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Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler
by Mel Brooks

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler
and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric.
But if you can bring these people down with comedy,
they stand no chance.
- Mel Brooks

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

Humor is just another defense against the universe.
- Mel Brooks

Tragedy is when I cut my finger.
Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
- Mel Brooks

 

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.
- Mel Brooks

Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.
- Mel Brooks

We rest our case on the production numbers.
- Mel Brooks

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Everything we do in life is based on fear,
especially love.
- Mel Brooks

You're always a little disappointing in person because
you can't be the edited essence of yourself.
- Mel Brooks

As long as the world is turning and spinning,
we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes.
- Mel Brooks

He who hesitates is poor.
- Mel Brooks

If presidents can't do it to their wives,
they do it to their country.
- Mel Brooks

If you're quiet, you're not living.
You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively.
- Mel Brooks

I only direct in self-defense.
- Mel Brooks

Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.
- Mel Brooks

I don't believe in this business of being behind,
better to be in front.
- Mel Brooks

If Shaw and Einstein couldn't beat death,
what chance have I got? Practically none.
- Mel Brooks

We want to get people laughing; we don't want to offend anybody.
- Mel Brooks

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic,
but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs,
you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death,
and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully,
or you're not alive.
- Mel Brooks

These men both publicly and privately have done so much for me.
Without Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick I would be
living in a little motel just around the corner here,
trying to make ends meet.
- Mel Brooks

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin.
The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names,
identities, personalities and have them relate to other
characters living with him.
- Mel Brooks

Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.
- Friedrich Schiller

Rhetoric and dialectics can't change what I have learned
from observation and experience.
- Paul Getty

President Bush has consistently used rhetoric,
and that is not convincing given his past record.
- Grace Napolitano

The American people must not buy into the Democrat rhetoric.
- Virginia Foxx

Democrats were simply hoping to win some political
points by getting their outlandish rhetoric published
in the newspapers and heard on the talk shows.
- John Doolittle

Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished
at the cheap price of rhetoric.
- Thomas Sowell

There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors,
but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen.
That's why you get rhetoric.
- Dick Wolf

He steps on stage and draws the sword of rhetoric,
and when he is through, someone is lying wounded and
thousands of others are either angry or consoled.
- Pete Hamill

We make out of the quarrel with others,
rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves,
poetry.
- William Butler Yeats

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action,
and we have trusted only to rhetoric.
If we are really to be a great nation,
we must not merely talk; we must act big.
- Theodore Roosevelt

It's time to let science and medicine,
not politics and rhetoric, lead us to good,
sound policy.
- Eliot Spitzer

It is not empty rhetoric to talk of the Free World.
- Barbara Amiel

The broad masses of a population are more amenable
to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.
- Adolf Hitler

We need to think more about the nature of rhetoric in anthropology.
There isn't a body of knowledge and thought to fall back on in this regard.
- Clifford Geertz

We've advanced in the construction of a true free-trade
area across South America...
What's needed now is less rhetoric and more action.
- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

I am a plain man, and I care and know comparatively little about rhetoric.
- Gerrit Smith

When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes,
I was your son, high on your horse, My mind a top whipped
by the lashes Of your rhetoric,
windy of course.
- Stephen Spender

In the coming year, I believe we can make sure America
lives up to its legacy as a land of opportunity if
the President is willing to back up his rhetoric with substance.
- Ron Kind

The American people demand results, not rhetoric,
especially when it comes to national security issues.
- J. D. Hayworth

When liberals finally grasped the strength of popular
feeling about the family,
they cried to appropriate the rhetoric and symbolism
of family values for their own purposes.
- Christopher Lasch

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
- Plato

It's very easy to have slogans and rhetoric that people will follow,
but eventually the slogans fall away.
- Saad Hariri

I got my degree in rhetoric.
- Alex Borstein

Progressive rhetoric has the effect of concealing social
crisis and moral breakdown by presenting them as the
birth pangs of a new order.
- Christopher Lasch

Rhetoric is cheap, evidence comes more dearly.
- John Fund

There comes a time when what is needed is not just rhetoric,
but boots on the ground.
- Baldwin Spencer

On the other side, I do believe that the rhetoric we
are seeing from the Democrats today is unprecedented,
is a new low in presidential politics and goes beyond
political discourse and amounts to political hate speech.
- Ed Gillespie

Our government has made a number of promises to the
men and women who served in our nation's armed forces.
Sadly, these promises of health care,
education and other benefits have existed more in rhetoric than in reality.
- Allen Boyd

The design of Rhetoric is to remove those Prejudices
that lie in the way of Truth,
to Reduce the Passions to the Government of Reasons;
to place our Subject in a Right Light,
and excite our Hearers to a due consideration of it.
- Mary Astell

Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about
a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric.
Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are.
How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.
- Zell Miller

We owe our troops more than rhetoric;
we owe them a real plan.
The Administration has yet to put forward a strategy
for achieving stability in Iraq,
ending the conflict, and handing over sovereignty to
the people of Iraq and the new Iraqi government.
- Dennis Cardoza

So I think it's important to communicate with the people
in terms of what the real facts are on these proposals
and try to have a discussion and a dialogue that gives people information.
I think they're hungry for that rather than just political rhetoric.
- John Podesta

I think he could have made most of the trips and gone
to most of the fund-raisers if he would have avoided
the partisan rhetoric and talked to the country as
President in each of these appearances rather than
to the narrow partisan audiences.
- Robert Teeter

That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them.
They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform;
what is much worse,
they are not seen.
- Michael Harrington

If Americans want to see results instead of rhetoric,
if taxpayers would like solutions instead of sound bites,
and hard work instead of horse trading,
I suggest you take a short look, and it won't take much longer,
at the accomplishments of this Congress.
- Alcee Hastings

Most people here agree that the rhetoric got overblown
on both sides of the Atlantic before the Iraq war,
and it was a disagreement among friends over the timing,
not the substance, of the Iraq war.
- John S. Tanner

When we walk away from global warming,
Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa,
when we don't advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards,
we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy.
- John F. Kerry

You may be right that people say: 'You know what,
we had Obama.
He was inexperienced.
The guy had great rhetoric, sounded good,
looked good, but has turned out to be an utter disaster.
I want someone where I have confidence and credibility
that they're up to the job and that I can trust what they tell me.'
- Karl Rove

Like my colleagues, I did about 10 to 15 town hall meetings on this issue;
and what I found is people came with a sincere interest to learn,
a sincere interest to cut through the rhetoric and
understand how this Medicare bill impacts them in their daily lives.
- Chris Chocola

My colleagues, while it is good that the Nation is
finally focused on the critical issue of securing our ports,
our rhetoric and our passion about Dubai must be matched
by the funding necessary to keep our ports and our citizens safe.
- Allyson Schwartz

I have never allowed anti-Russian rhetoric in Ukrainian
policy toward such a strategic partner like Russia.
This is the first point.
I never went against the interests of the Ukrainian
state and the Ukrainian people.
- Viktor Yanukovych

The Democratic Party opposes tax cuts but it cannot say so publicly.
Thus, it is forced to support the idea of lowering
the tax burden but using class warfare rhetoric to
dispute the allocation of the relief.
- Dick Morris

So the - the part of the problem is not just the rhetoric.
It's the fact that we - we're so polarized in what
we've done to each other as parties over the last thirty
years in redistricting that it's very,
very hard to overcome your own constituencies and move to the middle.
- Howard Dean

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore


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