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People
Engrave this Quote Social movements are at once the symptoms and the instruments of progress. Ignore them and statesmanship is irrelevant; fail to use them and it is weak.
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Philosophy
Engrave this Quote When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers.
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Politics
Engrave this Quote The ordinary politician has a very low estimate of human nature. In his daily life he comes into contact chiefly with persons who want to get something or to avoid something. Beyond this circle of seekers after privileges, individuals and organized minorities, he is aware of a large unorganized, indifferent mass of citizens who ask nothing in particular and rarely complain. The politician comes after a while to think that the art of politics is to satisfy the seekers after favors and to mollify the inchoate mass with noble sentiments and patriotic phrases.
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Engrave this Quote Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular -- not whether it will work well and prove itself but whether the active talking constituents like it immediately. Politicians rationalize this servitude by saying that in a democracy public men are the servants of the people.
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Engrave this Quote The chief element in the art of statesmanship under modern conditions is the ability to elucidate the confused and clamorous interests which converge upon the seat of government. It is an ability to penetrate from the na?ve self-interest of each group to its permanent and real interest. Statesmanship consists in giving the people not what they want but what they will learn to want.
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Engrave this Quote In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents.
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Prejudice
Engrave this Quote The tendency of the casual mind is to pick out or stumble upon a sample which supports or defies its prejudices, and then to make it the representative of a whole class.
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Property
Engrave this Quote Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main ballpark.
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Prophecy
Engrave this Quote Ages when custom is unsettled are necessarily ages of prophecy. The moralist cannot teach what is revealed; he must reveal what can be taught. He has to seek insight rather than to preach.
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Purpose
Engrave this Quote Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men.
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Risk
Engrave this Quote People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives.
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Society
Engrave this Quote The principles of the good society call for a concern with an order of being -- which cannot be proved existentially to the sense organs -- where it matters supremely that the human person is inviolable, that reason shall regulate the will, that truth shall prevail over error.
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State
Engrave this Quote In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs.
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Talent
Engrave this Quote Let a human being throw the energies of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty.
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Thought
Engrave this Quote When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
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Virtue
Engrave this Quote Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail.
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Voting
Engrave this Quote The effort to calculate exactly what the voters want at each particular moment leaves out of account the fact that when they are troubled the thing the voters most want is to be told what to want.
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Engrave this Quote Football strategy does not originate in a scrimmage: it is useless to expect solutions in a political campaign.
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Wisdom
Engrave this Quote It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
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