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40+ Molly Ivins Quotes From The American Humorist

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The American columnist Mary Tyler Molly Ivins, popularly known as Molly Ivins, was a well-known humorist, political commentator and author.

The author and humorist won millions of hearts with her wit, humor and insight. She was honored with awards like William Allen White Award, the Smith Medal, Service and the Pringle Prize for Washington Journalism, and  the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service.

Molly Ivins has inspired everyone with her work as an author, humorist, and commentator. Listed below you will get Molly Ivins politician quotes, Molly Ivins flag quotes, journalist quotes by Molly Ivins, funny government quotes, humorous political quotes, and other Molly Ivins quotes that you are going to love.

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Best Molly Ivins Quotes

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Check out these funny journalism quotes, sarcastic political quotes, and some other great Molly Ivins quotes.  

1.  "Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful."

- Molly Ivins.

2. "Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory."

- Molly Ivins.

3. "Havin' fun while freedom fightin' must be one of those lunatic Texas traits we get from the water - which is known to have lithium in it - because it goes all the way back to Sam Houston, surely the most lovable, the most human, and the funniest of all the great men this country has ever produced."

- Molly Ivins.

4. "Texas liberals are the camels of good news. We can cross entire deserts between oases."

- Molly Ivins.

5. "We've had trickle down economics in the country for ten years now, and most of us aren't even damp yet."

- Molly Ivins.

6. "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion."

- Molly Ivins.

7. "Cheer up, it could always be worse. You could be living in Texas."

- Molly Ivins.

8. "What you need is sustained outrage... there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority."

- Molly Ivins.

9. "California is now close to spending more on prisons than it does on higher education - surely the death warrant of a civilization."

- Molly Ivins.

10. "But Texas Democrats can scarcely bring themselves to hope."

- Molly Ivins.

Funny Molly Ivins Quotes

Being a humorist, Molly Ivins used to make everyone laugh and think at the same time. Check out these hilarious Molly Ivins quotes.

11. "I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying - it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off."

- Molly Ivins.

12. "Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention."

- Molly Ivins.

13. "I often plagiarize from myself. I like to think of this as ecological journalism: I recycle."

- Molly Ivins, 'Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?'.

14. "If his IQ slips any lower, we'll have to water him twice a day."

- Molly Ivins.

15. "Well, if Clinton can carry Texas, ask the nervously hopeful Democrats, what about Victor Morales? Then, they all think about Phil Gramm and his millions and say, 'Nah, forget it.'"

- Molly Ivins.

16. "Calling George Bush shallow is like calling a dwarf short."

- Molly Ivins.

17. "There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security. Less of one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not safe from terrorist attack."

- Molly Ivins.

18. "Young political reporters are always told there are three ways to judge a politician. The first is to look at the record. The second is to look at the record. And third, look at the record."

- Molly Ivins, 'Shrub'.

19. "Oh, hell, I can’t go on a spiritual journey—I'm constipated."

- Molly Ivins.

20. "That’s the trouble with this country, people keep messin’ up each other’s movies."

- Molly Ivins, 'Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?'.

Inspirational Molly Ivins Quotes

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21.  "I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel - it's vulgar."

- Molly Ivins.

22. "Most of us think of government as them. Yet government isn't Them: It's us."

- Molly Ivins.

23. "The United States of America is still run by its citizens. The government works for us. Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values."

- Molly Ivins.

24. "Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom that you can decide you don’t much care for."

- Molly Ivins.

25. "Bad policies, stupid policies, gutless policies have real consequences."

- Molly Ivins.

26. "It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America."

- Molly Ivins.

27. "The thing is this: You got to have fun while you're fightin' for freedom, 'cause you don't always win."

- Molly Ivins.

28. "Either we figure out how to keep corporate cash out of the political system or we lose the democracy."

- Molly Ivins.

29. "On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes."

- Molly Ivins.

30. "The only problem was, the founders left a lot of people out of the Constitution. They left out poor people and black people and female people. It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. And it still goes on today."

- Molly Ivins, 'Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?'.

Famous Molly Ivins Quotes

Molly Ivins quotes are well-known.

Here's a list of some will-known Molly Ivins quotes that you are going to love.

31. "There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity - like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule - that's what I do."

- Molly Ivins.

32. "I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag."

- Molly Ivins.

33. "First time I ever set foot on the floor of the Texas House of representative, I knew that this was reporter heaven."

- Molly Ivins.

34. "All anyone needs to enjoy the state legislature is a strong stomach and a complete insensitivity to the needs of the people. As long as you don't think about what that peculiar body should be doing and what it actually is doing to the quality of life in Texas, then it's all marvelous fun."

- Molly Ivins.

35. "The Founders were right all along, but the results are a lot funnier than they intended."

- Molly Ivins.

36. "Texas Democrats are a little afraid to dream: after all, it has been twenty years since they carried the state."

- Molly Ivins.

37. "It's just that the Great state has this extra hitch in its get along that makes it just more surreal and bizarre and fabulous by the moment."

- Molly Ivins.

38. "Many a time freedom has been rolled back - and always for the same sorry reason: fear."

- Molly Ivins.

39. "We do not need to dominate the world. We want and need to work with other nations. We want to find solutions other than killing people. Not in our name, not with our money, not with our children's blood."

- Molly Ivins.

40. "Whenever you hear a politician carry on about what a mess the schools are, be aware that you are looking at the culprit."

- Molly Ivins.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Molly Ivins then why not take a look at comedian quotes or Johnny Carson quotes?

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