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When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London. Bette Midler
Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity. Russell Baker
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
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. Texas Guinan
Hyperbole was to Lyndon Johnson what oxygen is to life. Bill Moyers
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. Gore Vidal
The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business. Lyndon B. Johnson
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. Ronald Reagan
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. Thomas Paine
He has a brilliant mind until he makes it up. Margot Asquith
A damn independent boy; independent as a hog on ice. Sam Rayburn
A mugwump is a person educated beyond his intellect. Horace Porter
Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House. John F. Kennedy
Chicago is unique. It is the only completely corrupt city in America. Charles Edward Merriam
Men should stop treating feminists like ladies, and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be. Phyllis Schlafly
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. Milton Friedman
The cure for admiring the House of Lords is to go and look at it. Walter Bagehot
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves. Brendan Behan
Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. Eugene V. Debs
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. Benjamin Disraeli
If you elect a matinee idol mayor, you're going to have a musical comedy administration. Robert Moses
People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. A. J. Liebling
Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood. Gertrude Stein
The American people are sheep. They're comfortable, rich, working. It's like the Romans, they're happy with bread and their spectator sports. The Super Bowl means more to them than any right. Jack Kevorkian
The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory. Mario Cuomo
Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession. Kingman Brewster, Jr.
Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great. Clement Attlee
Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth. Harold MacMillan
No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else. Henry Adams
A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron. Joseph Stalin
As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power. Thomas Aquinas
The tears I have cried over Germany have dried. I have washed my face. Marlene Dietrich
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature. Kin Hubbard
I won't say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Barry Goldwater
I worship the quicksand he walks in. Art Buchwald
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
For what were all these country patriots born? To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn? Lord Byron
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. Hubert Humphrey
The silent majority distrusts people who believe in causes. Brian Moore
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. Simon Cameron
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. Henry Ford
Many professors are Marxists or other varieties of radicals who hate America. Phyllis Schlafly
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
Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. Ashley Montagu
The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization of extreme ideology. They are the godfather of all terrorist organizations. They spread it all over the world. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one. Henry Miller
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. Dwight D. Eisenhower
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
Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly. Arthur Schopenhauer
However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police. Quentin Crisp
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. John Jay Chapman
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. Thomas Paine
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
The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery. Georg C. Lichtenberg
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
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false. Paul Valery
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity. Vera Brittain
In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always. Walter Savage Landor
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination. Charles de Gaulle
Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize. Tom Lehrer
Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value. Benjamin Jowett
If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done. Peter Ustinov
Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can't nail them to a wall. Frank Lloyd Wright
Oh, I suppose you've given me as square a deal as you could. We shouldn't expect from any person something beyond his capacity. Emma Goldman
Barack Obama is a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. Cornel West
I hate to say this about the Republican establishment, but their view of Civil Rights is to tip the black waiter five bucks at the country club. Jeffrey Lord
President Lincoln is timid, vacillating, and inefficient. Zachariah Chandler
The House of Representatives is ruled by a small group of old men. Shirley Chisholm
... bloody and barbarous heathens. William Stoughton
The man is a tyrant and he killed lots of people . Mike Huckabee
Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. In one direction lies a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash and grab and anything to win. This is Nixonland. America is something different. Adlai Stevenson
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
Our representatives are betrayers of the people. William Lloyd Garrison
The Government of Afghanistan could best be understood, not as a government at all, but as a vertically integrated criminal organization whose care activity was not in fact exercising the functions of a state, but of rather extracting resources for personal gain. Sarah Chayes
You have ruined politics in India by dragging up a whole lot of unwholesome elements in Indian life and giving them political prominence. It is a crime to mix up religion and politics the way you have done. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
He [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah preaches Pakistan with an intensity not unlike Hitler's advocacy of National Socialism. Office of Strategic Services
Keep him [Muhammad Ali Jinnah] far away and prevent his muddled and arrogant head from interfering continually in India's progress. Jawaharlal Nehru
He's a jackass at a time when we need to have a serious debate.... Every time I turn around somebody asks we what I think about Donald Trump and the latest person he has trashed. Lindsey Graham
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
It seems impossible that the South can be mad enough to dissolve the Union. 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
The troubles of the Muslim League are due to folly and bad leadership. In the month since [British Prime Minister] Attlee had announced the end of the Raj, the Quaid [Muhammad Ali Jinnah, leader of the Muslim League] had fooled away a kingdom. Evan Meredith Jenkins
Mr. [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah is a psychopathic case. Louis Mountbatten
[The new Congolese] security forces committed unlawful killings, torture, beatings, acts of rape, extortion and other abuses, largely with impunity. U. S. State Department
Every conceivable cleavage of difference: Sindhi vs. Punjabi, Mohajirs vs. Pathans, Islam vs. Secularism, Shias vs. Sunnis, Deobandis vs. Barelvis, literates vs. illiterates, Woman vs. Man, Urban vs. Rural—has been exploited to magnify dissentions, giving rise to heinous blood baths, accentuated hatred, and intolerance. Ishrat Husain
Evil Genius Psychopathic case Lunatic Bastard Louis Mountbatten
The Partition [of India] is the greatest blunder in the history of mankind. Altaf Hussain
... lemmings with suicide vests. Devin Nunes
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
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
[Spiro] Agnew was a small-time pol who became the most blatant crook to sit one heartbeat away from the presidency. He was a demagogue ranting ghost-written bile that split Americans amid the war and fires of the '60s. But political peers, sensing in Agnew's tumble their own fragility, always treated Spiro as gently as a museum vase. Sandy Grady
The left hates humanity and seeks to wage war against human nature. John Derbyshire
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
I see them as messianic advocates of American power from one end of the globe, much as the Jacobins in France were messianic advocates of the French Revolution. I don't care whether utopians are Vladimir Lenin on a sealed train to Moscow or Paul Wolfowitz. You're never going to bring utopia, and you're going to hurt a lot of people in the process. Lawrence Wilkerson
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
Not since Crassus and the campaign against the Parthaginians was there such an incompetent a general as Shafter…. Theodore Roosevelt
This is an abomination … This is not a religion that has produced great things in the world David Barton
Every government, to have a reasonable expectation of permanency, ought to be founded in truth, justice, and the reason of things. Our admirable constitution, the envy of Europe, is founded in injustice. Eight hundred individuals rule all, themselves accountable to none. Of these about 300 are born rulers, whether qualified or not. Of the others, a great many are said to be elected by a handful of beggars instead of the number and property, who have the right to be the electors. And of these pretended electors, the greatest part are obliged to choose the person nominated by some lord, or by the minister. James Burgh
I don’t know what he was so angry about. He won…. If I had won, he would have been much better off. He would have been spared getting disgraced by Watergate. George McGovern
This son of a bitch was the worst candidate …wasn’t that fellow irresponsible …? Richard Nixon
These Quakers are in general a sly artful People, not altogether destitute, as I conceive, of worldly Views in their religious Profession. Samuel Adams
A President, acting like a king and claiming the powers of a king, is committing an impeachable offense…. Bush has claimed that to protect the nation, there is nothing he cannot do. Spy on Americans, torture, kill someone in their own home. He does not admit to any limitation on his power as long as he believes he is protecting the country. John Nichols
Bill Clinton lied, but nobody died. Madeleine Albright
The President betrayed his wife. He did not betray the country. Robert Wexler
It is our unhappiness, in this time of danger, to have too many Calvinistic politicians, who seem to think their country will be saved by good words and warm faith, without concomitant exploits … Robert Treat Paine
Miss Piggy Anonymous
George W. Bush is not a twit, but he does have twit tendencies. Molly Ivins
The U. N. is like a company that can't market its products and whose board members put their own interests first. Roelof Botha
There is perhaps no nation on earth…that produces so fine a race of men as the Kaffers. John Barrow
The ruling Passion of the Dutchman is Avarice. Of literature they know nothing, and they are seldom seen with a book. Roger Curtis
…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
The world has arisen in some way or another. How it originated is the great question, and Darwin's theory, like all other attempts to explain the origin of life, is thus far merely conjectural. I believe he has not even made the best conjecture possible in the present state of our knowledge. Louis Agassiz
Not only didn't President Clinton bite the bullet, he didn't even bite the BB. Haley Barbour
We are, in effect, being led from disaster to disaster by a headless horseman run amok with stuffed pockets and an empty conscience. Larisa Alexandrovna
The function of government is to provide you with service; the function of the media is to supply the Vaseline. L. Neil Smith
...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
Oh Castlereagh! Thou art a patriot now; Thou cutt’st thy throat that Britain may be saved! Posterity will ne’er survey a nobler grave than this; Here lie the bones of Castlereagh: Stop, traveler. Lord George Gordon
Simon Bolivar belongs to the band of modern men whose equals are to be found only when we reach back to republican times of Greece and Rome... In the midst of people who had no more tradition than the respect for an authority sanctioned by the acquiescence of three centuries of ignorance, superstition, and fanaticism, nor any political dogma but submission to an order of things supported by might and force, Bolivar succeeded in defying that power Jose A. Paez
A man of extreme fickleness of principle and full of childish vanity Jose de San Martin
In the interval between the defeat of the patriot cause and the last revolution, he resided in the capital, and in a society not remarkable for strict morals, he was distinguished for his immorality... To judge him from his public papers, I do not think him a man of talents. He is prompt, bold and decisive, and not scrupulous about the means he employs to obtain his ends. Joel Roberts Poinsett
Bombingham Anonymous
Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently and for the same reason. Barry Levinson
Homeland security is a problem. It's a good idea, but it's a problem because the man who runs it is Tom Ridge, and he is someone who has the leadership qualities of a gerbil. Lewis Black
dangerous demagogue corrupt pervert, prostitute, debauch cursed. New York Evening Journal Albany
I do not give you to posterity as a pattern to imitate, but as an example to deter. Junius; Philip Francis
Richard Crossman ... has a gift, which is useful to teaching but fatal to politics, uncontrolled imagination. There is no side of an argument that he cannot see, and he can well argue that black is white. Once his mind starts working it runs away with him, and he is able to persuade himself of the truth of what he wants to hear. At the same time, with the arrogance of the intellectual, he suggests that anyone who disagrees with him is little more than an idiot. Antony Lambton
James Callahan, ... is a likeable and energetic man. And he takes his work seriously. Indeed it is said that he has recently sat for and passed an advanced correspondence course in Economics. Antony Lambton
