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Quotes of the Day for 13 July 2004 – Washington City

We have all heard Horace Greeley's quote, based on his visions of an agrarian utopia in the wide-open spaces toward the Pacific, saying "Go West, young man!" We overlook that when he published that line in The New York Tribune on this date in 1865 he also was referring to a specific place not to go: "Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West, and grow up with the country." At least they've done something about the dust since then.

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The quotes:

The value of the experience in Washington depends on being able to know when it's over.
     - Dick Cheney

One of the enduring truths of the nation's capital is that bureaucrats survive.
     - Gerald Ford

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
     - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
     - P. J. O'Rourke

The carping and bickering of political factions in the nation's capital reminds me of two pelicans quarreling over a dead fish.
     - William Tecumseh Sherman, 1820 - 1891

People only leave [Washington City] by way of the box - ballot or coffin.
     - Claiborne Pell


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