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All the King's Men

All the King's Men

by Robert Penn Warren

Politics Quotes

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Quote #4

"Get down here to the Capitol at ten o'clock. The Boss wants to see you."

"The who?" I said.(2.285-86)

Oh that fateful call. Jack is about to begin, in earnest, the political career he unwittingly began years ago when he covered the schoolhouse situation for The Chronicle. The fact that Jack was the one to tell Willie's story in those days might be why Willie thinks of him now.

Quote #5

"Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something." (4.3)

This phrase really sticks with Jack, and quotes it throughout the novel. It's also in some ways the key to Willie's success. He's essentially saying that a person can't go through life without doing something that can be used against him or her in the future. It's a version of "all men are created equal."

Quote #6

I have been this afternoon to see Governor Stanton and told him how I have been thrown out of my job like a dog after all these years because that man Irwin was bribed to let up the suit […]. (5.347)

This is from the 1915 suicide letter of Mortimer Littlepaugh. It is a precious historical document, which becomes the political tool that both wreaks havoc and exposes truth. It's also a record of some very dirty politics.

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