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A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. Henry A. Kissinger
He has a brilliant mind until he makes it up. Margot Asquith
A mugwump is a person educated beyond his intellect. Horace Porter
Chicago is unique. It is the only completely corrupt city in America. Charles Edward Merriam
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. Milton Friedman
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Salman Rushdie
Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. Eugene V. Debs
In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. Spiro Agnew
Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood. Gertrude Stein
Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building. Jim Hightower
There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
There's no doubt that Mexican men and women full of dignity, willpower and a capacity for work are doing the work that not even blacks want to do in the United States. Vicente Fox
A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron. Joseph Stalin
The passion for office among members of Congress is very great, if not absolutely disreputable, and greatly embarrasses the operations of the Government. They create offices by their own votes and then seek to fill them themselves. James K. Polk
Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true. Arnold Bennett
I hate liberality - nine times out of ten it is cowardice, and the tenth time lack of principle. Henry Addington
If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions. Abba Eban
When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads. Ron Paul
I've said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America! Harry S Truman
However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police. Quentin Crisp
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. Robert Frost
Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up. Dean Acheson
The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs. Alphonse de Lamartine
Barack Obama is a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. Cornel West
President Lincoln is timid, vacillating, and inefficient. Zachariah Chandler
... bloody and barbarous heathens. William Stoughton
The man is a tyrant and he killed lots of people . Mike Huckabee
Kerry's mental age doesn't exceed that of a 12-year-old. Ran Baratz
[President Obama's policies regarding Israel] looks like modern anti-Semitism disguised as Western Liberalism. Ran Baratz
The Supreme Court is a menace to the welfare of the nation. Theodore Roosevelt
Banks may be considered as the primary source of "paper speculation," and only the foster the spirit of gambling in paper, in lands, in canal schemes, town lot schemes, manufacturing schemes and whatever could hit the madness of the day. Thomas Jefferson
We had thought you had been ruler over your land ... but now we perceive that there be other men that do rule, and not men but peasants and merchants ... and you flow in your maidenly estate like a maid. Ivan IV
Foul as it is, Hell itself is defiled by the fouler presence of John. Matthew Paris
Republicans tend to be grumpy old men. Steven V. Roberts
It is rather hard that we are to dance to the fiddle of this dirty little abortion of an imperium. Robert Bunch
Americans are either wild or dull. Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons
Politicians are never going to turn this country around. Our country's a mess. The politicians are going to destroy this country. They're weak and they're ineffective. Donald Trump
... the work of lunatics. Malik Khizar Hayat Tiwana
Non-Muslims with some justice now regard the Muslims as little better than animals. Evan Meredith Jenkins
Mr. [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah is a psychopathic case. Louis Mountbatten
Never tell a man to go to hell, unless you know how to put him there. Lyndon B. Johnson
[The new Congolese] security forces committed unlawful killings, torture, beatings, acts of rape, extortion and other abuses, largely with impunity. U. S. State Department
Evil Genius Psychopathic case Lunatic Bastard Louis Mountbatten
Frankly, I wouldn't put anything past him [Nixon] and those damn technocrats. You can't begin to compete with the professional Nixonites when it comes to deception.... If Nixon told them to nationalize the railroads, they'd have nationalized the railroads. If he'd told them to exterminate the Jews, they'd have exterminated the Jews. Tom Charles Huston
The political class has failed you. Carly Fiorina
The nature of politics is to subtract meaning from language. Carlos Lozada
Dr. King's principal contribution to world peace has been to roam the country like some sable Typhoid Mary, infecting the mentally disturbed with perversions of Christian doctrine, and grabbing fat lecture fees from the shallow-pated. George Samuel Schuyler
Our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid. Donald Trump
Wanted for Treason. John Birch Society
Ralph Nader is the single most effective antagonist of American business. Lewis F. Powell Jr.
Mr. Gingrich's injunction represents the worst of American political discourse, which reached a low during the dispiriting presidential campaign of 1988. Then, more than ever before, negative argument displaced reasoned discussion about how a nation might best be governed. The sound bite reigned. Attack commercials flourished. The signs this year aren't any better. Evidence that negative campaigning can come back to sink the sender has had little impact. The races for governor in California and Texas have already seen the same slash and burn. No doubt the proceedings will grow more rabid still as November nears. Negative discourse serves democracy poorly. The temptation to avoid serious debate is already great. It increases as the stakes soar and slander becomes a rewarding, easy option. The issues of the day go untended. The whole affair takes on the character of the gladiator's art. The GOPAC glossary [{35756}] may herald a descent into even lower levels of discourse. It comes blessed by a politician of some influence—the Republican whip in the House—and it is intended for candidates on the state level, many of them presumably running for the first time. Even though Mr. Gingrich himself may not have seen the list before it was mailed, this is a disturbing document. The nakedness of the GOPAC offering also makes it useful. There must be limits to the negative politics that voters will bear; the bald appeal to invective will certainly probe those limits. For now, it should be said that some adjectives in the glossary aptly describe the glossary itself: shallow, sensationalist, and, yes, shame(ful). New York Times
If the White House is politicizing the war, that's nothing short of despicable. For Karl Rove to politicize the issue is an affront to the integrity of the entire United States military. Terry McAuliffe
Leaders often associate strong currencies with national strength and thus view declining currencies as insults to their prowess. Debora L. Spar
[The decisions made by the prosecutors were] stunningly arbitrary. These decisions are shrouded in such complete secrecy that they make the proceedings of the former English Court of Star Chamber appear to be a model of criminal justice transparency. We as judges can and should do more [to change the situation.] Mark W. Bennett
Mr. Trump regularly lies and, when confronted with contrary evidence, he lies louder. Washington Post
He [Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu] is the worst manager that I know. I quite the job because I was simply sick of him. Meir Dagan
Given the insults by Danish newspapers against the prophet, as of now the name of Danish pastries will give way to ‘Rose of Mohammad’ pastries … This is a punishment for those who started misusing freedom of expression to insult the sanctities of Islam. Iran Confectioners Union
It is the responsibility of journalists to be ethical. Religion is a very sensitive issue, and I think no truly professional cartoonist in the world would ever try to pick on a religion like this. There’s an informal code of ethics among cartoonists in the media, and it includes two kinds of censorship: one is self-censorship; the other is professional censorship. Religion is one of the very important things that we should respect and not criticize …. We cannot tolerate any disparagement of the Prophet. Shujaat Ali
Miss Piggy Anonymous
George W. Bush is not a twit, but he does have twit tendencies. Molly Ivins
…the ignorance, the credulity, and the stupid pride of the people, particularly the Boers. The most absurd ideas as to their strength and importance are prevalent among them, nor indeed is there any opinion on any subject too ridiculous…not to be adopted by them. James Henry Craig
…dull, stupid, lazy, stinking people. Jan van Riebeeck
...an economic ignoramus unfit to oversee a fifty-cent raffle. David Lange
My opponent has all the intellectual rigor of an amoeba. David Lange
He's gone around the country stirring up apathy David Lange
He had more on his mind than his mind could hold. David Lange
George W. Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography. Kurt Vonnegut
Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently and for the same reason. Barry Levinson
I have never dealt with people who have so little political sagacity as the Turks. Horace George Montagu Rumbold
Lincoln has no conception of his situation—much absorption in the details of office dispensation, but little application to great ideas. William H. Seward
Tony Snow, the White House spokesman and resident fantasist … New York Times
…an aristocratic, arbitrary ass. Horace Greeley
He is a third rate Western lawyer…they take a fourth rate lecturer, who cannot speak good grammar and whose speeches are illiterate compositions…interlarded with coarse and clumsy jokes. New York Herald
Muslims have to understand that there is an old tradition in secular Western society to make fun of everything. Tariq Ramadan
Klandidate James E. Ferguson
Any crooked bookkeeper's books are balanced. James E. Ferguson
Life is too short to permit of wasting any portion of it in discussion with…anyone whose conception of the underlying principles of military administration is so hazy that he can advocate such proposition seriously. A proposition of this kind would be regarded as remarkable if advanced by a state militiaman. Fred Ainsworth
Terrorists Abdel Karim Suleiman
Russia is an Evil Empire. Ronald Reagan
He has no control over his mouth. He will say anything that flits across his frontal lobe. Eleanor Clift
Mr. Nixon … will, with time, be a landmark in the history of quiet, determined desperation. Murray Kempton
Washington could not tell a lie; Nixon could not tell the truth; Reagan cannot tell the difference. Mort Sahl
Liberalism is the world's religion. We do not have the right to insult liberalism Mohammed Khatami
You can lead a man to Congress, but you cannot make him think. Anonymous
I am afraid that the Jews of insanity who run this land will destroy us Meir Kahane
Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad. Henry A. Kissinger
You are the smartest lunatic I have ever seen in my whole life. Alben W. Barkley
There is an old story about the mother who had two sons. One went to sea, and the other became vice-president, and neither was ever heard of again. Hubert Humphrey
In the Prime Minister, we have a man who has forfeited the right to be believed or to be trusted. William Hague
Runty little bastard…just about the most dangerous person around [with a] powerful constituency. Lyndon B. Johnson
You sold out, you motherfucker, you sold out! Hillary Clinton
Briand, though not popular in the Chamber, and though his conduct of affairs is much criticized there, manages to keep himself in office, partly by his Parliamentary skill and his persuasive eloquence, and owing to the non-existence of a suitable successor, and no combination of parties constituting a majority in the Chamber being able to agree on the choice of substitute. Francis Bertie
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. George Bernard Shaw
Newspaper-men as a rule had no great respect for the lower House; Senators had less; and Cabinet officers had none at all. Henry Adams
Maummar Qaddafi. He is clinically stupid. Oriana Fallaci
Everything Mohammed brought was evil and inhuman such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached Manuel II Palaeologus
Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them. Japanese Proverb
the world's chief war-monger Charles E. Coughlin
They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge. Thomas Reid
Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs. Henry A. Kissinger
All the people you’ve killed—all the lies you’ve told have come back to haunt you. The best thing the Labour Party can do is to sack you. George Galloway
I hate to see them take that creche out of the capitol. It could be the only chance we'll ever have to get three wise men in that building. Ann Richards
McKinley has no more backbone than a chocolate eclair. Theodore Roosevelt
a snot-nosed kid Lyndon B. Johnson
When I spoke of the Progressive party as having a lunatic fringe, I specifically had you in mind! Theodore Roosevelt
The New Deal introduced to Americans the spectacle of Fascist dictation to business, labor, and agriculture. Herbert Hoover
[Warren] Harding is incapable of thought, because he has nothing to think with. Woodrow Wilson
I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson President. He is one of the most unfit men I know of for such a place. He has had very little respect for laws and constitutions, and is, in fact, an able military chief. His passions are terrible. Thomas Jefferson
Milton Friedman is a man with dangerously simplistic visions and explanations of the economic world. Pierre Andre Rinfret
Spokesweasel Anonymous
Freedom of speech is freedom to offend. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Here’s a little Washington clue. When they say, “With all due respect,” they’re about to insult you. Gwen Ifill
People do not have the right to stir up riots and racial hatred, encourage mass hysteria or heap abuse on religion any more than they do to rob, rape, cheat or kill. Arab News
Defending freedom of expression against fundamentalist threats is a cause. It is a matter of principle, whether it involves Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses', a film about veils and the oppression of women or some clumsy drawings in a Danish newspaper Expressen
These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims. We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression, but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable. Kurtis Cooper
Help the Danes Support Our Freedom. Support Denmark. Anonymous
Muslim consumers, … have a right to boycott whomever they want. Similarly, Western consumers have the right to support whomever they want, and privately owned newspapers have the right to publish cartoons without government interference. If there must be a clash of civilizations and cultures, let it be over these cartoons. The Danish cartoons are as important as fighting for Danzig once was. If the West is unwilling to fight this battle, slavery will inevitably come and slavery will be what it deserves. Paul Belien
I am totally shocked and find it unacceptable that because there have been caricatures in the West, extremists can burn flags or take fundamentalist or extremist positions which would prove the cartoonists right. Philippe Douste-Blazy
It should be crystal clear to all that violence, intimidation, and the calls for boycotts or for restraints on the freedom of the press are completely unacceptable. Franco Frattini
We are talking about an issue with fundamental significance to how democracies work. One can safely say it is now an even bigger issue. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Freedom of opinion, expression and of the press, which we guarantee and respect, cannot be used as an excuse to insult sanctities, beliefs and religions. Hosni Mubarak
These cartoons are an unnecessary abuse of freedom of speech. Abdullah II
Muslims of the world be reasonable. What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman? Jihad Momani
Avoid what will require an apology. Arab Proverb
The insult has been established now by everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim, and everybody condemns the cartoonist and condemns the cartoon, ... However, God said, and the messenger Mohammed said, whoever insults a prophet, he must be punished and executed. This man should be put on trial and if it is proven he must be executed. ... If anybody insults the prophet, he will have to take a punishment. If countries refuse to put people on trial for insulting Mohammed they must face the consequences... Mohammed Omar
A slug can leave but there's always a slimy trail behind him. Anonymous
Bobby Kennedy: Hawk, Dove or Chicken? Anonymous
Of all the rats and snakes elected to represent the people and carry out their wishes, you rank head and shoulders beneath the lowest. Letter to Rep. Morris K. Udall (Democrat, AZ) Anonymous
The little man in the Palace Anonymous
At 3 O'clock on Saturday afternoon Theodore Roosevelt will walk on the Waters of Lake Michigan Anonymous
Two Faces Are Better Than One Anonymous
Wall Street Expects Every Lion To Do Its Duty Anonymous
Richard Nixon impeached himself. He gave us Gerald Ford as his revenge. Bella Abzug
… J. Edgar Hoover, whom you should trust as much as you would a rattlesnake with a silencer on its rattle. Dean Acheson
Perhaps, Mr. President, it is because you are not a very likable man. Dean Acheson
The most unlovely political character in our history since Aaron Burr. Dean Acheson
It is not a pleasure to be here. It's an embarrassment that we come so late, and that there are so few of us here.... It's an embarrassment that so much of the media are missing. They are more concerned with someone who drinks too much, when we are trying to deal with the issue of millions of people who are not eating at all. Gary Ackerman
Wall Street has desperate need of men like you. Brooks Adams
A third rate nonentity whose only recommendation is that he is obnoxious to no one. Henry Adams
The progress of evolution, from President Washington to President Grant, was alone evidence enough to upset Darwin.... Grant should have lived in a cave and worn skins. Henry Adams
[Describing Theodore Roosevelt:] ... pure act. Henry Adams
[Referring to Jimmy Carter:] Jimmy's basic problem is that he's super cautious. He looks before and after he leaps. Joey Adams
His tongue drips poison. John Quincy Adams
Such is human nature, in the gigantic intellect, the envious temper, the ravenous ambition, and the rotten heart of Daniel Webster. John Quincy Adams
[Benjamin Franklin's life was:] ... one continued insult to good manners and decency. John Adams
The bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar. John Adams
The so-called world order is a criminal world order led by America, whom we call upon Allah to humiliate. Hamed Al-Bitawi
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner Aristophanes
Prime Minister, our party won’t have you, and I think I am right in saying that the country won’t have you either. Clement Attlee
A big country has to be careful. It's so easy for a big country to give offense. Warren R. Austin
... a moral skunk .... [who has] debauched America ... Benjamin Franklin Bache
Lying is one of the techniques of politicians .... They are economical with the truth. Tony Banks
The State of Israel does not have the time for you to learn. Ehud Barak
We have government by the clueless, over a place they’ve never been, using means they don’t possess. John Perry Barlow
Sounds like two skeletons copulating on a corrugated tin roof. Thomas Beecham
To do that job you need to be mentally disturbed. Silvio Berlusconi
Better pointed bullets than pointed words. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
For the maintenance of peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks which forerun cannon shots. Napoleon Bonaparte
Freedom of Expression stops where it can do harm …. My community is humiliated, my religion is insulted. I ask for justice. Dalil Boubakeur
You Bollinger Bolshevik, you ritzy Robespierre, you lounge-lizard Lenin. Look at you, swilling Max’s champagne and calling yourself a socialist. Brendan Bracken
Nixon is a double-barrelled, treble-shotted twister, as my old history master would have remarked; and the fact has been a matter of universal knowledge since at least 1952, when, if I remember aright the joke, “Would you buy a second-hand car from this man?” began to circulate. Hugh Brogan
Mr. Roosevelt has studied well the Hitlerian art and bids fair to outdo the record of his teacher. Earl Browder
I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion. James Buchanan
He will antagonize you. To that extent he is steady. William F. Buckley Jr.
