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All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.

- Al Smith, 1933

Why has the government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.

- Alexander Hamilton, 1787

Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

- Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Conservative, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

- Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Written laws are like spiderwebs: they will catch, it is true, the weak and poor but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.

- Anacharsis, c. 550 BC

The U.S. presidency is a Tudor monarchy plus telephones.

- Anthony Burgess, 1972

There is nothing more tyrannical than a strong popular feeling among a democratic people.

- Anthony Trollope, 1862

You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.

- Aristophanes, c. 424 BC

Whether for good or evil, it is sadly inevitable that all political leadership requires the artifices of theatrical illusion. In the politics of a democracy, the shortest distance between two points is often a crooked line.

- Arthur Miller, 2001

Envy is the basis of democracy.

- Bertrand Russell, 1930

I shall be an autocrat: that’s my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that’s his.

- Catherine the Great, c. 1796

Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses: they last while they last.

- Charles de Gaulle, 1963

The Revolution is made by man, but man must forge his revolutionary spirit from day to day.

- Ernesto Che Guevara, 1968