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The vice president had a bargaining asset,
by Elliot Richardson

The vice president had a bargaining asset,
however, that no ordinary person has:
He was next in line to the presidency.
I saw no chance that he would resign first,
then take his chances on trial, conviction,
and jail.
- Elliot Richardson

I had come to regard the U.S.
Senate's rejection of the League of Nations as a tragic mistake.
- Elliot Richardson

They've got him - credible witnesses,
documents, heaven knows what else.
In all my years as a prosecutor I have never seen such an open-and-shut case.
- Elliot Richardson

My most important task must be an attempt to bring
the monster under democratic direction and control.
- Elliot Richardson

 

I hope you will respond to the crisis of confidence
that Watergate has created by opening up your administration
and reaching out to people in a more magnanimous spirit.
- Elliot Richardson

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson

I said the first concern of the administration of justice must,
of course, be the individual.
The second concern is the truth.
- Elliot Richardson

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The Watergate reforms did work well for many years,
and if improved and broadened, these reforms can have
real and major impact on the system today.
- Elliot Richardson

Mr. President, I believe your real problem is that
you have somehow been unable to realize that you have won,
not only won, but been re-elected by a tremendous margin.
- Elliot Richardson

I thought I was going to be killed.
The casualties were so heavy, it was just a given.
I learned to take each day, each mission,
as it came.
That's an attitude I've carried into my professional life.
I take each case, each job, as it comes.
- Elliot Richardson

For you, the state is an entity with purposes of its
own that the people can be required to serve.
For us the word is only a label for the arrangements
by which we the people delegate to some among us responsibility
for things that concern us in common.
- Elliot Richardson

This anniversary serves to help remind the American people that,
in the wake of one of the greatest political scandals
and misuse of power in our history as a nation,
scandal produced important reforms that served this
nation well for two decades.
- Elliot Richardson

There is an increasingly pervasive sense not only of failure,
but of futility.
The legislative process has become a cruel shell game
and the service system has become a bureaucratic maze,
inefficient, incomprehensible, and inaccessible.
- Elliot Richardson

Though every legal task demands this skill,
it is especially important in the effort to frame public
policy in a way that is properly responsive to human needs and predicaments.
The question is always: How will the general rule work in practice?
- Elliot Richardson

The experience of learning how to get straight to the
core of a problem proved to be of immense value later
when I had a long succession of responsibilities in large,
complex government departments.
- Elliot Richardson

If the large power voluntarily abstains from using
its full power or feels the strategic situation to
be such that it cannot do so,
it in effect loses the advantage of being a big power.
- Elliot Richardson

The idea of being in the State Department was exciting.
On the other hand, I always had in the back of my mind going into politics.
If I stayed in Washington, I might end up a government hack.
- Elliot Richardson

If there are flaws they are in ourselves,
and our task therefore must be one not of redesign
but of renewal and reaffirmation,
especially of the standards in which all of us believe.
- Elliot Richardson

It often seemed like we had become a nation where the
only heroes were rock singers and ball players and
that there were no large men of probity who could be
called upon for the task.
- Elliot Richardson

But tending machinery was one thing;
defining what we were trying to do and why we were doing it,
and developing ways to measure how well the job was done -
this was something else again.
- Elliot Richardson

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

The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate.
Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
- Bill Vaughan

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue,
but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice;
it whitens only the hair.
- Ira Gershwin

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

Fast cars are my only vice.
- Michael Bay

Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
- Cyril Connolly

The inherent vice of capitalism
is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism
is the equal sharing of miseries.
- Winston Churchill

The details are the very source of expression in architecture.
But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
- Arthur Erickson

I'm the only American alive or dead who presided unhappily
over the removal of a vice president and a president.
- Alexander Haig

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man,
but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.
- Bertrand Russell

The disgrace of others often keeps tender minds from vice.
- Horace

Profaneness is a brutal vice.
He who indulges in it is no gentleman.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

I won vice president of my student body in high school.
That doesn't mean anything.
- Al Sharpton

Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases,
and vice versa.
- Mikhail Bakunin

One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice-president,
and that one word is 'to be prepared'.
- Dan Quayle

What has the women's movement learned from Geraldine
Ferraro's candidacy for vice president? Never get married.
- Gloria Steinem

Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius,
or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.
- Andre Breton

Food is my thing, I do not smoke or drink,
so food is my vice.
- Kathy Griffin

I struggled for 15 years in this business before Miami Vice came along.
- Don Johnson

I'm going to be a vice president very much like George Bush was.
He proved to be a very effective vice president,
perhaps the most effective we've had in a couple of hundred years.
- Dan Quayle

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing
and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person
of sense and character detests and despises it.
- George Washington

You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps.
If the president of a company has a clean desk then
it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
- Harold S. Geneen

What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!
- Sydney Smith

Avarice is the vice of declining years.
- George Bancroft

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.
- Edith Sitwell

Americans were told repeatedly by President Bush and
Vice President Cheney that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
None were ever found.
- John Olver

Virtue is more to be feared than vice,
because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
- Adam Smith

The vice-president of an advertising agency is a bit
of executive fungus that forms on a desk that has been exposed to conference.
- Fred Allen

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice,
and imitation and custom rear it up.
- Mary Astell

Virtue knows to a farthing what it has lost by not having been vice.
- Horace Walpole

If vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist;
but if virtue have the advantage,
arbitrary power cannot be established.
- Algernon Sidney

Mission accomplished? The mission in Iraq,
as laid out by President Bush and Vice President Cheney,
has failed.
- Robert Byrd

My only aversion to vice, is the price.
- Victor Buono

Piety is the most solid goodness, and the vilest of what is evil is vice.
- Abu Bakr

Every life is a march from innocence,
through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott

And I've been acting for 39 years, so I define characters
differently than I did in say Miami Vice.
- Edward James Olmos

The tongue may be employed about, and made to serve
all the purposes of vice,
in tempting and deceiving, in perjury and injustice.
- Joseph Butler

I find very often that very ugly women have really
handsome men and vice versa because they don't have any competition.
Sometimes handsome men have avoided me.
- Hedy Lamarr

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others,
and no one is without himself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Virtue is defined to be mediocrity, of which either extreme is vice.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends
to preserve and improve the species:
in any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.
- Erwin Schrodinger

More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
- Robert Smith Surtees

Oftentimes we love the thing we hate and vice versa.
- Andres Serrano

It's pretty hard to say no when a vice president-elect
and a president-elect ask you to be part of the national team.
- Christine Todd Whitman

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Nostalgia, the vice of the aged.
We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.
- Angela Carter

Gluttony is not a secret vice.
- Orson Welles

To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
- Ouida

This is the great vice of academicism,
that it is concerned with ideas rather than with thinking.
- Lionel Trilling


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