It was my decision, and I blew it, but I’m not about to say that I blew it. George W. Bush
… the grand lama of Federal adoration, the immaculate divinity of Mt. Vernon James Thomson Callender
I consider your remarks highly offensive to me and to those with whom I have been working. Neville Chamberlain
The rich are the scum of the earth in every country. Gilbert K. Chesterton
a sheep in sheep's clothing. Winston Churchill; Joseph Stalin
Hitler—this bloodthirsty guttersnipe. Winston Churchill
We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought. Winston Churchill
... a modest man. He has every reason to be modest. Winston Churchill
He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill
He [Clement Attlee] is a modest little man with much to be modest about. Winston Churchill
This wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred, this monstrous product of former wrongs and shame. Winston Churchill
He [Aneurin Bevan] will be as great a curse to this country in peace as he was a squalid nuisance in time of war. Winston Churchill
His colleagues [cannot] compare with him in that acuteness and energy of mind with which he devotes himself to so many topics injurious to the strength and welfare of the state. Winston Churchill
He need not get so angry because the House laughs at him: he ought to be pleased when they only laugh at him. Winston Churchill
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offence. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
When they finally decided to do McCarthy in, Nixon was the fellow they selected, and he was perfectly willing to turn on his conservative friends and cut their throats….Nixon was a superb hatchet man. Roy M. Cohn
Snivel Service Roscoe Conkling
He would not blow his nose without moralizing on conditions in the handkerchief industry. Cyril Connolly
[Referring to Herbert Hoover:] That man has offered me unsolicited advice for six years—all of it bad. Calvin Coolidge
(Referring to General Hugh Johnson, administrator of the National Recovery Administration:)) ... a comic opera cream puff. Charles E. Coughlin
The New Englanders by their canting, whining, insulting tricks have persuaded the rest of the [American] colonies that the Government [of George III] is going to make absolute slaves of them. Nicholas Cresswell
She [Margaret Thatcher] cannot see an institution without hitting it with her handbag. Julian Critchley
A fascist helping defeatism Daily Worker
You motherfucker Jew bastard, get your ass out of Chicago. Richard Joseph Daley
Little Jappies …. Alphonse D'Amato
...a blue blood, a snob Alphonse D'Amato
If she were a man, I would have knocked her flat. Instead I whispered to her, 'Liz, you are as ugly on the inside as you are on the outside.' Alphonse D'Amato
Kennel of filth Samuel Dana
A Senate seat is a terrible thing to waste. Tom Daschle
We cannot put the face of a person on a stamp unless said person is deceased. My suggestion, therefore, is that you drop dead. James Edward Day
... a grand national joke ... the greatest political Mr. Facingbothways this country has ever had. Eugene V. Debs
Whatever standards we use to take his measure … to him will fall the glory of being the greatest criminal in history…. He was methodical, all-embracing, and total as a criminal. He was one of those terrible dogmatists capable of destroying nine-tenths of the human race to ‘make happy’ the other tenth. Milovan Djilas
Tricky Dick Helen Gahagan
[Referring to Patrick Henry:] ... a man of desperate circumstances ... who excited the People to join in ... outrageous and rebellious Practices. John Murray; Lord Dunsmore
President Bush blames the LA riots on the 60's. Which 60's is he talking about the 1960s or the 1860s when Lincoln freed the slaves? Will Durst
Bill Clinton smoked Marijuana but he didn't inhale, he spent time with a woman but he didn't sleep with her, he received a draft notice but didn't read it. Why give him the White House; he won't use it. Will Durst
It was the most ill-considered statement in the history of diplomacy. Abba Eban
If you give me a week, I might think of one. Dwight D. Eisenhower
My only wish is... to transform friends of God into friends of man. Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach
Who does not know that kings and rulers sprang from men who were ignorant of God, who assumed because of blind greed and intolerable presumption to make themselves masters of other men, their equals, by means of pride, violence, bad faith, murder, and almost every other kind of crime? Surely the devil drove them on. Gregory VII (Saint Hildebrand)
This entire administration has been a disgrace from the very beginning to everyone who has had any thing to do with bring it to power. I take my full share of the … shame myself. I can atone for what I have done no otherwise than in refusing to be instrumental in continuing it. James W. Grimes
Maniacal self-promoter …. Makes Machiavelli look like a simple, straightforward kinda guy. Thomas Friedman
If you can't say anything bad about someone, don't say anything at all, because it won't get printed. Al From
It is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself. For we are all tarred with the same brush and are children of one and the same Creator. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Head Devil Theodore Roosevelt
This President [George W. Bush] is a miserable failure. Richard A. Gephardt
Commisar D'Amato [Referring to U. S. Senator Alphonse D'Amato (Republican, NY) Steve Forbes
What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promises of those. Gilbert Highet
Orrin Hatch has a five pound tongue in a four pound head. Jim Hightower
We like to keep an eye on the rascals. James R. Hoffa
The United Nations is an indispensable but deeply flawed institution. Richard Holbrooke
We cannot assume the injustice of any actions which only create offense, and especially as regards religion and morals. He who utters or does anything to wound the conscience and moral sense of others, may indeed act immorally, but so long as he is not guilty of being importunate, he violates no right. Wilhelm von Humboldt
The General is suffering from mental saddle sores. Harold L. Ickes
Our Federal Union! It must and shall be preserved. Andrew Jackson
The foreign policy adopted by our government is to do justice to all, and to submit to wrong by none. Andrew Jackson
John D. Rockefeller is the greatest murderer the nation had ever produced. Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
Robber Barons Matthew Josephson
In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation ... Book of Maccabees
His [President John Adams'] language to the young men at Philadelphia is the most abominable and degrading that could fall from the lips of the first magistrate of an independent people, and particularly from a Revolutionary patriot. James Madison
If every politician, in or out of government, were made to apologize for injudicious remarks, he would have little time to do anything else. John Major
If he makes out Pierce to be either a brave or a great man, then it will be the greatest work of fiction he ever wrote. Horace Mann
If they [political opponents] go around lying about your record, insulting your job performance, your wife and your patriotism, you ought to double up your fist and knock the crap out of them. Ed Martin
… a man steeped in falsehood … who had recourse to the lie whenever it suits his convenience …. He would sell his grandmother for any advantage. Joseph R. McCarthy
I would welcome a recall election—next week, next month. At least a recall election I think would shut 'em all up. I'll tell you what, if a band of homosexuals and a few dissident Democrats can get me out of office, why heavens, the state deserves what else they can get. Evan Mecham
Democracy is that system of government under which the people, having 35,717,342 native-born whites to choose from, including thousands who are handsome and many who are wise, pick out a Coolidge to be head of the State. H. L. Mencken
He was not only a bore; he bored for England Malcolm Muggeridge
The English language has been carefully culled to find words feeble in their nature or doubtful in their meaning. Richard Henry Lee
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the outcome he predicted yesterday did not happen today. Irving R. Levine
I have just read your dispatch about sore-tongued and fatigued horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigues anything? Abraham Lincoln
The only danger is, that he will attempt to suppress polygamy in that country be marrying all of the women himself. Belva Lockwood
America is like a melting pot. The people at the bottom get burned, and the scum floats to the top. Charles King
Fairness and the Tories always seems to be an oxymoron. Tony Blair
This man is very evil. He tried to kill my daddy! George W. Bush
My dog Millie knows more about foreign policy than those two bozos. George W. Bush
I will not tolerate your menopausic outbursts. Santiago Casares Quiroga
Go back to Simi Valley, you skunks! Go back to Woodland Hills! Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people, it is your duty to die. Augustin Cebada
A murder may be forgiven, an affront never Chinese Proverb
There is really no point in exposing equipment and men to the not inconsiderable wear and tear of a three thousand kilometres’ flight, in order to give the rabble of a second-class country like Argentina a chance to insult us. Galeazzo Ciano
Of all the countries in which I have lived Argentina is certainly the one I loved least – indeed I felt a profound contempt for it. Galeazzo Ciano
The best kind of politician is the one who doesn’t do anything—he can’t screw things up. Mark Cuban
You have landed in Egypt, thinking to take possession of it. You have imagined that it was only peopled with cowards ! you who are a drum filled with wind….The death of the servants of the Messiah has been the reward given to you by God….What now remains of the seventy thousand who accompanied you? Dead, wounded, and prisoners ! Essahib Giemal Edden Ben Matroub
Brownson never will stop and listen, neither in conversation, but what is more, not in solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Spanish do not like me, but I fully detest them also. Elizabeth Farnese
Any athletic coach or manager who tells players that their game is like being in a war, has never been in a war. War is a dirty business and should never be compared to sports. It is an insult to those who have fought in a war. . Bob Feller
He takes the second step before the first Frederick II
The news is the one thing the networks can point to with pride. Everything else they do is crap—and they know it Fred W. Friendly
I look upon him as the greatest criminal known for having plunged the world into this ghastly war. George V
I may be uninspired but I’ll be damned if I’m an alien. George V
The beast that surges up from the sea laden with blasphemous names, and raging with a bear’s paws and a lion’s maw, his other members in the likeness of a leopard, his gaping mouth offending the Holy Name, unceasingly even hurling his lance at the tabernacle of God and His Saints in heaven Gregory IX
Weyler the brute, the devastator of haciendas, the destroyer of families, and the outrage of women. William Randolph Hearst
A lot of the Arabs are upset with Sadat. He has to be careful every morning when he starts his camel. Bob Hope
Then Anthony is mad, stark mad. Mad Anthony Wayne! Mad Anthony Wayne! Jeremy the Rover
This man Bush is just about as mean as he can be. Lyndon B. Johnson
I saw Sadat as a character out of Aida. He talked a lot but never acted. I didn’t take him seriously. Henry A. Kissinger
You know he has that white hood somewhere in his closet. Spike Lee
This man will never finish anything. He thinks about the end before he thinks about the beginning. Leo X; Giovanni de Medici
The Church of Rome, formerly the most holy of all churches, has become the most lawless den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the very kingdom of sin, death, and hell; so that not even Antichrist, if he were to come, could devise any addition to its wickedness. the Church of Rome, formerly the most holy of all churches, has become the most lawless den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the very kingdom of sin, death, and hell; so that not even Antichrist, if he were to come, could devise any addition to its wickedness. Martin Luther
Chief scamp of the Quakers Cotton Mather
You don’t think that Lyndon Johnson, young as he is, can tell senators like Carl Hayden and Harry Bird what to do? Sarah McClendon
People who write letters to the editor are idiots. H. L. Mencken
Mr. [Jefferson] Davis was kindness personified and told me to go home and tell my parents that as soon as the Government established a naval school I should have one of the first appointments. I left the presence of the great man crestfallen and convinced that the Confederacy was doomed. I had come to fight, not to go to school. Had I not just left the greatest naval school in the world to avoid getting an education? And here the best they could offer me was a place in some makeshift academy that was to be erected in the future. I felt that I had been deceived and badly treated, and I mentally comforted myself with the assurance that I knew more about drill and tactics than the whole mob of civilian generals and colonels who thronged the capitol's corridors James Morris Morgan
His fundamental interest throughout his life was himself. Desmond Morris
… autocrat of half the world John Lothrop Motley
… a blind man talking to a group of deaf people Paul O'Neill
Lunched with Jack Kennedy, the new Senator from Massachusetts. He has the making of a first-class Senator or a first-class fascist. Drew Pearson
Governor [Robert R.] Livingston is confessedly a Man of the first rate talents, but he appears to me rather to indulge a sportiveness of wit, than a strength of thinking William Leigh Pierce
Mr. Sherman exhibits the oddest shaped character I ever remember to have met with. He is awkward, un-meaning, and unaccountably strange in his manner. But in his train of thinking there is something regular, deep, and comprehensive; yet the oddity of his address, the vulgarisms that accompany his public speaking, and that strange new England cant which runs through his public as well as his private speaking make everything that is connected with him grotesque and laughable; -and yet he deserves infinite praise,-no Man has a better Heart or a clearer Head. William Leigh Pierce
… that poisonous woman John D. Rockefeller
Dumber than a guinea pig, A fathead Theodore Roosevelt
The European mind is capitulating. It is capitulating out of weakness, out of [intellectual] sloth, out of apathy, out of lack of imagination Joseph Roth
As soon as these people (the ceremonialists) had set themselves up in the temple of God to rule in the place of Christ, they began to grow in pride, greed, and arrogance, to decrease in spirituality, to distribute grace and indulgences, to assume to themselves all the power and authority of God, to forgive sins, and to loose and bind as if they themselves were the Holy Spirit. In this way they have fallen away from Christ and from all spiritual discernment; in this way also, they have burdened the whole of Christianity with the heavy yoke of servitude and have led many souls into a maze of utter confusion, which is even to this day a pitiful sight to behold. Caspar Schwenckfeld von Ossig
Jehovah's Witnesses are a dangerous organization. They are dangerous from a political point of view. They view all governments as products of Satan. They do not acknowledge armies, regarding them also as a product of Satan; they refuse to carry out any military service Shenouda III
Here is your piece of ground, you son of a whore! Spanish nationalists
[William Randolph] Hearst married a prostitute, and then gradually dragged her down to his own level. Moorfield Storey
Now, it takes time to secure and to keep that which the public has decided it is not for the general good that you have. It takes time and caution to perfect anything which must be concealed. It takes time to crush men who are pursuing legitimate trade. But one of Mr. Rockefeller’s most impressive characteristics is patience. There never was a more patient man, or one who could dare more while he waited. Ida Tarbell
Our national life is on every side distinctly poorer, uglier, meaner, for the kind of influence he exercises. Ida Tarbell
I don’t understand why Jackie O[nassis] thinks she’s so grand that she doesn’t owe it to the public to have another great marriage to somebody big. You’d think she’d want to scheme and connive to get into history again. Andy Warhol
… one of the silliest devils I ever knew Duke of Wellington
… the tools of despotism and corruption John Wilkes
I’m the only woman in the country who gets a regular pay check doing political cartoons. And there are no Blacks. I don’t know why …. Perhaps, women are used to taking care of pathetic things; cartoonists beat up on pathetic things. Signe Wilkinson
A man of meaner presence is not often seen. Zachary Taylor
… a lying crook in the Presidency James M. Cannon
Ozone Man George W. Bush
… the betrayal of the American people by Franklin D. Roosevelt Joseph P. Kennedy
Winston Churchill is an entirely bellicose individual…no long term views Joseph P. Kennedy
Idiotes Anonymous
We will make your women bear our children who will become your masters. Lorenzo Bernal del Mercado
