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Copyright 2014
by John Kremer

The Quotable Books Series ...

The Politics
of Life

Thoughts on life, death, and politics from politicians, statesmen, environmentalists, civil rights leaders, historians, economists, military leaders, and social commentators


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sample quotations from the book

Kurt Vonnegut on pain and bitterness

Be soft.

Do not let the world make you hard.

Do not let the pain make you hate.

Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.

Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., novelist

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws. John Adams, U.S. president

Strive to be rich not in possessions but in courage and merit. Agesilaus II, Spartan king

If you want to get something done, give someone else the credit. Lamar Alexander, presidential candidate, Lamar Alexander's Little Plaid Book

If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it. Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and philosopher

If I were president, the cornerstone of my foreign policy would be playing pranks on France. Dave Barry, humorist

Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist. David Ben-Gurion, Israeli leader

Do not run a campaign that would embarrass your mother. Robert Byrd, U.S. senator

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. James Earl Carter, Jr., U.S. president

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill, British prime minister

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. The Dalai Lama

The graveyards are full of indispensable men. Charles De Gaulle, French president

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. Will Durant, historian

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. Paul Ehrlich, environmentalist

If you believe in your heart that you are right, you must fight with all your might to do it your way. Only dead fish swim with the stream all the time. Linda Ellerbee, TV host

Any child in America can grow up to be President. It's one of the risks that kids face. Sam Ewing, TV producer and writer

If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. Frederick the Great, German king

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi, Indian leader

Leadership is something you can develop, and get better at. Leaders are made. Rudi Giuliani, New York City mayor

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it. Abbie Hoffman, yippie

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. Hubert H. Humphrey, U.S. senator and vice president

Martin Luther King Jr on Moving Forward

If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. Martin Luther King Jr.

In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations. Iroquois Great Law

You cannot teach what you don't know. You cannot give energy if you're not on fire on the inside. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy, U.S. president

Nelson Mandela on Education

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela


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