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We cannot learn men from books. Benjamin Disraeli
A politician ought to be born a foundling and remain a bachelor. Lady Bird Johnson
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. Henry A. Kissinger
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. Texas Guinan
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. Gore Vidal
A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both. Fawn M. Brodie
The national will is the supreme law of the Republic, and on all subjects within the limits of his constitutional powers should be faithfully obeyed by the public servant. Martin Van Buren
I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. Tony Blair
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. Patrick Henry
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. Gore Vidal
Politics is the only field in which the more experience you have, the worse you get. Kinky Friedman
Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education. Henry Adams
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. Abraham Lincoln
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. Albert Einstein
Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship. Olympia Snowe
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians. Benjamin Disraeli
Politics as battle has given way to politics as spectacle. Ronald Steel
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman. George Santayana
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. H. L. Mencken
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. Saul Bellow
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. Arthur C. Clarke
No public man can be just a little crooked. Herbert Hoover
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. Denis Diderot
The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history. Bertrand Russell
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. Henrik Ibsen
The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
I've got the greatest job in the world. There's no other job in government where cause and effect is so tightly coupled where you can make a difference every day in so many different ways and in so many different people's lives. It's a great challenge. Michael Bloomberg
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. Aldous Huxley
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. Thomas Jefferson
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny. David Hume
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver
It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something. Anthony Trollope
Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen. Peggy Noonan
When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers. Walter Lippmann
I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth. Christopher Hampton
Public opinion is a second conscience. William R. Alger
Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married. C. Northcote Parkinson
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature. Kin Hubbard
He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times. Friedrich Schiller
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. Hubert Humphrey
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. Simon Cameron
In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme. Roy Hattersley
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts. Voltaire
I am on the right wing of the middle of the road and with a strong radical bias. Tony Benn
One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one. Henry Miller
The kind of thing I'm good at is knowing every politician in the state and remembering where he itches. And I know where to scratch him. Earl Long
I don't want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns. Walter F. Mondale
In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents. Walter Lippmann
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. Gilbert K. Chesterton
A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life. Robert Byrne
Many who think they are workers in politics are really merely tools. Lord Salisbury
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. John Jay Chapman
There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten. Indira Gandhi
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter. William Hazlitt
A politician wouldn't dream of being allowed to call a columnist the things a columnist is allowed to call a politician. Max Lerner
The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs. Alphonse de Lamartine
There is always a type of man who says he loves his fellow men, and expects to make a living at it. E. W. Howe
What this country needs is more unemployed politicians. Angela Davis
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. Charles de Gaulle
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity. Vera Brittain
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars. William Westmoreland
The Army in Algeria is troubled by the recognition of its responsibility towards the men who are fighting and risking a useless sacrifice if the representatives of the nation are not determined to maintain Algeria as French. Raoul Salan
I'm a politician. What I say is not holy writ. Jacob K. Javits
Politics is like football ... Sometimes you have to punt. Barack Obama
If you're a politician and all you care about is staying in office, you're worried about a small group of voters in your district who vote in the primary. If you're a corporation, you need to be much more in synch with public opinion, because you're appealing to people across the spectrum. Ironically, a lot of corporations have to be far more democratic than democratically elected officials. Bradley Tusk
I choose to bring people together. I choose to seek compromise. Andrew Cuomo
People asked me what I want as an epitaph: "He Tried". Mario Cuomo
Each side had its uninformed fanatics. And each side had political leaders who fanned the flames with their rhetoric. Nisid Hajari
Politicians are never going to turn this country around. Our country's a mess. The politicians are going to destroy this country. They're weak and they're ineffective. Donald Trump
In handing over to the government of India to these so-called political classes [The Indian Congress Party], we are handing over to men of straw of whom in a few years no trace will remain. Winston Churchill
Every conceivable cleavage of difference: Sindhi vs. Punjabi, Mohajirs vs. Pathans, Islam vs. Secularism, Shias vs. Sunnis, Deobandis vs. Barelvis, literates vs. illiterates, Woman vs. Man, Urban vs. Rural—has been exploited to magnify dissentions, giving rise to heinous blood baths, accentuated hatred, and intolerance. Ishrat Husain
I listen with attention to the judgment of all men; but so far as I can remember, I have followed none but my own.. Michel de Montaigne
History did not end in 1965. Largely because of the Voting Rights Act, voting tests were abolished, disparities in voter registration and turnout due to race were erased and African-Americans attained political office in record numbers. John Roberts
The political class has failed you. Carly Fiorina
He [Donald Trump] buys and sells politicians of all stripes. Rand Paul
Many of these [big political] donors are my friends. Those people are not like charities ... They Want. These are total tough cookies. When they give millions and millions of dollars, they're not doing it for the good of the American Cancer Society. They're doing it for themselves. Donald Trump
The nature of politics is to subtract meaning from language. Carlos Lozada
Every day they [politicians] must weigh in on things of which they have little or no reliable knowledge or about which they just don't care. Barton Swaim
Out of the melancholy facts of political life is that your convictions tend to align with your paycheck. Barton Swaim
America's industrial strength was built on burning coal. No politician wanted to mess with coal. Jeff Goodell
Our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid. Donald Trump
The people happen to love me. Forgive your friend a little vanity as it's only between ourselves ... You are now ready to tell me that popular fame is a most uncertain thing. You are right. I blush at having valued myself so much upon it. Benjamin Franklin
Of all forms of prestige, moral prestige is the most valuable, and no statesman should forget that one of the chief elements of British power is the moral weight that is behind it. William Edward Hartpole Lecky
I have never run a negative political ad in my life. Bernie Sanders
In many cases, the politicians who decided to construct a dam many years ago made mistakes. The problems a dam was built to solve sometime don't materialize or are resolved in other ways. A dam might be poorly designed or improperly constructed. For whatever reason, mistakes are made. In other instances, dams out-live their usefulness. We all make mistakes, and we all understand that an object can become obsolete. Times and conditions change. Daniel P. Beard
What most people don't realize is that dams and other structures are not permanent fixtures on the landscape. They are there because we made a political decision to build them. They didn't get there by accident. Daniel P. Beard
Where but in America could a European thinker convinced of the elite nature of genuine education produce pupils who would go on to make common cause with populist politicians? Mark Lilla
It is our unhappiness, in this time of danger, to have too many Calvinistic politicians, who seem to think their country will be saved by good words and warm faith, without concomitant exploits … Robert Treat Paine
Whenever anybody is pursuing power, he's got to be funny. Doug Marlette
I am part of a political class that is paralyzed by the prospect of risk. Nicolas Sarkozy
