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OFFICE
[ Also see Authority Duty Government Politics Position Power Preferment Rank Statesmanship Station Trust ]

He who performs his duty in a station of great power must needs incur the utter enmity of many, and the high displeasure of more.
      - Francis Atterbury

Here and there some stern high patriot stood,
  Who could not get the place for which he sued.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

When a king creates an office, Providence creates immediately a fool to buy it.
      - Jean Baptiste Colbert

High office, is like a pyramid; only two kinds of animals reach the summit--reptiles and eagles.
      - Jean Le Rond d'Alembert

Some few have a natural talent for office-bolding; very many for office-seeking.
      - James Ellis

Office without pay makes thieves.
      - Daniel Heinsius

The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favors.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

If ever this free people, if this government itself is ever utterly demoralized, it will come from this human wriggle and struggle for office--that is, a way to live without work.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Office of itself does much to equalize politicians. It by no means brings all characters to a level; but it does bring high characters down and low characters up towards a common standard.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Every fresh appointment I make produces for me one cool friend and one hundred earnest enemies.
      - Marcus Morton

Five things are requisite to a good officer--ability, clean hands, despatch, patience, and impartiality.
      - William Penn

It is the curse of service; preferment goes by letter and affection, not by the old gradation where each second stood heir to the first.
      - William Shakespeare

O place and greatness! millions of false eyes
  Are stuck upon thee; volumes of reports
    Run with these false and most contrarious quests
      Upon thy doings: thousand escapes of wit
        Make thee the father of their idle dream,
          And wrack thee in their fancies.
      - William Shakespeare

When impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
      - William Shakespeare

All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external happiness of elevated office.
      - George Washington

The office should seek the man, not man the office.
      - Silas Wright


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