George Brown ... represents the theory of Marxism in the House of Commons - but that of Groucho, not Karl. Antony Lambton
If you tried to turn figures into human form and give a computer flesh and blood you would probably end up with something like Mr. Jay. He is the personification of joylessness, the missing link between man and the machine. Antony Lambton
… they seem to be such as would not swear, whore, nor be drunk, but they would lie, cozen and deceive. John Lambe
The purpose of the environmental movement is to establish control over the people. Kent Hovind
American capitalism has helped finance the communist takeover of the world. Somebody is going to answer to God for this Kent Hovind
ACLU: Anti Christian Lawyers Association Kent Hovind
Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. Kenneth Ewart Boulding
Moderates behind whom Red Fascism spreads. Keith Joseph
Communism is nonsense. Kemal Ataturk
The malignity and inhumanity of the Greek military authorities are undisguised. Arnold J. Toynbee
I have never dealt with people who have so little political sagacity as the Turks. Horace George Montagu Rumbold
Daily Heil Anonymous
I think Mohammed was a terrorist. Jerry Falwell
It makes one wonder when President Clinton and [Attorney General] Janet Reno are going to have Federal officers learn the goose-step. Jerry Falwell
Religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women, and coercive toward children. Christopher Hitchens
Lyndon Johnson was a terrible president. He wanted to develop a great society…a great world. Marvin Olasky
Kissinger's orchestration of political and military and diplomatic cover for apartheid in South Africa presents us with a morally repulsive record and includes the appalling consequences of the destabilization of Angola Christopher Hitchens
Calm down. If you want to be President you have to be calm. Nicolas Sarkozy
Wall Street is the colossal and aggregate Benedict Arnold of the Union, and the syndicated Judas Iscariot of humanity. Sacramento Evening Bee
These people were not even good burglars. They were bungelers. Jeb Stuart McGruder
I think that you are a war criminal, and I am going to do everything in my power to see that you will be tried as one. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The left hand of the right wing. Subcomandante Marcos
If I saw Greeley, I would tell him that when I wanted the advice of a political editor in selecting generals I would call on him. Ulysses S. Grant
Seward is in league with the Pope! Anonymous
Lincoln has no conception of his situation—much absorption in the details of office dispensation, but little application to great ideas. William H. Seward
Of all the men I have ever met, he seems to combine greatness with goodness more than any. William Tecumseh Sherman
The war had been unnecessarily and unconstitutionally initiated by the president. George Ashmun
One could see that what you are writing was that today's meeting was a disaster. Now, for the first time, I can tell you that you are a disaster. Boris Yeltsin
... the refusal of the military to become involved in the reforms, their allergy to anything new, their contempt for human dignity, their arrogance and self-satisfaction, their favoritism, personal whims, elitism. Boris Yeltsin
Joe McCarthy was the local town drunk in a business suit. David Halberstam
The most brilliant statesman who ever lived, possessing the loftiest and keenest intellect of his time. Theodore Roosevelt
We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course. Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. Lee Iacocca
With such a court and such men as we now have for judges neither our lives, our liberty nor our property are safe. Our State rights have been invaded by this court in one case and they will not hesitate to do so in another if it suits their convenience or is for their interest or the interest of Slavery -- of either the white or black race. What hope can we have of obtaining justice from men who have so grossly outraged every principle which we as freeman hold dear? Men who will resort to falsehood in one case will also do it in another. Men who will pervert the law in one case will do it in all cases where interest or favoritism is concerned. What chance would a free state man have in such a court if opposed by a slaveholder? None whatever. Wisconsin Republican Journal Columbus
Tony Snow, the White House spokesman and resident fantasist … New York Times
…a low and dangerous demagogue. Horace Greeley
I hate this hole, but I am glad to have come. It does me good to see those who hate the Tribune fear it yet more. Horace Greeley
…an aristocratic, arbitrary ass. Horace Greeley
…the Senate, a small body of egos… Lindsey Graham
The South has eyes but does not see, and ears but does not hear. Abraham Lincoln
Ronald Reagan got elected by launching his campaign in Mississippi in a very racist way. Major Owens
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
Weird John Brown / The meteor of war. Herman Melville
Black Republicans. Anonymous
Hamas is a political-religious movement systematically throwing shackles on the mind. Sari Nusseibeh
Al Qaeda is an entity trapped in medieval ages and bent on killing innocent Muslims. Hassan Nasrallah
Condelesa Rice waves. She gets off airplanes and waves. She gets the 45 degree angle shot with a foreign dignatory and waves, but she doesn’t make deals. The whole world wants to make deals but she doesn’t make deals. She waves. Donald Trump
President Clinton does not use polls to reach positions. He takes positions and then uses the polls to survive the experience. Dick Morris
Mr. President. You have not only put us in harm’s way. You have harmed us. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Panamanians live in a chronic state of insurrection and violence. John Tyler Morgan
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
George W. Bush and his administration have hijacked the American apparatus… If people acted on what they felt in their hearts, they would ring the White House with burning torches and pitchforks. Tom Morello
Terrorists Abdel Karim Suleiman
I am deeply concerned and troubled about the situation we are up against in the world now and in the immediate future. That is why I would hope that someone with the greatest possible maturity and experience would be available at this time. May I urge you to be patient. Harry S Truman
Russia is an Evil Empire. Ronald Reagan
Communism is not immortal; it is impossible. It doesn’t work. Daniel P. Moynihan
Money. All these guys care about is money. They want money. How much money have we given them? George W. Bush
George W. Bush has merged church and state while trying to keep it apart in Iraq. Maureen Dowd
George W. Bush is the mascot of crony capitalism. Molly Ivins
Mrs. Roosevelt is more subversive and dangerous than Moscow. John Foster Dulles
Traitor to his class Anonymous
Thank you for your very detailed letter regarding Scientology. We haven't yet found a way to attack these jackals who feed on children and young adults who are too emotionally weak to stand by themselves when they reach the age of consent. It's too bad there isn't a 20th Century Charles Dickens to write about the terrible destruction of these 20th Century Fagins who make themselves rich while they destroy the psyche of so many. Leo J. Ryan
This is Nero at his worst. The Constitution as we know it is gone. James Clark McReynolds
Gerald Ford is the first President of the United States to be elected by a majority of one—and nobody demanded a recount. Laurence J. Peter
Nothing beats Reaganomics—though herpes can run it pretty close. Art Buchwald
Ronald Reagan's advisors know that if he goes to sleep for even five minutes during the second debate, he'll be in trouble. Art Buchwald
Washington is riddled with unstable people who are either depressed or make other people depressed. Art Buchwald
George W. Bush reminds every American woman of her first husband. Art Buchwald
Nixon put a lot of bread on my table ... I became rich thanks to Richard Nixon. Art Buchwald
I’ve had two depressions serious enough to require hospitalization. I think I survived both, though when I see Pat Buchanan on television, I’m not sure. Art Buchwald
If politicians are good copy, I like them. If not, I don’t care about them. Art Buchwald
Jessie Helms is trying to protect people from pornography and close down all the art shows in the United States, but he wants subsidies for tobacco that kills people. Art Buchwald
We have no leadership, no captain at the helm as it were. We are, in effect, being led from disaster to disaster by a headless horseman run amok with stuffed pockets and an empty conscience. Larisa Alexandrovna
He has no control over his mouth. He will say anything that flits across his frontal lobe. Eleanor Clift
I have always found Franklin Delano Roosevelt an amusing fellow, but I would not employ him, except for reasons of personal friendships, as a geek in a common carnival. Murray Kempton
Mr. Nixon … will, with time, be a landmark in the history of quiet, determined desperation. Murray Kempton
Great care has gone into the construction of the shadow which declares itself to be Richard Nixon. Murray Kempton
Washington could not tell a lie; Nixon could not tell the truth; Reagan cannot tell the difference. Mort Sahl
I've been called worse things by better people. Pierre Trudeau
I cannot dislike him [Gerald R. Ford] personally—he's cordial and gracious. But he's consistently wrong and consistency is a virtue of small minds. He's never proposed a constructive solution to anything. Robert F. Drinan
President Junior is the mascot of crony capitalism. Molly Ivins
The worst mistake Ronald Reagan ever made was to accept George W. Bush as his running mate. Milton Friedman
You can lead a man to Congress, but you cannot make him think. Anonymous
Dr. Beetroot Anonymous
… ready to riot and slay for the sake of fanaticism …. detesting Europeans with a bigoted, foolish, senseless hatred … Mark Sykes
I am afraid that the Jews of insanity who run this land will destroy us Meir Kahane
Do you know that Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert? Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper, before his marriage, habitually practiced celibacy. George Smathers
Californians are a race of people; they are not merely inhabitants of a State. O. Henry; William Sidney Porter
The Mexican War was unnecessarily and unconstitutionally begun by the President of the United States. House of Representatives
The Arab individual does not elect from among people of different opinions who represent different currents. The Arab is accustomed to voting according to pre-determined concepts. Whoever represents this pre-determined concept... The nationalist will vote for a nationalist, and the communist will vote for a communist. These are all types of religious sects. The tribal and sectarian structure has not disintegrated, and has not melted down into the new structure of democracy and the democratic option. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
The Arabs have managed to turn democracy or their revolution into a dynastic or monarchic regime, which is handed down. Most Arab regimes are monarchic regimes, one way or another---especially the republics. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
George W. Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were black and poor. Claire McCaskill
Steadfastness should net be confused with stubbornness. Claire McCaskill
Whoever has the Americans as allies does not need any enemies Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu
New York is a woman / holding, according to history, / a rag called liberty with one hand / and strangling the earth with the other. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
Huey Long’s methods outdid the good he did with the results. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Anyone here own 4 suits? Three suits? Even 2 suits? Well J. P. Morgan has over 100 suits, each one stolen off the back of a working man. Huey P. Long
You are the smartest lunatic I have ever seen in my whole life. Alben W. Barkley
I hate to say it but I was glad when they shot him. I don’t believe in terrorism or assassination but he could have become the American dictator. I. F. Stone
I went to the White House, and met the president.. We in trouble Richard Pryor
President George W. Bush looked into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s eyes and said “I saw his soul.” Putin looked into Bush’s eyes---and saw NOTHING. Mark Russell
The pork part of the budget is reaching new highs. Paul A. Volcker
Delays in or avoidance of decision making was chronic. Paul A. Volcker
Inhale to the Chief National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
All the actions of your government have been in favour of the markets, and against the people. Miguel Esteban Hesayne
A good sort of man is this Darwin, and well meaning, but with very little intellect. Thomas Carlyle
Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals. Clare Boothe Luce
This political movement has patently demonstrated that it will not defend the integrity of science in any case in which science runs afoul of its core political constituencies. In so doing, it has ceded any right to govern a technologically advanced and sophisticated nation. Chris Mooney (journalist)
State Universities are breeding grounds, quite literally, for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, homosexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, alcoholism, and drug abuse. James Dobson
… the ravings of a maniac Thomas Jefferson
Nut With A Nuke New York Post
They should be ashamed that they are using gay and lesbian people to score political points….They are on the wrong side of history. Patrick Sammon
In the Prime Minister, we have a man who has forfeited the right to be believed or to be trusted. William Hague
Booker T. Washington was a very vindictive man…. Staff would have to get his permission before they married. Lawrence Otis Graham
Nothing could be a more serious violation of public trust than to consciously make a war based on false claims. Wesley Clark
The House of Peers, throughout the war Did nothing in particular And did it very well. William Gilbert
Denny Hastert said “the buck stops here” because he couldn’t find anyone else to pass it to. Colbert I. King
Scientology, how about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How's that for a religion? Frank Zappa
Rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, in order to provide articles for people who can't read. Frank Zappa
A thief is more moral than a congressman; when a thief steals your money, he doesn't demand you thank him. Walter E. Williams
The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves…these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ. Thomas Jefferson