If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied. Rudyard Kipling
Politicians are wither very good at running for office or they are good at running government. Seldom are the two found together. Molly Ivins
The single biggest weakness that politicians have as a group is that they want people to like them. Molly Ivins
South African ministers are anxious to deal out fair treatment, but are hampered by public opinion…and a degree of racial prejudice of which they themselves, as individuals, are largely free. Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes; Lord Crewe
The idea of good and evil is a myth created by the politicians, the priests, and all those who have an interest to keep it at their mercy. G. Brock Chisholm
Did you ever wonder who when our problems are getting larger and larger, out politicians are getting smaller and smaller? Fred Thompson
The function of government is to provide you with service; the function of the media is to supply the Vaseline. L. Neil Smith
He had more on his mind than his mind could hold. David Lange
There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president. Kurt Vonnegut
The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another Jiddu Krishnamurti
It is necessary to protect the truth from the bragging of a man who, as a soldier, is a wretched politician, and as a politician an equally wretched soldier. Mr. Churchill. Adolf Hitler
If victory has a hundred fathers, it also brings forth a hundred advisors. Robert M. Shrum
There are two things people in public life don’t like to say. First is ‘I made a mistake’, and second is ‘I don’t know.’ Christopher Dodd
Anyone obsessed with power sees enemies everywhere. Daniel Pipes
Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently and for the same reason. Barry Levinson
The masses are our masters; and for every one who looks facts in the face his existence has become dependent on them, so that the thought of them must control his doings, his cares, and his duties. Karl Jaspers
Politics is often monopolized by political leaders … and when it is, things do not always go the right way for the people. Sari Nusseibeh
Leaders respond when they perceive that there will be a political cost of inaction. Don Cheadle
Wisdom comes from experience. Handling the people's money is not a job for a politician. There's too much temptation. It might be good to let an elderly man handle your money. He's looking for the Golden Gate, not the Golden Calf. Sol Levitan
We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course. Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. Lee Iacocca
It is not to be expected of men who live for the sole purpose of enjoying official station, that they shall ever be manly, noble or independent. They slavishly cower before every storm that threatens their opinions with popular condemnation, and make haste to trim their sails to catch the passing breeze of public favor. Washington DC Union
I hate this hole, but I am glad to have come. It does me good to see those who hate the Tribune fear it yet more. Horace Greeley
The usually travelled route for a great many Members of the last Congress was an exceedingly crooked one, even for politicians. Horace Greeley
…the Senate, a small body of egos… Lindsey Graham
The leader of a political party in a country like ours is so exposed that his enemies become as numerous and formidable as his friends. William H. Seward
I am a public servant … not a political servant, not a party servant. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Life is too short to permit of wasting any portion of it in discussion with…anyone whose conception of the underlying principles of military administration is so hazy that he can advocate such proposition seriously. A proposition of this kind would be regarded as remarkable if advanced by a state militiaman. Fred Ainsworth
People don’t have to agree with every position you take, but they have to believe that you believe it. Brian Schweitzer
Some politicians denounce government in order to capture the government and then they turn around and expand the government. George Will
George W. Bush, the man, is a person of profound faith and deep compassion for those who suffer. But President George W. Bush is a politician and is ultimately no different from any other politician, content to use religion for electoral gain more than for good works. David Kuo
People in Washington do things that they shouldn’t do because they owe somebody. Art Buchwald
Washington is riddled with unstable people who are either depressed or make other people depressed. Art Buchwald
I couldn't stand people writing about me the way I write about politicians. Art Buchwald
If politicians are good copy, I like them. If not, I don’t care about them. Art Buchwald
There is an obvious and sometimes truly pathetic desire of Congressmen to be identified in the popular mind with those individuals who want more godliness in the schools and more fervor in our public piety. Robert F. Drinan
The small elite of federal civil servants and politicians made Confederation work by acting as if the whole country was as virtuous and as they. Michael Ignatieff
I am afraid that the Jews of insanity who run this land will destroy us Meir Kahane
The hardest way to make a million dollars is to become a United States senator. Any vicious, impudent, brazen, shrewd, gifted person can think of an infinite number of better ways to become rich than to become a crooked politician. Walter Karp
Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad. Henry A. Kissinger
In Washington the politicians lie on the record and tell the truth off the record. In the Middle East, it’s the opposite. They lie off the record, and tell the truth on the record. Thomas Friedman
The purpose of influence is to speak up for those who have no influence. Rick Warren
Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery. Octavia Butler
No one can hide from the immense human costs of the decisions made by generals and politicians. Stephen Humphreys
Huey Long’s methods outdid the good he did with the results. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
The governor’s mansion was not good enough for me, although it was too good for my predecessor. Huey P. Long
I’m the constitution around here now. Huey P. Long
Remember that this White house is populated with … control freaks. Thomas Ken
Willkie broke our backs. Hiram Johnson
There were more moderate Republicans in those days than there are today. Charles Peters
I would not vote for any Republican who was not in favor of giving assistance to England and France Wendell Wilkie
The paradox of American democracy has been that its slogan of equal opportunity has meant, often, equal opportunity to get power over your fellows. Mary Parker Follett
Democracy is losing its followers. In our country everything is weakening. The money is weak. Democracy is weak and politicians are very weak. Everything that is weak dies one day. Carolina Maria de Jesus
No sitting administration likes to see itself studied; no administration welcomes investigations. Alvin Felzenberg
A member of either House who joins the armed forces, must in the main be his own judge as to what is proper and appropriate. No-one can restrain a member for doing his full duty as a member of the legislature, and he is under no reproach for doing so. Of course if he offers to take active military service and is accepted this must be some restraint upon his political activities, but how much is I think, for him to say. John Allsebrook Simon
Chamberlain and Halifax were more afraid of the spread of Communism than they were of Hitler or Mussolini. William Francis Hare
Anyone who gets too close to President Bush will get burned. Eleanor Clift
Do not exaggerate threat. When you exaggerate it, you demean it…. Things are bad enough. You don’t have to make them extra bad. By doing so, you trivialize them. Ali Ansari
Politicians always interfere with what other professions are doing Ali Ansari
When things fall apart you sometimes can see more. You might even be able to see how to put things back together. Anna Deavere Smith
The carping and bickering of political factions in the nation's capitol reminds me of two pelicans quarreling over a dead fish. William Tecumseh Sherman
Praise in public; rebuke in private. Anonymous
A politician really gets into trouble when he starts to believe his own rhetoric. Otis Singletary
If we applied more science reporting standards to political reporting, most of these politicians wouldn’t be able to make all these outrageous statements. We ask where is your data? How can you prove that? Ira Flatow
My mission was to save Rwanda. Their mission was to put on a show with no risk. Romeo Dallaire
Say what is true, although what may be bitter and displeasing to people. Muhammad
Ohio claims they are due a President as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they haven't had one since Lincoln. Will Rogers
The old diplomat liked to move with deliberation, in secret, following well-established traditions and working through what he loved to describe as "the usual channels". To him, the open debate carried on, not by professional diplomats, but by politicians and statesmen having little regard for the use of the technical phraseology of diplomacy and intent merely on reaching results which would make diplomacy unnecessary, was offensive to all his instincts. Robert Cecil; Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Moral crusade: Public activity undertaken by middle-aged men who are cheating on their wives or diddling little boys. Moral crusades are particularly popular among those seeking power for their own personal pleasure, politicians who can't think of anything useful to do with their mandates, and religious professionals suffering from a personal inability to communicate with their god. John Ralston Saul
