Political Quotes to Campaign By

The sage political insights embedded in the famous quotes below helped inspire Jay Stone to run for mayor. Whoever becomes mayor of Chicago must have the political wisdom of these wise leaders, plus some of their own.

“In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.”

––Mark Twain


“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
–Frederick Douglass, former slave and statesman, 1853

“Give me freedom or give me death”
–Patrick Henry


“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.”
–Frederick Douglass, former slave and statesman, 1853

“All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.”
–Albert Einstein


“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”
–Plato


“No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words ‘no’ and ‘not’ employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.”
–Rev. Edmund A. Opitz (1914-2006), American minister, author

“The price of apathy toward public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
–Plato


“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether people shall be allowed to govern themselves or be ruled by a small elite.”
–Thomas Jefferson


“If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.”
–Paul Wellstone, U. S. Senator from Minnesota, 1991 to 2002


“You know well that government always kept a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, invented and put into the papers whatever might serve the [government] ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper.”
–Thomas Jefferson

“The People are…the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

–Thomas Jefferson


“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.”
–James Madison


“If a nation or individual values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too.”
–W. Somerset Maugham


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.


“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
–Edward R. Murrow


“The media want to maintain their intimate relation to state power. They want to get leaks, they want to get invited to the press conferences. They want to rub shoulders with the Secretary of State, all that kind of business. To do that, you’ve got to play the game, and playing the game means telling their lies, serving as their disinformation apparatus.”
–Noam Chomsky


“One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.”
–Charles A. Beard