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Cabinet Quotes


"The weasel under the cocktail cabinet." - Harold Pinter

"I think of reading as like a medicine cabinet." - Sandra Cisneros

"George W. Bush filled out his cabinet fairly quickly." - Kristen Welker

"Mr Speaker, I withdraw my statement that half the cabinet are asses - half the cabinet are not asses." - Benjamin Disraeli

"During the Koizumi administration, I served as the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary as well as the Chief Cabinet Secretary." - Shinzo Abe

"If people can't abide by the confidentiality of the cabinet room, then they should leave the cabinet." - Ian Macfarlane

"A lot of people like cabinet making; people are intrigued by it. Women in particular like cabinet making. They like it more than men do - the men are not really interested in the cabinet making." - Peter Temple

"When God saw that people, instead of turning to God, were turning to the medicine cabinet, God made himself available in the medicine cabinet." - Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"The Englishmen is at his best on the links and at his worst in the Cabinet." - George Bernard Shaw

"Your eyes is camera and your brain is a file cabinet." - George Balanchine

"So when thou saw'st in nature's cabinet Stella thou straight'st look'st babies in her eyes." - Philip Sidney

"In my medicine cabinet, the winter fly has died of old age." - Jack Kerouac

"I am honored that they would include me in the Cabinet as a member and contributor." - Darius Rucker

"Men who pay their tailors never amount to anything, they never even become Cabinet ministers." - Honore De Balzac

"It was as dark as the inside of a cabinet minister." - Joyce Cary

"I believe that creature is a changeling: she is a perfect cabinet of oddities." - Charlotte Bronte

"Give me better wood and I will make you a better cabinet." - John A. Macdonald

"I don't have a right to pick the president's cabinet on substance." - Christopher Dodd

"I wish we had more [Dwight] Eisenhower Republicans in this [Donald]Trump cabinet." - E. J. Dionne

"[When asked what his plays were about:] The weasel under the cocktail cabinet." - Harold Pinter

"One to mislead the public, another to mislead the Cabinet, and the third to mislead itself." - H. H. Asquith

"Gulliver was soon being read "from the cabinet council to the nursery"." - John Gay

"I wouldn't want them [kids] to raid my liquor cabinet and glug down my bourbon either." - Cheech Marin

"I can hardly wait until Donald Trump announces his celebrity cabinet." - David Letterman

"But history is neither watchmaking nor cabinet construction. It is an endeavor toward better understanding." - Marc Bloch

"The idea that talent is directly proportional to your trophy cabinet is one I oppose." - Alex Turner

"Ford was warm and friendly. He wouldn't embarrass a Cabinet member." - Earl Butz

"Every cabinet minister gets a mission statement from the Prime Minister." - Brian Mulroney

"The cabinet has no propositions to make, but orders to give." - Charles De Gaulle

"Tomer: "What's this?" Cabinet: "Wt's ths?" Wedge: "Cabinet." Tomer: "I know it's a cabinet, but it's talking." Cabinet: "...ts tlkng" Janson: "Oh that. It's the Catann Minister of Crawling Into Very Small Spaces." Tycho: "He bet Wedge he could fold himself in the that cabinet, around the shelves and all." Hobbie: "Never bet against Wedge. The Minister gets to stay in there until he admits that it was a stupid bet and that Wedge doesn't owe him anything." - Aaron Allston

"I laughed and it almost felt good. "Is that a dig at my liquor cabinet?" Cam smiled. "That wasn't liquor, it was swill. And that wasn't a cabinet, it was a drawer." - Rachel Vincent

"There are two ways of getting into the Cabinet - you can crawl in or kick your way in." - Aneurin Bevan

"I am attracted to generic or 'industrial' colours; paper bag brown, file cabinet gray, industrial green, that kind of thing." - Robert Mangold

"Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience and the council-chamber of thought." - Giambattista Basile

"I've got all of my enemies here in the Cabinet where I can keep an eye on them." - John Diefenbaker

"Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet." - Edward Bernays

"I want the cabinet to stand up and have a spine and a backbone and take responsibility." - Alex Sink

"Nobody wants me as a Cabinet Minister and they are perfectly right. I am an agitator, not an administrator." - Nancy Astor

