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No human life, not even the life of a hermit, is possible without a world which directly or indirectly testifies to the presence of other human beings.

—Hannah Arendt, 1958

An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.

—James Russell Lowell, c. 1865

People revere the Constitution yet know so little about it—and that goes for some of my fellow senators.

—Robert Byrd, 2005

The U.S. presidency is a Tudor monarchy plus telephones.

—Anthony Burgess, 1972

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.

—Mario Cuomo, 1985

Written laws are like spiderwebs: they will catch, it is true, the weak and poor but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.

—Anacharsis, c. 550 BC

Whether for good or evil, it is sadly inevitable that all political leadership requires the artifices of theatrical illusion. In the politics of a democracy, the shortest distance between two points is often a crooked line.

—Arthur Miller, 2001

Let him who desires peace prepare for war.

—Vegetius, c. 385

There is nothing more tyrannical than a strong popular feeling among a democratic people.

—Anthony Trollope, 1862

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure it is right.

—Judge Learned Hand, 1944

What experience and history teach is this—that nations and governments have never learned anything from history or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.

—Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, 1830

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

—G.K. Chesterton, 1908

Do that which consists in taking no action, and order will prevail.

—Laozi, c. 500 BC