Civilizations do not collapse because the citizenry are corrupt or lazy or anti-intellectual. These people do not have the power and influence to either lead or destroy. Civilizations collapse when those who have power fail to do their jobs. John Ralston Saul
We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all— by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians— be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us. Wendell Berry
If people were really trying to learn a lot and determine what is true, the would listen a lot and talk a little. Robin Hanson
Politicians do what they hear from the American people. John C. Danforth
Politicians do not like to alienate voters no matter how lofty the goals. R. W. Apple, Jr.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
If the country comes to believe that judges are politicians in robes no end of difficulty will come from that. Stephen Breyer
I talked to the rest of the nation for about ten minutes about what Lyndon Johnson was doing for the people of the Northeast. In truth, I thought I was laying it on a bit thickly. But when I returned and spoke with the President, he mentioned several points I could have added. I learned that it was simply not possible to lay it on too thickly for him (or most other politicians). Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Washington lawyers and politicians have been bedfellows from the moment our nation was conceived. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Every senator sees a president when he looks in the mirror each morning. Lyndon B. Johnson
Vice presidents are candidates for political castration. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Politicians make pacts; people make peace. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
The best, most interesting years of my life were spent in government and politics. Thomas E. Dewey
I entreat you to consider that, when you choose magistrates, you take them from among yourselves, men subject to like passions as you are. Therefore, when you see infirmities in us, you should reflect upon your own, and that would make you bear the more with us, and not be severe censurers of the failings of your magistrates. John Winthrop
We have to struggle with pedantry, with intolerance, with divines and statesmen, and above all, princes and priests are in our way. Adam Weishaupt
I have not yet met the politician who did not start to dream of the next highest office the minute that he was sworn in. Walter F. Mondale
The speechwriter’s very existence is an affront to the politician, because it intimates that the politician is too lazy or stupid to decide what it is he is going to say…. By giving the politician something to say the speechwriter suggests by implication that the politician has nothing to say. So a politician is generally a little resentful toward and ashamed of his speechwriter—not ashamed of the particular person holding the job, simply of the fact that the job exists. Hendrik Hertzberg
Most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders—serve the state chiefly with their heads; and ... are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. Henry David Thoreau
Laws are only words written on paper, words that change on society's whim and are interpreted differently daily by politicians, lawyers, judges, and policemen. Anyone who believes that all laws should always be obeyed would have made a fine slave catcher. Anyone who believes that all laws are applied equally, despite race, religion, or economic status, is a fool. John J. Miller
I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man. Thomas Jefferson
There is a vast mass of opinion in this country represented neither by the politicians nor by the Press, and considerably saner than either. E. D. Morel
The politicians are preparing a worse world for our children than the one they were born into… E. D. Morel
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. George Bernard Shaw
Politicians and economists figure out an elaborate system of tax and economic incentives and then every body else figures out a way to beat it Steven Levitt
The statesmen of the world who boast and threaten that they have Doomsday weapons are far more dangerous, and far more estranged from “reality”, than many of the people on whom the label “psychotic” is affixed. David Lange
Elections, like economic competition, produce winners, but these are not necessarily the best candidates, morally speaking. Shri J.M. Lyngdoh
Expand the size of the house so that it no longer serves as a casino for professional politicians. Howard Phillips
It is hate that binds people together. Love is personal. John Lukacs
He has the best political mind of all the generals I have. Franklin D. Roosevelt
He that buys the office of magistrate must of necessity sell justice. Italian Proverb
Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it. George Washington
I appreciate that some people within our state are impatient, impatient to see executions. I don't think anybody in this state will sit easy if, in fact, this becomes a court that ensures nothing but executions to appease the overweening and insatiable attitude of ambitious politicians’ Rose Bird
Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse. H. L. Mencken
Those above are going down, those below are going up. Hawaiian Proverb
The power of the people is tremendous. In order to use this power, efforts, determination, dedication, and endeavors are required. If the people take action, and if the politicians and the leaders get closer to the masses of millions in their countries, no power will be able to withstand them, and no threat will affect them Ali Khamenei
The big thieves hang the little ones. Czech Proverb
The economy controls the politicians far more than the politicians control the economy. Mardy Grothe
I hate to see them take that creche out of the capitol. It could be the only chance we'll ever have to get three wise men in that building. Ann Richards
Judges are not politicians who can promise things in exchange for support. John Roberts
I believe in men who take the next step. Not in men who theorize the 200th step. Theodore Roosevelt
In the ordinary and low sense which we attach to the words "partisan" and "politician," a judge of the supreme court should be neither. But in the higher sense ... he is not in my judgment fitted for the position unless he is a party man, a constructive statesman ... keeping in mind his relations with his fellow statesmen in other branches of government. Theodore Roosevelt
No politician has ever been defeated by a speech he didn’t give. Sam Rayburn
Failure, failure, failure, partial success, renewed failure, ultimate and complete victory. Randolph Churchill
Politicians can forgive almost anything in the way of abuse; they can forgive subversion, revolution, being contradicted, exposed as liars, even ridiculed, but they can never forgive being ignored. Auberon Waugh
I am a Catholic. As far as possible I go to Mass every day. As far as possible I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative. Hilaire Belloc
The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. W. H. Auden
I have done so many things and the pressure is so great. I am sure I have been a good deal dehumanized. Henry L. Stimson
…it has fallen to you to do a dirty job which your predecessors ought to have done before you. William Howard Taft
…it was far better to be known as an ex-secretary than an ex-defeated candidate for governor. Theodore Roosevelt
If he wore a feather in his hair / And dressed in a fig leaf / We’d vote for Henry just the same / And carry out the plan / Because he’s Roosevelt’s man. Anonymous
I can’t talk about myself that way. Whatever I did before was just in line with my work. I can’t be saying I, I, I all the time. Henry L. Stimson
You would make the best governor but not the best candidate. Theodore Roosevelt
…this duty lies in your path and that you ought to undertake it. If defeated, so much the better for you personally; if victorious, the greatest opportunity in the American struggle for self-government except that afforded by the Presidency will lie at your hands. Elihu Root
The politician, himself oftentimes uninformed as to his country's history, frequently appeals to the ignorant and unthinking on the score of economy; . . . such demagogues are dangerous. John Joseph Pershing
I didn’t want you to recommend anyone for the place who I cannot implicitly rely upon to refuse a $10 bill when an Italian offers it to him, as will happen almost every day. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Most of us pay some sort of price for screwing up. Quayle never has. His high school guidance counselor told him his grades were too low for admission to DePauw University, where his grandfather was a trustee and major donor, but he got in anyway. In college he flunked the departmental exam that was supposed to be a prerequisite to graduation, but he graduated anyway. Although it was 1969, the height of the Vietnam War, a year when more than a quarter million young men were drafted and other Indianans were being told it would take years to get into the National Guard, Quayle landed a spot in a week flat, after a retired Guard general who worked for his family made a call on his behalf. Quayle was rejected by Indiana University Law School, but he got in anyway- under an affirmative action program, after he visited the dean of admissions, a Republican judge in a city (Indianapolis) where Quayle’s grandfather owned the newspaper. (Soon thereafter, the grandfather made a large contribution to the law school.) Quayle was indifferent law student, but he got a job in the state attorney general’s office anyway. (His father made a few calls.) He was a twenty-nine year old employee of his father’s paper, but he got elected to Congress anyway, with the help of the paper and his own good looks. He was a poor congressman, but he got elected to Senate anyway, in the 1980 Reagan landslide. Two years later the DePauw faculty voted against giving him an honorary degree, but he got it anyway. He was a mediocre senator, but Bush put him on the national ticket anyway. He blew the debate, but he’ll probably be elected vice president anyway. At this rate he’ll be president by cherry blossom time. Hendrik Hertzberg