What influence in fact have ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on reigns of Civil authority; in many cases they have seen the upholding of the throne of political tyranny: In no instance have they been seen to be the guardians of the liberty of the people. James Madison
I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth. Thomas Jefferson
During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution. In no instance have...the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people James Madison
Good people do good things. Bad people do bad things. But it takes religion to make good people do bad things. Steven Weinberg
Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses. Arthur C. Clarkee
With all due respect to those dear people … God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew. Bailey Smith
Who the hell do you think did it, Martians? Richard A. Clarke
Why has an administration that talks so much about terrorism and homeland security demonstrated so little competence when it comes to securing the homeland? Richard A. Clarke
You have no understanding of what it is to live in a community surcharged with an idle, dissolute, vicious, ignorant negro population just emerged from slavery. Edgar Cowan
Saracens, a race whom it is never desirable to have either for friends or enemies … Ammianus Marcellinus
Is it true Mr. Ford that you are Jewish? Frida Kahlo
It isn’t easy, but I guess I can understand why the good citizens of the hill country might let themselves be represented in Washington by a man who drinks too much. It isn’t easy, but I guess I can even understand why the good citizens of the hill country might even let themselves be represented by a man in Washington who carouses with city women while his wife and children are back here working the land. But, as God is my witness, I will never understand why the good people of the hill country would let themselves be represented by a man who takes female sheep up into the hills alone at night! Richard Mifflin Kleberg
Harrison and his ilk believe that the Displaced Person is a human being, which he is not, and this applies particularly to the Jews, who are lower than animals. George S. Patton
Runty little bastard…just about the most dangerous person around [with a] powerful constituency. Lyndon B. Johnson
Delay has the odor of the Beltway. Wall Street Journal
You sold out, you motherfucker, you sold out! Hillary Clinton
Slavery is an evil, a deep, detestable, damnable evil; an evil in all its aspects; an evil to the blacks and a greater evil to the whites … New York Plaindealer
Pat Buchanan would be here tonight except that he is off giving a speech to the Sons of the Spanish Inquisition. John McLaughlin
The Surgeon General tells us that we should eat less fat and more fiber. Did you ever take a good look at him? He didn’t get that spare tire around his waist by eating trail mix. Johnny Carson
Democracy is a system of laws made by men….As such Islamists all over the world are against it, as their system of laws is made by God. Michael Scheuer
Moral Majority, n. Neither Jonathan Hayward
Canadian, adj. and n. An anti-American American. Jonathan Hayward
Feminism, n. … truth gone mad. Jonathan Hayward
Martin Van Ruin Anonymous
The New Deal was a socialist revolution. Janice Rogers Brown
At present the cheat and tricks of the priests have roused all men against them, and against Christianity. Adolph Friedrich Ludwig Freiherr von Knigge
In Gravity clad, He has nought in his Head, But Visions of Nobles & Kings With Commons below, Who respectfully bow, And worship the dignified Things Thomas Tudor Tucker
The Mormon Church not only offends the moral sense of manhood by sanctioning polygamy, but prevents the administration of justice through ordinary instrumentalities of law. In my judgment it is the duty of Congress, while respecting to the uttermost the conscientious convictions and religious scruples of every citizen, to prohibit within its jurisdiction all criminal practices, especially of that class which destroy the family relations and endanger social order. Nor can any ecclesiastical organization be safely permitted to usurp in the smallest degree the functions and powers of the National Government. James A. Garfield
It is all very well to idealise poverty and associate wisdom with begging bowls, or virtue with low estate. However, those who have done this (Buddhists, Christians, Communists and other fanatics) have dead ended or are dead ending L. Ron Hubbard
We have our hands on an appalling bit of technology where the world is concerned. With rapidity and a Meter it can be shown that Heaven is a false dream and that the old religion was based on very painful lie, cynical betrayal. L. Ron Hubbard
Muslims have been sticking it to each other for decades. Irshad Manji
When I hear about a man talking about having been taken out to the Van Allen space radiation belt of space ships that were essentially the same thing as the DC-8, I've got to tell you, I mean, if we're talking about this man's credibility, that certainly raises some questions in my mind about his credibility. Ted Koppel
Despite obscenely overstuffed money vaults and a whole lot of land to spare, the Saudis will not take in Palestinians as citizens. The will however broadcast telethons to raise millions for the financing of suicide bombers. They also award the families of successful bombers a trip to Mecca, all expenses paid. Irshad Manji
The CIA did not know that the North Koreans had a 3 stage ballistic missile until they fired and tested it. The CIA did not know about September 11th. Curt Weldon
… a man well known for his congenital inability to tell the truth Detroit Free Press
President Bush comes up with a reason a day as to why we are in Iraq. Clifford Alexander
We’re number one in public executions and number 49 in funding public of education … we are even lower than Mississippi. Kinky Friedman
In addition to its critical banking role for the Nazis, Switzerland’s industries engaged in direct production for the Axis and helped protect Axis investments; Swiss shipping lines also furnished Germany with a large number of boats for the transport of goods. Switzerland also allowed an unprecedented use of its railways to link Germany and Italy for the transport of coal and other goods. Switzerland provided Germany with arms, ammunition, aluminum, machinery and precision tools, as well as agricultural products. Swiss convoys carried products from Spain across France through Switzerland to Germany. Swiss banks serviced Nazi markets in Latin America. This conduct continued even as the Germans retreated and the threat of invasion evaporated. As late in the War as early 1945, Switzerland vitiated an agreement it had just reached with the United States to freeze German assets and to restrict purchases of gold from Germany. Stuart Eizenstat
Today's appeasers are worse than Neville Chamberlain: Chamberlain didn't have himself as an example Ann Coulter
The philosophies of Ford and Hitler were very similar. Ford was very well informed about everything going on in Germany.... He knew all about the National Socialist movement.... Ford told me that he helped to finance Hitler with money from the sales of automobiles and trucks that he had sent to Germany. Winifred Wagner
… ignorant and irresponsible men cutting up the world as if it were a cake. Harold Nicolson
The Jew is a mere huckster; a trader who doesn't want to produce, but to make something out of what someone else produces. Henry Ford
The labor union is a great scheme to interrupt work. It speeds up loafing Henry Ford
I wish I could send some of my shock troops to Chicago and other big American cities to help in the elections. We look on Heinrich Ford as the leader of the growing fascist movement in America. We admire particularly his anti-Jewish policy which is the Bavarian fascist platform Adolf Hitler
I told him that when he left office he should become an evangelist and leave his wife to run the country. Billy Graham
It is hard to get things done if you spend all of your time with the choir as opposed to the rest of the congregation. Bob Schieffer
For a quarter-century, and changing only very recently, the main IMF prescription has been budgetary belt-tightening for patients much too poor to own belts. IMF led austerity has frequently resulted in riots, coups, and the collapse of public services. Jeffrey Sachs
Most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders—serve the state chiefly with their heads; and ... are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. Henry David Thoreau
In baseball it’s three strikes and you’re out. What is it for the Secretary of Defense? …. Isn’t it time for you to resign. Ted Kennedy
Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system. Channing E. Phillips
Runaway technology, whose only law is profit, has for years poisoned our air, ravaged our soil, stripped our forests bare, and corrupted our water resources Vance Hartke
Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right, and you turned out to be wrong. George Galloway
Chicago is a Eastern European city of unknown ethnic origin, run by Irishmen. Fred Siegel
I would doubt that those people down there would even give them that much of a break. J. Edgar Hoover
The houses of lawyers are roofed with the skins of litigants. Welsh Proverb
Today we have in this country the abuses of a military dictation without its unity of action and vigor of execution. John Fremont
King William and the chief men loved gold and silver and did not care how sinfully it was obtained provided it came to them. He did not care at all how wrongfully his men got possession of land nor how many illegal acts they did. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
The king of England, though in certain respects he is not as religious as we would wish, still shows himself to be more acceptable than other kings... he neither destroys nor sells the churches of God.. and he bound priests by oath to dismiss their wives. Gregory VII (Saint Hildebrand)
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
Laval is a French millionaire who has been known for many years to be a direct agent of the Nazi Government. He played a leading part in the intrigues which led to the downfall of France George Orwell Blair
The figure of Pierre Laval hung like an evil shadow over Vichy. William Daniel Leahy
The politicians are preparing a worse world for our children than the one they were born into… E. D. Morel
The Times is speechless and takes three columns to express its speechlessness. Winston Churchill
The homes of America are horrified and the intelligence of Americans is insulted by weird television advertising by which this Administration threatens the end of the world unless all-wise Lyndon is given the nation for his very own. Barry Goldwater
In all ages wherever a tyrant has shown himself he has always found some willing judge to clothe that tyranny in the robes of legality. Samuel Gompers
the President of the United States has only yesterday signed into law the most monstrous piece of legislation ever enacted by the United States Congress. It is a fraud, a sham, and a hoax. This bill will live in infamy. To sign it into law at any time is tragic. To do so upon the eve of the celebration of our independence insults the intelligence of the American people. It dishonors the memory of countless thousands of our dead who offered up their very lives in defense of principles which this bill destroys. Never before in the history of this nation have so many human and property rights been destroyed by a single enactment of the Congress. It is an act of tyranny. It is the assassin's knife stuck in the back of liberty. George C. Wallace
For us in Russia communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
I call Christianity the one great curse, the one enormous and innermost perversion, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are too venomous, too underhand, too underground and too petty - I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind. Friedrich Nietzsche
The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one. Mere reason is insufficient to convince us of its veracity: and whoever is moved by faith to assent to it, is conscious of a continued miracle in his own person, which subverts all the principles of his understanding, and gives him a determination to believe what is most contrary to custom and experience. David Hume
Christianity, of course, but why journalism? Arthur Balfour
`...all the faults of the age come from Christianity and journalism Frank Harris
The right divine of kings to govern wrong. Alexander Pope
No kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ. Charles de Montesquieu
Labor leaders today have gotten too male, stale and pale. Eleanor Clift
He could not blow his nose without moralizing on the state of the handkerchief industry. Cyril Connolly
Napoleon—mighty somnambulist of a vanished dream. Victor Hugo
Napoleon is a dangerous man in a free country. He seems tome to have the makings of a tyrant, and I believe that were he to be king he would be fully capable of playing such a part, and his name would become an object of detestation to posterity... Lucien Bonaparte
That infernal creature who is the curse of all the human race becomes every day more and more abominable. Alexander I
Intelligent—brilliant—resourceful—he spoils his undoubted talents by his excessive assurance, his contempt for other people's point of view, and his attitude of a king in exile. Anonymous
Rome is the most dreadful cesspit … the great sewer of Tarquin itself would have been incapable of dealing with such a mass of filth. Felicite Robert de Lamennais
You’ve got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you’ve got to be a humorist to stay one. Will Rogers
It's no wonder the president avoids press conferences like the plague. Take away his cue cards and he can barely talk. Americans should be embarrassed that an Arab king (Abdullah of Jordan) spoke more fluently and articulately in English than our own president at their joint press conference recently. Charley Reese
American soldiers must be turned into lambs and eating them is tolerated. Muammar Qaddafi
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
One never expected from a Congressman more than good intentions and public spirit. Henry Adams
A Senator of the United States … serves his people by joining in the petty squabbles that occupy so much time of the Senate today. I may have grown cynical from long service, but this is a tendency I do not like, and I sometimes think I’d rather be a dog and bay at the moon than stay in the Senate another six years and listen to it. John Sharp Williams
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Edward Heath
