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Nominee. A modest gentleman shrinking from the distinction of private life and diligently seeking the honorable obscurity of public office.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.