"Move decisions out to the Cabinet and agencies. Strengthen them by moving responsibility, authority, and accountability their direction." - Donald Rumsfeld

"The fact that we have people who have headed up oil corporations now assigned to places in cabinet." - Ava Duvernay

"[Of George W. Bush at Cabinet meetings:] Like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people." - Paul O'Neill

"Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience, and the council chamber of thought." - Saint Basil

"I can pick a lock. How do you think I got into my parents' liquor cabinet in middle school?" - Richelle Mead

"It all begins with the initial tone coming from the cabinet, but EQ at the board is very important." - Daisy Berkowitz

"I have never commented on a caucus issue or a shadow Cabinet issue, and I'm not about to start now." - David Cunliffe

"No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting." - Ronald Reagan

"I have directed all of my cabinet to work to prepare a transition plan for the incoming administration." - Scott Mccallum

"Grime is not like messiness or some fingerprints on a cabinet; it takes a long time to accumulate." - Roz Chast

"If you have a certain wildness of spirit, a cabinet maker's workshop is not the place to express it." - Daniel Day-Lewis

"It all begins with the initial tone coming from the cabinet, but EQ at the board is very important." - Scott Putesky

"And because of President Obama, more women than ever are serving in the Cabinet and on the Supreme Court." - Cecile Richards

"Great wealth took possession of the government. It was reflected in Mr. Harding's selection of a cabinet." - George William Norris

"I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting." - Ronald Reagan

"If you have a certain wildness of spirit, a cabinet maker's workshop is not the place to express it." - Daniel Daylewis

"The president Donald Trump told the "New York Times" that he regrets appointing Jeff Sessions. And when a president expresses no confidence in a cabinet member, then that cabinet member owes the president his resignation. When the president does it publicly, which is something we just have never seen before, then that cabinet matter really has no choice from that minute forward, absolutely no choice." - Lawrence O'Donnell

"When you go to an art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires." - Banksy

"The rules have changed. True power is held by the person who possesses the largest bookshelf, not gun cabinet or wallet." - Anthony J. D'Angelo

"Disputing the commonsense notion that all events require the prior existence of some underlying matter or substance. There is no antecedent static cabinet." - Alfred North Whitehead

"I know I would have had a lot more trophies in my cabinet if I went with him [Sir Alex Ferguson]." - Paul Gascoigne

"Japan has a low crime rate, unless you count the fact that approximately every fifteen minutes the entire Cabinet gets indicted for taking bribes." - Dave Barry

"There is a natural firmness in some minds, which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude." - Thomas Paine

"I looked at my hand resting on the shelf of the prop cabinet, thinking of the scars that were there whether anyone could see them or not." - Sara Zarr

"Big news on CNN, a search has uncovered illegal biochemical agents, toxins and other dangerous substances. Not in Iraq, in Rush Limbaugh's medicine cabinet." - Jay Leno

"I like to think of my house as nothing more than a glorified console for my television; the ultimate stereo cabinet." - Drew Carey

"The War office kept three sets of figures - one to mislead the public, another to mislead the cabinet and the third to mislead itself." - H. H. Asquith

"Learning, pondering, searching, and memorizing scriptures is like filling a filing cabinet with friends, values, and truths that can be called upon anytime, anywhere in the world." - Richard G Scott

"This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can't get my cabinet approved, and they're outstanding people." - Donald Trump

"I'm working on restoring a cabinet over the obstruction of Senate Democrats. It will be one of the great cabinets ever assembled in American history." - Donald Trump

"The people that Donald Trump is putting around him on the Cabinet suggest that he's putting together a very conservative, almost traditionally conservative Republican group around him." - Amy Walter

"Now that I'm not running, I can appear on Fox. Let the cabinet members do the low-ratings shows on MSNBC." - Joe Biden

"I would not have imagined being asked to be Secretary of State, it was a great honor to serve with President Obama in his cabinet." - Hillary Clinton

"A lot will depend on who [Donald] Trump chooses for key cabinet positions, but even more will depend on his consultations with his key advisor (himself)." - David Krieger

"What about Sarah Palin. Donald Trump had suggested she would be in his cabinet if he won. Is she going to be in?" - Megyn Kelly

