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Quotes of the day: Huey P. Long

Published Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ 8:32 PM EDT
Aug 29 2015

Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 until his assassination in 1935. A Democrat, he was an outspoken populist who denounced the rich and the banks and called for "Share the Wealth." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man is not a dictator when he is given a commission from the people and carries it out.

Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.

Hard work is damned near as overrated as monogamy.

I can frighten or buy ninety-nine out of every one hundred men.

I have one language. Ignorant as it is, it is the universal language within the sphere in which I operate. Its simplicity gains pardon for my lack of letters and education.

I'm for the poor man- all poor men, black and white, they all gotta have a chance. They gotta have a home, a job, and a decent education for their children. 'Every man a king'- that's my slogan.

If fascism ever came to the United States, it would be wrapped in an American flag.

In a political fight, when you've got nothing in favor of your side, start a row in the opposition camp.

One of these days the people of Louisiana are going to get good government- and they aren't going to like it.

The only difference I ever found between the Democratic leadership and the Republican leadership is that one of them is skinning you from the ankle up and the other, from the ear down.

The time has come for all good men to rise above principle.

You will find that you cannot do without politicians. They are a necessary evil in this day and time.


(August 30 is also the birthday of Mary Shelley and Warren Buffet.)

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