"Predictions are hard, especially about the future."
"When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency."
"A lie told once is a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth."
"The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender's slave."
"The state of Israel must invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the methods of provocation and revenge."
Moshe Sharett, Israeli's first Foreign Minister
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country... the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
Thomas Paine, December 1776
"I think that the undecideds could go one way or the other."
George Bush, 1988
"We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
H L Mencken
"Step right up folks, cheap debt, low taxes, management fees, dividend recaps, rising leverage...There's no end to the good times!"
Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein He left out, "It's different this time."
"Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error."
Marcus Tullius Cicero, (106-43 BC)
"I hear this term deep state all the time. There is no deep state, but there is a deep culture and a commitment to the rule of law, equal protection of the laws."
James Comey April 25, 2018 It would have made more sense on April 1
"Israel should aim to bring about the fragmentation of the Arab world into a mosaic of ethnic and confessional groupings. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation, would prove to be advantageous to Israel in the short term."
Oded Yinon February 1982
"Tell people what they want to hear and you can be wrong indefinitely without penalty. Confirmation is in much higher demand than information."
"As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly."
"It is a dark day in our nation when high-level authorities will seek to use every method to silence dissent. But something is happening, and people are not going to be silenced."
Martin Luther King
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear."
"A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny."
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
H. L. Mencken
"All states, because they live parasitically off the population on an ongoing basis, depend on eliciting the compliance of the people in some degree; no state can survive a mass refusal to obey."
Etienne de La Boetie (1530-63)