February 25, 2024

Politics and the Status Quo

cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown] 1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man. 2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

“There is no Energy Shortage. There is no Energy Crisis. There is a Crisis of Ignorance.”
— R Buckminster Fuller

“To be a great politician you need the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”
— Winston Churchill

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
— Bertrand Russel

“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.”
— John Perry Barlow

“We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.”
— Ambrose Bierce

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
— Anatole France

“What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?”
— Henry David Thoreau

“Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away from things they don’t understand, such as working for a living.”
— P.J. O’Rourke

“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson

“You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.”
— Milton Berle

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