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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 T. Agnew
    tags: action  age  speech  mind  book 
     
    The criminal left belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: criminal 
     
    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
    The United States, for all its faults, is till the greatest nation in the country.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: men  government 
     
    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 the 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 much as it does their freedom of the press.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    Confronted with a choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: people  choice  american 
     
    Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    And the American people should be made aware of the trend toward the monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power in fewer and fewer hands.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: people  power  american 
     
    Some newspapers dispose of their garbage by printing it.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won't deceive you except in matters of this sort.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: lying 
     
    An intellectual is a man who doesn't know how to park a bike.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: men 
     
    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
    tags: time  friends  imagine 
     
    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
    tags: peace  action  value  drama 
     
    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
    tags: women  ocean  fools 
     
    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
    tags: government 
     
    Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    There are people in our society who should be separated and discarded.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: people  society 
     
    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
    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
    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
    tags: learn  college  spirit 
     
    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
    tags: shares 
     
    The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    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
    You can't hit my team in the groin and expect me to smile about it.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: smile 
     
    If you've seen one city slum, you've seen them all.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    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
    tags: desires  people  young 
     
    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
    tags: sleep 
     
    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
    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
    The President needs me at the White House. It's autumn, you know, and the leaves need raking.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    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
    tags: doubt  wisdom  mind 
     
    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
    Asking Senator Fulbright's advice on foreign policy is like asking the Boston Strangler to massage your neck.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: advice 
     
    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
    tags: bad  worth 
     
    Listening to Democrats complain about inflation is like listening to germs complain about disease.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: listening 
     
    Freedom of speech is useless without freedom of thought.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: freedom  thoughts  speech 
     
    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
    tags: america  mind 
     
    Nixon's own protection from the assassin's bullet... nattering nabobs of negativism.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: protection 
     
    McGovern couldn't carry the South if Rhett Butler were his running mate.
    — Spiro T. Agnew
    tags: running 
     
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