A Quote by Patrick Jake "P.J." O'Rourke on brevity, character, death, elections, failure, and history

In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.

P.J. O'Rourke (1947 -)

Source: Parliament of Whores

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on accidents, birth, chance, elections, neighbors, perception, popularity, questions, reason, security, and thinking

We see no reason for thinking that the opinions of the magistrate on speculative questions are more likely to be right than those of any other man. None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbors. The chance of his being wiser than all his neighbors together is still smaller.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: 1830

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A Quote by James Freeman Clarke on elections, generations, and politicians

A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman, of the next generation.

James Freeman Clarke (1810 - 1888)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on elections and sales

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by Henry II of England on elections and order

I order you to hold a free election, but forbid you to elect anyone but Richard my clerk.

Henry II (1133 - 1189)

Source: Writ to electors of the See of Winchester regarding the election of a new bishop. 1173

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A Quote by Gore Vidal on democracy and elections

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.

Gore Vidal (1925 -)

Source: 1989 in London Observer

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A Quote by George Eliot on elections, interest, life, peace, and sincerity

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on corruption, democracy, elections, government, and incompetence

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by Franklin Pierce Adams on elections, men, men and women, people, and women

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.

Franklin Pierce Adams (1881 - 1960)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on desires, elections, and hope

The worthy gentleman who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, whilst his desires were as warm and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech at Bristol on Declining the Poll. Vol. ii. p. 420.

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