Representative democracy has for its characteristic object and effect…securing its members against oppression and depredation at the hands of those functionaries which it employs for its defense. Jeremy Bentham
A statesman is a politician who’s been dead ten or fifteen years. St. Vincent
It doesn't require any particular bravery to stand on the floor of the Senate and urge our boys in Vietnam to fight harder, and if this war mushrooms into a major conflict and a hundred thousand young Americans are killed, it won't be US Senators who die. It will be American soldiers who are too young to qualify for the senate. George McGovern
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against one other Thomas Carlyle
The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards. William Francis Butler
Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing. Bernard Baruch
Some defeats are better than victories. A defeat endured as the result of contest conducted in a fair and honorable manner is a thousand times more creditable to the defeated party than a victory gained by all the mean and unscrupulous arts of the wire pullers. James Connolly
No legislator ever got in trouble for voting against a bill that passed or for a bill that didn’t pass. Bob Dole
Any man familiar with public life realizes the foul gossip which ripples just under the surface about almost every public man, and especially about every President Theodore Roosevelt
Roosevelt, never let Hoover near the White House and they never liked each other. Hoover didn't speak to Roosevelt when they were riding down the avenue, you know. James H. Rowe
Politics is about accountability, it is about leadership, it is about courage. Chuck Hagel
I do hope that next year Republicans and Democrats will do nothing. Lewis Black
The most consistent and ultimately damaging failure of political journalism in America has its roots in the clubby/cocktail personal relationships that inevitably develop between politicians and journalists. When professional antagonists become after-hours drinking buddies, they are not likely to turn each other in Hunter S. Thompson
Is it not natural that a man who is a candidate for the favor of the people, and who is dependant on the suffrages of his fellow-citizens for the continuation of his public honors, should take care to inform himself of their dispositions and inclinations…? This dependant [creates] strong chords of sympathy between the Representative and the constituent. Alexander Hamilton
This is your last campaign. Mary Landrieu
He [Jack Kemp] is dumber than he looks and even more two faced than I depict him! Pierre Andre Rinfret
I hold them [politicians] in contempt for the reason that they enact laws, further social engineering, do anything to get elected, couldn't care less about the wishes of the people and make horrible mistakes along the way when they do get in office. If there is anyone the most ignorant about issues it is a politician. A plague on all their houses! Pierre Andre Rinfret
Politicians, most politicians, are, by definition, people without morals and people who know no limits in what they will do to get elected. Pierre Andre Rinfret
Most major criminals operating in this country do so because of relationships they have with politicians who allow them to operate. Thomas E. Dewey
Politicians learn to turn the truth into something that they want the truth to be. Dianne Rehm
He smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet. Daniel Webster
President Bush said that he wanted to change the tone in Washington. He has; it has gotten worse. Tom Daschle
An elected representative is not tied in any substantial way to particular policies, whatever the preferences of the electorate. Influence on the politician is greatest at the time of election. Once elected, the representative is released from popular control but continues to be exposed to powerful pressure groups, especially corporations, state bureaucracies and political party power brokers Brian Martin
I have watched these politicians in our movement. I followed their methods and regardless of how they talk of their trade union loyalty, my experience has been that when they enter the political arena they begin by talking as politicians, and very soon thinking like politicians, to the desertion of every trade union activity they pledged themselves to become part of Matthew Wohl
The actual rulers in a parliamentary democracy are the class of professional politicians. In theory, they are supposed to represent the people, but in fact they rule over them. Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
New politicians try to displace old ones by changing the electoral laws, while entrenched politicians defend outworn electoral systems when they feel that the new laws might weaken their positions and perhaps even abolish their sinecures. Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
I can't stand that Richard Nixon fellow. Julia Child
The state is not a supernatural being; it is the organised host of politicians, leaders and officials backed by armed force Anton Pannekoek
All flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them. Jean de La Fontaine
If, therefore, war should ever come between these two countries, which Heaven forbid! It will not, I think, be due to irresistible natural laws, it will be due to the want of human wisdom. Andrew Bonar Law
Consider what you think justice requires, and decide accordingly. But never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right, but your reasons will certainly be wrong. William Murray
You can’t have a corrupt lobbyist if you don’t have a corrupt Congressman or staff member…. It’s a team effort. Newt Gingrich
No politician ever admits where all his money comes from. Charles Lewis
Politicians tend to fear their militaries, which often crave foreign enemies and will overthrow civilian governments that do not share their goals. John M. Owens IV
You can't use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout! Henry Adams
It is now abundantly clear the source of Muslim terrorism is situated within the body politic of Islam and its adherents, irrespective of how many times, on the one hand, some Muslim spokespersons try to obscure this reality and, on the other, politicians of whatever stripe for electoral purposes behave as ostriches with their heads in the sand Salim Mansur
the ministry of interior may censor newspapers and ban them if they include anything that violates public security, threatens national unity, or contradicts Islam Russell B. Long; Mauritania
Almost every politician running for office comes out with a set of plans so that they can demonstrate how serious they are about fixing the state’s problems. But once the election is over and the candidate takes his or her oath, you rarely here a peep about those plans again. They end up on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. Joe Manchin
Speak to men according to their mental capacities, for if you speak all things to all men, some cannot understand you and so fall into errors. Muhammad
It hurts to lose an election. George W. Bush
America needs some honest men who dare to say what they think, not what they think people want them to think. George S. Patton
I didn’t come here to seek a power or to get a chairmanship. I wanted to do what I think my Lord wants me to do. Walter B. Jones
It’s usually a one way conversation. No matter how experienced they are, no matter how articulate they are, it usually Mr. Johnson talking. William Proxmire
It’s awfully tough to score political points when you are on the defensive. Mark Shields
We know who speaks for the nations. But who speaks for humanity? Who speaks for earth? Carl Sagan
Democracy and elections can be a double-edged sword … democratic competition and elections increase the politicians’ appetite for gaining public support by pleasing the public, which is sometimes led by emotional motives and short-sighted considerations. Populist politics can sometimes be driven by a lack of knowledge and is not always conducive to the real interest … Azmi Shuaibi
In the Indian community there was always a problem. People could not approach the politicians the right way. They’re not confident. Alex Martins
Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed? Axel Oxenstierna
A number of anxious dwarfs trying to grill a whale. John Boynton Priestley
It takes time and effort and preparation to think. Statesmen are far too busy making speeches to think. Bertrand Russell
Be Thankful Only One Of Them Can Win! Anonymous
A politician is well-qualified if his promises are, too. Anonymous
Your politicians will always be there when they need you. Anonymous
Being an MP is a good job, the sort of job all working-class parents want for their children – clean, indoors and no heavy lifting. What could be nicer? Diane Abbott
You're not going to have a society that understands its humanity if you don't have more women in government. Bella Abzug
I seldom meet with characters so inoffensive as my hens and chickings, or minds so well improved as my garden. Abigail Adams
We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. Abigail Adams
A great soldier might be a baby politician. Henry Adams
