of its residents and to NATO’s obvious attempt to push Russia’s navy out of the Black Sea.. Alexander Lukin
Congress did not themselves wish to be investigated.. Theodore Roosevelt
We preach Democracy in vain while Tory and Conservative can point to the opposite side of the Atlantic and say: "There are Nineteen millions of the human race free absolutely, every man heir to the throne, governing themselves—the government of all, by all, for all; but instead of being a consistent republic it is one widespread confederacy of free men for the enslavement of a nation of another complexion. George Thompson
Hypocrisy and rhetorical flimflam are standard in politics … Charles Lane
One can doubt the sincerity of the technology community’s outrage over the NSA’s surveillance practices—doubt, for example, that the Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose company reportedly stores petabytes’ worth of data about its billion-plus active monthly users, was shocked at the thought of mass data collection. Jane Harman
One should be very careful indeed about using such loaded terms as ‘frustration,’ ‘anger,’ and especially ‘resentment’ to explain populism. One should at least face up to the political consequences of such psychologizing diagnoses — namely, that they end up confirming those people’s view of ‘liberal elites’ as being not just deeply condescending but also constitutively unable to live up to their own democratic ideals by failing to take ordinary people at their word. Jan-Werner Müller
They were the sort of people that lynch Negroes, that mistake hoodlumism for wit, and cunning for intelligence, that attend revivals and fight and fornicate in the bushes afterwards. They were undiluted “Anglo-Saxons. They were the sovereign voter. It was so horrible it seemed unreal. William Alexander Percy
It's easy to make jokes about Donald Trump. There is such a difference between what he says and his behavior. It's not 180 degrees off with him. It's some sort of oblique angle. Stephen Colbert
I just met your Chiefs of Staff. They really know what they are doing, Donald Trump
The generals don’t know much because they’re not winning, Donald Trump
Sex has been getting us in big trouble since the Garden of Eden. Most of us can’t have a happy, successful life without it, but you have to control this powerful force or it will control you, and maybe cause you to lose the things in life that are most important to you. In today’s world, perhaps more than ever before, sex is being used as a kind of currency. Some people barter sexual favors for a push up the ladder to success.” While that might “work in the short term,” he warned, “in the long term, sexual exploitation almost always leads to disaster. Bill O'Reilly
Bring Democracy to America Before You Carry It To Europe Anonymous
Over the next decade, the market-driven explosion of surveillance sensors and data analytics will bring an unprecedented level of transparency to global affairs. Commercial satellites will capture daily images of the entire globe, offering inexpensive and automated reports on everything from crop yields to military activity. Journalists, NGOs, and bloggers will increasingly use crowdsourced data to uncover wartime atrocities and expose government hypocrisy. Private security companies will discover the sources of cyberattacks and data theft. Biometric systems will expose the identities of clandestine operatives, and government agencies will struggle to contain leakers and whistleblowers. Sean P. Larkin
Venture capitalists are pouring billions of dollars into commercial surveillance satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, social media analytics, biometric technologies, and cyberdefenses to meet surging market demand. Heavy competition is driving down the cost of and improving the information available to individuals, businesses, and governments. Sean P. Larkin
Hypocrisy is the universal solvent of social relations. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion... Thomas Jefferson
To often, money that comes to Washington never gets back home because it is eaten away by fraud waste and abuse. Tom Price
Liberal hypocrites like Mr. Weinstein were a big reason 63 million Americans voted for a conservative hypocrite like Mr. Trump. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
Just maybe when the Weinstein scandal has run its course, progressives will discover the virtue of toning down their own excessive claims to righteousness. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
Notice: Communist, Nhilist,Fenian Socialist, Hoodlem Welcome. But No Admission to Chinamen The Only One Barred Out Enlightened American Statesman: "We must draw the line somewhere, you know." Anonymous
The Chinese Most GO. But Who Keeps Them? The Wasp (magazine)
Well, as you know, there are many things in life that are not fair, that wealthy people can afford and poor people can’t. But I don’t believe that the federal government should take action to try to make these opportunities exactly equal, when there is a moral factor involved. Jimmy Carter
More often than not, when someone affirms their privilege or points out the privilege of others, they do so in a way that betrays an utter cluelessness about that very privilege. “Privilege talk” is regularly accompanied by hypocritical accusations, outrage over trivialities, and uncritical hatred of important modern institutions, which are attitudes that would neither exist nor be tolerated but for the privilege that we all enjoy. When someone says, “Speaking from a position of privilege,” it’s a safe bet that what follows will display an indifference to their privilege (or even an implication that it’s some kind of burden), which, of course, is an attitude only a very privileged person could hold. Tristan Flock
