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If enough people openly engage in conduct once considered reprehensible,
by James L. Buckley

If enough people openly engage in conduct once considered reprehensible,
we rewrite the rule book and assume that God,
as a good democrat, will go along.
- James L. Buckley

The kind of corruption the media talk about,
the kind the Supreme Court was concerned about,
involves the putative sale of votes in exchange for campaign contributions.
- James L. Buckley

I had hoped that the current presidential campaign
debates might educate the public as to what is really
involved in the ongoing controversy over campaign financing.
- James L. Buckley

Moreover, we are showing a dismaying tendency to recast God in Man's image.
- James L. Buckley

 

In rendering its decision in our case,
the Supreme Court equated money with speech because
these days it takes the first to make yourself heard.
- James L. Buckley

What people fail to appreciate is that the currency
of corruption in elective office is,
not money, but votes.
- James L. Buckley

The Court made an exception, however,
in the case of candidates contributing to their own
campaigns because of the rather reasonable presumption
that a candidate is incapable of corrupting himself.
- James L. Buckley

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It would seem, therefore, that this constitutional
safeguard may no longer serve its original purpose,
especially when, as we learned last year,
some acts of perjury may now be acceptable -
in this world,
at least, if not the next.
- James L. Buckley

This source of corruption, alas, is inherent in the
democratic system itself,
and it can only be controlled, if at all,
by finding ways to encourage legislators to subordinate ambition to principle.
- James L. Buckley

Once it becomes impossible for members of Congress
to make a career of legislative service,
the temptation to bend a vote for whatever reason may
yield to the better angels of their nature.
- James L. Buckley

I am persuaded that in the case of elected officials,
the overwhelming temptation is to conclude that it
is more important for your constituents that you be
reelected than that you deal honestly with them.
- James L. Buckley

Unfortunately, the media, which are not at all reluctant
to act in their own self-interest,
have succeeded in equating reform in the public mind
with further restrictions on just about everyone else's
freedom of political speech.
- James L. Buckley

As a consequence, the Court ruled that the limits on
campaign spending violated the First Amendment,
but it accepted the $1,000 limit on individual contributions
on the ground that the need to avoid the appearance
of corruption justified this limited constraint on speech.
- James L. Buckley

In the last analysis, of course, an oath will encourage
fidelity in office only to the degree that officeholders
continue to believe that they cannot escape ultimate
accountability for a breach of faith.
- James L. Buckley

Under the circumstances, may I suggest another means
of encouraging probity in elective office.
I refer to term limitations, which can serve ends beyond
that of saving congressional souls.
- James L. Buckley

They may then be willing to cast principled votes based
on an educated understanding of the public interest
in the face of polls suggesting that the public itself
may have quite a different understanding of where its interest lies.
- James L. Buckley

One camp accepts the Court's limits on contributions
but urges the reinstatement of spending caps -
even if this requires a constitutional amendment subjecting political speech,
if not pornography, to government regulation.
- James L. Buckley

Unfortunately, in today's world we have to be reminded
that the power of an oath derives from the fact that
in it we ask God to bear witness to the promises we
make with the implicit expectation that He will hold
us accountable for the manner in which we honor them.
- James L. Buckley

What distinguishes the campaign finance issue from
just about every other one being debated these days
is that the two sides do not divide along conventional
liberal/ conservative lines.
- James L. Buckley

Given the difficulty of resisting such temptations over the longer run,
a proper concern for the welfare of congressional souls
may well be the ultimate argument in favor of term limitations.
- James L. Buckley

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
- John F. Kennedy

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants.
The question is: What are we busy about?
- Henry David Thoreau

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
- Richard Bach

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You only live once, and once is enough
if you play your cards right.
- the movie Interiors (1978)

Give me a lever long enough
and a fulcrum on which to place it,
and I shall move the world.
- Archimedes

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who knows that enough is enough
will always have enough.
- Lao Tzu

There are no guarantees.
From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough.
From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary.
- Emmanuel (Pat Rodegast)

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you know what to do to reach your goal,
it's not a big enough goal.
- Bob Proctor

Inferiority Complex:
a name for not loving yourself enough.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who does not trust enough,
will not be trusted.
- Lao Tzu

If we will be quiet and ready enough,
we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
- Henry David Thoreau

Stop wishing and fearing the future
long enough to be fully present in TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough.
Give the world your best anyway.
- Mother Teresa

He who can give thanks for little
will always find he has enough.
- Anonymous

We can never get enough of what we don't really need.
- Matthew Kelly

We can do anything we want to
if we stick to it long enough.
- Helen Keller

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

You may be deceived if you trust too much,
but you will live in torment
if you don't trust enough.
- Frank Crane

I don't believe that imagining is enough.
- Bono

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
- Anonymous

If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.
- George Washington Carver

He who is not courageous enough to take risks
will accomplish nothing in life.
- Muhammad Ali

Merely to avoid harming others is not enough.
Earn your place in this world by doing good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

Find ecstasy in life;
the mere sense of living is joy enough.
- Emily Dickinson

We can never replace a friend.
When a man is fortunate enough to have several,
he finds they are all different.
No one has a double in friendship.
- Johann Schiller

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations
comes nearest to perfection.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It takes discipline and compassion
to awaken the divine in ourselves long enough
to recognize the divine in another.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

Old age has deformities enough of its own.
It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

Know that your own BEING is vast enough
to encompass unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people
is that they trigger confusion in us
that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.
To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves,
we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.
- Pema Chodron

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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