If there's anything a public servant hates to do it's something for the public.
I believe that people would be alive today if there were a death penalty.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
—Alexis de Tocqueville
Jon Stewart: Your mother is from Kansas. She's a white woman. Your father, African. Are you concerned that you may go into the voting booth and . . . your white half will all of a sudden decide, "I can't do this"?Barack Obama: Yeah. It's a problem.
—From The Daily Show, October 2008
Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.
America's healthcare system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.
In medicine, as in statecraft and propaganda, words are sometimes the most powerful drugs we can use.
—Sara Murray Jordan
The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read "President Can't Swim".
—Lyndon B. Johnson
Great wealth is its own nationality.
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.
—E. B. White