Goverment Quotes

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Charles Wheelan
“When I applied to graduate school many years ago, I wrote an essay expressing my puzzlement at how a country that could put a man on the moon could still have people sleeping on the streets. Part of that problem is political will; we could take a lot of people off the streets tomorrow if we made it a national priority. But I have also come to realize that NASA had it easy. Rockets conform to the unchanging laws of physics. We know where the moon will be at a given time; we know precisely how fast a spacecraft will enter or exist the earth's orbit. If we get the equations right, the rocket will land where it is supposed to--always. Human beings are more complex than that. A recovering drug addict does not behave as predictably as a rocket in orbit. We don't have a formula for persuading a sixteen-year-old not to drop out of school. But we do have a powerful tool: We know that people seek to make themselves better off, however they may define that. Our best hope for improving the human condition is to understand why we act the way we do and then plan accordingly. Programs, organizations, and systems work better when they get the incentives right. It is like rowing downstream.”
Charles Wheelan, Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

Roger Zelazny
“Do you work for the government, any government?”
"I pay taxes, which means I work for the government, part of the time. Yes.”
Roger Zelazny, My Name is Legion

Henry David Thoreau
“Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”
Henry David Thoreau

Richard Curtis
“You see, that's the whole point of being in government. If you don't like something you simply make up a law that makes it illegal.”
Richard Curtis

“Pro and con are opposites, that fact is clearly seen. If progress means to move forward, then what does congress mean?”
Nipsey Russell

Seneca
“From this state also will he flee. If I should attempt to enumerate them one by one, I should not find a single one which could tolerate the wise man or which the wise man could tolerate.”
Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

Anna Funder
“Miriam is upset. Her voice is stretched and I can't look at her. Perhaps they beat something out of her she didn't get back.”
Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

“Pain is memory with witness or corroboration. It isn't real to anyone else, and that is what allows torturers, including governments, to be torturers. They can pretend it isn't happening because it isn't happening to them.”
Will Eaves, Murmur

Robert S. McNamara
“A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing ability without a pencil is
no particular advantage.”
Robert S. McNamara

“When you see a child starving and you think government failed. But I think God failed , could not even fill the hunger of a child.”
John Art

Veronica Roth
“A veces las personas que oprimes son mas poderosas de lo que te gustaría.”
Veronica Roth, Insurgent

K.J. Charles
“I have no quarrel with democrats in principle, except that they are as much frauds and liars as the rest. It is often said that mankind will not be free till the last king is strangled with the guts of the last priest; if you ask me, the man who ordered the strangling would promptly step forth to proclaim himself Lord Protector, and it would all begin again.”
K.J. Charles, The Henchmen of Zenda

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Paul Chehade

Why do I write fact-based fiction? With secrecy so inscrutable, I'm looking to needle someone
“Why do I write fact-based fiction? With secrecy so inscrutable, I'm looking to needle someone about someone or something.”
A.K. Kuykendall

Johann Georg Hamann
“We are not lacking in ovservation by which the relation of language to its variable usage can be determined rather precisely. Insight into this relation and the art of applying it belongs to the spirit of the law and the secrete of governing. It is just this relation which makes classical writers. The trouble caused by confounding languages and the blind fatih in certain signs and formulas are at times coup d'état which have them in the kingdong of truth than the most powerful, freshly exhumed word-radical or the unending geealogy of a concept; coup d'état which would never enter the head of a scholarly blatherer and an eloquent journeyman, not even in his most propitious dreams.”
Johann Georg Hamann, Writings on Philosophy and Language

Avalina Kreska
“We get the government we deserve”
Avalina Kreska, Flashdogs: An Anthology

Cory Doctorow
“After all, wasn't the system the problem? No matter who we voted for, the government always seemed to win. What was the point of living out my little fantasy of democratic change and Justice when the real action was being fought out in secrecy, with Anonymous envelopes of cash, encrypted Whispers, secret bunkers, and secret deals?”
Cory Doctorow, Homeland