The United Nations is in need of reform. The Security Council reflects the world exactly as it was 60 years ago—not today. Petros Molyviatis
The more Ronald Reagan repeated a story, the more he believed it and the more he resisted information that undermined premises. Lou Cannon
We are fortunate in the fact that an amazingly large segment of the population, and even of his own party, seems to dislike and mistrust Nixon instinctively. Craig & Kummel Norman
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, as guardian of the hydrogen bomb, as representative of America in the world, as commander in chief of the United States armed forces. Adlai Stevenson
Nixon appears to be a politician with an advertising man’s approach to his work. Policies are products to be sold to the public - this one today, that one tomorrow, depending on the discounts and the state of the market. He moves from intervention to anti-intervention with the same ease and lack of anguish with which a copy writer might transfer his loyalties from Camels to Chesterfields Richard Rovere
Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern seaboard and let it float out to sea. Barry Goldwater
… the most uncouth … mental torture Thruston Ballard Morton
Tough if they are so retarded as to marry an asshole who wants four wives …. I’m not going to be the one that tries to prevent them from it. But if they presume to impose the same customs, the same habits on me, in my house …. Trying to deal humanly with them is impossible. Reasoning with them, unthinkable. Treating them with indulgence or tolerance or hope, suicidal. And whoever doesn’t recognize these simple truths is in denial. Oriana Fallaci
Maummar Qaddafi. He is clinically stupid. Oriana Fallaci
We have an administration which wants to expand democracy in every part of the world except in its own back yard---Washington DC. Mark Plotkin
Everyone in Congress represents Washington. Louis Wilson Ingram
The people in Congress have no interest in preserving the Constitution because they are interested in power. Louis Wilson Ingram
Dean is a very smart fellow with a huge ambition and ego to match. Frank M. Bryan
We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain. Frederic Bastiat
I cannot however say that in European countries the control by the Roman Catholic Church of great areas of land has always led to happiness for the people of those countries. Eleanor Roosevelt
Everything Mohammed brought was evil and inhuman such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached Manuel II Palaeologus
He spoke like a professor and forgot that he had since become Pope. Pascal Couchepin
If the United Nations Headquarters building lost 10 stories, no one would miss them. John Bolton
We have an industrial-age presidency, catering to a pre-industrial ideological base, in a post-industrial era. Thomas Friedman
Islam is a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion. Jerome Corsi
He was a Communist. He was a terrorist... Rob Anders
He has the best political mind of all the generals I have. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In his lifetime Lincoln was maligned and traduced, but detraction during a man's lifetime affords no test of his life's value nor offers any forecast of history's verdict. It would almost seem as if the glory of immortality were anticipated in the life of the great by detraction and denial whilst they yet lived. Stephen S. Wise
Osama bin Martin Geoff Norquay
Liberals are about to become the last people to figure out that Arabs lie. Ann Coulter
… establishment bobblehead Fareed Zakaria Masood Cajee
Although every organized patriarchal religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic Church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to prevent legislative change. It is an obscenity -- an all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women. Robin Morgan
If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonal experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations. Henry David Thoreau
Suppression? Persecution? The revolution was fought for this? Emma Goldman
...A swashbuckling, nagging, vulgar scold, indifferent to the amenities... New York Times
As a general rule the Southern Delegates were not a creditable class. James Jones
Your time is up. Go now. Don't wait until there has been more death and destruction Tony Blair
Woodrow Wilson was a white supremacist…. He was the first Southerner to become President after the Civil War…. He loved Birth of a Nation … He was able to fire many African Americans in the government and to stop hiring them…. In terms of race, he represents the very worst in terms of qualities and prejudices. David Davis
Greater even than the harm done by Father Coughlin’s addresses to Catholics and Protestants who do not accept his teaching is that inflicted upon his faithful followers. What he has done to the emotions and minds and souls of thousands of Catholics in this country is saddening and sickening to contemplate. John A. Ryan
Father Coughlin has succeeded in persuading his hearers, or at least a large proportion of them, not only that his money theories and remedies are supported by the papal encyclicals, but that his economic teachings in general are on a level with the infallible pronouncements of the Church. John A. Ryan
ugly, cowardly and flagrant John A. Ryan
Many people are beginning to wonder who they should fear most - the Roosevelt-Churchill combination or the Hitler-Mussolini combination. Charles E. Coughlin
the world's chief war-monger Charles E. Coughlin
I have dedicated my life to fight against the heinous rottenness of modern capitalism because it robs the laborer of this world's goods. But blow for blow I shall strike against Communism, because it robs us of the next world's happiness. Charles E. Coughlin
… becoming a very dangerous proposition…. an out and out demagogue Joseph P. Kennedy
An Englishman will burn his bed to catch a flea. Turkish Proverb
Freedom Fries Anonymous
I didn’t make him look like a chimpanzee. God made him look like a chimpanzee. Nick Anderson
Black Tyrants Harry Belafonte
What has brought Hurricane Katrina upon you is the injustice of George W. Bush Jr. and of the White House. Remove this injustice from the world if you want Allah's punishments to cease afflicting the American people. Raed Sallah
We are all familiar with Lebanon and with the intrigues of its leaders. Collaboration flows in their veins, and treachery thrives in their midst. Anwar Ubeid
America has always viewed the entire world through one kind of eye-glasses--that of American interests. Sa Al-Buti
You guys in New York City can’t even get a hole in the ground fixed. And its been 5 years. Let’s be fair. Ray Nagin
18th Century Fox Zero Mostel
A woman can only be ugly from the inside. Any woman can be beautiful, if she is beautiful from within. It is the internal ugliness of this woman that reflects her looks. Colette Khuri
How can you have a partnership when one of the partners doesn’t show up for 5 days…. The President said nothing while Americans watched people drown in New Orleans. Al Sharpton
They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge. Thomas Reid
The Snivel Service. Roscoe Conkling
Only 350,000 Serve in the Military, While the Internal Security Police Recently Hit the One-Million Mark Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
Part of the American administration is not religious. They are neither Evangelists nor Jews, but they have a new ideological theory regarding international policy. They are called the neo-cons. Fifteen years ago, the American intellectuals used to call them crazy, but now they are surprised to find that those crazy people are ruling America, and controlling the entire world. They say: We do not want America to be the leader of the world. We want it to rule and Americanize the world…. The neo-cons are identical to the Nazis. Awadh Al-Qarni
The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is constant, but nowadays the illiterates can read and write. Alberto Moravia
I have never been greatly enamored of literary men in general, and in particular I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that they are a class of individuals with the most dangerous biases and hidden motives. Alexander II
Swine! Alexander II
Of all the social revolutions now abroad in the world, that of the American women is the least dynamic, the least predictable, the most aimless and divided – in short the most feminine…. As a class, they are today themselves the greatest obstacle to their own advancement... . They are simply ridiculous. Life Magazine
Meese was a sleaze. Edward J. M. Little
Around him are the riffraff of thick-skinned party leaders. He plays off the half-humans with favours. Forging edict after edict as if they were horseshoes- Shoots some in the forehead, others in the chest, the eye, the groin. Everyday he has an execution -- for our Broadchested Georgian it's like picking raspberries Osip Mandelstam
… murderer and peasant slayer Osip Mandelstam
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
Expectations were pretty low and they are meeting them. Martin Walker
Office hours are from 12 to 1, with an hour off for lunch. George S. Kaufman
… composed largely of the same class of people as those who brought Hitler to power — the penny-proud, ignorant petit bourgeois folk . McGeorge Bundy
It was muscled through. People were just told to forget their qualms and vote. John Dean
For him nature is basically a golf course or a ranch--or a national park turned into a country club where folks can burn off stress by speeding over the snow while polluting the air of Yellowstone with gas-guzzling skidoos. William Irwin Thompson
The Supreme Court is an ideal legislature for the intelligentsia. Robert Bork
I consider North Korea the most dangerous place in the world. Madeleine Albright
I don’t give a damn for the legislature of Texas! Theodore Roosevelt
I have never liked Winston Churchill, but in view of what you tell me as to his admirable conduct and nerve in mobilizing the fleet, I do wish that if it comes your way you would extend to him my congratulations. Theodore Roosevelt
In El Paso, the people are homicidal but orthodox. Theodore Roosevelt
In his over-anxiety not to offend the powerful who have done wrong, President Wilson scrupulously refrains from saying one word on behalf of the weak who have suffered wrong. Theodore Roosevelt
It is not good for the country to have a college professor as a President. Theodore Roosevelt
It is true he has never originated anything that would savor of progressiveness, but he has been close enough to this administration to know what it stands for. Theodore Roosevelt
La Follette is the Grand American neo-Copperhead ... at the moment loyally serving one country—Germany. Theodore Roosevelt
McKinley has no more backbone than a chocolate eclair. Theodore Roosevelt
Failure, failure, failure, partial success, renewed failure, ultimate and complete victory. Randolph Churchill
To all who leaned upon Mr. Gladstone, who trusted him, and hoped for something from him—chips, nothing but chips—hard, dry, unnourishing, indigestible chips. Randolph Churchill
... an old man in a hurry. Randolph Churchill
Our president and secretary of state speak with great moral clarity but have no moral authority. Thomas Friedman
To detail the real evils of aristocracy, they must be seen in Europe. Thomas Jefferson
a snot-nosed kid Lyndon B. Johnson
…composed of the scum of the earth. Arthur Wellesley
He is a man suffering from petrified adolescence. Aneurin Bevan
…the Army stood in need of talent as never before… the whole department is unscientifically managed, over officered and wastefully conducted. Nation
…Taft has reached and passed the nadir of his unpopularity. Theodore Roosevelt
Most of us pay some sort of price for screwing up. Quayle never has. His high school guidance counselor told him his grades were too low for admission to DePauw University, where his grandfather was a trustee and major donor, but he got in anyway. In college he flunked the departmental exam that was supposed to be a prerequisite to graduation, but he graduated anyway. Although it was 1969, the height of the Vietnam War, a year when more than a quarter million young men were drafted and other Indianans were being told it would take years to get into the National Guard, Quayle landed a spot in a week flat, after a retired Guard general who worked for his family made a call on his behalf. Quayle was rejected by Indiana University Law School, but he got in anyway- under an affirmative action program, after he visited the dean of admissions, a Republican judge in a city (Indianapolis) where Quayle’s grandfather owned the newspaper. (Soon thereafter, the grandfather made a large contribution to the law school.) Quayle was indifferent law student, but he got a job in the state attorney general’s office anyway. (His father made a few calls.) He was a twenty-nine year old employee of his father’s paper, but he got elected to Congress anyway, with the help of the paper and his own good looks. He was a poor congressman, but he got elected to Senate anyway, in the 1980 Reagan landslide. Two years later the DePauw faculty voted against giving him an honorary degree, but he got it anyway. He was a mediocre senator, but Bush put him on the national ticket anyway. He blew the debate, but he’ll probably be elected vice president anyway. At this rate he’ll be president by cherry blossom time. Hendrik Hertzberg
We esteem our connection with and dependence on Great Britain as one of our greatest blessings; and apprehend the latter will be sufficiently secure, when it is considered that the inhabitants in the colonies have the most unbounded affection for his majesty’s person, family and government, as well as the mother country, and that the subordination to the parliament is universally acknowledged. Continental Congress
We have before us in the White House … a criminal—known to be armed and dangerous. Lewis H. Lapham
There can hardly be a more grave act imaginable than to dupe a democracy into going to war, but this is what Bush has done. Matthew Rothschild
A President can commit no more serious crime against our democracy than lying to Congress and the American people to get them to support a military action or war. Elizabeth Holtzman
The Electoral College is an antidemocratic relic. New York Times
It’s like a Stalinist show trial. The senators all get up and make their speeches and then leave. No one listens. Michael Crichton
I did not more than my patriotic duty in trying to oppose the criminal madness of Hitler. Wilhelm Carnaris
The French are known for their rudeness … but if you speak French … they get a lot more polite. Claire Berlinski
