Archive for the ‘government’ Category

Quote of the day, June 14

June 17, 2017

David McCullough, on history 

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. “

Quote of the day, June 12

June 16, 2017

Arthur James Balfour, on biography

“Biography should be written by an acute enemy.”

Quote of the day, May 3

May 3, 2017

Babasaheb Ambedkar, on democracy

“Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men.”

Quote of the day, April 28

April 28, 2017

Sam Rayburn, on compromise

“If you want to get along, go along.”

Quote of the day, April 27

April 28, 2017

John Adams, on government

“A government of laws and not of men.”

Quote of the day, March 9

March 9, 2017

Roger Cohen, on the democracies (2016)

“Western democracies are in the midst of an upheaval they only dimly grasp. Virtual direct democracy through social media has outflanked representative democracy. The impact of the smartphone on the human psyche is as yet scarcely understood; its addictiveness is treacherous and it can be the enemy of thought.”

Quote of the day, March 5

March 6, 2017

Edmund Burke, on fear (1792)

“Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.”

Quote of the day, March 1

March 1, 2017

George W. Bush, on the news media (2017)

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 28

February 28, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, on war

“Ah, horrible war, amazing medley of the glorious and the squalid, the pitiful and the sublime, if modern men of light and leading saw your face closer, simple folk would see it hardly ever.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 17

February 17, 2017

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., on reporting

“As for newspaper or magazine accounts, they are sometimes worse than useless when they purport to give the inside reality of decisions; their relation to reality is often considerably less than the shadows in Plato’s cave. I have too often seen the most conscientious reporters attribute to government officials views the exact opposite of which the officials were advocating within the government to make it possible for me to take the testimony of journalism in such matters seriously again.”