He is, like almost all the eminent men of this country, only half educated. His morals, public and private, are loose. John Quincy Adams
In this country, politicians of desperate private fortunes always find the means of keeping themselves above water as public men. John Quincy Adams
I will never be so merely to obtain the reputation of a cunning politician, a character I neither admire nor esteem. John Adams
Patience. Patience. Patience. The first, and last, and the middle virtue of a politician. John Adams
The seventh year is always a big problem for [political] executives. Programs that were initiated with promise show they have been inadequate or failed. The majesty of the office is diminished by familiarity. People find out you're just like the other guys. Norman Adler
The grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politicians—these are the people who make money out of prostitution. Polly Adler
Have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath Aesop
I've reached the age where I don't care what their motives are. It's their policies that count. Stephen Ambrose
Pardon me if I add that I think him [President James Madison] a little too much of a book politician, and too timid in his politics, for prudence and caution are opposites of timidity. Fisher Ames
Writers and politicians don't think the same. They define truth differently. Patrick Anderson
Politicians didn’t want to talk to their constituents about body bags that would be coming back. Kofi Annan
What has happened to our society that politicians are not looked up to and have the influence that they used to. Kofi Annan
People are very apt to shift the Blame off themselves, and lay it upon others, when perhaps they themselves are as much or more to blame. The popular Cry is against Merchants and Traders, as if they had ruined the Country; or against those who are or have been in the Government Nathaniel Appleton
You are a great king because you excel in mercy. Letter of Aristeas
Under every stone lurks a politician Aristophanes
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner Aristophanes
The politician must always tell people what they want to hear. Henry F. Ashurst
I am a Virginian, so naturally I am a politician. Nancy Astor
Bull permeates everything.... American people think politics and politicians are full of baloney. Lee Atwater
Just because you are adversaries or opponents in politics doesn't mean you have to be enemies. Howard Baker
[Referring to Watergate:] A group of politicians deciding to dump a president because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. Russell Baker
Lying is one of the techniques of politicians .... They are economical with the truth. Tony Banks
The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does. August Maurice Barres
Politicians who are not good counter-punchers usually become punching bags. Wayne Barrette
One must be stark mad, to believe that mankind can subsist without magistrates. Pierre Bayle
He did not care which direction the car was travelling, so long as he was in the driver’s seat. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
Asking politicians to vote themselves out of power is like asking rabbits not to multiply, it ain't natural. Robert Beckel
[Candidates are] more motivated by the fear of losing than the joy of winning. Paul Begala
The pleasure politicians take in their limelight pleases me with a sort of pleasure I get when I see a child's eyes gleam over a new toy. Hilaire Belloc
Issues are a problem for politicians most of the time; the reason is that somebody won't like what you say when you start talking issues. Gerald Benjamin
He is remembered chiefly as the man about whom all is forgotten. Nicolas Bentley
You can fool some of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. That’s usually enough. Milton Berle
I am not going to spend any time whatsoever in attacking the Foreign Secretary. Quite honestly I am beginning to feel extremely sorry for him. If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present. Aneurin Bevan
Playing on a fuddled fiddle, somewhere in the muddled middle. Aneurin Bevan
Politician: An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. Ambrose Bierce
“Vote early and vote often” is the Politishun’s golden rule. Josh Billings
When politicians try to govern by raising a wet finger to the wind or on the basis of public opinion polling, the public gets to think that all leaders are interchangeable. Conrad Black
My job is to reach out to 8 million people whether they voted for me or not. Michael Bloomberg
Truth telling in politics is the mark of an inexperienced politician. Samuel G. Blythe
Ministers [of government] fall like buttered bread: usually with the good side down. Ludwig Borne
To their entertainments princes invite only the nobility; but when they meet with misfortune, they invite also citizens. Ludwig Borne
The political elite has never told the truth. Jens-Peter Bonde
If it becomes accepted that politicians' private lives are fair game, many of the best and most talented people, male or female, will refuse to enter politics. We need strong, determined people in politics, but we also need people who are sensitive and compassionate. The way we are going, we'll end up with only the hard men. Pamela Bone
A good politician doesn't tell you what he's going to do next. Sonny Bono
I think we should have more politicians from the street …. We need more regular people up here in Congress. Sonny Bono
Do you think it would be possible for women to make a worse mess of politics than the men have? Mrs. Boorman Wells
A statesman is judged by results. If his policy fails he goes. It may be unfair, but there is a kind of rough justice about it. Robert Boothby
Of course, in my country most political leaders are really, well, I suppose I think of them as being, well, not gangsters but more or less the same kind of thing, no? I mean—people who go in for getting elected. What can you expect of a man like that? Jorge Luis Borges
You don’t become a statesman unless you are first a good politician. Gabor Boritt
Men govern themselves by instinct much more than by laws and intellect. Henry Bourassa
Good politicians listen to the people. William W. Bradley
My mother wanted me to be a success. My father wanted me to be a gentleman. Neither wanted me to be a politician. William W. Bradley
There are two kinds of politicians, those who talk and promise and those who listen and do. William W. Bradley
You'll find that I'm modest when you get to know me. Anne Brancato
Politicians, even if their motives are not of the purest, come much nearer performing their duties than the so-called "good" citizens who stay at home [on Election Day.] Louis D. Brandeis
The normal half-brained politician sometimes doesn't understand capital markets. Richard C. Breeden
It's very hard to like politicians enough to write short stories about them. Jimmy Breslin
Politics is, like croquet, a sport for the old. The males who dominate it are either white haired or bald. The bellies protrude, the eyes weaken, the faces grow flush from even a flight of stairs. A touch of emphysema is the badge of a great political hero. Jimmy Breslin
Politics. Where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be a candidate themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage. Jimmy Breslin
Injecting new ideas into public debate is the supreme function of the newspaper columnist. Politicians and civil servants absolutely will not take the risk. Peter Brimelow
In Washington's political history a good many sow's ears have been turned into silk purses. David Brinkley
People die as you elect new apostles of neglect. Joseph Brodsky
Most British statesman have either drunk too much or womanized too much. I never fell into the second category. George S. Brown; Lord
The news media more and more considered the politicians to be props in their entertainment shows. Herbert Brownell
Why the best men do not get into politics. James Bryce
A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature. James Bryce
Politician is a term of reproach. James Bryce
Happily we do not idolize our public men. John Buchan
Politicians and bureaucrats aren’t benevolent or malevolent. They are just like the rest of us. James Buchanan
There are no honorable rulers. Pearl S. Buck
declaring itself in ways more impressive to the tremulous politician than the most convincing argument. George Buckle
I’d say that my relationship with the Governor is about as good as that of anybody else in Sacramento. Cruz Bustamante
Men who have greatness within them don't go into politics. Albert Camus
Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to let the skunks choose the weapons. Joseph Cannon
I have the disease called politics. Andrew Card
We cannot ask our soldiers to be courageous if our politicians are not. Robert Carey
Politicians all kiss babies but how do they stand on tax relief for families with children? Allan C. Carlson
Politicians don't make things—they occasionally have ideas and mostly see them frustrated. But at Cadbury-Schweppes, you can actually go into a factory and see something come out the other end, like a bottle of tonic water or a bar of chocolate. It is a completely different feeling. Lord Carrington
Politicians are half ego and half humility. Jimmy Carter
The statesman's motto should be, "Keep your word until death. George-Etienne Cartier
Elections are about fucking your enemies. Winning is about fucking your friends. James Carville
Politicians dare to fail publicly. James Carville
If you're going to get into the political business, you've got to be intensively competitive. James Carville
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle or a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven, than for a politician to lay aside disguise. James Caulfield, 1st Earl of Charlemont