Corporations are not capable of doing things out of the goodness of their hearts. They don’t have hearts. Charles Fishman
When I spoke of the Progressive party as having a lunatic fringe, I specifically had you in mind! Theodore Roosevelt
Reagan is not one that wears well. Reagan on a personal basis, is terrible. He just isn't pleasant to be around. Maybe he's different with others. No, he's just an uncomfortable man to be around...strange. Richard Nixon
Under the tousled boyish haircut it is still old Karl Marx Ronald Reagan
Why, this fellow [Dwight D. Eisenhower] don't know any more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday. Harry S Truman
The smartest geek I know. Warren G. Harding
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
A very adroit … hypocrite.... He has made our statesmanship a thing of empty elocution. He has covered his fear of standing for the right behind a veil of rhetorical phrases …. He hasn't a touch of idealism in him. He is a silly doctrinaire at times and an utterly selfish and cold-blooded politician always Theodore Roosevelt
I do not believe there can be found in the whole country a man so well fitted to be President. Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was always getting himself in hot water by talking before he had to commit himself upon issues not well-defined Calvin Coolidge
Well, the mad Roosevelt has a new achievement to his credit. He succeeded in defeating the party that furnished him a job for nearly all of his manhood days after leaving the ranch, and showed his gratitude for the presidency, at that party's hands. The eminent fakir can now turn to raising hell, his specialty, along other lines. Warren G. Harding
I more than suspect that he is deeply conscious of being in the wrong, -- that he feels the blood of this Mexican war, like the blood of Abel, is crying to Heaven against him.... He is a bewildered, confounded, and miserably perplexed man. Abraham Lincoln
Polk...is just qualified for an eminent County Court lawyer....He has no wit, no literature, no point of argument, no gracefulness of delivery, no eloquence of language, no philosophy, no pathos, no felicitous impromptus; nothing that can constitute an orator, but confidence, fluency, and labor. John Quincy Adams
The Republic...may suffer under the present imbecile chief, but the sober second thought of the people will restore it at out next Presidential election. Andrew Jackson
Mr. Van Buren is the most fallen man I have ever known. James K. Polk
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
If Mr. Monroe should ever fill the Chair of Government, he may let the French Minister frame his Speeches.... There is abundant evidence of his being a mere tool in the hands of the French government George Washington
I can say conscientiously that I do not know in the world a man of purer integrity, more dispassionate, disinterested, and devoted to genuine Republicanism; nor could I in the whole scope of America and Europe point out an abler head. Thomas Jefferson
He was a walking library. James Madison
It is with much reluctance that I am obliged to look upon him as a man whose mind is warped by prejudice and so blinded by ignorance as to be unfit for the office he holds. However wise and scientific as philosopher, as a politician he is a child and a dupe of party. John Adams
The greatest beggar and the most troublesome of all the office seekers during my Administration was General Harrison. John Quincy Adams
Garfield has shown that he is not possessed of the backbone of an angleworm. Ulysses S. Grant
I have never been so tired of anything before as I have been with the political speeches of Mr. Johnson.... I look upon them as a national disgrace. Ulysses S. Grant
Damn the President! He is a cold-blooded, narrow-minded, prejudiced, obstinate, timid old psalm-singing Indianapolis politician Theodore Roosevelt
Lincoln is to the extent of his limited ability and narrow intelligence the willing instrument of the Abolitionists for all the woe which has thus far been brought upon the Country and for all the degradation, all the atrocity, all the desolation and ruin. Franklin Pierce
Pierce was...a small politician, of low capacity and mean surroundings, proud to act as the servile tool of men worse than himself but also stronger and abler. He was ever ready to do any work the slavery leaders set him. Theodore Roosevelt
I am afraid he is too pugnacious... I want peace... Theodore is always getting into rows with everybody William McKinley
Right now, I have nothing against America, except for the fact that it opposes the Palestinian people, and is destroying Iraq. Apart from this, America and I agree on everything. Muammar Qaddafi
The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete. Wafa Sultan
President Bush talks to the people in the press room as if they are idiots because that is the way the issues have been explained to him. Graydon Carter
He’s so dumb, he actually believes what he is saying. J. J. from Goode Times could run this company better than he can…. Why do people call him Christian. Christ cared more for the poor people than he did for Halliburton. D. L. Hughley
Governor Blanco is like Packman without the looks. Harry Anderson
This government is effectively telling the American people to go to Hell. Lou Dobbs
… a brutality, cunning and greed for power normally met only in the conclaves of Mafia capi Bernard Levin
Godless Republicans! Anonymous
President Karzai does not have any idea of what is going on in his country. Pervez Musharraf
I've met serial killers and professional assassins and nobody scared me as much Ken Livingstone
Government at every level failed the Katrina victims. Jack Kemp
NAFTA is a deal made for the elites of America, Mexico and Canada leaving out the average people of all three companies. Jorge Casteneda
We find an organization that is deeply troubled by bad management, by sex and corruption and by a growing lack of confidence in its ability to carry out missions that are given to them. John Bolton
He did not live long enough to prove his incapacity for the office of President. William Cullen Bryant
I’m ready any time you want to repeat the stupid question. Michael J. Quill
Goering is a morphine addict…a classic megalomaniac. Joseph Goebbels
A revolting, fat, beast. Joseph Goebbels
I have often wondered, that persons who make a boast of professing the Christian religion, namely, love, joy, peace, temperance, and charity to all men, should quarrel with such rancorous animosity, and display daily towards one another such bitter hatred, that this, rather than the virtues they claim, is the readiest criterion of their faith Baruch Spinoza
Clergymen are the ticket scalpers outside the gates of heaven. Religion has been a curse to mankind. H. L. Mencken
There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as The Dark Ages. Ruth Hurmence Green
So far as religion is concerned, it's a damned fake. Religion is all bunk. Thomas A. Edison
Damn democracy. It is a fraudulent term used, often by ignorant persons but no less often by intellectual fakers, to describe an infamous mixture of socialism, miscegenation, graft, confiscation of property and denial of personal rights to individuals whose virtuous principles make them offensive. Westbrook Pegler
And now that the legislators and do gooders have futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems. And try liberty … Frederic Bastiat
Even when they are right the French can be infuriatingly perverse or incomprehensible. Chris Patten
Modern Physics is an instrument of Jewry for the destruction of Nordic science… Rudolphe Tomaschek
Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a freeborn Briton can do. William Makepeace Thackeray
Capitalism is economic Darwinism…free enterprise is code for individualistic amorality…the marketplace is the temple of secular humanism? Russ Rymer
Talking and eloquence are not the same. Ben Jonson
I wouldn’t be too serious about bipartisanship. It’s a great myth that ought to be fostered. And don’t bring too damn much scholarship to bear on it. You’ll prove it out of existence if you’re not careful. Dean Acheson
It is important to have a President who not only understands, but enjoys complexity Teresa Heinz
Lords of the land and the lash John Mercer Langston
Only idiots would believe that the U.S. is a democratic country seeking democracy in other countries Naser Al Omar
He [Jack Kemp] is dumber than he looks and even more two faced than I depict him! Pierre Andre Rinfret
Lyndon Johnson WAS the Vietnam War. Without the paranoia of Johnson there would never have been a Vietnam. Pierre Andre Rinfret
Milton Friedman is a man with dangerously simplistic visions and explanations of the economic world. Pierre Andre Rinfret
What ultimately defeated George W. Bush is that when push came to shove he was a wimp governed by his personal animosities Pierre Andre Rinfret
… all raw emotion and little knowledge Pierre Andre Rinfret
President Bush said that he wanted to change the tone in Washington. He has; it has gotten worse. Tom Daschle
Americans should be treated as a naughty spaniel. If it snaps at you, hit it across the face. Alexander Cochran
We Europeans do not sit at the table with torturers. Jean-Claude Juncker
I can't stand that Richard Nixon fellow. Julia Child
The President of the United States was untutored in foreign policy. He didn’t know Slovenia from Slovakia. Pat Buchanan
England is… a country infested with people who love to tell us what to do, but who very rarely seem to know what’s going on. Macinnes, Colin,
Me a President? I would be a worse President than George W. Bush if such a thing is possible. Al Franken
Right now some future general is lying in his crib trying to get his big toe in his mouth. Such was probably the case of our guest of honor tonight. Mark Twain
Occasionally, you might enjoy the luxury of an unexpressed thought Everett Dirksen
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Le Fouille-Merde The Shit Stirrer Dick Tuck
You can't use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout! Henry Adams
There ought to be a national registry of child molesters and insurance company executive because I hold them in the same very low esteem. Gene Taylor
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. Frank Lloyd Wright
Here’s a little Washington clue. When they say, “With all due respect,” they’re about to insult you. Gwen Ifill
Today, the United Nations is a protection racket for the enemies of freedom...for despots. Frank Gaffney
The Saudis are the primary sponsor of the Sunni version of Islamofascism. Frank Gaffney
I wasn’t elected to get into back room deals with Jesse Helms. I’ve despised Jesse Helms since I was 18 years old. Paul Wellstone
… the intersection of ideology and incompetence. Hillary Clinton
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
We know that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But we know, and Coretta knew, that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty Abounds. For war millions more, but no more for the poor. Joseph Lowery
It takes a crook to catch those crooks. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A Senator is like a begonia, showy but useless. Henry Adams
It’s going to take some give and take from the House Judiciary Chairman who doesn’t like to give and only likes to take. Norman Orenstein
Samuel Chase is tending to prostitute the high judicial character with which he was invested, to the low purpose of an electioneering partisan John Randolph
Ike is bitten with the presidential bug and is also yellow. He has convinced himself that he did me a favor by getting me out of the really grave risks of being a governor. He will never be president!… George S. Patton
The difficulty in understanding the Russian is that we do not take cognizance of the fact that he is not a European but an Asiatic and therefore thinks deviously. We can no more understand a Russian than a Chinaman or a Japanese and, from what I’ve seen of them, I have no particular desire to understand them except to ascertain how much lead or iron it takes to kill them. In addition to his other amiable characteristics, the Russian has no regard for human life and is an all out son of a bitch, a barbarian, and a chronic drunk. George S. Patton
They are a scurvy race and simply savages. We could beat hell out of them. George S. Patton
They are a bunch of cheap detectives, always smiling of drink George S. Patton
Should we attempt to Occidentalize the Arab, we would make a mistake. Despite the complete difference in our outlook on life, he is, in his filth and poverty, contented and perhaps happy. Our clamorous. urge for a more generous life is unknown to him. George S. Patton
For years, before coming here, I had read of the quiet dignity of the Arab. He is quiet, but is the lity, in my opinion, is pure dumbness. His aquiline face, which in the pure bred ones is quite impressive, is really the face of a dumb man George S. Patton
Everybody likes to go to Geneva. I used to do it for the Law of the Sea conferences and you'd find those potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they'd just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva Ernest F. Hollings
He talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages Barry Goldwater
It’s usually a one way conversation. No matter how experienced they are, no matter how articulate they are, it usually Mr. Johnson talking. William Proxmire
Andrew Jackson was tempered, arrogant, violent and a ferocious partisan who introduced the spoils system into government. William O'Neill
Congress can’t discipline itself. Newt Gingrich
The President wants to avoid being a lame duck. He’s trying not to limp and quack at the same time. Mike Allen
The people are way ahead of the Congress. They are way ahead of the administration. John Murtha
Cowards cut and run. Marines never do. Jean Schmidt
Mean Jean Anonymous
Show this gentleman out the back door. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov
… a loser! Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ger Bush Out of My Uterus and Iraq!!! Anonymous
It takes time and effort and preparation to think. Statesmen are far too busy making speeches to think. Bertrand Russell
That man in the White House Frank Kingdon
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A slug can leave but there's always a slimy trail behind him. Anonymous
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Ben Hogan for President. If We're Going to Have a Golfer, Let's Have a Good One. Anonymous
Bobby Kennedy: Hawk, Dove or Chicken? Anonymous
Communism is a system that takes from the Stone Age its technical level, from slavery its social relations, from feudalism its hierarchy, from capitalism its exploitation, and from socialism its name. Anonymous
Every communist is Moscow’s spy! Anonymous