"I think concerns with a member of Congress with a cabinet official being active in business. I don`t see why it wouldn`t apply to the president." - Lindsey Graham

"Donald Trump has always had women around him in powerful positions. That's true in his corporation, in his campaign, and now his cabinet." - Kellyanne Conway

"I think just focusing on the wealth of these cabinet picks misunderstands [Donald] Trump's economic strategy here, which is going to be equal parts traditional Republican economics." - Rich Lowry

"In terms of the people that President [Donald] Trump is going to have around him, the cabinet. Predominantly white, predominantly male." - Anderson Cooper

"I'm not for women, frankly, in any job. I don't want any of them around. Thank God we don't have any in the Cabinet." - Richard Nixon

"Jack: A potential Cabinet Minister if ever I saw one. Dishonest in a way which seems embarrassingly frank. Upright when creeping. And dignified when at his most stupid." - Dennis Potter

"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting." - Ronald Reagan

"When I had been appointed to the Cabinet in 1967, I had been struck by the amateurism that reigned in the upper echelons of the federal government." - Pierre Trudeau

"This cabinet is formed of gold And pearl and crystal shining bright, And within it opens into a world And a little lovely moony night." - William Blake

"so the countess passed on until she came through the little park, where Niobe presented her with a cabinet, and so departed." - T S Eliot

"You think he left a big flashing arrow pointing to a filing cabinet labeled 'Evidence Here!'? He's a Stray, Ethan, not Wile E. Coyote!" - Rachel Vincent

"I'm not for women, frankly, in any job. I don't want any of them around. Thank God we don't have any in the Cabinet." - Richard M. Nixon

"In excluding me from the shadow cabinet, Margaret Thatcher has chosen what I believe to be the only wholly honest solution and one which I accept and welcome." - Edward Heath

"The completion of the Iraqi cabinet with the appointment of three critical ministers is also confirmation of continued movement toward a just and democratic society in Iraq." - Spencer Bachus

"The rules have changed. True power is held by the person who possesses the largest bookshelf, not gun cabinet or wallet." - Anthony J Dangelo

"The lips of the wise are as the doors of a cabinet; no sooner are they opened, but treasures are poured out before thee." - Akhenaton

"If I had to resign every time the Cabinet disagrees with me, I could not last as a Defense Minister one week." - Moshe Dayan

"I believe the equal rights amendment is a necessity of life for all citizens. The cabinet sometimes felt that I shouldn't be so outspoken." - Betty Ford

"People tease me about knowing somehow that Obama would put Clinton into the cabinet, and everybody would talk about a team of rivals." - Doris Kearns Goodwin

"Note the three most important Cabinet positions. Rice said that it was better to find the weapons of mass destruction than to see a mushroom cloud." - Andrew Greeley

"Frankly, Governor Romney in his career has created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about it." - Newt Gingrich

"Open shelving may be fashionable, but a closed cabinet door is the best way to stop grease and dust collecting in the first place." - Sheherazade Goldsmith

"I have no ambitions to be a cabinet minister, or prime minister. I wouldn't wish being prime minister on my worst enemy." - Louise Mensch

"If the basis of trust between the Prime Minister and her Defence Secretary no longer exists, there is no place for me with honour in such a Cabinet." - Michael Heseltine

"I can tell you where my Tonys are. They're in a beautiful place in my living room, in a glass cabinet." - Chita Rivera

"Lillian Gish thought that there should be a cabinet position for the arts and I think she was right. I think she was right." - Fay Wray

"Olmert made a proposal on the governing of Jerusalem that I do not believe his cabinet or the Knesset would have accepted." - Elliott Abrams

"The Fayyad cabinet may well be the best the Palestinians ever get. But whatever its good qualities, there is no democracy." - Elliott Abrams

"As far as I'm aware, everybody in the shadow cabinet accepts that there's a compelling case on climate change and a strong scientific case." - William Hague

"Ron Paul is not going to be president, so we don't have to worry about who's going to be in his cabinet." - Charles Krauthammer

"Don't use your mind for a filing cabinet. Use your mind to work out problems and find answers; file away good ideas in your journal." - Jim Rohn

"True, some land was bought by a few Cabinet Ministers. They bought the land. No minister, to my knowledge acquired land which was meant for resettlement." - Robert Mugabe

