47+ Best Spiro T. Agnew Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Spiro Theodore Agnew was the 39th vice president of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1973. Agnew was the second person to resign the nation’s second highest office and the first to resign under duress. Inspirational Spiro T. Agnew quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Spiro T. Agnew Quotes

In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4-H Club – the ‘hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.’ – Spiro T. Agnew

The student now goes to college to proclaim rather than to learn. A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as – Spiro T. Agnew

A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government. – Spiro T. Agnew

Sometimes it appears that we’re reaching a period when our senses and our minds will no longer respond to moderate stimulation. We seem to be approaching an Age of the Gross. Persuasion through speeches and books is too often discarded for disruptive demonstrations aimed at bludgeoning the unconvinced into action. – Spiro T. Agnew

A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals. – Spiro T. Agnew

They have formed their own 4-H club – the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history. – Spiro T. Agnew

Every time I criticize what I consider to be excesses or faults in the news business, I am accused of repression; and the leaders of the various media professional groups wave the First Amendment as they denounce me. That happens to be my amendment too. It guarantees my free speech as much as it does their freedom of the press. – Spiro T. Agnew

If a theology student in low a should get up at a PTA luncheon in Sioux City and attack the President’s military policy, my guess is that you would probably find it reported somewhere the next morning in the New York Times. But when 300 Congressmen endorse the President’s policy, the next morning it is apparently not considered news fit to print. – Spiro T. Agnew

I have often been accused of putting my foot in my mouth, but I will never put my hand in your pockets – Spiro T. Agnew

Freedom of speech is useless without freedom of thought. – Spiro T. Agnew

Listening to Democrats complain about inflation is like listening to germs complain about disease. – Spiro T. Agnew

Bad news drives out good news. The irrational is more controversial than the rational. Concurrence can no longer compete with dissent. One minute of Eldridge Cleaver is worth ten minutes of Roy Wilkins. The labor crises settled at the negotiating table is nothing compared to the confrontation that results in a strike … normality has become the nemesis of network news. – Spiro T. Agnew

Asking Senator Fulbright’s advice on foreign policy is like asking the Boston Strangler to massage your neck. – Spiro T. Agnew

The President needs me at the White House. It’s autumn, you know, and the leaves need raking. – Spiro T. Agnew

Mr. Fulbright hasn’t said anything new or interesting or clever in five years; his intellectual well dried up the day after Walter Lippmann stopped writing his regular column. – Spiro T. Agnew

A raised eyebrow, an inflection of the voice, a caustic remark dropped in the middle of a broadcast can raise doubts in a million minds about the veracity of a public official or the wisdom of a governmental policy. – Spiro T. Agnew

The era of appeasement must come to an end. The political and social demands that dissidents are making of the universities do not flow from sound basic educational criteria, but from strategic considerations on how to radicalize the student body, polarize the campus and extend the privileged enclaves of student power. – Spiro T. Agnew

It takes quite a bit of nerve for Democrats to complain about inflation. This reminds me of germs complaining about the disease. – Spiro T. Agnew

You can’t hit my team in the groin and expect me to smile about it. – Spiro T. Agnew

All the Chicago demonstrators wanted to do was to sleep in the park and kick policemen with razor blades in their shoes. – Spiro T. Agnew

All sport… is one of the few activities where young people can proceed along traditional avenues, where objectives are clear, where the desire to win is not only permissible, but encouraged. – Spiro T. Agnew

If you’ve seen one city slum, you’ve seen them all. – Spiro T. Agnew

I didn’t say I wouldn’t go into ghetto areas. I’ve been in many of them and to some extent I would say this; if you’ve seen one city slum, you’ve seen them all. – Spiro T. Agnew

The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap. – Spiro T. Agnew

This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of English – it is a problem for the Department of Justice. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart. – Spiro T. Agnew

As for those deserters, malcontents, radicals, incendiaries, the civil and uncivil disobedients among the young, SDS, PLP, Weathermen I and Weathermen II, the revolutionary action movement, the Black United Front, Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, Lions and Tigers alike – I would swap the whole damn zoo for a single platoon of the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam. – Spiro T. Agnew

I am not asking for government censorship or any other kind of censorship. I am asking whether a kind of censorship already exists when the news that forty million Americans receive each night is determined by a handful of men responsible only to their corporate employers and filtered through a handful of commentators who admit to their own set of biases. – Spiro T. Agnew

There are people in our society who should be separated and discarded. – Spiro T. Agnew

Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages. – Spiro T. Agnew

Three things have been difficult to tame: the oceans, fools and women. We may soon be able to tame the oceans; fools and women will take a little longer. – Spiro T. Agnew

Perhaps the place to start looking for a credibility gap is not in the offices of the Government in Washington but in the studios of the networks in New York! – Spiro T. Agnew

One modest suggestion for my friends in the academic community: the next time a mob of students, waving their non-negotiable demands, starts pitching bricks and rocks at the student union- just imagine they are wearing brown shirts or white sheets- and act accordingly. – Spiro T. Agnew

I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won’t deceive you except in matters of this sort. – Spiro T. Agnew

In the networks’ endless pursuit of controversy, we should ask what is the end value … to enlighten or to profit? What is the end result … to inform or to confuse? How does the ongoing exploration for more action, more excitements, more drama, serve our national search for internal peace and stability. – Spiro T. Agnew

An intellectual is a man who doesn’t know how to park a bike. – Spiro T. Agnew

Some newspapers dispose of their garbage by printing it. – Spiro T. Agnew

Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike – I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam. – Spiro T. Agnew

Some of the politicians in this country, in their feverish search for group acceptance, are ready to endorse tumultuous confrontation as a substitute for debate, and the most illogical and unfitting extensions of the Bill of Rights as protections for psychotic and criminal elements in our society…. We have seen all too clearly that there are men – now in power in this country – who do not represent authority, who cannot cope with tradition, and who believe that the people of America are ready to support revolution as long as it is done with a cultured voice and a handsome profile. – Spiro T. Agnew

The United States, for all its faults, is till the greatest nation in the country. – Spiro T. Agnew

And the American people should be made aware of the trend toward the monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power in fewer and fewer hands. – Spiro T. Agnew

Confronted with a choice, the American people would choose the policeman’s truncheon over the anarchist’s bomb. – Spiro T. Agnew

Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy. – Spiro T. Agnew

The criminal left belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. – Spiro T. Agnew

McGovern couldn’t carry the South if Rhett Butler were his running mate. – Spiro T. Agnew

A narrow and distorted picture of America often emerges from the televised news. A single dramatic piece of the mosaic becomes, in the minds of millions, the entire picture. – Spiro T. Agnew

Education is being redefined at the demand of the uneducated to suit the ideas of the uneducated. The student now goes to college to proclaim, rather than to learn. – Spiro T. Agnew

Nixon’s own protection from the assassin’s bullet… nattering nabobs of negativism. – Spiro T. Agnew

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