„The pain is legit. But Trump is a stupid vote. Because Trump won't solve any of those things, he'll make them all worse. You're voting against your pain. You're voting to create more. You're going for a kind of witch doctor of politics who is promising things based on magic.“
— Mike Murphy (political consultant) American political consultant 1962
As quoted in "Debriefing Mike Murphy" https://www.weeklystandard.com/matt-labash/debriefing-mike-murphy (18 March 2016), by Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard
„The "democracy gap" in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the “least worst” every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the “least worst” gets worse.“
— Ralph Nader American consumer rights activist and corporate critic 1934
— Antonin Scalia former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1936 - 2016
On campaign promises: Republican Party v. White, 536 U.S. 765 http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/01-521.ZO.html (2002) (majority opinion).
— Канье Уэст American rapper, singer and songwriter 1977
All Falls Down
„The Chancellor has delivered his first budget but it's the same old Tories; hitting hardest at those who can least afford it and breaking their promises. This is true to form for the Tories, but it includes things that the Liberal Democrats have always fought against. Surely they cannot vote for this.“
— Harriet Harman British politician 1950
Reaction to the Coalition's budget http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm100622/debtext/100622-0007.htm#10062245000003, 22 June, 2010. Link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vdzUJMcDpA&feature=related
„The man who assumes everything is a lie is at least as mistaken as the one who assumes everything is true.“
— Lois McMaster Bujold Science Fiction and fantasy author from the USA 1949
„Times are ripe to discuss about the vote right, at least on an administrative level, for immigrant persons.“
— Gianfranco Fini Italian politician 1952
Corriere della Sera, Fini: diamo il diritto di voto agli immigrati http://www.corriere.it/Primo_Piano/Politica/2003/10_Ottobre/07/fini.shtml, 7 October 2003.
„My own self-deception at least promised some kind of pleasure. Theirs offered nothing but terror and guilt.“
— Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939
Chapter 14 (p. 375)
„Government is best which is closest to the people. Yet that belief is betrayed by those State and local officials who engage in denying the right of citizens to vote. Their actions serve only to assure that their State governments and local governments shall be remote from the people, least representative of the people's will and least responsive to the people's wishes.“
— Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973
Context: The essence of our American tradition of State and local governments is the belief expressed by Thomas Jefferson that Government is best which is closest to the people. Yet that belief is betrayed by those State and local officials who engage in denying the right of citizens to vote. Their actions serve only to assure that their State governments and local governments shall be remote from the people, least representative of the people's will and least responsive to the people's wishes.
„I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his country.“
— Salvador Allende Chilean physician and politician 1908 - 1973
Context: I address the youth, those who sang and gave us their joy and their spirit of struggle. I address the man of Chile, the worker, the farmer, the intellectual, those who will be persecuted, because in our country fascism has been already present for many hours — in terrorist attacks, blowing up the bridges, cutting the railroad tracks, destroying the oil and gas pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the obligation to act. They were committed. History will judge them. Surely, Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal instrument of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his country.
— Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory 460
„Any man who does not make himself proficient in at least two languages other than his own is a fool“
— Martin H. Fischer American university teacher (1879-1962) 1879 - 1962
„For true it is, good oft befalls us when we least expect it. And true it is, that when we trust in hope, we’re often disappointed.“
— Plautus Roman comic playwright of the Old Latin period -254 - -184 a.C.
Rudens, Act II, scene 3, line 69
„A great nation is a compassionate nation. Who are the least of these? The least of these are those who still find themselves smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in an affluent society. Who are the least of these? They are the thousands of individuals who see life as a long and desolate corridor with no exit sign. Who are the least of these? They are the little boys and little girls who grow up with clouds of inferiority floating in their little mental skies because they know that they are caught in conditions of economic depravation. Who are the least of these? They are the individuals who are caught in the fatigue of despair. And somehow if we are to be a great nation, we must be concerned about the least of these, our brothers.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968