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... a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an impostor, whether you have abandoned good principles, or whether you ever had any?
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) to George Washington
... and to you, sir, treacherous in private friendship ... and a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an impostor, whether you have abandoned good principles or whether you ever had any.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), letter to George Washington (1732-99)
... as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)
... he insults the House of Lords and plagues the most eminent of his colleagues with the crabbed malice of a maundering witch.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81) on the Earl of Aberdeen (1784-1860)
... only a frantic pair of moustaches.
T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) on Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), French marshal
... was brilliant to the top of his army hoots.
David Lloyd George (1863-1945) on Douglas Haig (1861-1928), British field marshal
A cold-blooded, calculating, unprincipled usurper, without a virtue; no statesman, knowing nothing of commerce, political economy, or civil government, and supplying ignorance by bold presumption.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), American president, on Napoleon Bonaparte
A crafty and lecherous old hypocrite whose very statue seems to gloat on the wenches as they walk the States House yard.
William Cobbett (1763-1835), on Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), American statesman and scientist
A lamentably successful cross between a fox and a hog.
James G. Blaine, American politician, on Benjamin Franklin Butler (1818-93), American soldier
A retail mind in a wholesale business.
David Lloyd George (1863-1945) on Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940)
A tardy little marionette.
Randolph Churchill (1849-95) on Clement Attlee (1883-1967)
A Winston Churchill who had never been to Harrow.
H. G. Wells (1866-1946) on Huey Pierce Long, American politician
As an intellectual he bestowed upon the games of golf and bridge all the enthusiasm and perseverance that he withheld from books and ideas.
Emmet Hughes, American writer, on Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th American president
As he rose like a rocket, he fell like a stick.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), British political philosopher, on Edmund Burke (1729-97), British author and statesman
Chamberlain is no better than a Mayor of Birmingham, and in a lean year at that.
Lord Hugh Cecil on Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940)
Dear Randolph, utterly unspoilt by failure.
Noel Coward (1899-1973) on Randolph Churchill (1849-95)
Douglas can never be president, Sir. No, Sir; Douglas never can be president, Sir. His legs are too short, Sir. His coat, like a cow's tail, hangs too near the ground, Sir.
Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858) on Stephen A. Douglas, presidential candidate
Dr Dread-Devil... said that there were no trees in Scotland. I wonder how they managed to take him around without letting him see trees. I suppose that that lick-spittle Boswell, or Mrs Piozzi, tied a bandage over his eyes when he went over the country which I have been over. I shall sweep away at this bundle of lies.
William Cobbett (1763-1835) on Samuel Johnson (1709-84)
Every drop of blood in that man's veins has eyes that look downward.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), American philosopher and poet, on Daniel Webster, American politician
Filthy Story-Teller, Despot, Liar, Thief, Braggart, Buffoon, Usurper, Monster, Ignoramus Abe, Old Scoundrel, Perjurer, Robher, Swindler, Tyrant, Field-Butcher, Land-Pirate.
Harper's Weekly on Abraham Lincoln

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