Archive for the ‘government’ Category

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.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 15

February 15, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, on fanaticism

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 12

February 12, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, speech to the 164th Ohio Regiment (1864)

“I wish it might be more generally and universally understood what the country is now engaged in. We have, all will agree, a free Government, where every man has a right to be equal with every other man. In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed. There is more involved in this contest┬áthan is realised by every one. There is involved in this struggle┬áthe question whether you children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed. I say this in order to impress upon you, if you are already so impressed, that no small matter should divert yours from our great purpose.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 3

February 3, 2017

Tacitus, from Annals

“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 28

January 27, 2017

Bob Woodward, from The War Within (2008)

“There is an encyclopaedia of lessons for the next president to learn from [President George W.] Bush’s mismanagement of the [Iraq] war. The first might be to trust the public with the truth, in all its pain and uncertainty.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 11

January 11, 2017

Andrew Hamilton, on power (1733)

“Power may justly be compared to a great river. While kept within its due bounds it is both beautiful and useful. But when it overflows its banks, is it then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes.”