"Indian president does not determine policy. Here President is not the policy maker. In the name of the president, the cabinet takes the policy decision." - Pranab Mukherjee

"I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President." - Nelson Mandela

"I am entirely confident that the extraordinary women we have running for us right across Canada will make excellent cabinet ministers." - Justin Trudeau

"As a young woman in politics, it also gives me great pleasure to see additional female cabinet representation here today. You know, these are very high levels of representation for women around the cabinet table and I think that that's something that's very important to me." - Michelle Rempel

"When you look at the people that Donald Trump is actually put around him on his Cabinet, this is a pretty - I would argue a very conservative Cabinet. And whether it's on issues of immigration, his pick for the attorney general, very conservative on that issue." - Amy Walter

"In your telephone call, you [Malcolm Turnbull]said that neither you nor the Cabinet would be supporting my nomination. When I asked the reasons for this, you said that neither you nor the Cabinet has the view that I had the qualifications for the position [of UN's secretary-general]." - Kevin Rudd

"[The Maldives] they've become deeply politically engaged - just for instance, the president taught his whole cabinet to scuba dive so they could hold an underwater cabinet meeting along their dying coral reef and pass a 350 resolution to send to the U.N." - Bill Mckibben

"From where I sit, it's a superb cabinet [for Donald Trump] so far. A lot of these choices could have been made by Ted Cruz. So you're going to have this shotgun marriage between a very orthodox Republican cabinet and a very unorthodox." - Rich Lowry

"You have this all the way through this cabinet so that I think there are a lot of other things to worry about [Donald] Trump. But in conventional political terms, this is a cabinet that I think is going to have a very hard time delivering to the base that Trump courted in this election." - E. J. Dionne

"We have had a great relationship with the White House.We just had every cabinet person designee of ours meet with the cabinet members of the [Barack] Obama administration on Friday. I've met numerous times with Denis McDonough, they've been nothing but helpful." - John Lewis

"Presidents have the right to nominate their own cabinet secretaries. But their nominees don't have a right to confirmation. Senators have a constitutional duty to advise and consent to the appointment of all Cabinet officials. They should take that duty seriously." - Gary Bauer

"I don't sound disloyal, but I've never had a pair of Marvel pyjamas or underwear. I do have a lot of Marvel figurines at home in a cabinet. Every time they make a new Marvel figure I put it in my cabinet." - Stan Lee

"Well, you know, Thomas Jefferson, who was the author of the Declaration of Independence said he wouldn't have any atheists in his cabinet because atheists wouldn't swear an oath to God. That was Jefferson and we have never had any Muslims in the cabinet." - Pat Robertson

"I would love to get a Moonman! I'd put it next to my other awards. I don't have a cabinet right now; they're just kind of all around my flat, one next to the TV, one in the bedroom. So, I'd have to build a cabinet." - Ed Sheeran

"When a Cabinet Minister who is sacked for telling lies is re-appointed, in the face of every constitutional convention, only for the same man to be sacked again from the same Cabinet for the same offence by the same Prime Minister no wonder the public are cynical about politics." - William Hague

"Whenever a natural disaster occurs, it is always the Red Cross that responds quickly and compassionately. I am honored to lend my voice to their cause, and thrilled to serve on the Celebrity Cabinet for 2010." - Reba Mcentire

"It seems to me that a man who can think straight along for forty-seven years without changing a single idea ought to be kept in a cabinet as a curiosity." - Jean Webster

"Still enmeshed from the knees down, Vayl flopped off the cabinet before we realized he needed a hand down, falling fast and hard like a penguin who hasn't bought the whole flightless scenario." - Jennifer Rardin

"The real desk isn't one with four legs and a filing cabinet. It's the space of time that you stake out every day and the will with which you defend it." - Josh Ritter

"In a cabinet of natural history, we become sensible of a certain occult recognition and sympathy in regard to the most unwieldy and eccentric forms of beast, fish, and insect." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A hundred cabinet-makers in London can work a table or a chair equally well; but no one poet can write verses with such spirit and elegance as Mr. Pope." - David Hume

