Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
"Well behaved women rarely make history."
--Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard Professor
"You believe in what this country can be. You believe we can be one people. That's the journey we're on today. It's time to turn the page. Right here. Right now."
--Barack Obama, Senator
"We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, 'Stop it, now!'"
--Molly Ivins, Columnist
"You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it."
--Art Buchwald, Humorist
"I write by ear. I tried writing with the typewriter, but I found it too unwieldy."
--Groucho Marx, American comedian
Martin Luther King Jr.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
--Martin Luther King Jr.
US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 - 1968)
"Run for office? No. I've slept with too many women, I've done too many drugs, and I've been to too many parties."
More than any other words written by Pogo cartoonist Walt Kelly, this quote perfectly sums up his attitude towards the foibles of mankind and the nature of the human condition.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?”
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
"Just open up your eyes..."
"I know I can write."
Film Footage of Anne Frank
"Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party. We get lectured by people all day long about moral values by people who have their own moral shortcomings."
--Howard Dean, DNC Chair
"You don’t make mistakes.
You don’t gamble unnecessarily.
You protect your lead.
You don’t pass from your own end.
You make sure nobody gets hurt."
--Warren Beatty as Leo Farnsworth, Heaven Can Wait (1978)
On political pundits:
"There is nothing wrong with acknowledging one's errors and changing one's mind. When it is genuine, that is a commendable attribute which ought to be encouraged. But that isn't what is happening with the Peggy Noonans of the world (including the serious, moderate Beltway pundits who spent the last five years lecturing all of us on the importance of Supporting the President). They aren't admitting anything. To the contrary, they are pretending to be something that they are not -- namely, wise, objective, insightful analysts who all along have long seen the flaws in the President that have caused his presidency to collapse."
"They are not analysts who have changed their minds or bravely recognized their errors. They are just self-serving, deceitful rats jumping a sinking ship that they long helped to keep afloat. Worse, they are doing so while pretending that they were never really on board (Noonan: "it's clear now to everyone in the Republican Party that Mr. Bush has changed the modern governing definition of 'conservative.' He did this without asking. He did it even without explaining"). If Bush's popularity skyrocketed tomorrow, their gushing praise would instantaneously return."
"The only objective they have is to always appear to be omniscient, wise and right, and they will say anything to preserve that appearance. It's important not to allow these always-wrong individuals -- burdened with such horrendous political judgment and willing to follow such a radical political movement with blind loyalty -- to use these inauthentic, last-minute conversions in order to obscure how wrong they have been."
--Glenn Greenwald, constitutional law attorney and author of the political blog Unclaimed Territory and the book, How Would a Patriot Act
"And so we may have, in this country, some type of uber-president, some absolute ruler, and it’ll be up to him who gets put away as an enemy combatant, held without trial.
It’s something that no one thought—certainly I didn’t think—was possible in the United States. And I am not too sure how we got to this point. But people clearly don’t realize what a fundamental change it is about who we are as a country. What happened today changed us. And I’m not too sure we’re going to change back anytime soon.
Well, this is going to go down in history as one of our greatest self-inflicted wounds. And I think you can feel the judgment of history. It won’t be kind to President Bush.
But frankly, I don’t think that it will be kind to the rest of us. I think that history will ask, Where were you? What did you do when this thing was signed into law? There were people that protested the Japanese concentration camps, there were people that protested these other acts. But we are strangely silent in this national yawn as our rights evaporate."
--Jonathan Turley, constitutional law professor, George Washington University on Bush's signing of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that redefines the right of habeas corpus.
Harry S. Truman
"You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog."
--Harry S. Truman
John F. Kennedy
"When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were."
--John F. Kennedy, U.S. President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"And yet, we all understand what it is-the spirit-the faith of America. It is the product of centuries. It was born in the multitudes of those who came from many lands-some of high degree, but mostly plain people, who sought here, early and late, to find freedom more quickly."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President