Socialism Quotes

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You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

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You can be socially minded without being a socialist.
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.


I despise the pleasure of pleasing people whom I despise.
We should have had socialism already but for the socialists.
A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.
Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes.
Diplomacy is the art of fishing tranquilly in troubled waters.


Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden.
Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.


Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way.
Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.


The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
Tart in the art of convincing people that they know more than you do.
The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.


To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.


A socialist is someone who has nothing and wants to divide it with you.
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

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We shall be judged more by what we do at home than by what we preach abroad.
It has always been desirable to tell the truth, but seldom if ever necessary.


You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.


An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
I thought using the Ayatollah's money to support the Nicaraguan resistance was a neat idea.
Socialism is workable only in heaven where it isn't needed, and in hell where they've got it.
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
You can safely appeal to the United Nations in the comfortable certainty that it will let you down.
Socialism is ... not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems.
Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.


This is the very devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests that the United States is, should or could be the global gendarme.
The trouble with socialism," a European observer once remarked, "is socialism. The trouble with capitalism is capitalists.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.  The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.


The Kingdom of God is neither the thesis of individual enterprise nor the antithesis of collective enterprise, but a synthesis which reconciles the truths of both.


The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.

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It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.


Some people mistake weakness for tact. If they are silent when they ought to speak and so feign an agreement they do not feel, they call it being tactful. Cowardice would be a much better name.
Watching foreign affairs is sometimes like watching a magician; the eye is drawn to the hand performing the dramatic flourishes, leaving the other hand - the one doing the important job - unnoticed.
One of the bittersweet things about growing old is realizing how mistaken you were when you were young. As a young political leftist, I saw the left as the voice of the common man. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands.

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Socialism or any other alternative to private enterprise, would inevitably mean a vast federal government. General Motors would disappear; it would be lumped with Ford, chrysler, Boeing, Pan American and so on in a vast Ministry of transportation. And bureaucracy would conquer all.