An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Nominee. A modest gentleman shrinking from the distinction of private life and diligently seeking the honorable obscurity of public office.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


If a large city can, after intense intellectual efforts, choose for its mayor a man who merely will not steal from it, we consider it a triumph of the suffrage.


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies.


Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658, British Parliamentarian General)


When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue.


Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994, American President (37th))


No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


You don't have power if you surrender all your principles -- you have office.


Ron Todd


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