SPIRO AGNEW QUOTES

39th Vice President of the United States (1918-1996)

Spiro Agnew quote

In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.

SPIRO AGNEW, speech in San Diego, California, Sep. 11, 1970

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Freedom of speech is useless without freedom of thought.

SPIRO AGNEW, speech, Dec. 3, 1969

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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 AGNEW, speech in Houston, Texas, May 22, 1970

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I think it's one of the tendencies of the liberal community to feel that every person in a nation of over 200 million can be made into a productive citizen. I'm realist enough to believe this can't be. We're always going to have our prisons, we're always going to have our places of preventative detention for psychopaths, and we're always going to have a certain number of people in our community who have no desire to achieve or who have no desire to even fit in an amicable way with the rest of society. And these people should be separated from the community, not in a callous way but they should be separated as far as any idea that their opinions shall have any effect on the course we follow.

SPIRO AGNEW, The Washington Post, Jul. 2, 1970

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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 AGNEW, speech the Midwest Republican Regional Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 13, 1969

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A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as "intellectuals".

SPIRO AGNEW, speech in Houston, Texas, May 22, 1970

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An intellectual is a man who doesn't know how to park a bike.

SPIRO AGNEW, attributed, The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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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 AGNEW, speech the Midwest Republican Regional Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 13, 1969

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You can't hit my team in the groin and expect me to smile about it.

SPIRO AGNEW, The New York Times Book Review, 1970

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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 AGNEW, attributed, Don't Blame the People: How the News Media Uses Bias, Distortion, and Censorship to Manipulate Public Opinion

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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 AGNEW, speech at Republican dinner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Apr. 28, 1970

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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 AGNEW, speech in Houston, Texas, May 22, 1970

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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 AGNEW, speech the Midwest Republican Regional Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 13, 1969

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I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won't deceive you except in matters of this sort.

SPIRO AGNEW, Esquire Magazine, 1971

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Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.

SPIRO AGNEW, The New York Times Book Review, 1970

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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 AGNEW, Ms. Magazine, 1982

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If you've seen one city slum, you've seen them all.

SPIRO AGNEW, speech in Detroit, Michigan, Oct. 18, 1968

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There are people in our society who should be separated and discarded.

SPIRO AGNEW, The Washington Post, Jul. 2, 1970

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Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy.

SPIRO AGNEW, speech in Springfield, Illinois, Sep. 10, 1970

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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 AGNEW, speech the Midwest Republican Regional Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 13, 1969

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