March 31, 2007

Quotes LAAG loves to Quote

We just had to put up a quotes page as there is so much choice material we wanted to share. Some of these are inspirational some very true and others somewhat philosophical. If you find any out there you are fond of (and they are in the same theme as those below) please pass them along to us and we may post them. Some of the "sayings" below are not really quotes. If there is no persons name following the saying then its not really a quote but just an unattributed saying.

These are not organized right now in any particular fashion. This is a work in progress and we may add subject categories at some point. To check for quotes this is a good source: www.brainyquote.com

"If you interviewed 1,000 politicians and asked about whether the media's too soft or too hard, about 999 would say too hard."
- Bob Woodward

"It was accountability that Nixon feared."
- Bob Woodward

"Trust, but verify"
- Ronald Reagan

"A common field one day. A field of honor forever. May all who visit this place remember the collective acts of courage and sacrifice of the passengers and consider this hallowed ground as the final resting place of those heroes, and reflect on the power of individuals who choose to make a difference."
- mission statement of the Flight 93 National Memorial

"There is not a man in the country that can't make a living for himself and family. But he can't make a living for them AND his government, the way his government is living. What the government has got to do is live as cheap as the people."
- Will Rogers

"Just throw money at the problem"
- Quote from 2006 Tour De France attendee

"A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth."
- Will Rogers

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."
- George Orwell, 1984

The harder something is to understand, the more likely something isn't right. (That's often the reason it's so complicated.)
- This could be a Murphy's Law corollary

Doppler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
- sort of a pseudo science quote

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

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results"
- Benjamin Franklin

Why do you do what you do? If you have to ask that question then you probably would not understand the answer.
- from a South Pole explorer on a TV show

"The most terrifying words in the English language: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
--Ronald Reagan

“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth."
--Ronald Reagan

"Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do."
- Will Rogers

"Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for."
- Will Rogers

"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
- Lord Acton

"Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good."
- George Will

"The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency."
- Bill Gates

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don’t know."
- United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (2002)

"The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments."
- Mad Magazine

"Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth."
- Lillian Hellman

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them, well I have others"
- Groucho Marx

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
- Louis D. Brandeis

In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.
- Louis D. Brandeis

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
- Louis D. Brandeis

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Only God who appointed me will remove me.
—Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, refusing to cede power regardless of the results of a runoff election

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
- George Bernard Shaw

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
- Ronald Reagan

If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it must be a dinosaur.
- Unknown theology quote

The more people doubt their own beliefs the more, paradoxically, they are inclined to proselytize in favor of them.
- David Brooks, NY Times

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
- Nicholas Klein

"It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it"
- Upton Sinclair

"...his remark was not intended to be a factual statement.."
- Office of AZ Senator Jon Kyl after he wrongly proclaimed on the Senate floor in April 2011 that abortions constitute "well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does," (The "internets" went nuts with this one as did Twitter)

You can't take something off the Internet - it's like taking pee out of a pool.
- Author Unknown, 1995 (more here)

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy, 35th president of US 1961-1963

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy

"The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots." - H.L. Mencken, American journalist.

The federal government is basically an insurance company with an army.
- Paul Krugman, NY Times

Governments and politicians by their nature will try to find a way to spend every dollar possible and push the liability for that spending into the future, either through borrowing or creative accounting.
Far from acting prudently with taxpayer funds, Street said, government officials instead work overtime to enable their spending schemes by crafting narratives that depend on false impressions of spendable cash flow.
- Chriss Street, Orange County treasurer from 2006-2010

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
- Albert Einstein

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
- Albert Einstein

"...A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
- Steve Jobs, Apple

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
- Steve Jobs, Apple

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
-Albert Einstein

"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations."
-George Orwell

"You can't handle the truth!"
-Col. Jessep [as played by Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men"] for the follow up to this line this quote list from the movie is a must read

"Experience hath [has] shewn [shown], that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."

--Thomas Jefferson
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
--Thomas Jefferson

"Economics is like driving a car by looking through the rear-view mirror."
--general running joke among economists

"Everything's is fine today, that is our illusion"
--Voltaire

"The most dangerous place in [your city] is between [politician name here] and a microphone."
--A long-standing joke among political observers

"The American political system is not good at trading sacrifice now to prevent crises later." 
--Ezra Klein, Vox,com
Los Angeles County government is a "Soviet-style system," with too many people only sort of in charge and no person sufficiently at the helm to take responsibility.
--Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, commenting on how the pieces of county government were assembled with a markedly lower level of genius and foresight than under the US Constitution

"The solution when you don’t like someone’s speech is not to silence that person, or that corporation. It’s more and louder speech of your own."
--Michael Kinsley, columnist for Vanity Fair.

"Nothing that’s good works by itself, you’ve got to make the damn thing work."
--Thomas Edison (inventor)

"Remember, never take no shortcuts and hurry along as fast as you can."
--Virgina Reed survivor of the Donner Party disaster wrote in a letter to her cousin

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts"
--Daniel Patrick Moynihan four-term U.S. Senator,

"The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth."
-- Pierre Abelard

"We now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were as useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel."
--Nicholas Barrett, a political journalist

“The general theme in California law is the government should not be keeping secrets,”
--Former Los Angeles County Counsel Mark J. Saladino 

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
--Socrates

Not quotes but interesting facts....

On June 14, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order (not legislation) adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. The Supreme Court decided in 2004 to keep “under God” in the pledge. Interestingly, “God” doesn’t appear anywhere in the Constitution.

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