If someone agrees with you they're a statesman. If someone disagrees with you, they're a politician. John Chafee
I’ve worked as a leader for many years and I’ve always trained myself to be prepared for the worst. Victor Chernomyrdin
Politicians have no politics. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The aim of the sculptor is to convince us that he is a sculptor; the aim of the orator, is to convince us that he is not an orator. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall, your elbows high, and a smile on your face. Jean Chretien
One thing I've learned in politics—you have to make time for your family, no matter how busy you are. Jean Chretien
We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges. Winston Churchill
A most wretched custom is our electioneering and scrambling for office. Misserima omnimo est ambitio honorumque contentio. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The administration of government, like a guardianship ought to be directed to the good of those who confer, not to those who receive the trust. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Persistence in one opinion has never been considered a merit in political leaders. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Without your knowledge, the eyes and ears of many will see and watch you as they have done already. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The difference between a politician and a statesman is: a politician thinks of the next election and a statesman thinks of the next generation. James F. Clarke
Rather judge a person by his actions than by his words; because many act badly and speak splendidly. Matthias Claudius
Those who are selected for a limited time to manage public affairs are still of the people, and may do much by their example to encourage, consistently with the dignity of their official functions, that plain way of life which among their fellow-citizens aids integrity and promotes thrift and prosperity. Grover Cleveland
American women don't need to be lectured about values by men in Washington. Hillary Clinton
Most people who run for political office have another job. Hillary Clinton
Even people in public life are entitled to some zone of privacy. Bill Clinton
Powerful people maneuver for position and worry endlessly about who is in and who is out, who is up and who is down, forgetting those people whose toil and sweat sends us here and pays our way. Bill Clinton
Voters are naturally suspicious of politicians. Bill Clinton
Politicians are elected for two years or four years at a time, and prevention programs of all kinds are simply not a priority for people whose careers are so short-lived. Anne H. Cohn
The very best have had their calumniators; the very worst their panegyrists. Charles Caleb Colton
We are not perfect by a damn sight, and in politics that’s very clear. Erastus 2nd Corning
Never make people laugh. If you would succeed in life, you must be solemn, solemn as an ass. All great monuments are built over solemn asses. Thomas Corwin
Politicians are ambitious not to make important decisions but to say important things. Richard Crossman
The distinction between a statesman and a politician is that the former imposes his will and his ideas on his environment while the latter adopts himself to it. Richard Crossman
The only way you get to be a “wise man” is to outlive your contemporaries and keep your mouth shut. Lloyd Cutler
A good man fallen among politicians. Daily Mirror
No public character has ever stood the revelation of private utterance and correspondence. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
The captains of the [political] system become the captives of the system. Alphonse D'Amato
The most important thing a politician can do is try to keep the country glued together. John C. Danforth
Politicians can be bought and often are. Mitch Daniels
No one who's a politician wants to be associated with anything that is unpopular. Richard G. Darman
Politicians worry about downside political risks. Generally speaking, they are risk minimizers. Richard G. Darman
I thought his genius was military, but that as a party manager, he would not succeed. He did not know the arts of the politician and would not practice them if understood, and he did know those of war. Varina Davis
I am a man who belongs to no one and who belongs to the whole world. Charles de Gaulle
Politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. Charles de Gaulle
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him. Charles de Gaulle
If you want to understand a nation, look at its dancers and listen to its folk songs—don't pay any attention to its politicians. Agnes de Mille
He is the only politician who knows anything about art. Edgar Degas
Politicians are becoming mouthpieces for other forces justifying the status quo. Remi DeRoo
I trust that the time may never come when the love of fame shall cease to be the sovereign passion of public men. Benjamin Disraeli
In politics there is no honor. Benjamin Disraeli
A good politician has to know both himself and his times. Benjamin Disraeli
A politician needs a wife and other people too. A man of state needs helpers—little elves and sprites to do his bidding. Michael Dobbs
I am not a politician and I think that is a plus. Elizabeth Dole
We like to make tough speeches, but we don't like to make tough choices. Bob Dole
This county [Fairfax County, Virginia] is the wealthiest county in America in terms of average income, but the school system is not getting the money .... Many of our politicians give lip service to education as a priority, but when it comes to the money, it’s not there. Daniel Domenech
they have clubbed us off the streets they are stronger they are rich they hire and fire the politicians the newspaper editors the old judges...they hire the men with guns the uniforms the police cars the patrol wagons John Dos Passos
Our rulers do wrong from choice and right from necessity. Frederick Douglass
Politicians are ready to suspend their beliefs or policy positions in the name of electoral success. When belief collides with public opinion, belief often goes. Elizabeth Drew
We have reached the point where politicians aren’t supposed to be political and the parties aren’t supposed to debate issues. Elizabeth Drew
Nobody really believes any more that government delivers. Peter Drucker
For politicians neither love nor hate. John Dryden
No soldier starts a war—they only give their lives to it. Wars are started by you and me, by bankers and politicians, excitable women, newspaper editors, clergymen who are ex-pacifists, and Congressmen with vertebrae of putty. Francis Duffy
I always begin my courses by saying if I knew anything about, politics, I wouldn’t be here. Michael Dukakis
I'm a soldier and I'm positive no one thinks of me as a politician. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Washington doesn't understand interest rates and Wall Street doesn't understand Washington. Stuart Eizenstat
The blessed work of helping the world forward, happily, does not wait to be done by perfect men. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
The reason most politicians don't like urban enterprise zones is that the jobs that are moved into the zones come from their districts. Linda Ellerbee
If they [elected politicians] ought to be just towards men, ought they not also to abstain from robbing God, and to render unto him that honour which is HIS due? Ezra Stiles Ely
In politics and in trade, bruisers and pirates are of better promise than talkers and clerks. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men in power have no opinions, but may be had cheap for any opinion, for any purpose. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men such as they are, very naturally seek money or power; and power because it is as good as money,--the “spoils,” so called, “of office.” And why not? For they aspire to the highest, and this, in their sleep-walking, they dream is highest. Wake them, and they shall quit the false good, and leap to the true, and leave governments to clerks and desks. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The day may come when we will replace politicians with computers. Judging from some of the reasoning of politicians I've seen over the years, I know I would sooner take the logic of a computer. The machine may suffer the same lack of intelligence as some politicians, but at least there is consistency in its idiocy. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Politicians are part fake, part substance. James Fallows
The hazards of politics come not from campaigns and elections, as might be supposed, but rather from the nature of the creature that engages in politics. Ambition, love, jealousy, hate and the many emotions and reactions man is heir to frequently affect the course of nation and world more than principles or circumstances or events. James A. Farley
A politician cannot separate his own personal advantage from his own political advantage. James Farmer
A good politicians knows his friends and a good politician knows his enemies. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
Whereas the British were generally quite open about the fact that they were running an empire, few Americans politicians today would use the “e” word as anything other than a term of abuse. Niall Ferguson
Politicians who have been around for a while tend to have thick skins. Geraldine Ferraro
The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate [politician], as equally useful. Edward Gibbon
A civilian ruler dabbling in religion is as reprehensible as a clergyman dabbling in politics. Both render themselves odious as well as ridiculous. James Gibbons
Politicians often confuse what sounds good with what really works. James S. Gilmore III
