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James Reston Quotes and Sayings

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All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
- James Reston

Wealth is conspicuous, but poverty hides.
- James Reston

Europe has a press that stresses opinions;
America a press,
radio, and television that emphasize news.
- James Reston

A government is the only vessel that leaks from the top.
- James Reston

 

Stick with the optimists.
It's going to be tough enough even if they're right.
- James Reston

In any war, the first casualty is common sense,
and the second is free and open discussion.
- James Reston

The ship of state is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
- James Reston

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If it's far away, it's news, but if it's close at home,
it's sociology.
- James Reston

This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs:
they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
- James Reston

Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity.
Prosperity is what is doing us in.
- James Reston

In foreign policy you have to wait twenty-five years to see how it comes out.
- James Reston

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson PHOTO

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.
The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
- George MacDonald

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
- Ambrose Bierce

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's
country or the electorate.
I prefer to betray the electorate.
- Charles de Gaulle

In politics the middle way is none at all.
- John Adams

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
- Martin L. Gross

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth
is rarely a politician's objective.
Election and power are.
- Cal Thomas

Politics have no relation to morals.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles de Gaulle

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
- Ralph Nader

In politics nothing is contemptible.
- Benjamin Disraeli

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in
politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot
of money even to be defeated.
- Will Rogers

Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.
- Mao Tse-Tung

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who
maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
- Dante Alighieri

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams

Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois.
- Dick Durbin

The secret of getting things done is to act!
- Dante Alighieri

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

There ain't no answer.
There ain't gonna be any answer.
There never has been an answer.
That's the answer.
- Gertrude Stein

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
- George Will

Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws.
- Mayer Amschel Rothschild

The good news is that, according to the Obama administration,
the rich will pay for everything.
The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration,
you're rich.
- P. J. O'Rourke

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for;
as for me,
I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
- H. L. Mencken

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
- Fidel Castro

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President
but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
- Arthur C. Clarke

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

The largest party in America, by the way,
is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans.
It's the party of non-voters.
- Robert Reich

If you are going to sin, sin against God,
not the bureaucracy.
God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.
- Hyman Rickover

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
- Khalil Gibran

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise,
we don't believe in it at all.
- Noam Chomsky

Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.
- George Will

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who,
however, has never learned how to walk forward.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

The politicians were talking themselves red,
white and blue in the face.
- Clare Boothe Luce

When bad men combine, the good must associate;
else they will fall one by one,
an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
- Edmund Burke

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country
is no fit to rule another country must admit that one
class is not fit to rule another class.
- B. R. Ambedkar

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid,
but most stupid people are conservatives.
- John Stuart Mill

What politicians want to create is irreversible change
because when you leave office someone changes it back again.
- Estelle Morris

And after I make a lot of money, I'll be able to afford running for office.
- Christy Romano

The beef industry has contributed to more American
deaths than all the wars of this century,
all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.
- Neal Barnard

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
- Milton Friedman

My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government -
he promised Dad he'd go straight.
- John F. Kennedy

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought
of giving government the power to control men's minds.
- Thurgood Marshall

You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.
- Daniel Hannan

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.
The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today,
even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas

Inflation is as violent as a mugger,
as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
- Ronald Reagan

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day,
a more tranquil night, and a bright,
infinite future.
- Leonard Bernstein

We didn't actually overspend our budget.
The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
- Frank Howard Clark

After much prayerful consideration, I feel that I must
say I have climbed my last political mountain.
- George C. Wallace


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