I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.

— Molly Ivins

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When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as 'enemies,' it's time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.

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On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes.

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What we have here, fellow citizens, is a crassly egocentric, raving twit.

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I learned two things growing up in Texas.

1: God loves you, and you're going to burn in hell forever. 2: Sex is the dirtiest and most dangerous thing you can possibly do, so save it for someone you love.

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It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong.

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Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.

I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.

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One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.

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How the American right managed to convince itself that the programs to alleviate poverty are responsible for the consequences of poverty will someday be studied as a notorious mass illusion.

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Whenever you hear a politician carry on about what a mess the schools are, be aware that you are looking at the culprit.

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In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the [governor's] office;

it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose.

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I still believe in Hope - mostly because there's no such place as Fingers Crossed, Arkansas.

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Nice is a pallid virtue. Not like honesty or courage or perseverance. On the other hand, in a nation notably lacking in civility, there is much to be said for nice.

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About Molly Ivins

Quotes 118 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory.

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We've had trickle down economics in the country for ten years now, and most of us aren't even damp yet.

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I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race.

Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.

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Freedom fighters don't always win, but they're always right.

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There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security.

Less of one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not safe from terrorist attack.

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The trouble with blaming powerless people is that although it's not nearly as scary as blaming the powerful, it does miss the point. Poor people do not shut down factories... Poor people didn't decide to use 'contract employees' because they cost less and don't get any benefits.

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He was so narrow minded he could see through a keyhole with both eyes.

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Texas liberals are the camels of good news. We can cross entire deserts between oases.

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Conservatives are fond of pointing out there are problems in this world can't be solved by throwing money at them. There are even more that can't be solved by dropping bombs on them.

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It's hard to argue against cynics - they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.

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I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth.

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The first rule of holes: When you're in one stop digging.

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I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying - it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off.

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I think most of us become nicer as we get older, less judgmental, less full of certitude; life tends to knock a few corners of us as we go through. Cancer, divorce, teenagers, and other plagues make us give up on expecting ourselves - or life - to be perfect, which is a real relief.

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Every two years, one of the most hotly contested elections in Texas is the poll taken among members of the capitol press corps to determine who are actually the ten stupidest members of the Legislature. Two years ago, there were thirty-seven official nominees and several write-ins.

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Although a life-long fashion dropout, I have absorbed enough by reading Harper's Bazaar while waiting at the dentist's to have grasped that the purpose of fashion is to make A Statement. My own modest Statement, discerned by true cognoscenti, is, "Woman Who Wears Clothes So She Won't Be Naked.

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The recent death of Gene McCarthy reminded me of a lesson I spent a long, long time unlearning, so now I have to re-learn it. It's about political courage and heroes, and when a country is desperate for leadership. There are times when regular politics will not do, and this is one of those times.

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My friend Mercedes Pena made me get in touch with my emotions just before I had a breast cut off. Just as I suspected, they were awful. "How do you Latinas do this all the time in touch with your emotions?" I asked her. "That's why we take siestas," she replied.

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During a recent panel on the numerous failures of American journalism, I proposed that almost all stories about government should begin: “Look out! They're about to smack you around again!

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Sit up, join up, get on line, get in touch, find out who's raising hell and join them. No use waiting on a bunch of wussy politicians.

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I'm sorry that government involves filling out a lot of forms.

... I'm sorry myself that we're not still on the frontier, where we could all tote guns, shoot anything that moved and spit to our hearts' content. But we live in a diverse and crowded country, and with civilization comes regulation.

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Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.

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I know vegetarians don't like to hear this, but God made an awful lot of land that's good for nothing but grazing.

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What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority.

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On a personal note: I have contracted an outstanding case of breast cancer, from which I intend to recover. I don't need get-well cards, but I would like the beloved women readers to do something for me: Go. Get. The. Damn. Mammogram. Done.

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You could probably prove, by judicious use of logarithms and congruent triangles, that real life is a lot more like soap opera than most people will admit.

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It is quite reasonable to subscribe both to the old saw that no good girl was ever ruined by a book and to the perception that it is not good for children to be constantly exposed to the sexual violence in our popular culture. Protecting children seems to me logically, legally, and rather easily differentiated from censorship.

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When Michael Jackson, a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich, white woman, married Elvis Presley's daughter the Scientologist. Makes you proud to be an American, dudn't it?

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As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office.

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With politicians, artful evasion is always preferable to the outright lie.

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Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values.

We do not need to dominate the world.

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Sometimes I think Texas exists as a reality check for those who might wander too far toward the precious.

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Naturally, when it comes to voting, we in Texas are accustomed to discerning that fine hair’s-breadth worth of difference that makes one hopeless dipstick slightly less awful than the other. But it does raise the question: Why bother?

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I used to go on college campuses 25 years ago and announce I was a feminist, and people thought it meant I believed in free love and was available for a quick hop in the sack. ... Now I go on college campuses and say I'm a feminist, and half of them think it means I'm a lesbian. How'd we get from there to here without passing "Go"?

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Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom that you can decide you don't much care for.

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Michael Jackson was a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich white woman

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Either we figure out how to keep corporate cash out of the political system or we lose the democracy.

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