Moral indignation has a way of obscuring sober reasoning, and those who speak of privilege are often primed (by professors, peers, and media) to actively seek out moral transgressions. As such, many backwards beliefs and harmful attitudes have found a toehold amongst “privileged” millennials, who presume their views to be self-evidently righteous and thus not up for debate. Many of these views, were they to become widespread, would lead to the destruction of the privileges that we in the developed world are so fortunate to enjoy. These include free expression, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly, the rule of law, and ongoing efforts to judge people not by their phenotype but rather by their actions. Tristan Flock
Sadly, the pernicious ironies of privilege talk are generally lost on those who claim to be most aware of privilege. Tristan Flock
Many of the ideas that accompany privilege talk, if implemented, would wreak havoc on human wellbeing. If people truly acknowledged their privilege, they would show a greater concern for the forces behind it, which permit them to lead long, healthy, educated, leisure-filled lives, all the while incessantly complaining about the unadulterated evils of modern civilization. Tristan Flock
Many will equate words with violence, claiming that harsh criticism and invective are akin to physical abuse. According to this view, violence may be inflicted upon a person merely by offending them. Anyone who claims to believe this, despite never having experienced actual fist-in-their-face, gun-at-their-back, war-in-their-streets physical violence, may need to check their privilege. … if we tear down the distinction between words and violence, then why not simply use violence to solve our problems as a first rather than a last resort? Tristan Flock
Many of the most privilege-conscious see capitalism as an evil economic regime and think of freedom only as a propaganda term thrown about by neoconservatives. To them, capitalism is the bogeyman hiding behind all of our societal ills, and freedom is an ideal used purely to justify global abuse. If someone lives in a country graced by low levels of poverty, legitimate democratic elections, and a press that publicizes the plight of the governed, yet they wish to abolish markets and live in something more akin to a Communist state, they should check their privilege. Tristan Flock
Last year 100,000 people gathered on The Mall to Protest the deficit. We Republicans, over and over, castigated President Obama for creating a Trillion dollar deficit. I was against big deficits then, and I am agaist them now. Just because it is now Republicans doing all the spending, I am still opposed.... Those Republcians who voted for a tax cut and a spending increase are hypocrites. Rand Paul
Indifference to Reality. All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. George Orwell
As soon as fear, hatred, jealousy and power worship are involved, the sense of reality becomes unhinged. And ... the sense of right and wrong becomes unhinged also. There is no crime, absolutely none, that cannot be condoned when ‘our’ side commits it. Even if one does not deny that the crime has happened, even if one knows that it is exactly the same crime as one has condemned in some other case, even if one admits in an intellectual sense that it is unjustified — still one cannot feel that it is wrong. Loyalty is involved, and so pity ceases to function. George Orwell
The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to the taking of life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists whose real though unadmitted motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration of totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writings of younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States. Moreover they do not as a rule condemn violence as such, but only violence used in defence of western countries. The Russians, unlike the British, are not blamed for defending themselves by warlike means, and indeed all pacifist propaganda of this type avoids mention of Russia or China. George Orwell
I call upon President Trump and the Attorney General to act like the good Christian gentlemen that they claim to be. Jerry Brown
There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other. Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy, would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come. And will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions. The American people have heard all the allegations against the president, and they overwhelmingly oppose impeaching him. The people elected the president, they still support him. We have no right to overturn the considered judgment of the American people. There are clearly some members of the Republican majority who have never accepted the results of the 1992 or 1996 elections and who apparently have chosen to ignore the message of last month’s election. But in a democracy, it is the people who rule, not political elites, and certainly not those members of political elites who will not be here in the next election and the next Congress having been repudiated at the polls. Some members of this committee may think the people have chosen badly; but it is the people’s choice and we must respect it absent the fundamental threat to our democratic form of government that would justify overturning the repeated expression of the people’s will at the ballot box. Jerrold Nadler
When we're told, "You have to find $750 billion to cut", and we say "OK, we can do that; ....the Congress shouldn't turn around and say, "Not in my district" or "Not my weapons system". Martin E. Dempsey
Serve God daily, love one another, preserve your victuals, beware of fire, and keep good company. John Hawkins (naval commander)
Whenever he struck a blow for his own liberty he fought in open battle, and when at last he raised his black and humble hands that the shackles might be struck off, those hands were innocent of wrong against his helpless charges. Henry W. Grady
The business case for the Paris agreement has nothing to do with climate change. It goes like this: It is better to be part of any confab than outside of it. Like saluting the flag or bowing your head in church, there is no cost to being insincere, but there is a cost to not going along. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

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