While intellectually you are giants, morally you are pygmies. Tom Lantos
… undisciplined, badly armed, miserably provided and worse commanded.”,,,,, Sumner could see no way of implementing a command agreement except by using force, which meant using militia against militia William H. Sumner
A murderer of souls, more unjust than Pilate and more cruel than Judas Bridget of Sweden; Birgitta
… slobby Michael Moore George W. Bush
It has been said that this Congress is to be a do-nothing Congress. My humble judgment is, if this House shall investigate carefully and determine correctly and accurately the numerous contested-election cases before it, it will have performed a duty to the country of greater importance than the settlement of any question that has ever claimed the attention of a deliberative legislative body in this Republic for the last half century. Romulus Whitaker Zachariah Linney
... avaricious to a most infamous degree; needy at the same time, having a numerous family to provide for John Adams
A lazy, idle people, depending chiefly upon the savages for their subsistence . . . and scarcely raise as much as will supply their wants George Croghan
Loathsome hordes dark swarms of worms that emerge from the narrow crevices of their holes when the sun is high, preferring to cover the villainous faces with hair rather than their private parts and surrounding areas with clothes. Gildas Bandonicus
… a man remarkable even among civil servants for adroitness in baffling inconvenient inquiries, resource in raising false issues, and, in, short, a consummate command of all the arts of officially sticking in the mud Florence Nightingale
Holy shit. Sons of bitches – I wouldn’t have seen them. They don’t deserve it. They don’t deserve it. Ill tell you this, they are never – I’m surprised that we really have – who did this?... The Ivy League presidents? Oh, I wont let those sons of bitches ever in this white house again. Never. Never. None of them. They’re finished. The Ivy League schools are finished. My God-. Richard Nixon
Screw the cabinet and the rest of those. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve made the speech now and let the rest of them – if they like it, fine. But no more suckin’ around. From now on they come to me. I’m sick of the whole bunch. Richard Nixon
an Indolent Slothful Set of Vagabonds, who, were lurking and walking up and down the backcountry having great influence on the Savages . . . (and) exciting their Jealousys and Stirring up their hatred Robert Rogers
If any person has sung or composed against another person a SONG (carmen) such as was causing slander or insult.... he shall be clubbed to death. Rome
The problem with smear campaigns is that too often they work Mark Shields
That spirit of freedom, which at the commencement of this contest would have gladly sacrificed everything to the attainment of its object, has long since subsided, and every selfish passion has taken its place. It is not the public, but private interest, which influences the generality of mankind, nor can the Americans any longer boast an exception. Under these circumstances it would rather have been surprising if you had succeeded George Washington
Snot-nosed kid … a grandstanding little runt Lyndon B. Johnson
Donald Rumsfeld is the rottenest person I have known in government Henry A. Kissinger
If flip-flop were an Olympic sport, John McCain would win the gold medal. Rahm Emanuel
Pat Buchanan is a … crazed Davy Crockett running around the parapets of Nixon’s Alamo. Hunter S. Thompson
… the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush … Harry Belafonte
Patrick Henry has an avaricious heart. Devoutly pray for his death. Thomas Jefferson
I think he’s incredibly dangerous. He’s a very smart guy whose electrons aren’t connected, so he arc lights all the time. He can’t organize anything. Jay Garner
I am pleased that God made my skin black, but I only wish he had made it thicker. Curt Flood
… superannuated bagmen Mordecai Richler
Hillary Clinton, the most Godless woman in the Senate, right out of the Marxist playbook... Michael Savage
To have to answer anything about what that slimeball says is just too much. George W. Bush
I would like to apologize for referring to George W. Bush as a 'deserter.' What I meant to say is that George W. Bush is a deserter, an election thief, a drunk driver, a WMD liar, and a functional illiterate Michael Moore
Yasser Arafat was a blood-soaked, sub-human, vile, reprehensible, murderous animal... If there is a crueler pile of camel manure than Palestine, and then it has got to be the total fiction of a Palestinian people Mark Williams
The Secretary General of the United Nations is more of a secretary than a general. Samantha Power
In Quebec, people are moved too often by passion and too little by intelligence. Pierre Trudeau
He seems like such a gentle man as he walks with his cane. Then he opens his mouth. Kofi Annan
The Politician uses the language of diplomacy of which he is a master, and it consists in telling some of the truth without necessarily exhausting it. Peter de Noronha
… utterly destitute of moral sensibility Carter Glass
His essence was force . . . the relish of power, and command. Dean Acheson
Indians are no goddamned good. Richard Nixon
The Bitch Richard Nixon
Women voting is like prostitution. Ruhollah Khomeini
word thrower … phrase maker Theodore Roosevelt
The Church burned Bruno and imprisoned Galileo. The Church has lived by its monopolies and conquered by its intolerance. William Ralph Inge
Under Karl Rove’s leadership, crony capitalism became a Biblical injunction. Bill Moyers
Talking to Karl Rove is like talking to a fire hydrant. Christopher Matthews
People who live in glass dude ranches should not question the patriotism of real soldiers who fought and bled for this country on a real battlefield. Jim Webb
President Eisenhower is two faced and has no guts. Louis Armstrong
… extreme, polarizing, moralistic, and unattractive Sandra Day O'Connor
The President of the United States should be very careful about the veracity of his public assertions. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Uniformed defeatists Winston Churchill
That would depend, sir, on whether I embraced your principles or your mistress. Benjamin Disraeli
This administration has been attempting to unscramble the omelet. Mistakes made in the last four years cannot be undone. Tom Lantos
The Republicans have lost their way. Principle has been swapped for power, and they have gotten neither. They deserve to have lost. Alan Greenspan
The Undertaker Ayn Rand
… a pygmy who should not be set on a pedestal Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac
… the commonest little dog I have ever seen, without one sign of distinction Neville Chamberlain
For years we have been giving their political leadership the benefit of the doubt, and now only doubt remains. Evan Bayh
Washington talks about herself and almost nothing else. Henry James
That Indian swamp in the wilderness… Thomas Jefferson
Catholic Menace to Our Government Lemuel K. Washburn
I should think it hardly possible to state the opposite of the truth with more precision. Winston Churchill
... combines a limited outlook with strong qualities of resistance. Winston Churchill
Pathetic William Daniel Leahy
I was in search of a one-armed economist so that the guy could never make a statement and then say, "On the other hand ... Harry S Truman
Bremer is a control freak! Henry A. Kissinger; Paul Bremer
An assembly of tailors and blacksmiths.... Francisco de Miranda
Columbians prefer to descend to the eternal abysses rather than be Spaniards. Simon Bolivar
In Washington, common sense policy is considered bold. Ben Scott
The communist experiment should never be forgotten otherwise it may be repeated. Vaclav Klaus
President Eisenhower is a communist dupe! John Birch Society
O, you anarchic scum, you cowardly murderers, you leeches upon honest labor, you midnight assassins! Harrison Grey Otis
The imperial judiciary lives. Antonin Scalia
General cash My-cheque Anonymous
Black Tom Tyrant Anonymous
Politicians are like diapers. They should both be changed frequently and for the same reason Anonymous
President George W. Bush inherited the strongest economy and the largest surplus ever in American history. He has blown both of them. I thought that one of the things he would be good at is inheriting but he wasn’t able to even do that well. Paul Begala
A bird may be taught to speak with as much sense as many of the clergy do in this country. These, though not scholars, yet are crafty to cozen the poor common people and to dissuade them from following his highness orders. The country folk here much hate your lordship, and despitefully call you, in their Irish tongue, the Blacksmith's Son. As a friend, I desire your lordship to look well to your noble person. George Browne
[George W.] Bush is the only force of evil in the world that liberals haven’t wanted to appease. Ann Coulter
[George W. Bush is] … the most dangerous President in my lifetime. Howard Dean
This is an administration that has gotten 600 Americans killed by not telling the truth. I don’t see why anyone would believe any of the political ads. Howard Dean
That crack-brained harlequin and semi-lunatic, George Francis Train! He is as destitute of principle as he is of sense, and is fast gravitating toward a lunatic asylum. He may be of use in drawing an audience; but so would a kangaroo, a gorilla, or a hippopotamus. William Lloyd Garrison
It should be fully known how astonishing, nay, rather deplorable, the conduct of the emperor has been in the Eastern lands from beginning to end to the great detriment of the cause of Jesus Christ and to the great injury of the Christian faith. From the sole of his foot to the top of his head no common sense would be found in him… Gerold
Intellectual perverts! J. Edgar Hoover
I think it is in our interest to punish the first insult; because the first insult is the parent of many others. Thomas Jefferson
Congress, factious, domineering, tyrannical Congress has undertaken to poison the minds of the American people, and create a feeling against me in consequence of the manner in which I have distributed the public patronage. Andrew Johnson
These deluded creatures [Christians], you see, have persuaded themselves that they are immortal and will live forever, which explains the contempt of death and willing self-sacrifice so common among them. It was impressed on them too by their lawgiver that from the moment they are converted, deny the gods of Greece, worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws, they are all brothers. They take his instructions completely on faith, with the result that they despise all worldly goods and hold them in common ownership. So any adroit, unscrupulous fellow, who knows the world, has only to get among these simple souls and his fortune is quickly made; he plays with them Lucian of Samosata
The Jews are blood-relations of our Lord; if it were proper to boast of flesh and blood, the Jews belong more to Christ than we. I beg, therefore, my dear Papist, if you become tired of abusing me as a heretic, that you begin to revile me as a Jew. Martin Luther
Her Majesty's Executioner General and General Butcher of Ireland John Mitchel
When the honourable member is gratified by seeing the sovereign of his choice on the throne of these realms, I hope he will enjoy, and I am sure he will deserve, the confidence of the Crown Robert Peel
Lenin was a Russian bourgeois who cursed the weakness and ineptitude of the Russian bourgeoisie Fredy Perlman
If George or his successors want to play violent games, someone could just bring them a set of plastic army men and they could have at it all day in the West Wing. Let them live out their fantasies of death and dominion with toys rather than the real world Lew Rockwell; Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
The Madness of President George Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.; Lew Rockwell
The American people are sick and tired of being afraid to speak their minds lest they be politically smeared as "Communists" or "Fascists" by their opponents. Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America. It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others. Margaret Chase Smith
The United States Senate has long enjoyed worldwide respect as the greatest deliberative body in the world. But recently that deliberative character has too often been debased to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination sheltered by the shield of congressional immunity. Margaret Chase Smith
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
All barbarous nations are commonly great observers of ceremonies. Edmund Spencer
Have you every seen what some of your evangelical Christians have said about Moslems and our Prophet. We all have our own coo-coos. Bandar Bin Sultan
The Spaniardes have executed most outragious and more then Turkishe cruelties in all the west Indies Richard Hakluyt
Ashcroft has subverted more elements of the Bill of Rights than any Attorney General in American history. Nat Hentoff
Why hasn’t Gandhi died yet? Winston Churchill
Bush Lied—Thousands Died Bush Is A Weapon of Mass Deception Anonymous
For most politicians, facts lead to conclusions. For George W. Bush, conclusions lead to facts. Mark Green
In my lifetime I have never seen such a volume of deceiving and dissembling. Mark Green
Is Mr. [John Quincy] Adams demented, or is he perversely wicked? Both, I think, and Adams ought to be confined to a hospital. Andrew Jackson
… an illiterate with an unbalanced mind. Richard Burdon Haldane
We have an administration that doesn’t do what it says and doesn’t say what it does. Edward M. Kennedy
I doubt very much if a man whose main literary interests were in works by Mr. Zane Grey, admirable as they may be, is particularly equipped to be the chief executive of this country, particularly where Indian Affairs are concerned. Dean Acheson
He's a politician. That's a notch below child molester. Woody Allen
The Islamic Resistance Movement does not allow slandering or speaking ill of individuals or groups Hamas
President Bush is a corporation in the White House masquerading as a human being. Ralph Nader
God wanted to chastise mankind, so he sent lawyers. Russian Proverb
Calling the New York State Legislature “a circus” is inappropriate. Circus animals are very intelligent. Alfred E. Smith
God wanted to chastise mankind, so he sent lawyers. Spanish Proverb
In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made School Boards. Mark Twain
I think this coming session of Congress will be composed of the hungriest set of men that ever got together Collis P. Huntington
This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever. Sigmund Freud
I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago. . . . I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages. Rudyard Kipling
He that is rich will not be called a fool. Spanish Proverb
He lied like an eyewitness. Anonymous
The We Shout, You Listen crowd Emily Rooney
Barack Hussein Obama Jr and other enemies of America Mark Williams
Liberalism is a Mental Illness Mark Williams
We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop Mark Williams
How weak and imbecile, in such a crisis [the slavery issue], have been the good and amiable General Taylor, and his puerile and contemptible cabinet at his back! New York Herald
In Washington, common sense policy is considered bold. Ben Scott
The communist experiment should never be forgotten otherwise it may be repeated. Vaclav Klaus
JFK may have tousled hair, but he still is a Marxist. Ronald Reagan
The stock market is a racket. Those guys are crooks. Al Capone
They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy, so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so that they can enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power …. The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world … Mohamad Mahathir
President Eisenhower is a communist dupe! John Birch Society
As to you, sir, treacherous in private friendship and … a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an imposter, whether you have abandoned good principles, or whether you ever had any. Thomas Paine
You have sent us a rich man, untrained in diplomacy, unlearned in history and politics, who is a great publicity seeker and who is apparently ambitious to be the first Catholic President of the United States. Josiah Wedgwood
... treasonable nonsense! Richard Nixon
Adlai the appeaser ... who got a Ph.D. from Dean Acheson's College of Cowardly Communist Containment. Richard Nixon
We know that reality was a well known liberal bias. Stephen Colbert
Nixon’s wife was featured at the nominating convention. They were trying to give Nixon a little bit of humanity which was a very difficult thing to do. Michael Beschloss
We have a new President who knows nothing about foreign affairs and a Vice President who thinks he knows everything about foreign affairs. Lawrence Eagleburger
… a dupe and fellow traveler Life Magazine
The easiest way to get on television these days is to be extremely rude. Barack Obama
You roll back the stones and you find the slithering things of the world of Richard Nixon. Adlai Stevenson
The League of Nations is theatrical scenery. H. G. Wells
Sir, divine providence takes care of his own universe. Moral monsters cannot propagate. Impotent of everything but malevolence of purpose, they can not otherwise multiply miseries than by blaspheming all that is pure and prosperous and happy. Could demon propagate demon, the universe might become a Pandemonium; but I rejoice that the Father of Lies can never become the father of Liars. One adversary of God and man is enough for one universe. Tristam Burges
