The politicians of the present day are a hungry lot. The more they are fed, the more their appetites grow, and the wider their voracious maws open. Most of them are without gratitude or appreciation, and regard concessions as evidences of weakness on the part of those who grant them. Philippine officials and lawmakers might as well make up their minds to do what is right because it is right, and let it go at that. By the same token they should refrain from doing what is questionable in the hope that the good-will resulting will more than counterbalance the possible evil effect of doubtful measures.
– The Philippines Past and Present Volume 2, Dean C. Worcester, 1914. Worcester was Secretary of the Interior of the Philippine Islands 1901-1913 and Member of the Philippine Commission 1900-1913