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Hail to the thief! Anonymous
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He'll deny anything to get elected—as long as he can make some money on the side. Anonymous
The Human Iceberg Anonymous
Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord Ike's soul to keep. If Ike should die before I wake I pray He also Nixon take. Anonymous
It is fascinating to read a book by an author who has written more books than he has read. Anonymous
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Jimmy Carter's idea of self-deprecating humor is to criticize his staff. Anonymous
Libraries file the French Constitution under “periodicals”. Anonymous
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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
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Puritanism: The terrible suspicion that someone, somewhere might be enjoying life. Anonymous
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The Emperor has no Votes! Anonymous
The Prime Minister wishes to be obscene but not heard. Anonymous
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At 3 O'clock on Saturday afternoon Theodore Roosevelt will walk on the Waters of Lake Michigan Anonymous
To err is Truman Anonymous
Tory times are hard times. Anonymous
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Although his [Ronald Reagan's] policies were highly unpopular, he was able to keep his head above the slime in which his Administration wallowed because he appeared to believe in what he was saying and doing. James G. Abourezk
I believe in health care reform. I believe that HMS’s should be sued. Spencer Abraham
Walsh is a Republican like Madonna Ciccone is a Catholic. Elliott Abrams
Richard Nixon impeached himself. He gave us Gerald Ford as his revenge. Bella Abzug
While General MacArthur had many of the attributes of a foreign sovereign ... and was quite as difficult as any, it did not seem wise to recognize him as one. Dean Acheson
You tell the President, and you tell him in precisely these words, that he can take Vietnam and stick it up his ass. Dean Acheson
[Describing John F. Kennedy:] He is sort of an Indian snake charmer. Dean Acheson
I doubt very much if a man whose major literary interests were in works by Zane Grey ... is particularly well equipped to be chief executive of this country—particularly where Indian affairs are concerned. Dean Acheson
… 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
What a tiresome creature that man [Charles De Gaulle] is. Dean Acheson
With all due respect, Mr. President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff don't know what they're talking about. 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
I seldom meet with characters so inoffensive as my hens and chickings, or minds so well improved as my garden. Abigail Adams
Wall Street has desperate need of men like you. Brooks Adams
Rarely in American history has any particular Congress been held in high esteem … Henry 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
Although the Senate is much given to admiring in its members a superiority less obvious or quite invisible to outsiders, one Senator seldom proclaims his own inferiority to another, and still more seldom likes to be told of it. Henry Adams
Theodore [Roosevelt] is never sober. Only he is drunk with himself and not with rum. Henry Adams
Theodore betrays his friends for his own ambition. 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
Ambition of military fame, ambition over female virtue, was the duplicate ruling passion of his life. John Quincy Adams
He is, like almost all the eminent men of this country, only half educated. His morals, public and private, are loose. 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
There is in the clergy of all Christian denominations a time-serving, cringing, subservient morality, as wide from the spirit of the gospel as it is from the intrepid assertion and vindication of truth. John Quincy Adams
We have a pinhead for the Czar of Russia John Quincy Adams
Mr. Jefferson has reason to reflect upon himself. How he will get rid of his remorse in his retirement, I know not. He must know that he leaves the government infinitely worse than he found it, and that from his own error or ignorance. John Adams
… a better hand at pulling down than building. John Adams
Democracy no better suited Spanish America than birds, beasts or fishes. John Adams
Eccentricities and irregularities are to be expected from him. They are in his character, they are visible in his eyes. John Adams
He has honored & salaried almost every villain he could find. John Adams
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved—the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! John Adams
I am Vice President. I am nothing but I may be everything. John Adams
I will never be so merely to obtain the reputation of a cunning politician, a character I neither admire nor esteem. John Adams
Old Muttonhead John Adams
[Benjamin Franklin's life was:] ... one continued insult to good manners and decency. John Adams
That I have no friendship for Franklin I avow. That I am incapable of having any with a man of his moral sentiments I avow. As far as fate shall compel me to sit with him in public affairs, I shall treat him with decency and perfect impartiality. John Adams
The bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar. John Adams
The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. John Adams
What will the soldiers and sailors, what will the common people say to George Washington, President of the United States? They will despise him to all eternity. John Adams
They worry one another like mastiffs, scrambling for rank and pay like apes for nuts. John Adams
This is the only instance I have ever known of a man of sound sense and real genius who was an enemy of Christianity. John Adams
… too much of a talker to be a deep thinker John Adams
[Addressing Thomas Jefferson:] Your taste is judicious in liking better the dreams of the future than the history of the past. John Adams
Negro slavery is an evil of colossal magnitude. 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
So shall thy government be rent from thee and thy house. Thomas Aldam
[Writing about Napoleon Bonaparte:] That infernal creature who is the curse of the human race becomes every day more and more abominable. Alexander I
The only thing you've ever run is a magazine you inherited, and you raised the price of that. Lamar Alexander
A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done. Frederick Allen; John F.
A conference is a gathering of important people who can singly do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done. Frederick Allen; John Florence
Common sense is not all that common in Washington DC. George Allen
Keep the Federal skunk out of our schools. George Allen
Japan does not consider itself an ally or partner of the United States but rather a nation which for the time being is being forced by circumstances to cooperate with the United States ... John Moore Allison
… the prince of good fellows John Moore Allison
If I have to chose, I would rather tend camels for the Almoravids than pasture swine under the Christians. Al-Mutamid
It doesn’t matter, this young man will never go far in politics. Herve Alphand
Nixonphobia Stewart Alsop
the president [Truman], all who seriously believe in a socialized state, every left wing organization in America and the Communist Party. American Medical Association
Nasser’s Egypt is selling out Palestine for a few bushels of wheat. Amin Al-Hafiz
Washington is a cesspool of non-accountability. Burt Ammerman
Let's do to Hoover what he does to others. Jack Anderson
Any leader can be a hero in victory; only Arafat could project himself as the hero of a catastrophe. Jack Anderson
[Ronald Reagan resembles:] a Turkish pasha, passively letting his subjects serve him. Martin Anderson
The difference between the Socialists and the Communists is that … the Communists mean it. Maxwell Anderson
… essentially lacking in the quality of leadership. John Albion Andrew
You would make a very excellent prisoner of war, because you wouldn't tell the enemy a thing. Frank Annunzio
To look upon the massacre of our fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, and if we speak we are called savages …. William Appis
People are very apt to shift the Blame off themselves, and lay it upon others, when perhaps they themselves are as much or more to blame. The popular Cry is against Merchants and Traders, as if they had ruined the Country; or against those who are or have been in the Government Nathaniel Appleton
Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized Louis Aragon
“Theocracy” has always been the synonym for a bleak and narrow, if not a fierce and blood-stained, tyranny. William Archer
They love him; they hate him; they cannot live without him. Aristophanes
Under every stone lurks a politician Aristophanes
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner Aristophanes
The average congressman has a time and attention span of about 2 minutes. Richard K. Armey
These Egyptians, Cyprians, Cilicians, and Pamphylians, who are counted in the number of your subject-allies, of how little service are they to you! Artemisia
People’s lives and fortunes have been relinquished to renegade judges, a robed contemptuous elite. John Ashcroft
If you want to kill your own child because the Senate straightens out its crooked limbs, you must take the responsibility and accept the verdict of history. Henry F. Ashurst
Things are being done in Ireland which would disgrace the blackest annals of the lowest despotism in Europe. Herbert Henry Asquith
He [David Lloyd George] couldn't see a belt without hitting below it. Margot Asquith
The greatest pleasure of this people [Russians] is drunkenness. Astolphe Louis Léonor; Marquis de
The Russian spirit, wedded as it is to the idea of uniformity, cannot achieve genuine order. The nature of its government is interference, negligence and corruption. Astolphe Louis Léonor; Marquis de
Better extirpate the whole breed, root and branch. And this, unless the German people come to their senses, is what we propose to do. Gertrude Atherton
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
The House of Lords is like a glass of Champaign that has stood for five days. Clement Attlee
I will not respond to allegations made by someone who had been hooked up to jumper cables. Lee Atwater
Never at any time was Hirohito forced by duress to give his written approval …. Is his crime not greater because he approved of something in which he did not believe? Australia
Dogs have fleas and we have anthropologists. Australian Aboriginal Saying
We must have a clean role model at the top. Clearly this has not been the case. Pyotr Aven
I no longer wish to take part in this circus of populism ... Yiannis Averof
Evan Mecham proves that Darwin was wrong. Bruce Babbitt
The President [George W. Bush] is an oil man, indifferent to the environment. Bruce Babbitt
... a moral skunk .... [who has] debauched America ... Benjamin Franklin Bache
A kingdom led by a royal family that can’t get out of the way of its own greed. Robert Baer
[Characterizing William Randolph Hearst:] ... a moral pervert, a political degenerate. Joseph W. Bailey
He is clay, and very common clay at that. Joseph W. Bailey
You're the only man I know who would light a match to look into a gas can. Howard Baker
If we give Al Haig his way, the next thing we know, we'll be carpet-bombing Central America. Howard Baker
Washington's a mean city ... it's savage. Howard Baker
Lyndon Johnson is a human puzzle so complicated nobody can ever understand it. Russell Baker
Religion is a collective insanity. Mikhail Bakunin
The Statue of Liberty is for Blacks a … joke. James Baldwin
... a lot of hard-faced men who look as if they had done very well out of the war. Stanley Baldwin
He spent his whole life in plastering together the true and the false and therefrom extracting the plausible. Stanley Baldwin
He has the manners of a pirate and the courage of a governess. Arthur Balfour
I thought he [Winston Churchill] was a young man of promise, but it appears he was a young man of promises. Arthur Balfour
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
A basketball tournament to pick a poker player. James D. Barber
Russian literature in the hands of an artist such as Pushkin reminds one constantly of Greek art. Pushkin’s eight lines could only have been written either in Russian or Greek. Maurice Baring
A bureaucrat is a Democrat who has a job some Republican wants. Alben W. Barkley
We have government by the clueless, over a place they’ve never been, using means they don’t possess. John Perry Barlow
Lord, open the eyes of the Queen's majesty, that she may see Jesus Christ, whom she has pierced with her infidelity, superstition, and idolatry. Barnard
If there is any place on earth that needs light, it is certainly New York. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
... a rude, ignorant, uncouth man. Bernard Baruch
He [President Warren G. Harding] is a kind, companionable fellow to go with on a fishing expedition or to play cards with; but he is not the man to have as President or leader. Bernard Baruch
He lacks will and purpose, and I greatly fear he has not the power to command. Edward Bates
Theodore Roosevelt is following the footsteps of Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte, and unless we stop him it will be but a question of time when he usurps a dictatorship of the American people. John Bates
Kiss my ass! Bill Baxley
Governor, you’ve got a lot to learn. First, you’re … late and we can’t wait all day. And second, the coffee’s cold. You’ve got to start these governors out on the right foot. Alfred Beadleston
Sounds like two skeletons copulating on a corrugated tin roof. Thomas Beecham
Emperor Napoleon is nothing but an ordinary king who tramples on human rights. Ludwig van Beethoven
I hope Republicans keep right on pushing their Cro-Magnon agenda until they all lose. Then maybe we should save one of them for the Smithsonian: Republicanus Americanus—once roamed freely about North America … became extinct when they could not force a return to the Stone Age. Paul Begala
George W. Bush will always do better than you expect. Paul Begala
If you leave the Republicans alone in a dark room, you know that there are going to rob the Social Security Trust Fund. Paul Begala
Sedat is an implacable enemy of Israel. He is no fool, but he is an enemy. Menachem Begin
The gentleman will please remember that when his half-civilized ancestors were hunting wild boar in Silesia, mine were princes of the earth. Judah P. Benjamin
If Abraham Lincoln had had his way, there would be no Black people in America—None! Lerone Bennett Jr.