Politicians trim and tack in their quest for power, but they do so in order to get the wind of votes in their sails. Ian Gilmour
I believe that [Bill] Clinton is the best tactical politician, certainly in my lifetime. Newt Gingrich
The fate of American companies often hinges on the power of American politicians, bureaucrats and judges. James K. Glassman
Any man who tells the people what they want to hear is usually pretty popular Barry Goldwater
There is something in the heart of every politician that loves a dam, or a harbor, or a bridge or a military installation. Phil Gramm
No, I am a military man, not a statesman. I would just like to be mayor of Galena long enough to build a sidewalk from my house to the station. Ulysses S. Grant
Politicians in this country have been more concerned with maintaining a positive public opinion of the white electorate than they have with upholding their oath to implement the Constitution. Dick Gregory
It is seldom that public men see more beyond direct consequences. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Letting someone else take the blame ... every politician does that if they can, every politician. Martha Griffiths
Politicians: Some are ignorant; some are not ignorant, but those who are ignorant don't want to know. The psychologists call it denial. Martin L. Gross
Politicians are like horses, they cannot go properly without blinkers. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
While Washington's establishment ... is whipped into motion by the mere whiff of an emotional issue or scandal, there is no reward in today's Capitol for fixing the broken mechanics of government or solving the huge problems that haunt us. Tom Freedman
Men say that I am a saint losing myself in politics. The fact is that I am a politician trying my hardest to be a saint. Mohandas K. Gandhi
[Commenting on negative campaigning:] On the eve of the first Tuesday in November, once again we are faced with the ugly paradox of 30-second-spot democracy: to prove they are worthy of governing us in all that we hold dear, America's politicians must behave in a way that proves they aren't. Bob Garfield
Politicians need three things to be successful: money, unchecked ego, and sociopathic drive. Ann Garofalo
There are two kinds of people. The smart people ... who sit around the table and kind of examine life. And then there are the other people—who run for public office, and some of the idiots like myself who are just in there fighting. David Garth
It is not very often given to a politician to turn out to be right. Hans-Dietrich Genscher
We cannot safely leave politics to politicians, or political economy to college professors. Henry George
Our founding fathers created a system of government of men, not of angels. Richard A. Gephardt
What you know is always a little less attractive to you than what you don't know. Richard A. Gephardt
People [in politics] do go on and talk. Floyd Flake
He who is involved in realpolitik must think only of the last twenty-four hours. Theodor Herzl
There are extremely few places in the world where the citizens believe their political leaders will be punished if they disobey the law. Philip B. Heymann
We’re blessed here in Florida with a group of politicians who for the most part are putzes. Carl Hiaasen
… political adventurers who have never done anything but pose and draw a salary. James J. Hill
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Hirohito
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Hirohito
A great politician has to bother himself less with means than with goals. Adolf Hitler
All persons who take part in government are accountable for their actions. Gijsbert Karel Van Graff Hogendorp
When people have recently asked me my profession, I have not dared to reply. Francois Hollande
I do not believe I have the mental attitude or the politician's manner ... I am too sensitive to political mud. Herbert Hoover
Ronald Reagan is not a typical politician because he doesn't know how to lie, cheat, and steal. He's always had an agent for that. Bob Hope
For every folly of the princes, the Greek people suffer. Quidquid delirant reges plectuntur Achivi. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Have you ever noticed that it’s only the public sector that complains about too many customers. Jacob Hornberger
That the politicians are permitted to carry on the same old disgraceful campaign from year to year is as insulting to the people as would be a gang of thieves coming back to a town they had robbed, staging a parade, and inviting the citizens to fall in and cheer. Edgar Watson Howe
While not all politicians are statesmen, all statesmen are politicians. Tom Huston
With the best will, no one can be an official and a man. Henrik Ibsen
In public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles. Thomas Jefferson
Government, as well as religion, has furnished its schisms, its persecutions, and its devices for fattening idleness on the earnings of the people. It has its hierarchy of emperors, kings, princes, and nobles, as that has of popes, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, and priests. In short, cannibals are not to be found in the wilds of America only, but are reveling on the blood of every living people. Thomas Jefferson
Lyndon, please tell me as soon as you can what the deal is … I am afraid its politics. I would hate for you to go into politics. Lady Bird Johnson
In politics it's very dangerous to have a philosophy. In a democracy you should have politicians who settle the problems that exist, not who set out to prove philosophical ideals. Francis Daniel Johnson Sr.
I seldom think of politics more than 18 hours a day. Lyndon B. Johnson
I want to get his views, and we might talk on problems over the carcass of a deer. Lyndon B. Johnson
If you're in politics and you can't tell when you walk into a room who's for you and who's against you, then you're in the wrong line of work. Lyndon B. Johnson
A professional politician's first duty is to appeal to the forces that unite us .... It is our obligation to resolve issues—not to create them. Lyndon B. Johnson
The right to vote with no ifs, ands, or buts, that's the key. When the Negroes get that, they'll have every politician, north and south, east and west, kissing their ass, begging for their support. Lyndon B. Johnson
No one person should be bigger than the office he represents. Sterling Johnson Jr.
If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. Barbara Jordan
Politicians respect a lot of things, but nothing so much as success. Hamilton Jordan
I have always been able to take care of the enemy in my front, but I have never been able to protect myself from the enemy in my rear [domestic politics and politicians]. Douglas MacArthur
A politician must often talk and act before he has thought and read. He may be very ill-informed respecting a question; all his notions about it may be vague and inaccurate, but speak he must; and if he is a man of talents, of tact, and of intrepidity, he soon finds that, even under such circumstances, it is possible to speak successfully. Thomas Babington Macaulay
A reforming age is always fertile of imposters. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nothing he [a Foreign Secretary] can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion. Harold MacMillan
At home, you always have to be a politician: when you're abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman. Harold MacMillan
If every politician, in or out of government, were made to apologize for injudicious remarks, he would have little time to do anything else. John Major
Under universal suffrage the elected are those who know best how to take in the masses. The minority, which may happen to be the half minus one, is sacrificed. Errico Malatesta
A candidate for office can have no greater advantage than muddled syntax; no greater liability than a command of language. Marya Mannes
I mean to retire from public life and spend all my time with you. Andrew Jackson
Public men rarely keep their promises to retire from public life. Rutherford B. Hayes
I assume that you would not desire your wife the role of partisan. Dolley Madison
Let’s face it. Everybody considers you to be a loser. Merv Griffin
After … years of political life most men acquire enemies as ships acquire barnacles. Kati Marton
Temperament is destiny not only for politicians but for their spouses as well. Kati Marton
To say that the newspaper press represents public opinion is to administer insult to intelligent men. It is the property of speculators, political leaders, large contractors and railway directors. Karl Marx
The great crime of the politicians is not just the corrosion of their own morality but the corruption they've caused to the American spirit. Jackie Mason
The old guys schmooze; the new guys broadcast. Christopher Matthews
Most people have a healthy disrespect for politicians. Christopher Matthews
What does democracy come down to? The persuasive power of slogans invented by wily self-seeking politicians. W. Somerset Maugham
It is very unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public. W. Somerset Maugham
The great families have their privileges. Andre Maurois
A man must have guts enough to fall out even with his friends .... The only way to play politics is not to play politics. Maury Maverick
Ministers [government officials] in the conduct of war … assume that war having been declared, the sole duty and anxiety of Ministers should consist in supporting generals and armies in the field. Herbert Maxwell
To be a politician must not be a pleasure always. Kurt Masur
Being in politics is like coaching football. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it's important. Eugene McCarthy
One thing about a pig. He thinks he's warm if his nose is warm. I saw a bunch of pigs one time that had frozen together in a rosette, each one's nose tucked under the rump of the one in front. We have a lot of pigs in politics. Eugene McCarthy
