A Word From The Wise

A Word From The Wise

Some things are timeless. The wisdom in this article, which appeared in CMC Digest on February 23, 2014, is particularly timely.

It's interesting to note how little has changed about politics in 2,500 years. The following are just a few quotes on the subject, beginning with Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, who was born in 427 BC.

Among Plato's pungent comments:

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."

"We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

"Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued or softened or hindered from plunging into evil."

Then there are the following:

"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it." — Clarence Darrow

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river." — Nikita Khrushchev

"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other." — Mark Twain

"I offered my opponents a deal. If they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them." — Adlai Stevenson

"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country." — Texas Guinan

"I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." — Charles de Gaulle

"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks." — Doug Larson

I'm sure you have some thoughts on this subject. We would love to have them.

Beau Weisman, Editor