"We are symbolic. We are driving to the edge of the city and talking in vague-yet-resolute certainties about our dreams and our futures. We are leaving certain things in the medicine cabinet. We are falling in love." - Pete Wentz

"There are two metals, one of which is omnipotent in the cabinet, and the other in the camp - gold and iron. He that knows how to apply them both may indeed attain the highest station." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Bush advisers have long been worried that a lagging economy could hamper the president's re-election chances. They hope that the Cabinet shake-up will provide a needed jolt. If that doesn't work, North Korea has to go." - Jon Stewart

"A man who is ill-adjusted to the world is always on the verge of finding himself. One who is adjusted to the world never finds himself, but gets to be a cabinet minister." - Hermann Hesse

"I have no interest or desire to be head of Fine Gael.... I am ambitious for my country and I always said I would love to sit at Cabinet..." - Lucinda Creighton

"We would continue our commitments, president and cabinet, to the manner of negotiations as a strategic and political reality, through which we would pick up the fruits of our struggle and our people's sacrifice." - Mahmoud Abbas

"There are two metals, one of which is omnipotent in the cabinet, and the other in the camp-gold and iron. He that knows how to apply them both may indeed attain the highest station." - Charles Caleb Colton

"I find myself in a new and strange position here: President, cabinet, Gen. Scott, and all deferring to me. By some strange operation of magic I seem to have become the power of the land." - George B Mcclellan

"Some pretty senior young individuals in and around the Cabinet should share the responsibility for talking up an election and referring publicly on the radio to where the risk lies." - David Winnick

"The most powerful medicine is at the end of your fork, not at the bottom of your pill bottle. Food is more powerful than anything in your medicine cabinet!" - Mark Hyman, M.D.

"The man who thrusts his manners upon me does as if he were to insist on introducing me to his cabinet of curiosities, when I wished to see himself." - Henry David Thoreau

"The government spokesman announces that there is no truth in the charges of widespread corruption within the Cabinet; nobody believes him; he knows that nobody believes him, we know that he knows it, and he knows it too." - Terry Eagleton

"When I was in Downing Street, David Cameron saw me and said, "Please, shout it all around and let it penetrate to my cabinet meeting." So I bellowed: "Gordon's alive!"" - Brian Blessed

"Check out the produce bin in your fridge or your cabinet before you buy more. When you see something on the verge of going bad, freeze it, turn it into a sauce, make jam." - Dana Cowin

"Don't have a high school diploma? You're in my Cabinet. Why? For 200 years, a lot of Cabinets have existed in our government. Powerful men. Well-educated. So let's try something totally new." - Dick Gregory

"Why aren't Democrats voting against President [Donald] Trump's cabinet nominees en masse? Is it because they're just a bunch soft-headed Beltway lifers who don't understand that the base is pissed and wants them to fight fight fight?" - Kevin Drum

"I generally think the president [Donald Trump] should get his Cabinet picks, unless they're egregiously out of the range, either ethically or intellectually out of the range of what's acceptable." - David Brooks

"The one thing that you can say about the new Cabinet Donald Trump is putting together. That seems to be one of the coherent themes. They're very, very skeptical about Iran." - Geoff Dyer

"I can't imagine that being in the Trump Cabinet will be a very important job. I do think this will be a White House-run administration with a teeny-tiny group of people surrounding him, including his family maybe." - David Brooks

"Jeff Sessions wished he wasn`t the attorney general. The president Donald Trump has the most incompetent cabinet in history, and he`s unhappy with only one of them. Only Jeff Sessions." - Lawrence O'Donnell

"I like to think about the bestseller list as, "This is the medicine cabinet of a very sick country." Let me look and see what they're reading that isn't nourishing them." - Sandra Cisneros

"Lincoln basically pulled in all the people who had been running against him into his Cabinet because, whatever personal feelings there were, the issue was 'How can we get this country through this time of crisis?'&8201;" - Barack Obama

"Every person of any rank in the left, from voter on up to cabinet member to elected official in the Democrat Party, has contempt. We [Republicans] are the number one enemy. And they will put aside whatever differences they have." - Rush Limbaugh

"I have supported nominees for cabinet-level positions in the Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II administrations with people who I have tremendous disagreements with on substantive matters, and I've always supported them." - Christopher Dodd



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