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No serious historian of politics would imagine that he had accounted for the protective tariff of the system of bounties or subsidies, for the monetary and banking laws, for the state of law in regard to corporate privileges and immunities, for the actual status of property rights, for agricultural or for labor policies, until he had gone behind the general claims and the abstract justifications and had identified the specifically interested groups which promoted the specific law.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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Free institutions are not the property of any majority. They do not confer upon majorities unlimited powers. The rights of the majority are limited rights. They are limited not only by the constitutional guarantees but by the moral principle implied in those guarantees. That principle is that men may not use the facilities of liberty to impair them. No man may invoke a right in order to destroy it.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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The war for liberty never ends. One day liberty has to be defended against the power of wealth, on another day against the intrigues of politicians, on another against the dead hand of bureaucrats, on another against the patrioter and the militarist, on another against the profiteer, and then against the hysteria and the passions of the mobs, against obscurantism and stupidity, against the criminal and against the overrighteous. In this campaign every civilized man is enlisted till he dies, and he only has known the full joy of living who somewhere and at some time has struck a decisive blow for the freedom of the human spirit.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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For the principle of majority rule is the mildest form in which the force of numbers can be exercised. It is a pacific substitute for civil war in which the opposing armies are counted and victory is awarded to the larger before any blood is shed.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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It seems that an essential condition for crises is to be found in the existence of a highly developed system of communications and the spreading of a homogenous mentality over vast areas.But when the hour and the right material are at hand, the contagion spreads with the speed of electricity over hundreds of miles, and affects the most diverse populations, which hardly know each other. The message flies through the air and they all suddenly agree on that one issue, if only a sulky admission that "there's got to be a change.".

Jakob Burckhardt Quotes

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..the Bill of Rights does not come from the people and is not subject to change by majorities. It comes from the nature of things. It declares the inalienable rights of man not only against all government but also against the people collectively.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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In war, the stronger overcomes the weaker. In business, the stronger imparts strength to the weaker.

Frederic Bastiat Quotes

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Even a cursory glance at history should convince one that individual crimes committed for selfish motives play a quite insignificant part in the human tragedy, compared to the numbers massacred in unselfish loyalty to one's tribe, nation, dynasty, church, or political ideology, ad majorem gloriam dei. The emphasis is on unselfish. Excepting a small minority of mercenary or sadistic disposition, wars are not fought for personal gain, but out of loyalty and devotion to king, country or cause. Homicide committed for personal reasons is a statistical rarity in all cultures, including our own. Homicide for unselfish reasons, at the risk of one's own life, is the dominant phenomenon of history.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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One of the most fashionable notions of our times is that social problems like poverty and oppression breed wars. Most wars, however, are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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My father was a minister. I had to make up for the lack of sin.

Londo Molari Quotes

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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Kierkegaard Quotes

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Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

Stephen Covey Quotes

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The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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No amount of study or learning will make a man a leader unless he has the natural qualities of one. - "London Times", February 17, 1941.

Archibald Wavell Quotes

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There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.

William J. Clinton Quotes

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So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.

Roger Baldwin Quotes

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Power (n): The only narcotic regulated by the SEC instead of the FDA.

Anonymous Quotes

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Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.

Dwight D Eisenhower Quotes

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Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

William Ewart Gladstone Quotes

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Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.

John Stuart Mill Quotes

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A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

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We hold that the reckless disregard for human life implicit in knowingly engaging in criminal activity known to carry a grave risk of death represents a highly culpable mental state that may be taken into account in making a capital sentencing judgment not inevitable, lethal result.

Sandra Day O'Connor Quotes

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Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

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If you have a lemon, make lemonade.

Howard Gossage Quotes

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All of the troubles that some people have in life is that which they married into.

Edgar Watson Howe Quotes

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