... apostles of anarchy, bloodshed and atheism. Oliver Ellsworth
The Big Lie: Hitler Invented It. Stalin Perfected It. Nixon Uses It. Helen G Douglas
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson
Hillary is Satan Anonymous
The Madman from Massachusetts Anonymous
Uncle Cornpone William F. Buckley Jr.
The Nation’s most conspicuous vulgarian William F. Buckley Jr.
The last time I saw you Gooks was when you were shooting at me. Randy Duke Cunningham
The dumbest fucking guy on the planet. Tommy Franks
The Shah is a nut! William E. Simon
Theodore Roosevelt has become the most dangerous man in American history because of his hold on the less intelligent voters and the discontented. William Howard Taft
It’s not anti-Americanism that you see around the world. It is anti-Bushism Richard Holbrooke
For his own sordid ends The pulpit he ascends Abdallah Al-Maarri
Ronald Reagan was the modern prophet of profligacy. Andrew J. Bacevich
Parliament is just like Noah’s Ark—many beasts and a few humans. William Wilberforce
If Donald Trump ran for President, it would be great for us comedians. It would not be good for anybody else, but it would be terrific for us. Seth Meyers
I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one. George Bernard Shaw
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts—for support rather than illumination. Andrew Lang
He suffers from delusions of adequacy. Walter Kerr
He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary William Faulkner
James Forrestal is the most dangerous man in America. If he is not removed from office, he will cause another world war. Drew Pearson
I wish I were as sure of anything as Charles (Krouthammer) is about everything. Mark Shields
Some time since a Senator from Massachusetts allowed himself, in an elaborately prepared speech, to offer a gross insult to my State, and to a venerable friend, who is my State representative, and who was absent at the time. Not content with that, he published to the world, and circulated extensively, this uncalled for libel on my State and my blood. Whatever insults my State insults me. Her history and character have commanded my pious veneration; and in her defense I hope I shall always be prepared, humbly and modestly, to perform the duty of a son. I should have forfeited my own self-respect, and perhaps the good opinion of my countrymen, if I had failed to resent such an injury by calling the offender in question to a personal account. Preston Brooks
That’s right Clement. Every time you see something big, you want to nationalize it. Winston Churchill
Tell the Lord Privy Seal that I am sealed in the privy and can only deal with one shit at a time. Winston Churchill
Pacifists think that wolves are vegetarians Mansour El-Kikhia
The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at a crossroads. Flann O'Brien
The Little President Anonymous
They are a passel of egg-sucking dogs. Daniel Morgan
The study of economics does not seem to require any specialized gifts of an unusually high order. John Maynard Keynes
Whoever, with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person, utters any word or makes any sound in the hearing of that person or makes any gesture in the sight of that person or places any object in the sight of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both. Pakistan
You said something I didn't say. Now shove it. Teresa Heinz
Fig leaves of democratic procedure … hide the nakedness of Stalinist dictatorship George F. Kennan
He's a pre-Copernican obscurantist Paul Keating
Brazil is not a serious country. Charles de Gaulle
Moslems everywhere behave with equal savagery. They behead criminals, stone to death female — only female — adulteresses, throw acid in the faces of women who refuse to wear the chador, mutilate the genitals of young girls and ritually abuse animals.. Robert Kilroy-Silk
Muslims are backward and evil and if it is racist to say so... then racist I must be. Robert Kilroy-Silk
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life. Karl Kraus
I should have appointed a judge with more backbone than a banana. Theodore Roosevelt
It wasn't intelligence — it was propaganda. They'd take a little bit of intelligence, cherry-pick it, make it sound much more exciting, usually by taking it out of context, often by juxtaposition of two pieces of information that don't belong together. Karen Kwiatkowski
Alexander Hamilton is a man devoid of every moral principle. John Adams
A man of irregular and insatiable ambition ...who ought not be trusted with the reins of government Alexander Hamilton
A slur upon the moral government of the world John Adams
All tongue, without either head or heart.’ Thomas Jefferson
As it is seems natural to our nation to aspire to golden freedom (ad auream libertatem), so we experience in contrast amongst the ordinary nations of these countries such a servile character, that their freedom and self-government apparently are even worse than slavery. Moreover, when freed, they pursue their submission to another person …. They set their sail according to the wind, have themselves circumcised, following and practicing the Muslim faith Justus Heurnius
Forbear to speak evil not only of your friends, but also of your enemies. Pittacus of Mytilene
Take that bone out of your nose and call me back. Rush Limbaugh
It's beyond me how anybody can look at these protestors and call them anything other than what they are: anti-American, anticapitalist, pro-Marxist communists. Rush Limbaugh
He was born to be a senator. He never said anything important, and he always said it sonorously. Sinclair Lewis
I have defined the hundred per cent American as ninety-nine per cent an idiot. George Bernard Shaw
An itinerant masseur, massaging the politically erogenous zones David Lange
He's gone around the country stirring up apathy. David Lange
I wouldn't call the Prime Minister gutless. That's all that's left of him. David Lange
George W. Bush … was ideologically obsessed. Eric Alterman
Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure. Robert LeFevre
A new poll shows that Americans now believe that Bill Clinton is more honest than President George W. Bush. … At least when Clinton screwed the nation, he did it one person at a time. Jay Leno
You come along squirting words at us, shaking your fist and calling us all dam fools so fierce the froth slobbers over your lips...always blabbing we’re all going to hell straight off and you know all about it...Go ahead and bust all the chairs you want to. Smash a whole wagon load of furniture at every performance. Turn sixty somersaults and stand on your nutty head. If it wasn’t for the way you scare the women and kids I’d feel sorry for you and pass the hat. I like to watch a good four-flusher work, but not when he starts people puking and calling for the doctors Carl Sandburg
… communists and sex perverts Jesse Helms
The University of Negroes and Communists Jesse Helms
[Referring to LBJ:] ... one of the few politicians with whom I found it uncomfortable to be in the same room. Denis Healey
[President Dwight D.] Eisenhower had been around generals enough to know how unbelievably dumb the lot of them are. Wayne L. Hays
If you can't control these rumheads when you're their candidate, how the hell do you expect to control them if you become President? Wayne L. Hays
If you'd like to know how the Serbs in my district feel about everything, Mr. President, I can tell you there's not a one of them who wouldn't hang you from the nearest lamppost if they had the chance. Wayne L. Hays
I don't know what the hell you're doing here telling us how to discharge our business. You were the worst Secretary of HEW the country ever had. Wayne L. Hays
Great Britain is a tyrant state. They are not worthy to be our bretheren. Abigail Adams
Tell the son of a bitch I wouldn’t speak with him even if it meant the presidency of the United States. Byron Patton Harrison
… an obnoxious jerk and war criminal Jack Cafferty
If John McCain wins, this woman will be one 72 year-old's heartbeat away from being president of the United States, and if that doesn't scare the Hell out of you, it should... Jack Cafferty
How hard it is to accept the truth. How hard it is Abraham A. Ribicoff
Fuck you, you Jew son of a bitch! You lousy motherfucker go home Richard Joseph Daley
Democratic (campaign) commercials subjected American citizens to the most uncouth mental torture. Thruston Ballard Morton
And distasteful as this matter is, I must say bluntly that every piece of scientific evidence we have, every lesson of history and experience, indicates that a Republican victory tomorrow would mean that Richard Nixon would probably be president of this country within the next four years…. I say frankly, as a citizen more than a candidate, that I recoil at the prospect of Mr. Nixon as custodian of this nation’s future Adlai Stevenson
We'd all like to vote for the best man but he's never a candidate. Frank McKinney Hubbard; Abe Martin
The orgy of thieving in Iraq has more to do with the character of the people than the absence of restraining troops. And to think that good, decent, law-abiding young British and American men and women laid down their lives to liberate this thieving mob. Robert Kilroy-Silk
A country peopled by peasants, priests and pixies. Robert Kilroy-Silk
Again and again, the altruist has arisen in politics, has bidden us share with others the product of our toil, and has proclaimed the communistic dogma as the panacea for our social ills. So today, amid the buried hopes and buried projects of the past, the doctrine of communism still lives in the minds of men. Under stress of misfortune, or in dread of tyranny, it is still preached in modern times as Plato preached it in the world of the Greeks. Yet it is indeed doubtful whether, in the history of mankind, a doctrine was ever taught more impracticable or more false to the principles it professes than this very doctrine of communism Benjamin N. Cardozo
It’s going to prove to be one of the greatest blunders any American President has ever made. Jimmy Carter
Iraq is the wrong war and the wrong time in the wrong place. David Halberstam
No one ever resigns from the Council on Foreign Relations. They die. Chalmers Johnson
Socialism has collapsed and survives nowhere but in Cuba, China, Vietnam, and on American university campuses Thomas J. DiLorenzo
America is a lunatic asylum Ezra Pound
Unfortunately we are politicians when we should be statesmen. Tom Coburn
Liberals and the Democratic Party are demonic. Ann Coulter
Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy. Henry A. Kissinger
Welsh people are loquacious, dissemblers, immoral liars, stunted, bigoted, dark, ugly, pugnacious little trolls. Adrian Anthony Gill
The English are an embarrassing and an ugly race—a lumpen and louty, coarse, unsubtle, beady-eyed, beefy-bummed herd. Adrian Anthony Gill
Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason Mark Twain
The Isle of Man managed to slip through a crack in the space-time continuum...fallen off the back of the history lorry to lie amnesiac in the road to progress...its main industry is money (laundering, pressing, altering and mending)...The weather’s foul, the food’s medieval, it’s covered in suicidal motorists and folk who believe in fairies Adrian Anthony Gill
Now, I'm no doctor, but I am on TV. And in my professional opinion, George W. Bush is a paranoid schizophrenic. ... Bill Maher
Tea Party protesters are corporate America's useful idiots. Bill Maher
What a bastard! James M. Curley
Jews are the brothers of the monkeys and the swine. Verily behind me is a Jew. Then come and kill him Unfortunately we hear too many people saying we must build bridges with them. No. They understand one language. It is the language of the sword, and it is the only language they understand., In order to establish security on this earth …, the word of Allah will be the superior word. Younus Kathrada
Negotiating with Franco is like having your teeth pulled. Adolf Hitler
The Pakistanis can get milk from a bull. Afghanistan Proverb
They have two tongues in one mouth, and two faces on one head so they can speak everybody’s language; they use everybody, deceive everybody. They deceive the Arabs under the guise of Islamic nuclear power, saying that they are defending Islam and Islamic countries. They milk America and Europe in the alliance against terrorism, and they have been deceiving … Muslims around the world in the name of Kashmiri jihad. But behind the curtain, they have been betraying everyone. Abdul Salam Zaeef
We followed you before and you took us on the road to defeat. Everett Dirksen
With all due respect, Mr. President, you are an asshole. Joschka Fischer
It is easy to make a million pesos. Buy an Argentinian for what he is worth, and sell him for what he thinks he is worth. Bolivia
King Andy Thomas Nast
… his haughty disdain, his grandiloquent swell, his majestic, supereminent, overpowering, turkey-gobbler strut James G. Blaine
There ought to be some form of fiction provided to the public other than that provided by Congress. Michael Crichton
The right to insult members of the government is inviolable. Georges Clemenceau
Is there really someone who, searching for a group of wise and sensitive persons to regulate him for his own good, would choose that group of people that constitute the membership of both houses of Congress? Robert Nozick
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split. Robert E. Howard
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. And unfortunately, it is also the definition of Canadian politics. Rick Mercer
First, God made idiots, but that was just for practice. Then he made school boards. Mark Twain
A craven fear of death is sweeping across America. Barry Goldwater
This is about standing for fundamental values that have been the foundation for the development of Western democracies over several hundred years, and we are now in a situation where those values are being challenged. I think some of the Muslims who have reacted very strongly to these cartoons are being driven by totalitarian and authoritarian impulses, and the nature of these impulses is that if you give in once they will just put forward new requirements. We do not apologize for printing the cartoons. It was our right to do so. Flemming Rose
What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. He continued: She wants to be paid to have sex … She’s having so much sex she can’t afford contraception.” Rush Limbaugh
If "pro" is the opposite of "con", is "progress" the opposite of "Congress"? Leo Anthony Gallagher
Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers. R. Buckminster Fuller
I accept the responsibility but not the blame. Let me explain the difference. Those who are to blame lose their jobs. Those who are responsible do not. David Frye
Hookers have to deliver on their promise... unlike politicians. Marty Feldman
You have the charisma of a damp rag, and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk. And the question that I want to ask, [...] that we're all going to ask, is "Who are you ?". I'd never heard of you. Nobody in Europe had ever heard of you. I would like to ask you, President, who voted for you, and what mechanism… Sir, you have no legitimacy in this job at all, and I can say with confidence that I speak on behalf of the majority of British people in saying: we don't know you, we don't want you, and the sooner you're put out to grass, the better Nigel Farage
Europe is an economic giant, a political dwarf, and a military worm. Mark Eyskens
… rigid and homophobic Alan K. Simpson
Theologian — the only kind of scholar who has no knowledge whatsoever of his supposed object of study. Karlheinz Deschner
The House of Commons starts its proceedings with a prayer. The chaplain looks at the assembled members with their varied intelligence and then prays for the country. Alfred Denning
Van Buren Van Buren deserves the hottest place in Hell Van Buren Anonymous
it may work in practice, comrade, but it doesn’t make much sense in theory. Anonymous
There is a difference between being a venture capitalist and a vulture capitalist Rick Perry
Hit the mute button whenever Ron Paul starts to talk. The man is an ignoramous. David Frum
Newt Gingrich can bring the two parties together like no one else. They will be together against him. George Will
I was in session through the winter and announced rodeos in the summer… There’s an amazing correlation . . . in that there’s bull in each profession. Clem McSpadden
A man-like object Calvin Trillin
I grieve, however, that anyone could be stupid enough, in any part of our country, to arrest the Vice-Presidential candidate of a recognized party because, on his way to speak to citizens of the United States, he tried to go through a door which was marked as the entrance for people of color. It seems to me completely incredible that, in a State where colored people are allowed to enlist and go to war and be killed for their country, there should exist anything so senseless as a rule which forces human beings to enter through separate doors according to their color. It is fundamentally un-Christian and wrong. Eleanor Roosevelt
Mongolian Savages George S. Patton
I accept the responsibility but not the blame. Let me explain the difference. Those who are to blame lose their jobs. Those who are responsible do not. David Frye
