Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Poetry, Prose, Power, Primaries and Politics

"You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose." -- Hillary Clinton

"When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgment. The artists, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state." -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I'm sure President Kennedy was also speaking of those occasions when
power leads a woman towards arrogance...

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