The essence of the free press is the reliable, reasonable and moral nature of freedom. The character of the censored press is the nondescript confusion of tyranny.
— Karl Marx (1818-1893), German journalist, founder of Communism
Democracy, I do not conceive that ever God did ordain it as a fit government either for church or commonwealth. If the people be governors, who will be governed? As for monarchy and aristocracy, they are both of them clearly approved and directed in Scripture, yet so as referreth the sovereignty to Himself, and setteth theocracy in both, as the best form of government in the commonwealth as well as in the church.
— John Cotton (1584-1652), Puritan minister, American colonizer
The qualities necessary for a demagogue are these: to be foul-mouthed, base-born, a low, mean fellow.
— Aristophanes (c. 450-385 B.C.), Athenian poet, dramatist
We have learned to recognize as the civilizing majesty of war precisely that which appears to the superficial observers to be brutality and inhumanity… Man must not only be ready to sacrifice his life, but also the natural deeply rooted feelings of the human soul; he must devote his whole ego for the furtherance of a great patriotic idea: that is the moral sublimity of war.
â€” Heinrich Gotthard von Treitschke (1834-1896), German historian, political writer
Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.
— George Orwell
The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking and is voting for the other guy.
— William Proxmire (1915-2005), U.S. Senator
A nation must have a religion, and that religion must be under the control of the government.
— Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), Corsican Emperor of France
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
— Rheinhold Niebuhr
Successful politicians are insecure and intimidated. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.
— Walter Lippmann
“I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”
— Sen. Trent Lott on Dec. 5, 2002, at 100th birthday party for Sen. Strom Thurmond, who was the presidential nominee of the segregationist Dixiecrat Party in 1948