Policy Quotes

The best insurance policy for tomorrow is to make the most productive use of today. A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work.

Geoffrey Norman

From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.

Pope John Paul II

A land ethic for tomorrow should be as honest as Thoreau's Walden, and as comprehensive as the sensitive science of ecology. It should stress the oneness of our resources and the live-and-help-live logic of the great chain of life. If, in our haste to "progress," the economics of ecology are disregarded by citizens and policy makers alike, the results will be an ugly America.

Stuart Udall

There are people who think that honesty is always the best policy. This is a superstition; there are times when the appearance of it is worth six of it.

Mark Twain

Occasionally, when honesty was the best policy, he was honest

Gregory Nunn

Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense

Unknown

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going

George Bernard Shaw

No modern nation has ever constructed a foreign policy that was acceptable to its intellectuals

Irving Kristol

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.

Robert E. Lee

Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.

William Shakespeare

Our government has become too responsive to trivial or ephemeral concerns, often at the expense of more important concerns or an erosion of our liberty, and it has made policy priorities more dependent on where TV journalists happen to point their cameras.... As a nation we have lost our sense of tragedy, a recognition that bad things happen to good people. A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident, risks an even larger loss of life and liberty.

William A. Niskanen

It is the wit and policy of sin to hate those we have abused.

Sir William Davenant

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.

Edmund Burke

Certainly he is not of the generation that regards honesty as the best policy. However, he does regard it as a policy.

Walter Lippmann

Honesty is a question of right and wrong, not a matter of policy

Unknown

Honesty is the best policy.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal

Gandhi

I have to chuckle sometimes when I am painted as "hard-nosed." In truth, our Justice Department wasn't nearly as aggressive as Roosevelt's. And our respect for civil liberties was far more extensive than the response following Pearl Harbor. Yes, we were tough, but we always operated within the law; it was never our policy or practice to detain any noncombatant without charges. In our conduct, we never approached the limits of the law as closely as Roosevelt did.

John David Ashcroft

The policemen's faces glisten too, they're holding themselves back, they love this, it's a ceremony, they're implementing a policy.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

How can I play baseball when I'm worried about foreign policy?

Charles M. Schulz

The odd thing is not that we are in the business of overthrowing other people's governments, but that we can still be surprised when somebody reminds us of it. In Asia, in Latin America, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East we have been propping up and knocking down governments more or less openly for the past twenty-five years. It is an established policy. Everybody knows it. It is supposed to be done covertly, which is only sensible if you hope to succeed since publicity in matters of this sort can only make the natives restless and defeat the project. Imagine the chauvinistic rallying around President Nixon that would have occurred if Canada, say, had announced that her agents were going to destabilize United States society so that discontented Americans could heave the Nixon Administration out of office.

Russell Baker

My view is that you don't just talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies, as well. And the diplomacy involves talking to your enemies. You don't reward your enemies necessarily, by talking to them if you're tough and you know what you're doing. You don't appease them. Talking to an enemy is not, in my view, appeasement. I made 15 trips to Syria in 1990-1991 at a time when Syria was on the list of countries who are state sponsors of terrorism. And the 16th trip, guess what? Lo and behold, Syria changed 25 years of policy and agreed for the first time in history to come sit at the table with Israel, which is what Israel wanted at the time. And, thereby, implicitly recognized Israel's right to exist. Now, all I'm saying is that would never have happened if we hadn't been sufficiently dedicated that we were going to keep at it.

James Addison Baker, III

Power is action, and the elective principle is discussion.There is no policy, no statesmanship possible where discussion is permanent.

Honor de Balzac

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