Boards are screens. What “the Board” does is the act of nobody; and nobody can be made to answer for it. Jeremy Bentham
I decided to stay in art and earn some money. Thomas Hart Benton
No, Sir, when God Almighty lays His hand upon a man, I take mine off. Thomas Hart Benton
He's a terrible politician, but he makes a fine senator and public servant. Lloyd Bentsen
I served with Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy. Lloyd Bentsen
Beggars;, .d. Gueux party;, .d. reform;, .d. Netherlands;, .d. Brussels;, Beggars, Gueux Count of Berlaymont
Most of the suspicion of intellectuals in politics springs from the belief, not entirely false, that, owing to a strong desire to see life in some simple, symmetrical fashion, they put too much faith in the beneficent results of applying directly to life conclusions obtained by operations in some theoretical sphere. Isaiah Berlin
The largest human being of our time. Isaiah Berlin
To do that job you need to be mentally disturbed. Silvio Berlusconi
[These crimes] had a principle author who escaped all prosecution and of whom in any case the present Defendants could only be considered accomplices. Henri Bernard
No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical and social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory party .... They are lower than vermin. Aneurin Bevan
He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind. Aneurin Bevan
He [Winston Churchill] is a man suffering from petrified adolescence. Aneurin Bevan
Its [the Communist party's] relationship to democratic institutions is that of a death watch beetle. It is not a party; it is a conspiracy. Aneurin Bevan
The right kind of leader for the Labour party is a desiccated calculating machine. Aneurin Bevan
… not of a self-governing race…. Savage blood, Oriental blood, Malay blood, Spanish example—are these the elements of self government? Albert J. Beveridge
Truman wants the Jews to go to Palestine because he doesn’t want them in New York. Ernest Bevin
This worthy President thinks that because he has scalped Indians and imprisoned judges, he is to have his own way with the Bank. He is mistaken. Nicholas Biddle
(Referring to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:) A fine, honest gentleman with whom I agree with on almost nothing. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
(Commenting on the qualifications of Daniel A. Manion for a Federal judgeship:) His academic distinction and scholarship are similar to my own, and I wouldn't put me on the bench. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
You'd make a great Secretary of State because State Department personnel don't answer questions completely either. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
If nonsense were black, Sacramento would need gas lamps at noonday. So scurvy a crew I do not remember to have been discovered in vermiculose conspiracy outside the carcass of a dead horse. Ambrose Bierce
Nobody but God loves him [William Randolph Hearst] and he knows it; and God's love he values only in so far as he fancies that it may promote his amusing ambition to darken the door of the White House. Ambrose Bierce
Politician: An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. Ambrose Bierce
Senate: A body of elderly gentlemen charge with high duties and misdemeanors. Ambrose Bierce
If you wish my opinion of Theodore Roosevelt, it is that he might make a passable king, a very fair newspaper man, an admirable circus impresario; but as President he is as monstrous as would be Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy in a Salome dance. Poultney Bigelow
Italians are a riffraff of desperate scoundrels, ex-convicts and jailbirds. Theodore A. Bingham
The Englishman is like the dog in the fable. The dog who cannot bear that another dog should have a few bones although the overfed brute is sitting with a bowl full to the brim. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
… a major threat to regional stability. Richard M. Bissell Jr.
[Referring to Thaddeus Stevens:] His mind was a howling wilderness, so far as his sense of obligation to God was concerned. Jeremiah S. Black
The contempt of that large-minded gentleman is so wilting: his haughty disdain, his grandiloquent swell, his majestic, supereminent, overpowering turkey-gobbler strut has been so crushing to myself and all the members of this House. James G. Blaine
The country is going to ruin for a want of a proper Head to the War Department. Montgomery Blair
Economists have predicted seven of the last two recessions. Tony Blankley
McCarthyism Herb Block
… moral 5 o’clock shadow Herb Block
The Soviet state builds bodies—mounds of them. Herb Block
[Characterizing Washington DC:] It's some sort of incestuous insane asylum where they just keep saying the same thing. Linda Bloodworth-Thompson
Truth telling in politics is the mark of an inexperienced politician. Samuel G. Blythe
All the Khmer leaders and nobles, all the district chiefs and all the common people are ignorant, stupid, foolish and gullible. They have no idea what is true and what is false. Chaophraya Bodin
When the FBI adopts the tactics of the Soviet Union and Hitler's Gestapo, it's time for the Director no longer to be the Director. Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.
We can all admit that [Charles] De Gaulle is one of the biggest sons of bitches who ever straddled a pot. Charles E. Bohlen
You are. Charles E. Bohlen
[Describing Ross Perot] ...scary, bizarre and erratic. Richard Bond
The political elite has never told the truth. Jens-Peter Bonde
L. Ron Hubbard [founder of Scientology] was a falling-down drunk who drank himself to death. Sonny Bono
The pope is very generous with his indulgences Against Italians, to Charles and the French, But he makes great profits out of us, For he pardons for money people who have taken our cross; And if anyone wishes to swap the Holy Land For the war in Italy Our legate allows them to do so For he sells God and indulgences for cash. Ricaut Bonomel
Do you think it would be possible for women to make a worse mess of politics than the men have? Mrs. Boorman Wells
If the ACLU took the same position on the 2nd Amendment that it does on the 1st Amendment and other non-enumerated rights, then every citizen would be required to carry a gun. Robert Bork
A political huckster, who lives upon the reputation as well as the wealth of his ancestors; intense egotism being the characteristic of his appearance, and selfishness that of his action. Boston Atlas
More Mush From the Wimp Boston Globe
To work here [the United Nations] you have to be a little cuckoo—like me. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Not one of the Senators who voted to confirm Clarence Thomas would hire him as their lawyer. Charles Bowser
I didn't see anything. Barbara Boxer
… a rude and remote kingdom Richard Boyle
You Bollinger Bolshevik, you ritzy Robespierre, you lounge-lizard Lenin. Look at you, swilling Max’s champagne and calling yourself a socialist. Brendan Bracken
Division and the death of hope. These are the results of Republican rule. William W. Bradley
Over the last decade the United Nations has repeatedly failed to meet the challenge, and cannot do any better today. Lakhdar Brahimi
I have been wandering with Alice in Wonderland and been having tea with the Mad Hatter. Frank B. Brandegee
There ain't any first-raters this year .... We don't have any John Shermans or Theodore Roosevelts. We've got a lot of second-raters and Warren G. Harding is the best of the second-raters. Frank B. Brandegee
[Richard M.] Nixon did not receive on the same wavelength I was at pains to broadcast on. Willy Brandt
[Attacking President William McKinley:] Why, if a man were to call my dog McKinley, and the brute failed to resent to the death the damning insult, I'd drown it. William Cowper Brann
If there was a wire running to the Throne of Grace, he'd issue orders to Almighty God, remove Christ Jesus as a Communist and give some Massachusetts Mugwump the job. William Cowper Brann
… an old syphilitic whore, stinking of patchouli and yeast infection Robert Brasillach
The normal half-brained politician sometimes doesn't understand capital markets. Richard C. Breeden
He’s a filthy Frenchman who grew rich writing pornographic literature. Joseph Breen
Carey wants proper air cover in case of war with Vermont. Jimmy Breslin
When [Jimmy] Carter ran for President, he made many promises to people in big cities.... I never believed a word he said, and therefore did not believe he was lying. Jimmy Breslin
It's very hard to like politicians enough to write short stories about them. Jimmy Breslin
In the immortal words of Dean Acheson, I will not turn my back on Joe McCarthy. Ralph O. Brewster
Lyndon Johnson is the Paul Bunyon of American politics. He was larger than life. Douglas Brinkley
A more sagacious or more gallant warrior does not, I believe, exist. Isaac Brock
Competition is the new code word, and Washington needs code words. It doesn't think in sentences often. William Brock
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
[U. S. Senator] John Logan [Republican, IL] is the Head Centre, the Hub, the King Pin, the Main Spring, Mogul and Mugwump of the final plot by which partisanship was installed in the [Electoral College] Commission. Isaac Hill Bromley
... a lying son of a bitch. Jack Brooks
I have just gotten to the point where I have been very, very disgusted with the fact that nothing is going on down there. William S. Broomfield
Mr. Roosevelt has studied well the Hitlerian art and bids fair to outdo the record of his teacher. Earl Browder
The establishment of Washington is utterly corrupt and is incapable of governing. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
To tell the truth, I'm more comfortable now that the amateurs are back in charge [of the White House]. Ronald H. Brown
Go back to the kitchen. Willie Brown
That dead dog in the White House. William Gannaway Brownlow
No high qualities of statesmanship are expected from a Congressman. James Bryce
Politician is a term of reproach. James Bryce
I am the last President of the United States. James Buchanan
I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion. James Buchanan
... a refugee from the Ethics Committee ... an ethically challenged individual ... Pat Buchanan
... immoral, evil and a demagogue. Pat Buchanan
Lamar, I don’t know what you smoke down there in Tennessee. Pat Buchanan
Women are simply not endowed with the same measure of single-minded ambition and the will to succeed. Pat Buchanan
If you have neo-conservatives as friends, who needs enemies. The Republican Party, when it comes for standing upon on Civil Rights Principles, is a disgrace. Pat Buchanan
There are no honorable rulers. Pearl S. Buck
Woodrow Wilson, an overt racist, re-segregated Washington DC. Gail Buckley
He will antagonize you. To that extent he is steady. William F. Buckley Jr.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan [is] easily the most original thinker in the Senate. William F. Buckley Jr.
If there was a public function without Koch, it meant only that he was at the other public function, going on simultaneously. William F. Buckley Jr.
