William Martin: The Best Liberal Quotes Ever

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Martin, William. The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left Is Right (Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2004)

Martin's book is a somewhat useful compendium of liberal wisdom, although constrained by its length. Its only real flaw--other than its brevity--lies in its conspicuous lack of sourcing. This problem surfaced rather early, with this unverified quotation from Alexis de Tocqueville:

"America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." (p. 8)

Through WikiQuote, I found a website devoted to Tocqueville that cited a Weekly Standard article pointing out this quote's lack of verification. Had the author done the same work, his book would be shorter but more trustworthy. The quote "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature" (p. 85), allegedly from Frank Lloyd Wright, is another example; I have never seen this quote documented.

While many of the quotations in The Best Liberal Quotes Ever glitter quite brightly, their questionable provenance will require the reader to verify which ones are genuine liberal gems.

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