John J. Ingalls (1833-1900): Senator from Kansas
The purification of politics is an iridescent dream. Government is force.
Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899): Republican orator and agnostic lecturer
Like an armed warrior, like a plumed knight, James G. Blaine marched down the halls of the American Congress and threw his shining lance full and fair against the brazen foreheads of the defamers of his country and the maligners of his honor.
( Speech nominating James G. Blaine for the presidency, 15 June 1876)
In all ages, hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns upon the heads of thieves, called kings.
( Prose-Poems and Selections, 1844)
An honest God is the noblest work of man.
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Washington Irving (1783-1859): Writer
There was one species of government under which he had long groaned, and that was petticoat government.
( Rip Van Winkle, 1819)