Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
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- Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
- There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
- The man who is admired for the ingenuity of his larceny is almost always rediscovering some earlier form of fraud. The basic forms are all known, have all been practiced. The manners of capitalism improve. The morals may not.
- Increasingly in recent times we have come first to identify the remedy that is most agreeable, most convenient, most in accord with major pecuniary or political interest, the one that reflects our available faculty for action; then we move from the remedy so available or desired back to a cause to which that remedy is relevant.
- People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.
- Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.