David Foster Wallace:
Look at utilitarianism - that most English of contributions to ethics- and you see a whole teleology predicated on the idea that the best human life is one that maximizes the pleasure-to-pain ratio. God, I know this sounds priggish of me.

Henry M. Jackson quotes

If we choose the prudent course - to proceed without delay with the TRIDENT program - we can at least be certain that we will have done what we can do to support the effort of our negotiators to obtain an equitable SALT agreement if we can - and to protect our national security if we cannot.
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The best politics is no politics.
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The president's decision yesterday to set into motion the development of the hydrogen bomb... has placed us on the knife-edge of history.
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