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Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Quotes

Economists are about as useful as astrologers in predicting the future (and, like astrologers, they never let failure on one occasion diminish certitude on the next).
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The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could punish the man without punishing the office.

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Righteousness is easy in retrospect.

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Anti-intellectualism has long been the anti-Semitism of the businessman.

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Honest history is the weapon of freedom.

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What we need is a rebirth of satire, of dissent, of irreverence, of an uncompromising insistence that phoniness is phony and platitudes are platitudinous.

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For most Americans the Constitution had become a hazy document, cited like the Bible on ceremonial occasions but forgotten in the daily transactions of life.

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Santayana's aphorism must be reversed: too often it is those who can remember the past who are condemned to repeat it.

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All wars are popular for the first 30 days.

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Total separation of church and state was considered the best safeguard for the health of each. As [Andrew] Jackson explained, in refusing to name a fast day, he feared to 'disturb the security which religion now enjoys in this country, in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government.'

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For history is to the nation as memory is to the individual.

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The great religious ages were notable for their indifference to human rights ... not only for acquiescence in poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression, but also for enthusiastic justifications for slavery, persecution, abandonment of small children, torture, and genocide ... Moreover, religion enshrined hierarchy, authority, and inequality ... It was the age of equality that brought about the disappearance of such religious appurtenances as the auto-da-fe and burning at the stake.

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What higher obligation does a President have than to explain his intentions to the people and persuade them that the direction he wishes to go is right?

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There is no more dangerous thing for a democracy than a foreign policy based on presidential preventive war.

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History is full of surprises.

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The military struggle may frankly be regarded for what it actually was, namely a war for independence, an armed attempt to imposethe views of the revolutionists upon the British government and large sections of the colonial population at whatever cost to freedom of opinion or the sanctity of life and property.

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