quote by Elbridge Gerry

The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots.

— Elbridge Gerry

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The human comedy is always tragic, but since its ingredients are always the same - dupe, fox, straight, like burlesque skits - the repetition through the ages is comedy.

PHRENOLOGY, n. The science of picking the pocket through the scalp. It consists in locating and exploiting the organ that one is a dupe with.

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.

A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.

Beer drinkers have been duped by mass marketing into the belief that it makes sense to drink only one brand of beer. In truth, brand loyalty in beer makes no more sense than 'vegetable loyalty' in food. Can you imagine it? “No thanks, I'll pass on the mashed potatoes, carrots, bread and roast beef. Me, I'm strictly a broccoli man.'

If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars.

It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a hypocrite and dissembler. For men are so simple, and yield so much to immediate necessity, that the deceiver will never lack dupes.

Pacifism, the preaching of peace in the abstract, is one of the means of duping the working class.

The human heart has so many crannies where vanity hides, so many holes where falsehood works, is so decked out with deceiving hypocrisy, that it often dupes itself.

As to the deceit perpetrated upon women, let it pass, for, when love is in the way, men and women as a general rule dupe each other.

If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has.

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself.

He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.

As for the Pope, I am too old to be frightened by his shadow, and am quite sure his shadow or Substance will do less harm to the liberties of my country than will a party, who seek to acquire political power by exciting religious bigotry in the minds of their duped followers.

We are as often duped by diffidence as by confidence.

Vanity is easily duped. Ambition, not.

One dupe is as impossible as one twin.

I expect we shall be told, that the Militia of the country is its natural bulwark, and would be at all times equal to the national defence...The facts, which from our own experience forbid a reliance of this kind, are too recent to permit us to be the dupes of such a suggestion.

An acquired taste, this dense Jabberwocky-ish word salad is a political allegory about a populace that's been pharmaceutically duped into believing its wretched world is wonderful.

The ancient gentleman who has seen the world, who is profoundly experienced, and much too deep to be the dupe of an age so shallow as this, is to be won by an admiring glance at the brilliancy of his knee-buckle; praise his very pigtail, and you may lead him by it.

We only make a dupe of the friend whose advice we ask, for we never tell him all; and it is usually what we have left unsaid that decides our conduct.

When the spirit is not master of the world, then it is its dupe.

Ratings agencies are highly conflicted, unimaginative dupes.

They are blissfully unaware of adverse selection and moral hazard. Investors should never trust them.

If often happens too, both in courts and in cabinets, that there are two things going on together,--a main plot and an under-plot; and he that understands only one of them will, in all probability, be the dupe of both. A mistress may rule a monarch, but some obscure favorite may rule the mistress.

Women are ever the dupes or the victims of their extreme sensitiveness.

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The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves.

The weak-minded man is the slave of his vices and the dupe of his virtues.

He who is too much afraid of being duped has lost the power of being magnanimous.

War is the gambling table of governments, and citizens the dupes of the game.

Education must have two foundations --morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.

You think him to be your dupe; if he feigns to be so who is the greater dupe, he or you?

The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love;

have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.

We avenge intellect when we dupe a fool, and it is a victory not to be despised for a fool is covered with steel and it is often very hard to find his vulnerable part.

[My father] had this quirky thing of not believing in gravity.

And giving me a constant headache about that one. He would say if I showed any interest in gravity, I was becoming a dupe of the system. He could see indications I was beginning to believe in it.