"Politics was my third act. But I could have a fourth. I don't know what that will be yet, but there will be one."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Gary Ackerman on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Gary Ackerman on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Gary Ackerman on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Gary Ackerman on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Gary Ackerman on Joseph Stalin
"If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk."
"People more than ever since I can remember are concerned about being out of step and out of line with their political party and won't cross over. There is nobody, man or woman, who wants to be left out, and people are fearful of that. People are fearful of their leadership as well."
"Whether rich people make money or lose money, they get no sympathy from the public."