„As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. 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.“

Source: On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

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American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

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„The White House Correspondents' Dinner (WHCD) should have been more appropriately called the Sycophants' Supper. Would that it was the last such supper.“

—  Ilana Mercer South African writer

"Thanks, POTUS, For Breaking-Up The Annual Correspondents’ Circle Jerk." http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/thanks_potus_for_breakingup_the_annual_correspondents_circle_jerk.html The American Thinker, May 8, 2017.
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„No man ever entered the White House under the burden of a more inconvenient past. And no President was ever denounced with greater ferocity. -- said of Andrew Jackson“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

Review of Andrew Jackson: An Epic in Homespun by Gerald W. Johnson http://www.unz.org/Pub/AmMercury-1928mar-00382, The American Mercury, March 1928, pp. 382-383 (March 1928)
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„Representative democracy betrays the electorate when laws have no roots in the people but in oligarchies. Studies on the concept and modalities of direct democracy are therefore becoming more topical“

—  Alfred de Zayas American United Nations official 1947

Alfred-Maurice de Zayas 2013 Report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
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„Perhaps some arm, more lucky than the rest,
May reach his heart, and free the world from bondage.“

—  Joseph Addison, book Cato

Act II, scene i.
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Context: My voice is still for war.
Gods! Can a Roman senate long debate
Which of the two to choose, slavery or death?
No, let us rise at once,
Gird on our swords, and,
At the head of our remaining troops, attack the foe,
Break through the thick array of his throng'd legions,
And charge home upon him.
Perhaps some arm, more lucky than the rest,
May reach his heart, and free the world from bondage.

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„Real saints are dearest and nearest to my heart. Perfect Ones and lovers of God adorn the world, and will ever do so.“

—  Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969

Life Circulars (20 July 1957), p. 77.
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„Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

President Barack Obama on Twitter at September 16, 2015 https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/644193755814342656
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„With regard to White House officials, it will be up to the President to decide frankly whether and when and under what circumstances members of his [own White House staff] testify.“

—  Mitch McConnell US Senator from Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader 1942

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„Your hearts make all plain in the best wise they would
And the world ye thought waning is glorious and good…“

—  William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896

Love is Enough (1872), Song II: Have No Thought for Tomorrow
Context: Till again shall the change come, and words your lips say not
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And the world ye thought waning is glorious and good...

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„When wisdom reaches the pinnacle of perfection, it will suppress the vicious instincts and injurious desires.“

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„The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon Divine Grace.“

—  Brother Lawrence French Christian monk 1614 - 1691

From the "Fourth Conversation" in The Practice of the Presence of God at Gutenberg.org http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13871.

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„The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs.“

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