In case I should be blown up before I see you again, I want you to know that it has been marvelous to work for you. William C. Bullitt
English politicians and diplomats are somewhat naive. They find it difficult to credit really bad intentions in others. Bernhard von Bulow
It’s not enough anymore to say “Thank God for Mississippi.” Dale Bumpers
Bill Clinton is the most corrupt, the most amoral, the most despicable person I've ever seen in the presidency. Jim Bunning
How can a man with such huge ears hear so very little? Julie Burchill
Washington is too small to be a nation but too large to be an insane asylum. Anne M. Burford
Fascism without shirts James Burnham
… half-formed pseudo nations James Burnham
Why in the world should any sensible person give a damn what some spokesman for cannibalistic tribes or slave-holding nomads thinks about nuclear tests? James Burnham
… naturally dull and stupid. Aaron Burr
… a walking day of judgment John Burroughs
Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero, who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered image and gave the American virtue of irreverence and skepticism back to the people. William S. Burroughs
The President [William Clinton] is a scumbag. Daniel Burton
One of the myths is that I don't dress well. I dress very well—I just don't look so good. Barbara Bush
Write what he means, not what he says. Earl Bush
From what I hear, he’s a good fellow. George W. Bush
The Senate … is not interested in the security of the American people. George W. Bush
The hustler from Chicago George W. Bush
[Referring to Michael Dukakis:] My opponent's policies are invisible. He is the stealth candidate. George W. Bush
This guy's crazy .... We'll be up to our necks in owls. George W. Bush
It was my decision, and I blew it, but I’m not about to say that I blew it. George W. Bush
Some critics complain that Gary Hart doesn't have any experience in foreign policy. But that's not true. Why, just yesterday he had breakfast at the International House of Pancakes. George W. Bush
Why you might just as well put poison in the food of every American boy that goes to his transport as to permit that man to talk as he does. Nicholas M. Butler
… the most transparent liar I have ever met Fred Buzhatdt
I'm not disillusioned with Clinton. I never had any illusions. William Bywater
To robbery, butchery and rapine they give the lying name “government;” they create a desolation and call it peace. Calgacus
Probably the most effective legislator we've ever had. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
... a sensual and depraved people in our midst. California Board of Health
… a hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness for a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman James Thomson Callender
… the grand lama of Federal adoration, the immaculate divinity of Mt. Vernon James Thomson Callender
We condemn you, Michael Servetus, to be bound and taken to Champel and there attached to a stake and burned with your book to ashes. John Calvin
We for ourselves do by thir presents disown Charles Stewart [King Charles II], that has been reigning (or rather tyrannizing as we may say) on the throne of Britain these years bygone, as having any right, title to, or interest in the said crown of Scotland for government as forfeited several years since by his perjury and breach of covenant both to God and his Kirk. Richard Cameron
... condescending SOBs Kim Campbell
The general opinion of Lugard is that he is a lunatic … Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Logic, having been invented by Greeks in the Northern hemisphere, does not apply south of the equator. Roberto de Oliveira Campos
The President [Theodore Roosevelt] has as much use for the Constitution as a tom cat has for a marriage license. Joseph Cannon
He kept his ear so close to the ground that it was full of grasshoppers. Joseph Cannon
In view of the real character of the Mexican people, it will be necessary to enlist large numbers of the superior race. [American whites] To save that nation you want a solid foundation of character. Nahun Capen
The windows need washing. Hattie W. Caraway
Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk. Thomas Carlyle
The unspeakable Turk should be immediately struck out of the question, and the country he left to honest European guidance. Thomas Carlyle
[Of Napoleon BonaparteII:] His mind was a kind of extinct sulfur pit. Thomas Carlyle
Here is a man with the greatest intellect in Europe, and yet he debases it by simply following majorities and the crowd. Thomas Carlyle
Mr. [William Jennings] Bryan is much too earnest, much too sincere and true to be entrusted with power, filled as he is with ideas subversive of economic laws. Andrew Carnegie
We'll have nothing to fear. Andrew Carnegie
I got a mama who joined the Peace Corps when she was 68. I got one sister who's a holy roller preacher. Another wears a helmet and drives a motorcycle. And my brother thinks he's going to be president, so that makes me the only sane one in the family. Billy Carter
I don't know of anything illegal or even unethical that Bert Lance has ever done. Jimmy Carter
In a very Christian way, as far as I’m concerned, he can go to hell. Jimmy Carter
Unfortunately in this country we now have a demagogue ... one that is reckless with the truth. Jimmy Carter
[The Khmer Rouge are] the worst violators of human rights in the world. Jimmy Carter
Sometimes when I look at my children I say to myself, "Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin. Lillian Carter
This President [Ronald Reagan] makes us comfortable with our prejudices. Roslyn Carter
I am not a Republican. I do not believe in criminalizing the activities of the people I disagree with. James Carville
Tom Delay is a bag man for cigarette companies. James Carville
Anytime this President [George W. Bush] says he didn’t know something, I believe him. He’s got the benefit of the doubt on that. James Carville
Governor George Pataki has built a record to run from, not to run on. James Carville
[Referring to Congress:] ... those assholes on the Hill. William J. Casey
In no place, even Paris, was the social part of the government carried to such excess. Cassini
Religion claims to be in possession of an absolute truth; but its history is a history of errors and heresies. Ernst Cassirer
… conduct unworthy of any State calling itself civilized and free. Robert Stewart Castlereagh
The World Trade Organization is a fearful instrument of re-colonialization and exploitation Fidel Castro
[Describing Richard M. Nixon:] naive, inept, maladjusted Emanuel Celler
The only people you will issue visas for are those that arrive in coffins. Emanuel Celler
[Richard M.] Nixon is a naive, inept, maladjusted Throttlebottom. Emanuel Celler
Washington is busy with nothing that absorbs the minds and occupies the energies of the typical American city. Century Magazine
The times call for clear, lucid thinking rather than Clare Luceish thought. Bennett Cerf
If the Board of Trade or Local Government Board managed their business after the fashion of the Foreign Office and Colonial Office, you and I should deserve to be hung. Joseph Chamberlain
I consider your remarks highly offensive to me and to those with whom I have been working. Neville Chamberlain
It doesn’t make things easier badgered for a meeting of Parliament by the two Oppositions & Winston [Churchill] who is the worst of the lot. Neville Chamberlain
I left Nixon, feeling ... like a very small creature, skirting the shadows of encircling powers that would not hesitate to crush me as impersonally as a steam roller crushes a bug. Whittaker Chambers
If it were not for the government, we would have nothing to laugh at in France. Nicolas Chamfort
Warren G. Harding is not a white man. May God save America from international shame and domestic ruin. William Chancellor
If it was only Abe Lincoln, I would say go to Hell in your own way. [But the alternative is] Traitor McLelland Zachariah Chandler
Certainly he had none of a gentleman's instincts, strutting about peace conferences in Arab dress. Henry Channon
Believe me, James, no one will murder me to make you king. Charles II
A single friar who goes counter to all Christianity for a thousand years must be wrong. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Within a week he reversed himself and told me to get President Thieu to go to the Paris Peace Talks. How could he do that to a friend? Anna Chan Chennault
Politics is bad for me because I believe in the truth so much. Cher
That mob of peers [House of Lords] did really represent the English people—that is to say, it was honest, ignorant, vaguely excited, almost unanimous, and obviously wrong. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The lady who smashes American bars with an axe. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Poor, desperate creature; he wants an audience … the people won’t turn out to hear him. Chicago Times
[Critiquing the Gettysburg Address:] We did not conceive it possible that even Mr. Lincoln would produce a paper so slipshod, so loose-joined, so puerile, not alone in literary construction, but in its ideas, its sentiments, its grasp. Chicago Times
President Truman must be impeached and convicted. Chicago Tribune
Truman the bankrupt ... the tool of Boss Pendergast ... the yes-man apologist in the Senate for political gangsters. Chicago Tribune
He is still the object of national ridicule ... nothing about him rises above the ordinary. Chicago Tribune
The boss of all bosses operates like a shifty-eyed precinct captain on the make ... These are activities on would expect of a small-time ward heeler, not a figure of such influence and stature. Chicago Tribune
The World's Richest Cop. Chicago Tribune
You are a daft race. Begone! Ch'ien-lung
I am not prepared to accept the economics of a housewife. Jacques Chirac
[Referring to Jesse Jackson:] ... one of that machismo group. Shirley Chisholm
Richard M. Nixon ... has a deeper concern for his place in history than for the people he governs. And history will not fail to note that fact. Shirley Chisholm
Those guys [congressmen] lived on the basis of getting their little tidbits and their perks. Shirley Chisholm
The Federal Elections Commission is rigged. You've got party hacks—3 Democrats and 3 Republicans and no Independents. Pat Choate
Washington is a one issue city ... whatever dominates the headlines. Warren Christopher
… a seditious faker. Winston Churchill
I must confess, sir, I held you in very low regard. I loathed your taking the place of Franklin Roosevelt. I misjudged you badly. Since that time, you more than any other man, have saved Western civilization. Winston Churchill
a sheep in sheep's clothing. Winston Churchill; Joseph Stalin
Decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity. Winston Churchill
And you, madam, are ugly, but I shall be sober in the morning. Winston Churchill
Hitler—this bloodthirsty guttersnipe. Winston Churchill
[John] Foster Dulles is the only case I know of a bull who carries his china shop with him. 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
The Government are defeated by thirty votes and then the Prime Minister rises in his place, utterly unabashed, the greatest living master of falling without hurting himself, and airily assures us that nothing has happened! Winston Churchill
The Happy Warrior of Squandermania. 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
that slab-faced bastard. 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
The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth. Winston Churchill
The Hun [Germany] is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
[Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain] has appealed for sacrifice. The nation is prepared for every sacrifice so long as it has leadership …. I say solemnly that the Prime Minister should give an example of sacrifice because there is nothing which can contribute more to victory in this war than that he should sacrifice the seals of office. Winston Churchill
There are few virtues which the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided. 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
… vain and malignant Winston Churchill
You are so aggressive that not content with struggling against Germany, Italy and Japan, you want to take on Britain and America. 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
India is a geographical term. It is no more of a united nation than the equator. Winston Churchill
It is nauseating to see Mr.[Mohandas K.] Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the East, striding half naked up the steps of the Viceregal Palace, while he is still organizing and conducting a defiant campaign of civil disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the King Emperor. Winston Churchill
The Russians will try all the rooms in a house, enter those that are not locked, and when they come to one that cannot be broken into, they will withdraw and invite you to dine genially that same evening. Winston Churchill
I have never seen a human being who more perfectly represented the modern conception of a robot. Winston Churchill
The very men to whom the whole country looks to set an example …to accept … the personal inconvenience, are doing exactly the reverse …. They are cackling like wet hens to hold their special privilege. Raymond Clapper
... a trick speech, calculated to lead the American people into war and ruin. David Worth Clark
A rigid, fanatic, ambitious, selfishly partisan and sectional turncoat with too much genius and too little common sense, who will either die a traitor or a madman. Henry Clay
The Senate is no longer a place for any decent man. I am truly sick of Congress. Henry Clay
Sir, the gentleman soils the spot he stands on. Henry Clay
Who is James K. Polk? Henry Clay
If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking, "Do you want fries with that? John Cleese
Even God Almighty has only ten. Georges Clemenceau
How can I talk to a fellow [Woodrow Wilson] who thinks himself the first man in two thousand years to know anything about peace on earth? Georges Clemenceau
You led us to the greatest humiliation France has experienced in 20 years. Georges Clemenceau
... a Missouri jackass. Cliff Clevenger
... an amiable dunce. Clark M. Clifford
That could have been a very successful Presidency had President Nixon really believed in our system. Clark M. Clifford
The press are scum. Hillary Clinton
American women don't need to be lectured about values by men in Washington. Hillary Clinton
If I didn’t kick his [Bill Clinton’s] ass every morning, he’d never amount to anything Hillary Clinton
Washington DC has become an evidence-free zone. Hillary Clinton
Fuck You! Bill Clinton
I don't know why the Vice President thinks Mario Cuomo and I are members of the cultural elite. Maybe its because we both know how to spell potato. Bill Clinton
One of the great strengths of the Republicans is that they have no guilt and no shame. They’ll say anything. Bill Clinton
The military can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Bill Clinton
This Middle East thing is maddening. Bill Clinton
When the Japanese say yes to us, they often mean no. Bill Clinton
He will not be a speaker mentioned much in history. Adam Clymer
Now Mr. Meese can put his own feet in his mouth. Tony Coelho
After his reelection defeat [for Governor of Massachusetts] Dukakis had an empathy transplant. He emerged a more humane man, a person more amenable to the give-and-take of politics. Richard Cohen
[Ross Perot] thinks that proclaiming honesty is the same as being honest. Richard Cohen
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
Thou [Sir Walter Raleigh] art a monster; thou hast an English face but a Spanish heart.... Thou art the most vile and execrable traitor that ever lived.... There never lived a viler viper upon the face of the earth than thou. Edward Coke
He's a walking weather vane. J. Marshall Coleman
I don't think there has have ever been a better friend of the Republican party than Bill Clinton. He has done more than anyone can be expected to do. J. Marshall Coleman
Look through the whole histories of countries professing the Romish religion and you will uniformly find the leaven of this besetting and accursed principle of action—that the end will sanction any means. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Those who know Governor Roosevelt [TR] must believe that he is much better fitted for the Presidency than is Mr. McKinley. Colliers
I do not know which is the more dangerous to liberty—Romanism or Protestantism. Either is fatal if it predominates. Lucy Colman
Parochial schools are a menace, and the Bible in schools is an insult. Lucy Colman
There is this difference between the Church of Rome and the Church of England: the one professes to be infallible, the other to be never in the wrong. Charles Caleb Colton
… an imperialist alliance Comintern
He [Gerald Ford] has a slow mind, but he has backbone. Barber Conable
Snivel Service Roscoe Conkling
... dizzy with the elevation to which the assassination [of Lincoln] has raised him. Roscoe Conkling
He would not blow his nose without moralizing on conditions in the handkerchief industry. Cyril Connolly
Everywhere Bulgarians had passed, one sees only blood, dishonor and ruin …. It is a refinement of cruelty which the imagination refuses to comprehend. Constantine I
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant