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"Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." - George Orwell

"If you allow a political catchword to go on and grow, you will awaken some day to find it standing over you, arbiter of your destiny, against which you are powerless." - William Graham Sumner

"I will not meddle in America's internal political squabbles." - Vladimir Putin

"No one will involve the army in political processes!" - Mikael Harutyunyan

"No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses." - Vladimir Lenin

"Political progress will only take place if sufficient security exists." - David Petraeus

"Illegality will never solve the problem of political lawlessness." - Emanuel Celler

"For achieving good governance political will is necessary. Good governance is a political process. Though role of civil society is critical, without political will and political process, sustainable good governance cannot be achieved." - Narendra Modi

"In history as in life it is success that counts. Start a political upheaval and let yourself be caught, and you will hang as a traitor. But place yourself at the head of a rebellion and gain your point, and all future generations will worship you as the Father of their Country." - Hendrik Willem Van Loon

"By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties." - Buckminster Fuller

"I really feel that political will is born out of popular will." - Queen Rania Of Jordan

"By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties." - R Buckminster Fuller

"Political correctness is tyranny with manners." - Charlton Heston

"Buying wine is a political act." - Jonathan Nossiter

"If you bring cases against powerful bankers, they will enlist their political allies and they will give very large political contributions to do that" - William K. Black

"The possibility of impeachment's always there, but impeachment's a political thing, not legal, despite how it's structured. And it's not gonna happen unless there's a political will for it, and by that I mean political will among the people." - Rush Limbaugh

"We have a complete void of progressive politics in this country right now. The will of the people goes ignored and unrealized. I'm searching for the people that can enter the political system, a strong third party. We need to consolidate." - Ani Difranco

"Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others." - Charles R Swindoll

"There is a serious tendency towards capitalism among the well-to-do peasants. This tendency will become rampant if we in the slightest way neglect political work among the peasants during the co-operative movement and for a very long period after." - Mao Zedong

"... we believe in the vocation of communion and participation of our people, who day to day awaken to their political conscience and express their desire for change and profound democratization of society. A change based on justice, built with love, and which will bring us the most anxiously desired fruits of peace." - Adolfo Perez Esquivel

"The political horizon looks dark and lowering; but the people, under Providence, will set all right." - Abraham Lincoln

"Until all women are lesbians, there will be no true political revolution." - Jill Johnston

"The international community will not accept such threats to the political process." - Bernardino Leon

"Put three Zionists in a room and they will form four political parties." - Levi Eshkol

"I hate cowardice; I will have nothing to do with cowards or political nonsense." - Swami Vivekananda

"Don't make a novel to establish a principle of political economy. You will spoil both." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." - Barack Obama

"We will not allow to become a political issue in this country the question of Asianisation." - Bob Hawke

"This is eventually how Syria will be resolved - through a political settlement." - Chuck Hagel

"Political leaders will only undertake bold climate initiatives if they know the American people want it." - Frances Beinecke

"I hope more women will join us in our journey towards a more balanced political system." - Sylvia Lim

"If you do not force political freedom, economic freedom will be stymied sooner or later." - Milton Friedman

"Any country that has sexual censorship will eventually have political censorship." - Kenneth Tynan

"I will continue to help the political causes I believe in in any way I can." - Alastair Campbell

"Without economic development, any potential for political openness and freedom will be questionable." - Jose Maria Aznar

"Someday a political genius will come along and make the Senate work." - Robert Caro

"I have reaffirmed my political will to work towards national unity." - Abdelaziz Bouteflika

"I will not ever run for political office. I can assure you." - David Petraeus

"As long as there's political uncertainty around the energy space, stock prices will come down." - T Boone Pickens

"Our country will not stand for any political plan that includes amnesty for insurgents." - Ike Skelton

"Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power." - Aldous Huxley

"Corporate communications will become a high-tech art, just as political communication is for Obama." - Tina Brown

"The tools to crush modern slavery exist, but the political will is lacking." - Sheryl Wudunn

"I will be a president of all Bulgarians, irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or political affiliations." - Georgi Parvanov

"The failure of political leaders to help uplift the poor will be judged a moral failure." - Jim Wallis

"The essential thing is the formation of the political will of the nation: that is the starting point for political action." - Adolf Hitler

"I don't believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest. Surely we Republicans aren't that desperate for victory." - Margaret Chase Smith

"It is important that social, political, and religious freedoms grow in China. A society which recognizes religious freedom is a society which will recognize political freedom as well." - George W Bush

"This is a political book... It has a political purpose: to strengthen the will to maintain freedom against the threat of its abandonment in favor of totalitarianism." - Peter Drucker

"Our revolutionary message... is that a self-disciplined people can create a political community in which an ordered liberty will promote both economic prosperity and political participation." - Irving Kristol

"[Conservatism:] Our revolutionary message ... is that a self-disciplined people can create a political community in which an ordered liberty will promote both economic prosperity and political participation." - Irving Kristol

"The nation which reposes on the pillow of political confidence, will sooner or later end its political existence in a deadly lethargy." - James Madison

"I cannot doubt that women will line up, like the men elected, with the groups whose political thinking and convictions are in accord with their own political convictions." - Edith Rogers

"As a writer, I have readers who will have a range of political views. I don't think they look to me for political guidance." - Alexander Mccall Smith

"Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. Me just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me." - Bob Marley

"There is not a more dangerous experiment than to place property in the hands of one class, and political power in those of another... If property cannot retain the political power, the political power will draw after it the property." - Daniel Webster

"Will this massive outcry [about pollution] continue long enough to have effective results? Will federal and state laws be enacted with effective enforcement clauses? Will people be concerned long enough to pay the bill through higher prices? Will towns tole lost jobs when it proves too costly to clean obsolete plants?... I think so, but it sure won't be as easy as the present outcry and political oratory suggest. The answers to preserving a livable environment are not all simple, and some of the nuts now pushing simplistic cure-alls won't help bring about any lasting solutions." - Malcolm Forbes

"As president, the first thing I will do is secure the border. It will take money, manpower, and technology - but most of all, it will take political will." - Carly Fiorina

"I consider poetry very subordinate to moral and political science." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Gratitude is not a normal feature of political life." - David Maxwell Fyfe, 1st Earl of Kilmuir

"No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"The new political gospel: public office is private graft." - Mark Twain

"Justice itself tends to be corrupted by political passion." - T S Eliot

"Tyranny is the political corollary of socialism, as representative government is the political corollary of the market economy." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Political technology determines political success." - Morton Blackwell

"We now possess four principles of morality: 1) a philosophical: do good for its own sake, out of respect for the law; 2) a religious: do good because it is God's will, out of love of God; 3) a human: do good because it will promote your happiness, out of self-love; 4) a political: do good because it will promote the welfare of the society of which you are a part, out of love of society having regard to yourself. But is this not all one single principle, only viewed from different sides?" - Georg C Lichtenberg

"The American military will never lose the war in Iraqif lost, it will be lost by a lack of political will." - Joe Lieberman

"We have everything we need, save perhaps, political will. But, you know what... political will is a renewable resource.... The solutions are in our hands. We just have to have the determination to make them happen." - Al Gore

"Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War Two. We have everything we need except political will, but political will is a renewable resource." - Al Gore

"The absence of political personalities in the government will help rather than hinder a solid base of support for the government in parliament and in the political parties because it will remove one ground for disagreement." - Mario Monti

"For in a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, "hold office"; every one of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve." - John F Kennedy

"Refugee problems may often seem intractable but they are not insoluble. In our experience there are two basic prerequisites for solution: the political will of leaders to tackle the causes and to settle for peace, and international determination to push for peace and then to consolidate it. Consolidating peace means helping societies emerging from war to reintegrate refugees in safety and dignity, to rebuild their institutions - including in the field of justice and human rights - and to resume their economic development." - Sadako Ogata

"Many folks have asked me, 'How do you do it and why have you sacrificed so much to do this work?' The answer comes easy. I look at my daughter and find hope in that she is living in a world of struggle, of social and political movement. She and the other five-year-olds will grow up in a more just, more equitable world. She motivates me." - Lateefah Simon

"If the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system." - Samuel Johnson

"Intellectual slavery, of whatever nature it may be, will always have as a natural result both political and social slavery." - Mikhail Bakunin

"Yugoslavia and Serbia will fight against terrorists regardless of whether a political agreement is reached or not." - Ivica Dacic

"Soft money will find its way and seep into the political system and corrode it, unless we plug every hole." - Charles Schumer

"I know the media likes to personalize political debates, and I know the government will demonize me." - Edward Snowden

"The political form of a society wherein the proletariat is victorious in overthrowing the bourgeoisie will be a democratic republic." - Vladimir Lenin

"The primary political and philosophical issue of the next century will be the definition of who we are." - Ray Kurzweil

"What looks like politics, and imagines itself to be political, will one day unmask itself as a religious movement." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Political correctness will die as it lived - kicking and screaming ad hominem abuse as a substitute for arguments." - Wendy McElroy

"We know the problems.... and we know the solution; sustainable development. The issue is the political will" - Tony Blair

"I am not a political figure. The fact is I am a humanitarian figure and always will be." - Princess Diana

"There is nothing so deep and nothing so shallow which political enmity will not turn to account." - John Quincy Adams

"Every collectivist assumes a different source for the collective will, according to his own political, religious and national convictions." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Perhaps the challenge is to invent the political structure that will give conscience a better chance against authority." - Stanley Milgram

"Where two Greeks are gathered together, there will be at least three political parties represented, and possibly more." - Mary Stewart

"Feminism is a political mistake. Feminism is a mistake made by women's intellect, a mistake which her instinct will recognize." - Valentine de Saint-Point

"Given a choice between two bald political candidates, the American people will vote for the less bald of the two." - Victor Gold

"We are not going to waste our reserves and burn them for any political ambitions. We will act very carefully." - Vladimir Putin

"I don't think Hillary Clinton will get any sort of political honeymoon like George W Bush or Barack Obama enjoyed." - Christopher Michael Cillizza

"Political will is a renewable resource, and everyone can have it in abundance if they so choose." - Al Gore

"We shall together open the doors of good politics and will work without indulging in political untouchability." - Narendra Modi

"John Stuart Mill, By a mighty effort of will, Overcame his natural bonhomie And wrote Principles of Political Economy." - Edmund Clerihew Bentley

"My top priority for 2012 will be to make a renewed push for women's economic empowerment and political participation." - Michelle Bachelet

"I don't feel political most of the time. Sometimes I'm placed in positions because no one else will go there." - Knaan

"People will pay a price for putting political obstruction over progress in a time that is so critical and urgent." - Tim Kaine

"I've never been a member of a political party, but people will superimpose on you what they want." - Brian Lamb

"I am very much afraid that the loss of Cyrenaica will have serious political consequences for the Duce." - Ugo Cavallero

"I will deal with the politicians in a political way and with the nonpoliticians in a nonpolitical way." - Muqtada Al Sadr

"Pose a political threat to Business As Usual, and sooner or later, mostly sooner, someone will try to kill you." - Alexander Cockburn

"We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will." - Kofi Annan

"Your race and gender don't change, but you can choose to change your political affiliation at will." - John Podhoretz

"Soft money will find its way and seep into the political system and corrode it, unless we plug every hole." - Chuck Schumer

"If the reader looks, I think he will find plenty of moral and political ideas in my stories." - Italo Calvino

"I don't wear my political feelings on my sleeve. However, if I'm asked, I will answer honestly." - Eartha Kitt

"We want to galvanize people's imaginations. With enough political will and investment, we could make wheelchairs obsolete." - Miguel Nicolelis

"Any time the negro becomes involved in mature political action, then the resistance of the politicians who, who benefit from the exploited political system as it now stands, will come, will, will be forced to put, exercise more violent action to deprive the negro of his mature political action." - Malcolm X

"In my view, [the trade deficit] will create political turmoil at some point...Pretty soon, I think there will be a big adjustment." - Warren Buffett

"As long as there is no trust and confidence that there will be justice and fairness in resource distribution, political positioning will remain more important than service" - Wangari Maathai

"Our current political system ensures not that the worst will get on top - though they often do - but that the best will never even apply." - Paul Jacob

"I do believe that political arrangements which are based upon violence, intimidation and theft will eventually break down - and will deserve to do so." - Margaret Thatcher

"The time will come when the Negro in the South will be accorded all the political rights which his ability, character, and material possessions entitle him to." - Booker T Washington

"Immigration reforms are always controversial. Our Congress was created to muster political will to answer such challenges. Today we didn't, but tomorrow we will. I yield the floor." - Edward Kennedy

"The time is fast coming when politicians will cease to fear the religion of humanity and humanitarians will find entrance into political life indispensable for full service." - Mahatma Gandhi

"All men will commence in their present rank and promotion will be open to all men alike, without any distinctions or qualifications, political or otherwise." - John Amery

"Americans deserve an attorney general that will be honest with them, they deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability." - John Cornyn

"The wrong people will do everything in their power to guarantee that the wrong political climate will continue. It seems, then, that the wrong people ensure the wrong political climate and the wrong political climate ensures the wrong people. How then to break free of this vicious circle?" - William A Dembski

"Can one understand politics without understanding history, especially the history of political thought, and will this distinguish political philosophy from some other kinds of philosophy (such as, perhaps, logic) to which the study of history is not integral?" - Raymond Geuss

"The human race will have no respite from evils until those who are really philosophers acquire political power or until, through some divine dispensation, those who rule and have political authority in the cities become real philosophers." - Plato

"I wish to give officials greater discretion. The State's authority will be increased thereby. I wish to transform the non-political criminal police into a political instrument of the highest State authority." - Adolf Hitler

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions, even though I long ago came to the conclusion that I was not a political person and could have no comfortable place in any political group." - Lillian Hellman

"Cannot the nation that has absorbed ten million foreigners into its political life without catastrophe absorb ten million Negro Americans into that same political life at less cost than their unjust and illegal exclusion will involve?" - W E B Du Bois

"The most radical political act there is is to be an optimist. The most radical political act there is is to believe that, if I change, other people will follow suit." - Colin Beavan

"There is no political will for peace in the Israeli government. They're not serious about political peace because they're still building settlements and demolishing Palestinian homes. That is a great tragedy." - Mairead Corrigan

"In the lexicon of the political class, the word "sacrifice" means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it." - George Will

"We must apply a judicial, not a political, standard to this record. Asking a judicial nominee whose side you will be on in future cases is a political standard." - Orrin Hatch

"The day will never come when any Palestinian would be arrested because of his political affiliation or because of resisting the occupation. The file of political detention must be closed." - Said Seyam

"Foreign policy - dealing as it does with the most charged political subjects of all, the safety and dignity of the nation - will always be political terrain particularly vulnerable to distortion and demagoguery." - Robert Dallek

"If our political leaders are to be always a lot of political merchants, they will supply any demand we may create. All we have to do is to establish a steady demand for good government." - Lincoln Steffens

"When facing the public, politicians constantly filter their ideas through a political sieve. 'How will this affect the environmentalists, labor, management?' Sometimes the sieve gets so clogged by political taboos that no new ideas pass through." - Madeleine M Kunin

"In the lexicon of the political class, the word 'sacrifice' means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it." - George Will

"Whoever wants to reach socialism by any other path than that of political democracy will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic and the political sense." - Vladimir Lenin

"We will stop the terrorist attacks before they occur because we will not be prisoners to political correctness. Rather, we will speak the truth. Border security is national security and we will not be admitting jihadists as refugees." - Ted Cruz

"I think clear heads will prevail and the correct enemy will be identified, political enemy will be identified, and efforts will come together to defeat whoever it is they throw up - Democrats, I mean." - Rush Limbaugh

"Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons. And to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid." - Harrison Ford

"America is a country ready to be taken-in fact, longing to be taken-by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process." - Arianna Huffington

"Not all civil servants admire strong political leadership. But if you want to change things for the better you need strong political leadership." - Harriet Harman

"Political courage is not political suicide." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done ... Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs." - Theodore Roosevelt

"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and heart to get there. That's how I saw it, and see it still." - Ronald Reagan

"The preservation of our free society in the years and decades to come will depend ultimately on whether we succeed or fail in directing the enormous power of human knowledge to the enrichment of our own lives and the shaping of a rational and civilized world order....It is the task of education, more than any other instrument of foreign policy to help close the dangerous gap between the economic and technological interdependence of the people of the world and their psychological, political and spiritual alienation." - J William Fulbright

"One of our most important tasks will be to save future generations from a similar political fate and to maintain for ever watchful in them a knowledge of the menace of Jewry. For this reason alone it is vital that the Passion play be continued at Oberammergau; for never has the menace of Jewry been so convincingly portrayed as in this presentation of what happened in the times of the Romans. There one sees in Pontius Pilate a Roman racially and intellectually so superior, that he stands like a firm, clean rock in the middle of the whole muck and mire of Jewry." - Adolf Hitler

"Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom realty." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion it will cease to be free for religion - except for the sect that can win political power." - Robert H. Jackson

"He that shall peruse the political pamphlets of any past reign will wonder why they were so eagerly read, or so loudly praised." - Samuel Johnson

"The day that witnesses the conversion of our ministers into political and philosophical speculators or scientific lecturers, will witness the final decay of clerical weight and influence." - Peter Bayne

"If we read the Western Canon in order to form our social, political, or personal moral values, I firmly believe we will become monsters of selfishness and exploitation." - Harold Bloom

"Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed." - Hillary Clinton



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