Quotes by legislators

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  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonal experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.
  • William S. Burroughs
    William S. Burroughs
    American writer and artist 1914-1997
    William S. Burroughs
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    Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
  • Ben Chandler
    Ben Chandler
    American politician and lawyer 1959-
    Ben Chandler
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    As attorney general, I can either look into it or I can ignore it because they're a bunch of powerful legislators... and I'm afraid they're going to cut my budget.
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund Burke
    English politician and philosopher 1729-1797
    Edmund Burke
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    But when the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators, the instruments, not the guides of the people.
    Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
  • Cass Sunstein
    Cass Sunstein
    American legal scholar 1954-
    Cass Sunstein
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    Concerned about re-election, interest-group reactions, the media, or fundraising, many legislators have found it in their interest to refuse to cooperate with members of the opposing party - or to treat them as enemies in some kind of war, in which the whole point is to defeat and humiliate them. But the American people have been the real losers.
  • Bill Dedman
    Bill Dedman
    American journalist 1960-
    Bill Dedman
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    In Illinois, where legislators are paid $45,000, plus as much as $10,000 for leadership work, about half are full-time politicians.
  • Bill Dedman
    Bill Dedman
    American journalist 1960-
    Bill Dedman
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    In the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, farmer-legislators write the agriculture laws.
  • Bud Grant
    Bud Grant
    American football coach and player 1927-
    Bud Grant
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    Legislators are interested in their pet projects, getting re-elected, and popularity contests.
  • Barney Frank
    Barney Frank
    American politician 1940-
    Barney Frank
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    Legislators have a formal set of responsibilities to work together, but there's no hierarchy.
  • Benigno Aquino III
    Benigno Aquino III
    Filipino politician 1960-
    Benigno Aquino III
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    Let me make it clear: The Disbursement Allocation Program is not pork barrel. Of the DAP releases in 2011 and 2012, only nine percent was disbursed for projects suggested by legislators. The DAP is not theft. Theft is illegal.
  • Bill Dedman
    Bill Dedman
    American journalist 1960-
    Bill Dedman
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    Like most other states, Illinois has little regulation of the economic interests of legislators and relies on public disclosure to keep the lawmaking honest.
  • Bill Haslam
    Bill Haslam
    American businessman and politician 1958-
    Bill Haslam
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    My job as governor is different from the legislators. They represent their districts. I have to represent all 6.6 million Tennesseans and come to the best decisions I can.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    English poet 1792-1822
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
  • Ben Okri
    Ben Okri
    Nigerian poet and novelist 1959-
    Ben Okri
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    The acknowledged legislators of the world take the world as given. They dislike mysteries, for mysteries cannot be coded, or legislated, and wonder cannot be made into law. And so these legislators police the accepted frontiers of things.
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo
    Benjamin N. Cardozo
    American lawyer and jurist 1870-1938
    Benjamin N. Cardozo
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    The Constitution overrides a statute, but a statute, if consistent with the Constitution, overrides the law of judges. In this sense, judge-made law is secondary and subordinate to the law that is made by legislators.
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