The lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government, Government should not support the people.
(Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), U.S. president. Public Papers of Grover Cleveland (1889); veto message of farm relief bill (1887). Richard E. Welch, Jr., The Presidencies of Grover Cleveland, ch. 2 (1988).)
In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.
(Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 22, 1891, to Sydney Bowles. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1906). Dr. Colenso Ridgeon, in The Doctor's Dilemma, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
Don't talk to the people until you've listened to the people.
(Ann Klein (1923-1986), U.S. politician. Originally quoted in the Morristown (New Jersey) Daily Record (May 1, 1974). As quoted in Past and Promise, part 4, by Noel Robinson (1990).
Klein, a New Jersey Democrat, held various political posts and advocated such causes as abortion rights, improved Medicaid, the rights of institutionalized people, and opposition to child abuse.)