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Published Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 2:22 AM EST
Jan 31 2012

Molly Ivins, (August 30, 1944 - January 31, 2007)

Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant- it tends to get worse.

Government is just a tool, like a hammer. There's nothing intrinsically good or evil about the hammer; it all depends on what it's used for and the skill with which it is used.

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.

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.

If ignorance ever goes to $40 a barrel, I want drillin' rights on that man's head.

It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.

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

It's hard to convince people that your're killing them for their own good.

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.

Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention.

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

Stupidity, thy name is the Texas House of Representatives.

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

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.

The trouble with global communications is that it is no longer possible to sit on one tiny patch of the earth and think, “God's in His Heaven, all's right with the world.” We always know better.

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.

Thou shalt not break the law with impunity, no matter who the hell thou art.

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

You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to.

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