Quotations for Daily Use


"A nation of sheep will begat a government of wolves." Edward R. Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He was generally referred to as Ed Murrow. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States.

"Activism isn't about piling up wedge issues. It's about saying, 'Let's make government work.' " John Danforth, former Attorney General of Missouri and senator of Missouri

"After Reagan lost the 1976 republican nomination he was making a speech. Nancy was sobbing. Reagan himself had difficulty speaking; a nearby aide explained: 'He's not a good actor.' " The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

"An MP on the opposite side of the House lurched into it, 'Must you fall asleep when I am speaking?' Winston answered, 'No, it is purely voluntary.' " The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"An MP on the opposite side of the House inquired whether he was asleep. Winston immediately answered, 'I wish to God I were.' " The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"Britain's ruling class continued 'to take its weekends in the country,' while 'Hitler takes his countries in the weekends.' " Winston Spencer Churchill - The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won." Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

"How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing." Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, speaking about Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia. The Last Lion - Visions of Glory 1874 - 1932

"I decided to become a writer so I could write about politics, because I thought that's the most important thing one can involve oneself in. In the end, all the beautiful, elegant th ings in life, the things that I care about, the things that matter, depend on getting the politics right. Because in those societies where they get it wrong, everything else is destroyed, everything else is leveled." Charles Krauthammer (March 13, 1950 June 21, 2018) was an American political columnist.

"I fear coming generations of visitors who pass through this grand corridor will see nothing in the stern, sad face of Garfield to remind them that here was a man who loved to play croquet and romp with his boys upon his lawn at Mentor, who read Tennyson and Longfellow at fifty with as much enthusiastic pleasure as at twenty, who walked at evening with his arm around the neck of a friend in affectionate conversation, and whose sweet, sunny, loving nature not even twenty years of politcal strife could warp." This was written by a reporter gazing at the formal portrait of James A. Garfield hanging in the White House. Note that President James A. Garfield was assassinated after serving only a few months as president. This information is taken from Destiny Republic by Candice Millard

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain." John Adams, (17351826), 2nd president of the US 17971801.

" . . . if a president does something, "that means it's not illegal." Richard Nixon (1913–94), 37th president of the US 1969–74.

"If compassion and mercy are not compatible with politics, then something is the matter with politics." Gerald Ford (1913–2006), 38th president of the US 1974–77; born as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.(renamed by his stepfather in 1916).

"If sustained by my fellow-citizens, I shall be grateful and happy; if not, I shall find in the motives which impel me ample grounds for contentment and peace."
Andrew Jackson as stated in Andrew Jackson by Jon Meacham; Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.

"It is high time we broke with our theologically based restraint towards the state's actions - which, after all is only fear. 'Speak out for those who cannot speak.' Who in the church today realizes that this is the very least that the Bible requires of us?" Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

"My hope is that religion can restore to politics a sense of our bonds to one another." John Danforth, former Attorney General of Missouri and senator of Missouri

"No man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it." John Adams, (October 30 [O.S. October 19] 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as the second President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–1797),[1] and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from Great Britain.

"People of faith should be the voice affirming that politics is not absolute, and that we're not on this earth simply to grab as much as we can." John Danforth, former Attorney General of Missouri and senator of Missouri

"Politics is not the realm of, 'I am absolutely right and you are absolutely wrong.' It's the art of compromise. It depends on civility and a degree of interpersonal forbearance. People practicing politics have to show some degree of respect for their adversaries." John Danforth, former Attorney General of Missouri and senator of Missouri

"Prime Minister Chamberlain looked at foreign affairs 'through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe.' " Winston Spencer Churchill talking about the Prime Minister in The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"Speaking about how politics and the human experience were sometimes irrational Mr. Churchill said they sometimes, ' . . . unfold like an arithmetical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five, or minus three, and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye. The element of the unexpected and the unforeseeable is what gives some of its relish to life, and saves us from falling into the mechanic thralldom of the logicians.' "Winston Spencer Churchill - The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"Talking about the prime minister at the time, Ramsay MacDonald, Winston called him the 'boneless wonder,' and" the man who possessed the gift of compressing the largest number of words into the smallest amount of thought.' " The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"Asked by a young MP who spoke on unilateral disarmament which Winston did NOT agree with what Winston thought of his speech Winston answered, 'Why, I thought it was very good. It must have been good, for it contained, so far as I know, all the platitudes known to the human race, with the possible exceptions of "Prepare to meet thy God" and "Please adjust your dress before leaving.' " The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"When Winston was asked what should be done if Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin died in office, he replied, 'Embalm, bury, and cremate. Take no chances!' "The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive . . . to bind up the nation's wounds." Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy. This statement was made in Lincoln's Second Inaugural, March 4, 1865.

"Winston had been trying, without much success, to grow a guardsman's mustache, and his touchiness about it inspired what may have been the first faint flash of Churchillian wit in London society. A friend of his mother's seated next to him at one of the dinners, told him she liked neither his politics nor his mustache. He replied, 'Madame, I see no earthly reason why you should come in contact with either.' " Winston Churchill, The Last Lion - Visions of Glory 1874 - 1932 by William Manchester

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