The President should learn how to be an American. John Sununu
how very warlike the French are … if once roused, they will not listen to the calm reasoning of those who wish for peace, or think of the great risk they run of losing by war, but only of the glory and of revenging insult, as they call it. Queen Victoria
It is an insult to a starving people to offer them religion; it is an insult to a starving man to teach him metaphysics. Swami Vivekananda; Narendra Nath
Ours is assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world. Your Majesty will do the human race an eternal service by extirpating this infamous superstition Voltaire; Francois-Marie
… when the one side says black and the other white, when the opposite political characters are treated by their respective antagonists as rogues, fools, blockheads, wretches, and all the other names in which the English political dictionary is so very rich, one stands like the ass, between two bundles of hay, considerably embarrassed which ought to be chosen.... Leopold II
The Portuguese are, as you say, a most inconceivable set of selfish politicians Queen Victoria
… [a] blowbriating ignoramous … Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics. George Will
Get thee glass eyes ;, And, like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not. William Shakespeare
This is adding insult to injuries. Edward Moore
wooden-head, twentieth-rate back country attorney Edward John Phelps
My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth there's hardly any difference. Harry S Truman
He’s one of the few men in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides. Harry S Truman
If you want to see me again, don't bring signs saying "Trudeau is a pig" and don't bring signs that he hustles women, because I won't talk to you. I didn't get into politics to be insulted. And don't throw wheat at me either. If you don't stop that, I'll kick you right in the ass Pierre Trudeau
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
Socialism is a new form of slavery. Alexis de Tocqueville
Franklin D. Roosevelt is no crusader. He is no tribune of the people. He is no enemy of entrenched privilege. He is a pleasant man who, without any important qualifications for the office, would very much like to be President. Norman Thomas; Paul Beecher
… the polluted harpies that, under the pretense of governing this city, are feeding day and night on its quivering vitals. They are a lying, perjured, rum-soaked and libidinous lot Charles H. Parkhurst
I would as soon go to live in a pen in a stockyard as into American politics H. G. Wells
The wound that’s made by fire will heal, But the wound that’s made by tongue will never heal. Thiruvalluvar
Einstein’s relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king... its exponents are brilliant men but they are metaphysicists rather than scientists. Nikola Tesla
Bobby Kennedy is pathetic as a senator. Lyndon B. Johnson
My last words to you, my son and successor, are: Never trust the Russians! Abdur Rahman Khan
The Bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking. Jonathan Swift
A Politian has an interesting anatomy. A politician has no heart, no guts, and has no backbone; and his head and his ass are interchangeable. Jim Burns
Jerry Falwell is the most dangerous man in America Bob Jones Jr.
I am a man marked by death. We shall not be able to go on seeing each other for long and in your own interests I suggest you do not come here any more. Whatever happens, mark what I say: From now on Germany is in the hands of an Austrian who is a congenital liar, a former officer who is a pervert, and a clubfoot. And I tell you the last is the worst of them all. This is Satan in human form. Gregor Strasser
I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived. Winston Churchill
… a respectable whore Stanley Baldwin
…our friend who was for protecting every other nation except his own. Herbert Hoover
In a body [Congress] where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers . . .you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate and frequently the more trifling the subject the more animated and protracted the discussion Franklin Pierce
I do not question Mr. Lincoln's conscientious belief that the negro was made his equal, and hence is his brother, [audience laughter] but for my own part, I do not regard the negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother or any kin to me whatever Stephen Douglas
Politics in the middle of things of the imagination is like a pistol shot in the middle of a concert. The noise is loud without being forceful. It isn't in harmony with the sound of any instrument. This political discussion will mortally offend half my readers. Stendhal; Marie-Henri
Never trust an economist with your job. Learn about economics yourself. And make up your own mind about what might protect your job-and what might destroy it. Jim Stanford
I have labored carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions Baruch Spinoza
Everyone wishes to catch popular applause for himself, and readily represses the fame of others. Baruch Spinoza
The supremacist ideology of the Bush Administration stands in opposition to the principles of an open society, which recognize that people have different views and that nobody is in possession of the ultimate truth. The supremacist ideology postulates that just because we are stronger than others, we know better and have right on our side. George Soros
I hate to tell you, but it's not always pretty up there on Capitol Hill Tony Snow
In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? Or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue? What does the world yet owe to American physicians or surgeons? What new substances have their chemists discovered? Or what old ones have they advanced? What new constellations have been discovered by the telescopes of Americans? Who drinks out of American glasses? Or eats from American plates? Or wears American coats or gowns? or sleeps in American blankets? Finally, under which of the old tyrannical governments of Europe is every sixth man a slave, whom his fellow-creatures may buy and sell and torture? Sydney Smith
As a matter of fact we both are [being offensive]; and the only difference between us is that I am trying to be, and you can't help it. Frederick Elwin Smith Birkenhead
It would be possible to say without exaggeration that the miners' leaders were the stupidest men in England if we had not frequent occasion to meet the owners. Frederick Elwin Smith Birkenhead
Tell the House of Lords to go to hell. Dennis Edward Skinner
Could Eisenhower really be simply a smart politician, entirely without principles and hungry for glory, who is only the tool of the Communists? The answer is yes. With regard to ... Eisenhower, it is difficult to avoid raising the question of deliberate treason. Robert W. Welch, Jr.
The right honorable gentlemen is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
A person who publishes or distributes written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting is guilty of an offence if— (a) he intends thereby to stir up racial hatred, or (b) having regard to all the circumstances, racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby. England
I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way. Carl Sandburg
Your coarse impudence in making me a proposition to employ my sword in a civil war is simply incomprehensible. You insolent scoundrel! Do you realize it has never been dipped in American blood? Jose de San Martin
Every fire hydrant in the country will be concerned. Bill Clinton
I’ll take a drug test if you will take an IQ test. Ernest F. Hollings
I can explain this to you, but I cannot comprehend it for you. Edward I. Koch
… one of those people who would be enormously improved by death. Hector Hugh Munro
Liberals are people who can’t take their own side in an argument. Anonymous
Liberals are the enemy of ordinary Americans! Newt Gingrich
The media coverers Rush Limbaugh as if he were the king of the Republican Party. The truth of the matter is that he can’t deliver a pizza let alone a vote. Mike Murphy
The declaration that our People are hostile to a government made by themselves, for themselves, and conducted by themselves, is an insult. John Adams
[A] representative of... a government whose Three Graces are Tyranny, Rapacity, Blood. Mark Twain
[A] representative of... a government whose Three Graces are Tyranny, Rapacity, Blood. Mark Twain
I never thought I would see a President of the United States say on television that “I am not a crook.” The worst part of it was, Nixon couldn’t even look the camera in the eye. Gore Vidal
Terrible news. Ronald Reagan’s library just burned town. Both books. But the worst part is that he hadn’t finished coloring the second. Gore Vidal
… creeping collectivism Herbert Hoover
This is Capitol Hill where they never let facts get in the way of a good press release. Anderson Cooper
Jefferson is a profane philosopher and an infidel. Christians! It is thus that a man, whom you are expected to elevate to the chief magistracy, insults yourselves and your Bible! Dr. John Mason
Jefferson would tumble the financial system of the country into ruin at one stroke and cause universal bankruptcy and beggary Mr. Jefferson hated the Constitution [and] pledged to subvert it. Every vessel which floated from our shores would be plundered or captured Alexander Hamilton
It strains credibility to expect Karzai to change fundamentally this late in life and in our relationship. Karl Eikenberry
...if all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world. Blaise Pascal
Some people get a feeling of power from being unpleasant. Alexei Panshin
De Gaulle has all the characteristics to be a dictator. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Barack Obama is an educated fool. He is viewed as the white man in blackface in the community. Bobby Rush
The gentleman’s time has expired, and I now have the floor, and I want to say that it is an improvement to the floor. Thomas Reid
You can’t trust cost-benefit analyses… agencies have a history of fudging their studies to make proposed projects to look better, understating the costs and overstating the benefits. Marc Reisner
Asking a man to tighten up his belt when he has already been stripped down to his underwear is not inspirational can be insensitive and insulting. Al Sharpton
He [President Barack Obama] is absolutely lazy and detached from his job. John Sununu
He’s not a real president…He is a false president. Newt Gingrich
I wish this president would learn to be an American Steve Forbes
Treasury Courtesans Anonymous
Make no mistake about it, Mitt Romney is the default candidate of the Republican Party. Nina Turner
What [Mitt] Romney needs is a personality transplant. Margaret Carlson
I gave Romney some advice. I said “Mitt, just relax and be one of your selves. Mark Russell
Plenty of candidates don’t write their own foreign policy position papers, but Romney is unusual in that he seems not to have even read his. Nicholas Kristof
Perhaps the Romney campaign should invest in a muzzle for its candidate. It might even be tax-deductible! Nicholas Kristof
The Top Lie of 2010! PolitiFact
… this little group of men who not only enjoy a right of instant rebuttal to every presidential address, but more importantly, wield a free hand in selecting, presenting, and interpreting the great issues of our nation.... The American people would rightly not tolerate this kind of concentration of power in government. Is it not fair and relevant to question its concentration in the hands of a tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government? Spiro Agnew
Romney is pretending to be something he is not. He is renting the Republican party in order to fulfill his ambition of being President. The Republican party is renting Romney in order to fulfill its ambition of beating Barack Obama. Thomas Friedman
The science community now recognizes that this administration completely puts its political cart before the scientific horse. We've seen it with one issue after another. Donald Kennedy
I am pro choice. You Mr. Romney are multiple choice Ted Kennedy
To him [Mitt Romney] all profits are equal whether made in the United States or off shore. Ted Strickland
I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents. I have always set myself not merely to relish but to deserve thoroughly their censure. Winston Churchill
A sheep in sheep's clothing Winston Churchill
Washington specialized in doing something that does nothing. Herman Cain
History has tried hard to teach us that we can't have good government under politicians. Mark Twain
You should not insult me by calling me a Republican. I have only voted Republican once in my life, and I have regretted it ever since. John Mackey
Etiquette requires us to admire the human race. Mark Twain
What a nice mob you press fellows are--wholesale scavengers! Gilbert Parker
… whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together. Jonathan Swift
Being a man of very few ideas, he cherished those he had with an exaggerated care. Gilbert Parker
What Congress needs is a trochar. Harry S Truman
belittle Thomas Jefferson
Everything the Bushites touch is screwed up. Gore Vidal
You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the grace of the Eternal God, will rout you out. Andrew Jackson
… a hydra-headed monster eating the flesh of the common man. Andrew Jackson
Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good. John Adams
… the so-called sovereigns, in these different governments, are simply the heads, or chiefs, of different bands of robbers and murderers. Lysander Spooner
With regard to Germany, Prince Metternich is the cause of half the misfortune. His advice was taken by almost all the sovereigns of that country, and it has kept them from doing in time what has now been torn from them with the loss of many rights which they need not have sacrificed. Queen Victoria
Today, “socialism” … is just an all purpose term of abuse. Eric Foner
He is stern and severe—with fixed principles of duty which nothing on earth will make him change; very clever I do not think him, and his mind is an uncivilized one; his education has been neglected; politics and military concerns are the only things he takes great interest in; the arts and all softer occupations he is insensible to, but he is sincere, I am certain, sincere even in his most despotic acts, from a sense that that is the only way to govern; he is not, I am sure, aware of the dreadful cases of individual misery which he so often causes, for I can see by various instances that he is kept in utter ignorance of many things, which his people carry out in most corrupt ways, while he thinks that he is extremely just. Queen Victoria
The Republican brand is in the trash can. If we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf. Thomas M. Davis III
Politics is something similar to the lower physiological functions, with the unpleasant difference that political functions are unavoidably carried out in public. Maxim Gorky
Iron Cage Abraham Lincoln
The Northern Haynau Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
On the political chessboard of internal palace intrigue politics, our people were played last night as a pawn…. It is why the American people hate Congress. It is why they hate them. Chris Christie
Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican National Campaign Committee, should have his head examined. Peter T. King
The modern Southern politician is the least far-seeing of all our short-sighted classes of American statesmen…. Charles Francis Adams II
The honor of England does not consist in defending every English officer or English subject, right or wrong, but in taking care that she does not infringe the rules of justice, and that they are not infringed against her. John Russell
All right, there are 47 percent who are with him [President Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them… These are people who pay no income tax…. My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. Mitt Romney
The responsibility for the violence falls entirely on the perpetrators of the violence and by making this a discussion about censorship, you are really taking the blame away from the people who are really responsible. Eva Galperin
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Charlie Reese
What the hell has [Herbert] Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did. Babe Ruth
The Press is such as the public demands, and the public demands bad newspapers because it has been badly educated. Bertrand Russell
I think if I had met him [Lenin] without knowing who he was, I should not have guessed that he was a great man; he struck me as too opinionated and narrowly orthodox. Bertrand Russell
Roaming the world as a foreign correspondent for more than a decade, I was able to observe how a variety of vastly different nations organized themselves economically. The inescapable conclusion was that no politician anywhere on the planet has ever actually created a rupee's worth of prosperity. Louis Rukeyser
Everyone's entitled to their point of view but that's seriously a weird one. Kevin Rudd
We have seen this complete right wing takeover of modern liberalism, and it is an ugly spectacle to behold. Kevin Rudd
Congress members put their ideology ahead of your prosperity. Ali Velshi
Ronald Reagan is the President who is more responsible than any for the fact that white racism is both tolerated and even fashionable again in America. Carl T. Rowan Jr.
If you gave Clarence Thomas a little flour on his face, you'd think you had David Duke talking. Carl T. Rowan Jr.
How did we get into this mess? Because the press, during the 1980s committed one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century. The media took a dive, caved in, and did not tell the American people the price they would eventually pay for Reaganomics. Carl T. Rowan Jr.
A typical vice of American politics — the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues, and the announcement of radical policies with much sound and fury, and at the same time with a cautious accompaniment of weasel phrases each of which sucks the meat out of the preceding statement. Theodore Roosevelt
No party is as bad as its state and national leaders. Will Rogers
I don't belong to an organized political party. I'm a Democrat. Will Rogers
If you ever injected truth into politics you'd have no politics Will Rogers
This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation. Will Rogers
Americans are so individualistic, they do not realize their individualism is a communally derived value. Richard Rodriguez
It is my duty to leave nothing undone that I may lawfully do, to pull down this administration.... John Randolph
You are the non-patriots, and you are the un-Americans, and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Paul Robeson
Poor George, he can't help it — he was born with a silver foot in his mouth. Ann Richards
President [George W.] Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country... All Americans should be concerned, not just because he lied to me or the people of Nevada and indeed all Americans, but because the President's decision threatens Americans' lives. Harry Reid
He shatters the myth of white supremacy once and for all. Charles B. Rangel
Our Congress makes the UN look efficient by comparison Mark Shields
I'm not a sixth grader. Senator, I've been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in, I saw people shot. I've looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I've seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered…. You know, it's fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. I appreciate it. Just know I've been here for a long time. I've passed on a number of bills. I've studied the Constitution myself. I am reasonably well educated, and I thank you for the lecture. Dianne Feinstein
Senator Ted Cruz is a man who could alienate Mother Teresa in less than 35 seconds. Mark Shields
If you will refrain from telling any lies about the Republican Party, I'll promise not to tell the truth about the Democrats. Chauncey Depew
Science has been such an instrument used by the materialists to undermine the Christian faith and religious belief generally. William A. Dembski
The Americans should stop insulting us, I'm not going to be an accomplice to the depopulation of the land. It's not up to the Americans to tell us how to organize our farm policy and the balance of our society. Their attitude is to treat the EC as if it had the plague and then encourage the rest of the world to join in. Jacques Delors
I'm anything but skittish about government, but I must say this administration is truly scary and, given the times we live in, frighteningly dangerous. John Dean
History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history. Clarence Darrow
Alexander Hamilton Martha Dandridge Custis Washington
We politicians are no great shakes, but you voters are no day at the beach. Barney Frank
The EPA, the Gestapo of government Tom DeLay
When Congress opens the government’s purse, the benefits flow to special interests rather than the public interest. Kishore Mahbubani
This is an increasingly diversifying society, and people are coming into much closer contact with each other than they ever did. I find that a problem for a university, because bumping up against people who disagree with you is fundamental to the creation of new knowledge. And so universities can't go silent. You can't have a place where it's not permitted to make a certain kind of argument. But you can have a place which forbids epithets to be thrown at people. Condoleeza Rice
The Governor is not one who opposes swapping horses while crossing a stream. He will change a horse for a mule, a mule for a goat, and a goat for a shoat. If there is a mane or tail to which to cling, Franklin D. Roosevelt will not scorn to take hold so long as the beast is traveling in his direction. Heywood Broun
Socialism is a wonderful form of government until you run out of other people’s money. Margaret Thatcher
If a Tory does not believe that private property is one of the main bulwarks of individual freedom, then he had better become a socialist and have done with it. Margaret Thatcher
Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher
The trouble with you John, is that your spine does not reach your brain. Margaret Thatcher
Senator Rand Paul is a Whacko Bird John McCain
Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon. Benjamin; 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
When you grow up in the Soviet society under the communists you heard about the one man who is especially dangerous, especially crazy, and absolutely mad, and which would destroy all the human beings and the economies and so on, and this man was called Milton Friedman. Mart Laar
Some condemnations praise; some praise damns. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Call not Maryland a land of liberty; do not pretend that she has chosen this country as an asylum, that here she has erected her temple and consecrated her shrine, when here, also, her unhallowed enemy holds his hellish pandemonium and our rulers offer sacrifice at his polluted altar. The lily and the bramble may grow in social proximity, but liberty and slavery delight in separation. William Pinkney
I respect you, I fear you not; and the less you speak of your own greatness, the more I will think of it. Francis Bacon
His [Prime Minister Robert Peel’s] life has been one great appropriation clause. He is a burglar of others’ intellects. There is no statesman who has committed political petty larceny on so great a scale. Benjamin Disraeli
Jesse Helms: One of the finest intellects of the 12th century. Tina Brown
General Zwicker, you are not fit to wear the uniform of this country. Joseph R. McCarthy
… an Attila educated by Machiavelli Victor Hugo
… as a rule capitalists and entrepreneurs are not saints excelling in the virtue of self-denial. But neither are their critics saintly. Ludwig von Mises
Every reactionary lacks intellectual independence. Ludwig von Mises
There goes traditional America. Bill O'Reilly
I desire to be buried as far from kings and politicians as may be Francis Atterbury
Your tongue runs before your wit. Jonathan Swift
On whatever side we regard the history of Europe, we shall perceive it to be a tissue of crimes, follies, and misfortunes, of politics without design, and wars without consequence. Oliver Goldsmith
What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States. John Kerry
He’s not a typical politician. He speaks his mind. David Brooks
Our society has come to look more like an unsupervised playground than a forum where differences are seriously discussed, alternatives weighed, and compromises forged by give and take. Many of us would be willing to submit to some adult supervision, but we're having considerable difficulty finding anyone in charge who is acting like an adult. Rich Turner
… right now the Republican Party accommodates too much quackery, belligerence and misplaced moralism to play a fully credible part in a vital, essential debate about the size and scope of government. The party should be a place where voters who are reasonably concerned about government overreach can turn. It shouldn’t be a bastion of regressive social ideas and foul tempers. Frank Bruni
The media are a bunch of maggots…. I don't smoke crack cocaine! Robert Ford
… half-baked, glib, little briefless jackleg lawyer … begging for the Presidency, as a tramp might beg for a pie. John Hay
Mr President: When it rains it pours but most Americans hold their own umbrellas. Sarah Palin
Too much of our political debate...has become a race to the bottom. An exchange of insults and slanders more appropriate to reality television than a legislature. Jeanne Shaheen
Stop sending out press releases and start passing some bills... Barack Obama
A new Gallup poll shows that only 1 in 10 Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. A 10 percent approval rating is about the same approval rating that rabies has. Jimmy Kimmel
Stalin's methods did not help. Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan
The CIA is just guessing about the progress of the Iraq War George W. Bush
Herodotus was more like the world’s first blogger than an objective historian. He blends events, myths, anecdotes, hearsay into a great story. But nobody in their right mind believes it’s all true. Mark Schwartz
The Republican Party has more cultural conflicts than the Hapsburg Empire. Craig Shirley
They have reduced the Iranian people to that of an American Dog. Ruhollah Khomeini
Being called a Traitor by Dick Cheney, is the highest complement and American can get. Edward Snowden
Dick Nixon Before He Dicks You Anonymous
When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill! Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The problem is that the energy in the Republican Party today is not directed at how to make government work better. It is directed against government. Paul Burka
… a creed of greed John Kerry
They [the Republicans] are the most crooked, lying bunch I have ever seen. John Kerry
As Minister of Economics, Funk accelerated the pace of rearmament and as Reichsbank president banked for the SS the gold teeth fillings of concentration camp victims, probably the most ghoulish collateral in banking history. Robert Houghwout Jackson
George W. Bush is the founder of the first American religious party. Kevin Phillips
The greatest menace in the world is not poison gas. There are gas masks against that. The menace is poisoned words, poisoned ideas. The greatest menace in the world is not poison gas. There are gas masks against that. The menace is poisoned words, poisoned ideas. Dorothy Thompson
He is formless, almost faceless, a man whose countenance is a caricature, a man whose framework seems cartilaginous, without bones. He is inconsequent and voluble, ill poised and insecure. He is the very prototype of the Little Man. … His movements are awkward. There is in his face no trace of any inner conflict or self-discipline. And yet, he is not without a certain charm. But it is the soft almost feminine charm of the Austrian! When he talks it is with a broad Austrian dialect. The eyes alone are notable. Dark gray and hyperthyroidic, they have the peculiar shine which often distinguishes geniuses, alcoholics, and hysterics. Dorothy Thompson
Spoons – The Beast Anonymous
I want to tell you today of a protest which has come to me from an association of architects who feel that architects were unjustly criticized when I made the suggestion that the advice of a woman would be valuable in every architect's office. I did not mean what I said as a criticism of the profession. However, I believe a woman's advice would be useful in planning the interior layout of a room because it naturally affects both the exterior and interior arrangements of doors, electric outlets, etc. Eleanor Roosevelt
Virginians and all who belong to slaveholding communities seem an exceptional, abnormal race, unlike anything else in Christendom. George Templeton Strong
The U.S. government should deny to disunionists any new provocation or apparent offence, while it would enable the Unionists in the slave states to maintain with truth and with effect that the alarms and apprehensions put forth by the disunionists are groundless and false. William H. Seward
Be not discouraged and remember, above all things, that you can have nothing to expect from the enemy [the Union]. They will have no mercy on you, for they are more merciless than wolves, and more rapacious. Albert Pike
We are more than all crippled by an unfortunate misunderstanding which unhappily exists between Pres. Davis and the leading generals of this army. . . . Mr. Davis’ motto seems to be: ‘Rule or Ruin.’ Mr. Davis is undoubtedly a great man, but he has his faults, his whims, and his unbounded prejudices. I have nearly lost all the admiration I ever had for him as an honest man and a patriot. Thomas Jewett Goree
The most high over all the earth gave kings at first, to the Jews (as he sends war) in anger, and as a judgment, and it may be affirmed, that upon the whole, they have been a scourge to the inhabitants of the earth ever since Peter Whitney
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life. Karl Kraus
The spectacle of American politics resembles that of swarms of insects changing from worms to wings. They must get the wings or die. Henry Adams
Abraham Lincoln is the most powerful slave catcher in America. Frederick Douglass
Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and the biggest threat to our democracy. Steve Lonegan
We are governed by swine!!! Meredith Nicholson
Russians would make charming visitors at New-Yorke, and civilize that part of America wonderfully. Henry Howard
We’re going to send Mr. Obama home back to Kenya. Mark Meadows
Oh Lord. Deliver us from the hypocrisy of talking to sound reasonable while not being reasonable. Barry C. Black
For sheer cruelty our old Puritan ancestors can hardly be beaten. Eleanor Roosevelt
I don’t know why anybody would reproduce in that damn country [India] but they do. Richard Nixon
… the old bitch Richard Nixon
The problem with doing [painting] Nixon is that if you make him look nice, he doesn’t look like Nixon anymore. Norman Rockwell
Holy God, you created us for freedom, so keep us from shackling ourselves with the chains of dysfunction …. Lord, deliver us from governing by crisis. Barry C. Black
The American university is an educational department store. Abraham Flexner
Beneath Wilson’s stern ministerial appearance churned a turbulent emotional life. William C. Bullitt
The CIA and Bill Casey were about as independent and a hog on ice and could be as confident as they were wrong. George P. Shultz
CIA is slowly turning into the Department of Agriculture. The agency has an advanced case of bureaucratic arteriosclerosis. Robert M. Gates
The CIA’s intelligence was in many cases simply Bill Casey’s ideology. George P. Shultz
What a surprise. Economists disagree. Paul Solmon
When I was a young boy I used to raise chickens and I was studying to be a preacher. I used to practice preaching to the chickens. Some of those chickens listened to me better than some of my colleagues now in the Congress. John Lewis
Nixon railed against the CIA and their lousy intelligence. George P. Shultz
Intelligence is a sacred cow. We’ve done nothing since we’ve been here about it. The CIA isn’t worth a damn. Richard Nixon
Caravan of Death Anonymous
Domestic intelligence activity has threatened and undermined the Constitutional rights of Americans to free speech, association and privacy. It has done so primarily because the Constitutional system for checking abuse of power has not been applied. Frank Church
These four mongrels are supposed to be our defense against Communism and the extremes of Arab Nationalism in the Middle East. Harrison M. Symmes
New developments in negative advertising like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth allow a campaign to hurl invective while shielding the candidate from any association with such strategies. David Mark
Joseph Stalin was a supreme egotist and sadist, capable of sacrificing everything and anyone for the sake of his own power and glory. Nikita Khrushchev
Impeach the half-breed Muslim! Anonymous
Fremont, morally and physically, was the most complete coward I ever knew … I would say he was timid as a woman if it were not casting an unmerited reproach on that sex. Joseph Reddeford Walker
The one unifying principle of Republicans is to make sure that 30 million people don’t have health care. Barack Obama
Feminists have no sense of humor, but clearly God did in creating feminists Erick Erickson
The nation loses the only goat fucking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court in David Souter's retirement Erick Erickson
As for Marx, his economic value, apart from occasional … flashes of insight, is nil. John Maynard Keynes
You can probably forgive the top spy for lying about spying. Lying is part of the job description. It’s what spies do. Gordon Peterson
Putin has demonstrated his fondness for the Cold War…. Once a KBG agent, always a KGB agent. Eliot Engel
Stalin could occasionally make Hitler look like a Boy Scout. William Sloane Coffin
John Jacob Astor, the first American multimillionaire and the richest man in the country at the time of his death in 1848, was an accomplished smuggler. Astor engaged in a variety of illicit trading ventures, smuggling opium …, trading with the enemy during the war of 1812, and clandestinely exchanging banned alcohol with Native Americans for furs. Peter Andreas
The media is so mean these days, it is unbelievable. Claire Crawford-Mason
The Last Lady of the Land Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
… defiling the race line Texas
He [Neville Chamberlain] saw foreign policy through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe. David Lloyd George
Mehmed will never lay down arms except in victory or in total defeat. Every victory will be for him a stepping-stone to another, until, after subjecting all the princes of the West, he has destroyed the Gospel of Christ and imposed the law of his false prophet upon the whole world. Pius II
The great majority of negroes in the South who do not vote, do not care to vote and would not know for what to vote if they could. William F. Buckley Jr.
The reason I know it [our economy] is strong is that it has survived Congress. If the economy can survive Congress, I am confident that it will thrive eventually. Al Green
Theodore Roosevelt would go to Halifax for half a chance to show off and to Hell for a whole one. Mark Twain
One cannot think of him [Theodore Roosevelt] except as part of the public scheme, performing on the public stage. John Dewey
I must confess that when I see anyone with an Obama bumper sticker I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool. Allen West
If women vote for Liberace as a piano player--and I'm sure they do--it raises questions about their competence to vote for anything. John Crosby
There’s a minimum threshold any man or woman has to cross on national security and foreign policy for the American people to think you’re remotely eligible to be president and these guys have a long way to go. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
mentally deranged …. A hideous hermaphroditical character .... the blind, bald, crippled, toothless, querulous Adams Benjamin Franklin Bache
Remember, little girl, I’m like the thorn tree that flowers on the plain. I waft my scent to passers-by and prick he who shakes me. Don’t mess with me, Condoleezza. Don’t mess with me, girl. Hugo Chavez
Don’t be shameless, Mr Blair. Don’t be immoral, Mr. Blair. You are one of those who have no morals. You are not one who has the right to criticize anyone about the rules of the international community. You are an imperialist pawn who attempts to curry favor with Danger Bush-Hitler, the number one mass murderer and assassin there is on the planet. Go straight to hell, Mr. Blair. Hugo Chavez
Don’t mess with me, sir, or you will get stung. Hugo Chavez
I was always proud previously to be a member of the Party of Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, and Teddy Roosevelt—the party that protected out national parks. There seems to be much less of that these days. Charles Joseph Crist Jr.
TAX WALL STREET LEECHES Anonymous
Capitalism is not healthy for children and other living things. Anonymous
There have been few more potent motivating factors in history than humiliation and the desire to overcome it. Kenneth Minogue
What is lacking in the cities, and most of the men, however, is charm and taste. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
Offensive speech anywhere can now be expected to have repercussions everywhere—a new reality never more devastatingly apparent than in the furor following this video insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Lee C. Bollinger
… a small caliber man. Woodrow Wilson
… a silly place Paul Ryan
Now, now, little lady, you don’t want to believe all those things you read in the newspaper about crisis and upheavals, and the end of civilization as we know it. Dearie me, not at all. James Callaghan
Immigration was fine until the wretched Muslims came. Helmut Schmidt
He no play-a da game. He no make-a da rules. Earl Butz
Theoretically, planning may be good. But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity—and until they do (and find the cure), all ideal plans will fall into quicksand. Richard P. Feynman
Politics, so far as mobilizing support is concerned, represents the art of calculated cheating, or more precisely how to cheat without being really caught James R. Schlesinger
The problem of Africa in general and Uganda in particular is not the people but leaders who want to overstay in power. Yoweri Museveni
The junior Senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatred of uninformed and credulous people that he has started a prairie fire, which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control. J. William Fulbright
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future Frederick Douglass
Vladimir Ilyich, your concrete actions are completely unworthy of the ideas you pretend to hold. Peter Kropotkin
You should never fall in love with your own press clippings, because it is very much the nature of the beast that the same journalists who build you up between Monday and Friday tear you down for weekend fun... Stephen Carter
… to rely on a train, in [Tony] Blair's Britain, is to engage in a crapshoot with the devil. Boris Johnson
It wasn't intelligence — it was propaganda. They'd take a little bit of intelligence, cherry-pick it, make it sound much more exciting, usually by taking it out of context, often by juxtaposition of two pieces of information that don't belong together. Karen U. Kwiatkowski
I don’t see myself as a dissident artist. I see them as a dissident government Ai Weiwei
The Chinese people have only family and clan solidarity; they do not have national spirit...they are just a heap of loose sand...Other men are the carving knife and serving dish; we are the fish and the meat. Sun Yat-sen
When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty. When there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace. When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice. Lin Yutang
Ukraine gives corruption a bad name…. The Ukrainian politicians have ripped off everything in the country that was not nailed down, and then they turned to the stuff that was nailed down. Stephen Kotkin
They have raised ignorance to ideology and stupefied an entire political party. No more roguish and rowdy band of predators ever did more to demean and despoil the democracy on whose carcass they feed. Bill Moyers
Talleyrand is a silk stocking filled with mud. Napoleon Bonaparte
The British Government is a strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent. Winston Churchill
An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door was opened, Clement Atlee got out/ Winston Churchill
He [William Gladstone] has not a single redeeming defect. Benjamin Disraeli
When he is alone in a room, there is nobody there. John Maynard Keynes
He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them. James Reston
Have you weaned yourself of your off-putting proclivity for not telling the truth/ David Ben-Gurion
That Martí is a madman — but a dangerous madman. Ramon Blanco Erenas Riera y Polo
Go wretch. Resign thy Presidential chair. Disclose thy secret measures, foul or fair. Go search with curious eyes for horned frogs Mid the wild West of Louisiana bogs. Or where the Ohio rolls his turgid stream Dig for huge bones, thy glory and thy fame. William Cullen Bryant
Mayor Mitchel has too much 5th Avenue and not enough 1st Avenue. Theodore Roosevelt
One capitalist always kills many. Karl Marx
John Howard turned the prime ministership into something like a state police minister. He's at the scene of every crime, twice a day on radio, the guy did no thinking. Paul Keating
… religion for many people is some sort of moral viagra. Daniel Dennett
Certainly none of the advances made in civilization has been due to counterrevolutionaries and advocates of the status quo. Bill Mauldin
Islam is a totalitarian ideology. It rules every aspect of life — economics, family law, whatever. It has religious symbols, it has a God, it has a book — but it’s not a religion. It can be compared with totalitarian ideologies like Communism or fascism. There is no country where Islam is dominant where you have a real democracy, a real separation between church and state. Geert Wilders
[William J.] Casey was an inappropriate choice. George W. Bush
… a bunch of dysfunctional jerks … a pack of idiots Porter Goss
For sheer cruelty our old Puritan ancestors can hardly be beaten. Eleanor Roosevelt
Ireland is the most disagreeable place in Europe—a wretched, dirty dog-hole and prison. Jonathan Swift
Iran has not earned the right to have the benefit of the doubt. Jeff Duncan
Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews, and Flies Khairallah Talfah
The genius of you Americans is that you never made clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves. Gamal Abdel Nasser
The savage and brutal barbarity of our enemies … is a full demonstration of that there is not the least remains of virtue, wisdom, or humanity in the British Court New England Chronicle
… the sweepings of the New York streets. Richard Montgomery
I lead my party. He [John Major] follows his. Tony Blair
Isn’t this [the United States] the Government that massacred the original inhabitants of the land of America? … who seized millions of Africans from their houses and carried them off into slavery…? Ali Khamenei
As the two biggest global powers indulge their neuroses, the rest of the world is getting anxious. Mark Leonard
These call themselves the Supreme Court? They're worthless. They should be put in a bottom court … for them [God] created all of the torments in the world. Everything that [the people of] Israel suffer from, is just for these evil people. Empty and reckless... What do they know? One of our children of 7–8 years knows better than they how to learn Torah. Who says that the nation wants such judges, such evil [ones]... They have no religion and no law. All of them have sex with Niddot. All of them desecrate the Sabbath. Ovadia Yosef
He wants a two-state solution. He doesn’t know that the two-state solution is dead: dead and buried. And then he tells us we are occupying our own land [the Palestinian West Bank]. How can we occupy what is ours?” Dani Dayan
If the King’s ministers had searched through the world for a person the best-fitted to ruin their cause, and procure union and success for these colonies, they could not have found a more complete Agent than Lord Dunsmore. Richard Henry Lee
This Congress is as popular as a cockroach. Harry Reid
This place is a mess! Nancy Pelosi
Both Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev have law degrees but they do not know what the rule of law means. Tamara Morshakova
Under the George W. Bush Administration…, the United States was generally seen as having the capacity and resolve, to pursue its own agenda in complete disregard of other states’ preferences. Carla Norloff
Currency stabilization is just one of the old fetishes of so called ‘international bankers”. Franklin D. Roosevelt
… the faithless and most vile Lombard people … whose members have certainly brought forth the lepers. Stephen III
He [Stephen Douglas] is blowing out the moral lights around us, when he contends that whoever wants slaves has a right to hold them Abraham Lincoln
The CIA’s intelligence was in many cases simply Bill Casey’s ideology. George P. Shultz
In covert action you always have to think of the endgame before you start it. We didn’t always do that. John N. McMahon
All his training as a lawyer and a judge was that you didn’t do illegal things. He could never accept that this is exactly what the CIA does when it operates abroad. We break the laws of their countries. It’s how we collect information. It’s why we’re in business. Duane R. Clarridge
The trust that was reposed in the CIA has faded. The agency is so battered that its utility for espionage is subject to question James R. Schlesinge
The CIA has become a hollow shell of words without deeds Richard A. Clarke
… a closed world. … an almost perfect record of resisting change. … fragmented, loosely managed, and poorly coordinated. … often unable to gather intelligence about the things we care the most about. … analysts do not always tell the decision makers just how limited their information really is. … increasingly irrelevant to the new challenges presented by weapons of mass destruction. … espionage is always chancy at best. Still we have no choice but to do better. Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
The CIA is a stilted bureaucracy incapable of even the slightest bit of success. Porter Goss
Nobody [at the CIA] had any idea of who was doing what where Charles Thomas Fingar
Rabble Rousers -- Communists -- Outsiders J. Edgar Hoover
… a bunch of chimpanzees. William Harold Cox
In your guts, you know he’s nuts. Anonymous
I am amazed that the Pope gave an audience to such a degenerate. [Martin Luther King Jr.] J. Edgar Hoover
I consider [Martin Luther] King to be the most notorious liar in the country—one of the lowest characters in the country and controlled by the communists. J. Edgar Hoover
As a Christian, I could never accept Communism. It is a crippling totalitarian disease. Martin Luther King Jr.
