“All governments lie,
but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials
smoke the same hashish they give out.” – I.F. Stone
from “In a Time of Torment, 1961-1967” (1967), p. 317
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
– Langston Hughes
“Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being.”
“The law is simply whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained” – from “Burr, A Novel,” p.136 by Gore Vidal
The consensus seems to be that it is an actual Burr quote.