Spiro T. Agnew quotes

  • Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Media #Bird #Lines

  • An intellectual is a man who doesn't know how to park a bike.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Men #Intellectual #Parks

  • Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Zoos #Hippie #Patriotic

  • McGovern couldn't carry the South if Rhett Butler were his running mate.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Running #Butlers #Mates

  • This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Englishit is a problem for the Department of Justice. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Philosophy #Power #White

  • The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power over public opinion in fewer and fewer hands.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Power #Hands #People

  • In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4-H Club - the 'hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Sarcastic #Clubs #Today

  • Nixon's own protection from the assassin's bullet... nattering nabobs of negativism ...
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Scary #Bullets #Assassins

  • ... vicars of vacillation ...
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Scary #Vacillation #Vicars

  • Sometimes it appears that we're reaching a period when our senses and our minds will no longer respond to moderate stimulation. We seem to be approaching an Age of the Gross. Persuasion through speeches and books is too often discarded for disruptive demonstrations aimed at bludgeoning the unconvinced into action.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Book #Mind #Age

  • The student now goes to college to proclaim rather than to learn. A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #College #Students #Spirit

  • I have often been accused of putting my foot in my mouth, but I will never put my hand in your pockets
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Hands #Feet #Mouths

  • If a theology student in lowa should get up at a PTA luncheon in Sioux City and attack the President's military policy, my guess is that you would probably find it reported somewhere the next morning in the New York Times. But when 300 Congressmen endorse the President's policy, the next morning it is apparently not considered news fit to print.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Morning #New York #Military

  • ... nattering nabobs of negativism ...
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Scary

  • A raised eyebrow, an inflection of the voice, a caustic remark dropped in the middle of a broadcast can raise doubts in a million minds about the veracity of a public official or the wisdom of a governmental policy.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Eyebrows #Voice #Doubt

  • I am not asking for government censorship or any other kind of censorship. I am asking whether a kind of censorship already exists when the news that forty million Americans receive each night is determined by a handful of men responsible only to their corporate employers and filtered through a handful of commentators who admit to their own set of biases.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Night #Men #News

  • A narrow and distorted picture of America often emerges from the televised news. A single dramatic piece of the mosaic becomes, in the minds of millions, the entire picture.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #America #Mind #Pieces

  • There are people in our society who should be separated and discarded.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #People #Our Society #Should

  • Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Native American #People #Choices

  • The era of appeasement must come to an end. The political and social demands that dissidents are making of the universities do not flow from sound basic educational criteria, but from strategic considerations on how to radicalize the student body, polarize the campus and extend the privileged enclaves of student power.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Educational #Political #Body

  • Perhaps the place to start looking for a credibility gap is not in the offices of the Government in Washington but in the studios of the networks in New York!
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #New York #Government #Office

  • In the networks' endless pursuit of controversy, we should ask what is the end value ... to enlighten or to profit? What is the end result ... to inform or to confuse? How does the ongoing exploration for more action, more excitements, more drama, serve our national search for internal peace and stability.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Drama #Ongoing #Doe

  • You can't hit my team in the groin and expect me to smile about it.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Team

  • Bad news drives out good news. The irrational is more controversial than the rational. Concurrence can no longer compete with dissent. One minute of Eldridge Cleaver is worth ten minutes of Roy Wilkins. The labor crises settled at the negotiating table is nothing compared to the confrontation that results in a strike ... normality has become the nemesis of network news.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #News #Tables #Controversial

  • Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Today #Foreign Policy #Translate

  • Freedom of speech is useless without freedom of thought.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Freedom Of Speech #Speech #Useless

  • Education is being redefined at the demand of the uneducated to suit the ideas of the uneducated. The student now goes to college to proclaim, rather than to learn.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Education #College #Ideas

  • If you've seen one city slum, you've seen them all.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Stupid #Cities #Republican

  • I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won't deceive you except in matters of this sort.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Lying #Apology #Promise

  • It takes quite a bit of nerve for Democrats to complain about inflation. This reminds me of germs complaining about the disease.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Nerves #Disease #Germs

  • The President needs me at the White House. It's autumn, you know, and the leaves need raking.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Autumn #White #House

  • As for those deserters, malcontents, radicals, incendiaries, the civil and uncivil disobedients among the young, SDS, PLP, Weathermen I and Weathermen II, the revolutionary action movement, the Black United Front, Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, Lions and Tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn zoo for a single platoon of the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Zoos #Hippie #Black

  • Some newspapers dispose of their garbage by printing it.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Media #Garbage #Printing

  • The criminal left belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Punishment #Criminals #Crime

  • One modest suggestion for my friends in the academic community: the next time a mob of students, waving their non-negotiable demands, starts pitching bricks and rocks at the student union- just imagine they are wearing brown shirts or white sheets- and act accordingly.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Education #Rocks #White

  • Asking Senator Fulbright's advice on foreign policy is like asking the Boston Strangler to massage your neck.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Boston #Advice #Massage

  • Mr. Fulbright hasn't said anything new or interesting or clever in five years; his intellectual well dried up the day after Walter Lippmann stopped writing his regular column.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Clever #Writing #Years

  • All the Chicago demonstrators wanted to do was to sleep in the park and kick policemen with razor blades in their shoes.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Sleep #Shoes #Razors

  • The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Past #Generations #Lessons

  • A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Men #Liberty #Libertarian

  • Every time I criticize what I consider to be excesses or faults in the news business, I am accused of repression, and the leaders of various media professional groups wave the First Amendment as they denounce me. That happens to be my amendment, too. It guarantees my free speech as it does their freedom of the press... There is room for all of us - and for our divergent views - under the First Amendment.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Views #Media #Leader

  • All sport... is one of the few activities where young people can proceed along traditional avenues, where objectives are clear, where the desire to win is not only permissible, but encouraged.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Sports #Winning #People

  • Some of the politicians in this country, in their feverish search for group acceptance, are ready to endorse tumultuous confrontation as a substitute for debate, and the most illogical and unfitting extensions of the Bill of Rights as protections for psychotic and criminal elements in our society. We have seen all too clearly that there are mennow in power in this countrywho do not represent authority, who cannot cope with tradition, and who believe that the people of America are ready to support revolution as long as it is done with a cultured voice and a handsome profile.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Country #Believe #Acceptance

  • I didn't say I wouldn't go into ghetto areas. I've been in many of them and to some extent I would say this; if you've seen one city slum, you've seen them all.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Ghetto #Cities #Political

  • ... hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history ...
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Scary #Hopeless #Hysterical

  • Three things have been difficult to tame: the oceans, fools and women. We may soon be able to tame the oceans; fools and women will take a little longer.
    -- Spiro T. Agnew

    #Ocean #Three #May

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