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

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I must lose myself in action lest I wither in despair.

Johann von Goethe

We are never deceived. We deceive ourselves.

One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed, they must be defended against the heaviest odds.

Daniele Vare

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.

Barbara Tuchman

Wooden-headedness, the source of self-deception, is a factor that plays a remarkably large role in government. It is acting according to wish while not allowing oneself to be deflected by facts.

François de La Rochefoucauld (

We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk of ourselves at all.

Josh Billings

Never run into debt, not if you can find anything else to run into.


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