He’s a turncoat if there ever was one. Richard B. Russell Jr.
… monkeys … William H. Parker
… collectivist, crude communism … views woman as the prey and the handmaiden of communal lust. Karl Marx
I would listen with growing outrage as hypocritical and obtuse American Senators made all these demands of Iraqi legislators and yet themselves could not even pass budgets. Robert M. Gates
The American people are not—I repeat—not going to tolerate intimidation, terror, and outright acts of war against this nation and its people. We are especially not going to tolerate these attacks from outlaw states run by the strangest collection of misfits, Looney Tunes, and squalid criminals since the advent of the Third Reich. Ronald Reagan
The worst thing you could call anybody in the bear-pit of Iranian politics is a moderate. John Limbert
The Chrysler bailout is a basic challenge to the philosophy of America. Thomas A. Murphy
I think our marijuana policy in this country is absolutely nuts Earl Blumenauer
Kings scarcely recognize themselves as mortals, scarcely understand that which pertains to man, except on the day they are made king or on the day they die. On the former day they feign humility and gentleness, in the hope of capturing the voice of the people. On the latter, having death before their eyes, they confess what is a fact, namely that they are wretchedly mortal. John Milton
That's the President of the United States you're talking about, pinhead. Al Gore
… the great mischief-maker Lenin Alfred Eckhard Zimmern
The treatment of Japanese in America is so grave that it may endanger our international relations and welfare. Eiichi Shibusawa
The brotherhood of Islam undoubtedly provides a strong bond of sentiment between all Mohammedans from the northwest shores of Africa to the Great Wall of China and the remote Philippines, but, from the time when the first Arab Caliphates fell out, it has never yet prevented bitter feuds and sanguinary wars between rival Mohammedan states. Ignatius Valentine Chirol
Political demagogues will seek popularity by public speeches full of insult to foreign countries, and yellow journals will seek to increase their circulation by appeals to prejudice against foreigners. Elihu Root
A Japanese cannot become naturalized in this country as can a European. Congress has never passed a law expressly barring Japanese from naturalization, as it has done in the case of the Chinese; it has merely limited that privilege to "free white persons" and to negroes. But in November, 1922, the Supreme Court definitely ruled that free white persons meant only Caucasians, that the Japanese were not Caucasians …. The Japanese are now confronted with the unpalatable fact, laid down in unmistakable terms by the highest court in the land, that we consider them unfit to become Americans. Raymond Leslie Buell
The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency. Albert Einstein
Russia is a gas station posing as a country. John McCain
Labor unions have already inflicted an evil on this country which they could never entirely repair. James W. Van Cleave
We are done with demagogues. We need a person at the head of this government who is safe and sane. James W. Van Cleave
Samuel Gompers is a prairie wolf with the hydrophobia. James W. Van Cleave
Industrial wars due to the arrogance and the blindness of the labor unions are a much greater menace to the United States today than foreign wars. James W. Van Cleave
Sarah Robert Lawrence Eichelberger
The Catholic Church has always exploited the working classes…. Your religion I spit on as I do on all religions, -- on Orthodox, Jewish, Mohammedan, and the rest. There is no law here but Soviet Law and by that law you must die Nikolai Vasilyevich Krylenko
[General Douglas] Macarthur is the most dangerous man in America. Franklin D. Roosevelt
… there is inherent in the dynamics of capitalism a natural and destabilizing tendency toward inequality of income, wealth and opportunity Stephen Pearlstein
I dislike Communism because it is undemocratic, and capitalism because it favors exploitation. Bertrand Russell
A despot doesn't fear eloquent writers preaching freedom—he fears a drunken poet who may crack a joke that will take hold. E. B. White
Some people will say that words like ‘scum’ and ‘rotten’ are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful. Hunter S. Thompson
Who gives a fuck if he's lonely and depressed down there in San Clemente? If there were any such thing as true justice in this world, his rancid carcass would be somewhere down around Easter Island right now, in the belly of a hammerhead shark. Hunter S. Thompson
Richard Nixon has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I've regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. Hunter S. Thompson
Our enemy, and the enemy of all America, is the monopolistic government of the United States of America Che Guevara
I hate them [the Americans]. Them and their false democracy, their false liberty, their imperialism conducted in the name of Christian Civilization, their coups, like the coup which they started against me... Norodom Sihanouk
Marxism does not make sense, and I am the first one to say this Todor Zhivkov
It is my purpose nowhere in these remarks to make personal reproaches; I entertain no ill-will toward any human being, nor any brute, that I know of, not even the [Democratic] skunk across the way to which I referred. Least of all would I reproach the South. I honor her courage and fidelity. Even in a bad, a wicked cause, she shows a united front. All her sons are faithful to the cause of human bondage, because it is their cause. But the North—the poor, timid, mercenary, driveling North—has no such united defenders of her cause, although it is the cause of human liberty ... She is offered up a sacrifice to propitiate southern tyranny—to conciliate southern treason. Thaddeus Stevens
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
To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves: such a prohibition ought to fill them with disdain. Claude-Adrien Helvetius
What did the Ottoman Empire bring to the peoples under its yoke other than massacres, oppression, and tyranny? Serzh Sargsyan
… an earthworm boring beneath the roots of local self-government by cities and States, burrowing silently yet with incalculable power, loosening the soil, sagging foundations…. He is devoid of any moral nature … a machine himself—hard, impulses, cunning, cute but witless, immovable, inexorable, grinding. William Allan White
Where Mr. McKinley was patient, cautious, tactful and a very good listener…, Roosevelt is impetuous, impatient, and wholly lacking in tact. Walter Wellman
The wild Irish … are barbarous and most filthy in their diet. Fynes Morryson
The pope is a detestable shoveling, the right Anti-Christ and general ambitious tyrant over all right principalities, and patron of the diabolical faith. Arthur Grey
It had been Lincoln and his band if fanatics who had started the war; who had incited the slaves to insurrection, arson, and the indiscriminate murder of white people. William C Oates
I don’t watch TV because every time I do all I ever see is that fucking nigger. Robert Copeland
If Signor Mussolini should lay claim to the domination of the Mediterranean, he would find us ready to combat such childishness. Edouard Herriot
Can you think of any other occupation where you can screw up—and screw up children’s lives permanently—and they can’t fire you. Rex Sinquefield
His personality is so unpleasant and has affronted all the men of the Army and Navy with whom he has had to work that it is difficult to get combined assent on the proposition Henry L. Stimson
Russia is corrupt, treacherous, shifty and incompetent. Theodore Roosevelt
All you have to do is look at Congress’s approval ratings. It’s normal that it’s low. It’s not normal that it is 9 percent or 11 percent or 13 percent. We’ve given up our legitimacy. Legitimacy is about being honest on the issues, not being partisan. Tom Coburn
If you’ve ever been in politics, I don’t want to vote for you. Tom Coburn
The Sudan is a useless possession, ever was so, and ever will be so. . . Charles George Chinese Gordon
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t want to do anything. Just let them talk. Barack Obama
The chief of these [problems governing Korea] arise from the character of the Koreans. Many of them are crooked. They want "squeeze" from the Japanese and their own people. They are lazy. Saito Makoto
The Irish on both sides are giving me a lot of trouble just at a difficult moment…. I sometimes wish we could submerge the whole lot of them and their Island for say, ten years, under the waves of the Atlantic. Herbert Henry Asquith
There are two kinds of imperialists—imperialists and bloody imperialists. Rebecca West
The Negro is not disposed to work. Robert E. Lee
Weak vacillating and tardy Dean Acheson
The Protestant Church in Ireland – and the same is true of the Protestant Church anywhere – is not only not the rightful representative of the early Irish Church, but it is not even a part of the Church of Christ. Joseph MacRory
Jews will acclaim Antichrist as the Messiah and will help to set up his Kingdom. Every sane thinker must be an anti-Semite. Denis Fahey
… the mortal enemy of liberty Johan Valckenaer
[President Eisenhower] is consciously misleading the nation. Joseph Alsop
The government is run by men who have the rudder of State in their hands and cushions of state beneath their High and Mighty Behinds. Johan Valckenaer
The only good Communist is a dead Communist. Anonymous
Roosevelt seemed to feel that everything ought to be done before sundown. William Henry Harrison
Henry George espouses wild and illogical doctrines. Theodore Roosevelt
… pinheaded, anarchistic cranks. Theodore Roosevelt
I became more set than ever in my distrust of those men, whether businessmen or lawyers, judges, legislators or executive officers, who seek to make the Constitution a fetish for the prevention of the work of social reform.. Theodore Roosevelt
I want peace [in my administration] and I am told that your friend Theodore [Roosevelt]—whom I know only slightly—is always getting into rows with everybody. I am afraid he is too pugnacious. William McKinley
Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out. They are workers non-stop. They sleep beside their machines. That's why they're successful in life. I went to Seoul, South Korea, I went to Taipei, Taiwan. I went to Tokyo, Japan. That's why these people are so hard workers (sic). I'm telling you, the Oriental people, they're slowly taking over Rob Ford
I'll tell you what the coloreds want. It's three things: first, a tight pussy; second, loose shoes; and third, a warm place to shit. Earl Butz
Free speech is the bedrock of liberty and a free society. And yes, it includes the right to blaspheme and offend. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
… ridiculous pomp, foolish adulation, and selfish avarice Matthew Lyon
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
The reward in heaven is the perpetual bait, a bait that has caught man in an iron net, a strait-jacket which does not let him expand or grow. Emma Goldman
Charles Sumner didn’t believe in the Bible because he didn’t write it. Ulysses S. Grant
After one operator referred to the union as ‘a set of outlaws’, I wanted to take him by the seat of the breeches and nape of the neck and chuck him out the window. Theodore Roosevelt
[Vladimir] Putin trampled on international rules and sovereignty of the Ukraine. Ursula Von Der Leyen
He [Calvin Coolidge] looks as though he's been weaned on a pickle. Alice Roosevelt Longworth
How did they know?. Alice Roosevelt Longworth
He [Dewey] looks like the little man on the wedding cake. Alice Roosevelt Longworth
The city [Cincinnati] is all one great graft. The reign of [George] Cox is a reign of fear. Lincoln Steffens
President Maliki: The appetite has grown with the eating. He has become a real dictator. Fouad Ajami
an infernal ass William Howard Taft
Do nothing Congress. Syracuse Herald
Roosevelt never leads; he always follows. He acts, but he acts only when he thinks the crowd is behind him …. Upon all the great issues he has championed, the country was prepared before he entered the arena. Ray Stannard Baker
History is one of those things that politicians tend not to use. Mark Lowenthal
Polls are like perfume—very nice to smell; dangerous to drink. Shimon Peres
They want to send me abroad, as a Consul or a Minister …. Good knows, I am mean enough and lazy enough without being a foreign consul. Mark Twain
… the most sophisticated politician in the country … familiar with every subterranean channel of politics … the most cunning in the devious ways of politics … the most artful politician in the tricks of the craft Mark Sullivan
Not much shall be feared nor expected from a people whose principal ministers, principal merchants, and principal generals consume day after day smoking tobacco and playing at chess, while the citizens and soldiers are sauntering in rags, sleeping against walls, or praying away their lives …. Such is the military and such the industry of Barbary. William Eaton
I will not eat dinner with that man [Richard M. Nixon]. W. Averell Harriman
He is a very handsome man, and a very impressive one, and he is always wrong. W. Averell Harriman
Conferences at the top level are always courteous. Name calling is left to the foreign ministers. W. Averell Harriman
It’s always open season on the personal lives of presidents or presidential candidates. Evan Thomas
Rumsfeld and Cheney and the President made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction. And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error… Gerald R. Ford
Sometimes I wish I had never pardoned that son of a bitch! Gerald R. Ford
He can't run nothing but his mouth. Marion Barry
That’s what politicians do all the time. They promise you something, they don’t provide the money for it, and then they kick the can down the road and pass on the bill to the next generation. Tom Coburn
Impeachment of the President is not enough. Obama should be hung, drawn and quartered…. [Even that] is probably too good for him. Stephen Steinlight
These Republican governors who say that government can’t create jobs---well government certainly created their jobs.. Lawrence F. O'Donnell
No human beings, black, yellow, or white could be quite as untruthful, as insincere, as arrogant—in short, as untrustworthy in every way—as the Russians. Theodore Roosevelt
… preposterous little czar Theodore Roosevelt
When the envoys of Western countries come to the foreign office, they no longer behave in a courteous manner; they shout abuse at the drop of a hat. Weng Tonghe
Overpaid bankers taking big risks with other people’s money brought the world to its knees.. Paul Krugman
Look out: The Supreme Court’s black-robed gang of far right ideologues are rampaging again! Jim Hightower
You have destroyed so many flourishing and hopeful lives. Are you in a position to compensate the family of even a single dead man who would never willingly chosen to sacrifice himself in exchange for all the world’s billions. Tomo Zupan
[Vinayak Damodar] Savarkar and his followers lionized Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler and sought to adapt elements of fascist politics to India …. Gandhi’s philosophy with its emphasis on nonviolence and tolerance stood in stark contrast to the divisive [anti-Moslem] vision of Hinduvta leaders and the two movements were often in conflict. Indeed … the man who assassinated Gandhi in 1948, was a follower of Savarkar. Ananya Vajpeyi
An inquiry is much sooner forgotten than an insult. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
He is vanity itself, sacrificing everything to his own moods and childish amusements, and nobody checks him in doing so. Albert Hopman
We are a great, powerless country. Alexander Gorchakov
... the Austrians are quite the stupidest people in Europe … and there is a brutality to their mode of performance … Herbert Henry Asquith