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The worst error a president can make is to assume the automatic implementation of his own decisions. In certain respects, having able subordinates aggravates that problem, since strong personalities tend to have strong ideas of their own. Civil government operates by consent, not by command; the President’s task, even within his own branch of government, is not to order but to lead.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (1917-2007) American historian, author, social critic
The Age of Roosevelt: The Coming of the New Deal, ch. 33, sec. 3 (1959)
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You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.

LBJ - examine legislation light of benefits properly administered wrongs harms if improperly administered - wist.info quote

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) American politician, educator, US President (1963-69)

Widely attributed to Johnson, and in keeping with his reputation as a wily legislator, but no actual source found.
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