Policy Quotes

Quotes tagged as "policy" (showing 1-30 of 78)
Ursula K. Le Guin
“To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Just because you have stolen someone's heart, luckily owned and occupied as a home, doesn't give you the audacity to enforce hurtful policies.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Louis D. Brandeis
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

[Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928) (dissenting)]”
Louis D. Brandeis

Thomas Jefferson
“Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.”
Thomas Jefferson

Wendell Berry
“A crowd whose discontent has risen no higher than the level of slogans is only a crowd. But a crowd that understands the reasons for its discontent and knows the remedies is a vital community, and it will have to be reckoned with. I would rather go before the government with two people who have a competent understanding of an issue, and who therefore deserve a hearing, than with two thousand who are vaguely dissatisfied.
But even the most articulate public protest is not enough. We don't live in the government or in institutions or in our public utterances and acts, and the environmental crisis has its roots in our lives. By the same token, environmental health will also be rooted in our lives. That is, I take it, simply a fact, and in the light of it we can see how superficial and foolish we would be to think that we could correct what is wrong merely by tinkering with the institutional machinery. The changes that are required are fundamental changes in the way we are living.”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Wendell Berry
“While the government is "studying" and funding and organizing its Big Thought, nothing is being done. But the citizen who is willing to Think Little, and, accepting the discipline of that, to go ahead on his own, is already solving the problem. A man who is trying to live as a neighbor to his neighbors will have a lively and practical understanding of the work of peace and brotherhood, and let there be no mistake about it - he is doing that work...
A man who is willing to undertake the discipline and the difficulty of mending his own ways is worth more to the conservation movement than a hundred who are insisting merely that the government and the industries mend their ways.
(pg.87, "Think Little")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

David H. Hackworth
“If a policy is wrongheaded feckless and corrupt I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it's fixed.”
David H. Hackworth

Al Gore
“We have to abandon the conceit that isolated personal actions are going to solve this crisis. Our policies have to shift.”
Al Gore

Dave Zirin
“The building of publicly funded stadiums has become a substitue for anything resembling an urban policy.”
Dave Zirin, A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play

Edward Livingston
“If we are to violate the Constitution, will the people submit to our unauthorized acts? Sir, they ought not to submit; they would deserve the chains that these measures are forging for them. The country will swarm with informers, spies, delators and all the odious reptile tribe that breed in the sunshine of a despotic power ... [T]he hours of the most unsuspected confidence, the intimacies of friendship, or the recesses of domestic retirement afford no security. The companion whom you most trust, the friend in whom you must confide, the domestic who waits in your chamber, all are tempted to betray your imprudent or unguarded follie; to misrepresent your words; to convey them, distorted by calumny, to the secret tribunal where jealousy presides — where fear officiates as accuser and suspicion is the only evidence that is heard ... Do not let us be told, Sir, that we excite a fervour against foreign aggression only to establish a tyranny at home; that [...] we are absurd enough to call ourselves ‘free and enlightened’ while we advocate principles that would have disgraced the age of Gothic barbarity and establish a code compared to which the ordeal is wise and the trial by battle is merciful and just."

[opposing the Alien & Sedition bills of 1798, in Congress]”
Edward Livingston

Noam Chomsky
“In accordance with the prevailing conceptions in the U.S., there is no infringement on democracy if a few corporations control the information system: in fact, that is the essence of democracy. In the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the leading figure of the public relations industry, Edward Bernays, explains that “the very essence of the democratic process” is “the freedom to persuade and suggest,” what he calls “the engineering of consent.” “A leader,” he continues, “frequently cannot wait for the people to arrive at even general understanding … Democratic leaders must play their part in … engineering … consent to socially constructive goals and values,” applying “scientific principles and tried practices to the task of getting people to support ideas and programs”; and although it remains unsaid, it is evident enough that those who control resources will be in a position to judge what is “socially constructive,” to engineer consent through the media, and to implement policy through the mechanisms of the state. If the freedom to persuade happens to be concentrated in a few hands, we must recognize that such is the nature of a free society.”
Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

“A policy of ‘naming and shaming’ is ineffective if everyone has been named and shamed.”
John Kay, Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance

“America was built on the backs of immigrants, and on the backs of the native Americans.
Separation of families should never happen unless under very sensitive circumstances.
How dare we dictate who stays and who goes.
If it wasn't for immigrants, many nations on Earth would not have the diverse culture that they now have,
You turn your backs on immigrants, you end up turning your back on your heritage and your ancestors.
No matter if we like it or not, we are all one, and the sooner that we all realize that, maybe the sooner we can have a world in peace, instead of a world in pieces.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Thomas Paine
“To reason with governments, as they have existed for ages, is to argue with brutes. It is only from the nations themselves that reforms can be expected.”
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

Steven Magee
“The problem with car insurance is that you never know how bad your policy is until you are involved in a car crash. At that point enlightenment begins.”
Steven Magee

“Scholars have long debated whether capital markets lead to appropriate levels of saving and investment for future generations.”
David L. Weimer, Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice

Tarif Naaz
“Honesty is the best Policy is the Capitalistic thought as it gives free of cost Security to their assets and to their investments........”
Tarif Naaz

Dada Bhagwan
“The greatest policy is where there are no policies!”
Dada Bhagwan

Carlos P. Romulo
“For freedom would not be easy. It never is. It would be more difficult for the Philippines than for many countries, because we had to face the fact that the islands, although potentially rich, had not tapped their resources. We were a poor country and a small one, and we could not afford to be hurled unprepared into competition with countries larger and richer and more powerful and far better trained. The Tydings-McDuffie Act means we could prepare.”
Carlos P. Romulo, I Walked With Heroes

“If you understood the plan of your government, that means it is a policy or if you don't it means it is politics.”
Rashid Jorvee

Tim Harford
“We're kidding ourselves if we think we can opt out of these decisions. Every policy the government adopts, and every individual choice you make, implies that a valuation has been made, even if no one has been honest enough to own up to it or even admit it to themselves.”
Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist

Thomas Paine
“There are situations that a nation may be in, in which peace or war, abstracted from every other consideration, may be politically right or wrong. When nothing can be lost by a war, but what must be lost without it, war is then the policy of that country; and such was the situation of America at the commencement of hostilities: but when no security can be gained by a war, but what may be accomplished by a peace, the case becomes reversed.”
Thomas Paine, The Crisis

“Countries legislate out creativity.”
Dennis Roberts
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“A speaker who wisely and sincerely expresses his or thoughts eloquantly in public, he or she can fully understand the topics that result others to rely on his or her policy for a specific social economic and/or political reform that can take place in their community.”
Saaif Alam

Steven Magee
“Corrupt corporate governments employ corrupt bureaucrats that enact corrupt policies.”
Steven Magee

Malka Ann Older
“We want people to understand that they’re choosing a set of policies and principles, a way of life, not a person.”
Malka Ann Older, Infomocracy

Dani Rodrik
“The world is better served by syncretic economists and policymakers who can hold multiple ideas in their heads than by ‘one-handed’ economists who promote one big idea regardless of context.”
Dani Rodrik

“But when something is easy to imagine, it’s often because you’ve failed to imagine it in sufficient detail.”
Steven E. Landsburg, More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics

Hillary Rodham Clinton
“It turned out that my work on so-called women's and children's issues prepared me for nearly everything else I've ever done.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened

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