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10 Political Quotes from Literature

October 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Political QuotesOften I must speak other than I think. That is called diplomacy. ~ Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

“There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour.” ~ Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli

A drunkard or a gambler may be weaned from his ways, but not a politician. ~ Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

He was born to be a senator. He never said anything important, and he always said it sonorously. ~ Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

“There is no gambling like politics.” ~ Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli

“You see my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous.” ~ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

A drunkard or a gambler may be weaned from his ways, but not a politician. ~ Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

From politics, it was an easy step to silence. ~ Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

“The world is wearied of statesmen; whom democracy has degraded into politicians.” ~ Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli

And he gave it for his opinion, “that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.” ~ Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

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New Quotes Added – Shakespeare, Saki, Sinclair Lewis and More

August 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Quotes from LiteratureI’m thinking about literature this Labor Day weekend.  OK, who am I kidding?  One look at my numerous bookshelves shows that I’m always thinking about literature.

Anyway, the point is that I’ve added new quotes to the collection.  Here are my favorites.  Remember that if you have a quote that you’d like to see added, you can contribute a quote.

The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them. ~ The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. ~ Emma by Jane Austen

Could I come near your beauty with my nails,
I could set my ten commandments in your face.
 ~ Henry VI, Part Two by William Shakespeare

The revenge of an elder sister may be long in coming, but, like a South-Eastern express, it arrives in its own good time. ~ Reginald by Saki

He had, in fact, got everything from the church and Sunday School, except, perhaps, any longing whatever for decency and kindness and reason. ~ Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men. ~ The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft

 

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