In Ireland we got into the habit of electing our intellectual inferiors to high public office. Malachy McCourt
The hardest thing in most Ottawa men's [politicians] pants is their cellular phone. Audrey McLoughlin
Washington likes people who are articulate and look at the big picture and have all the answers. M. Peter McPherson
If experience teaches us anything it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. H. L. Mencken
Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent. H. L. Mencken
Our system of checks and balances .... The people keep the politicians from stealing too much, and the politicians keep the people from getting too crazy. H. L. Mencken
The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and human. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression. H. L. Mencken
I shall die as I have lived, not as a politician but as a socialist. Klemens von Metternich
The man of public life has always at command a sure resource against this danger [losing political battles],—that is, retirement. Klemens von Metternich
It's up to us [pro-choice activists] to mobilize public opinion in such a way that these politicians know their jobs are at stake. Kate Michelman
People deny things that are true all the time. Caroline Miller
In order to survive politically, you've got to have a big-buck fundraiser at least one a year. Harris N. Miller
Politicians generally don’t volunteer for press encounters they can’t control. Matthew Miller
[Referring to political leaders:] Since they take the risks, they need the laurels. Jean Monnet
For the politician the goal is always to be in the government.... Everything is about the struggle for office. The purpose of power, the problem to solve, is forgotten. Jean Monnet
The world is divided into those who want to become someone and those who want to accomplish something. Jean Monnet
They can say that you are a liar, a cheat, a crackpot, and a licentious old man, and most politicians don't care. But if they say you can't win, you're through. Mike Monroney
No reasonable man would think more highly of himself because he has office or power in this world; he is no more than a prisoner whom the chief gaoler has set over his fellow-prisoners, until the executioner's cart comes for him too. Thomas More
Politicians livelihoods depend on what people think. Richard Morin
The proper memory for a politician is one that knows what to remember and what to forget. John Morley
A pragmatist won't let ideology get in the way of what's got to be done to get elected. Jim Morris
For magistrates often changed, like hungry flies suck more blood, and as the devil rageth more because his time is short, so these magistrates, fearing soon to be recalled, are not so much bent to reform the commonwealth the fruit whereof should be reaped by the successor, as they are vigilant to enrich themselves and their followers. Fynes Morrison
Politicians are waving the diaper as often as they wave the flag. Bill Moyers
It is possible to grow enormously successful and powerful in America without knowing that the world is a dangerous place. Daniel P. Moynihan
The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. Edward R. Murrow
I would feel insulted if you called me a politician. Politicians here in Africa do not have a good reputation. Yoweri Museveni
I loathe the professional politician. I have never been a regular. I have fought political machines and party politics at every opportunity. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Government profits from the experience of people who have not spent their careers in government or running for office. Philip Lader
In the U. S. politicians have traditionally been able to spend entire careers distributing a growing pie; thus, they're good at distributing pleasure but not at allocating pain. Richard Lamm
I must follow them. I am their leader. Andrew Bonar Law
There are a lot of smart people in politics and government, but character matters ... it is terribly important that the two be melded. James Madison Leach
Politicians start wars, but it's young men who wash themselves with blood because of the politicians' shortsightedness. Aleksandr Lebed
For Louisiana politicians, bribery is an occupational hazard. When I took the oath of office I didn't take an oath of poverty. Richard Leche
Let me through. I have to follow them. I am their leader. Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
If I went into politics, my parents would turn over in their graves. It’s not as respected a profession as many others. Winnie Lee
Politicians have the same occupational hazard as generals—focusing on the last battle and overreacting to that. Ann F. Lewis
Bind down our politicians with the chains of our Constitution. Libertarian Party
A politician can never escape his past; he can transcend his past. Allan Lichtman
This fall I became quite a politician, rather an unladylike profession ... Mary Todd Lincoln
Most politicians want to be seen as leading the parade. Thus they act to make a good thing better, and when markets slip, they find ways to limit the economic freedom of others. Lawrence B. Lindsey
In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment, public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers always on trial for their political lives. Walter Lippmann
Many a public figure has come to imitate the journalism which describes him. Walter Lippmann
Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. Walter Lippmann
The best servants of the people, like the best valets, must whisper unpleasant truths in the master's ear. Walter Lippmann
The politician says: "I will give you what you want." The statesman says: "What you think you want is this. What it is possible for you to get is that. What you really want, therefore, is the following. Walter Lippmann
The job of the politician isn’t to tell you what you want to hear, but to tell you what needs to be done. Ken Livingstone
A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him, he is a statesman. David Lloyd George
I never had any interest in politics. I never would have gone into politics except that when my brother died, my father insisted. John F. Kennedy
Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to become President, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. John F. Kennedy
Sometimes party loyalty asks too much. John F. Kennedy
Politicians are just human beings. When there is a degree of very personal pain that one feels towards an issue ..., the commitment level is higher and the willingness to compromise is lower. Joseph P. Kennedy III
Painfully often the legislation our politicians pass is designed less to solve problems than to protect the politicians from defeat in our never-ending election campaigns. They are … too frightened of us to govern. Anthony King
Politicians. Little Tin Gods on Wheels. Rudyard Kipling
As it was in the beginning, Is today official sinning, And shall be forever more. Rudyard Kipling
… assassination of subversives, politicians and prominent figures both within the national borders of certain Southern Cone countries and abroad … would create a most serious moral and political problem. Henry A. Kissinger
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad name. Henry A. Kissinger
The modern politician is less interested in being a hero than a superstar. Heroes walk alone; stars derive their status from approbation. Henry A. Kissinger
The political leaders with whom we are familiar generally aspire to be superstars rather than heroes .... Superstars strive for approbation; heroes walk alone. Superstars crave consensus; heroes define themselves by the judgment of the future ... Henry A. Kissinger
[Describing Richard Nixon:] ... an unpleasant man.... What I never understood is why he became a politician. Henry A. Kissinger
If you're in public life, a certain percentage of what you do must be done on television. Ted Koppel
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country-and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. Charles Krauthammer
We must stop politicians from ruining our reputation with their advertising. It is a disgrace. Alex Kroll
America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society. Peter Kropotkin
The principal concern of Mexico’s political elite today is how to build governing majorities and achieve consensus. M. Delal Baer
Sitting in marble corridors waiting for important people to lie to you. Russell Baker
Politicians may do as they please, so long as they violate no rule of right, no principle of justice, no law of God; but in no world, in no order, or condition, have men the right to do wrong. Orestes Augustus Brownson
A tree falls the way it leans. Bulgarian Proverb
[A] well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals. Catholic Church
Our modern politicians … claim that they are too practical to be pure and too patriotic to be moral. Gilbert K. Chesterton
People always say it is carefree leaving officialdom, but actually they do want to keep the position. Chinese Proverb
The Gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities Chinese Proverb
The best kind of politician is the one who doesn’t do anything—he can’t screw things up. Mark Cuban
Politicians are like weather vanes. French Proverb
Yesterday's promise, like tomorrow's never comes. German Proverb
Television looked at politicians and saw a bottomless pit of advertising. Don Hewitt
You can’t get to be an officeholder in America without buying television time. Don Hewitt
Neither the lawmaker nor the capitalist possesses any miraculous power of multiplying loaves and fishes; or of commanding, like the enchanters of old, broomsticks to do the work of men. They must have labourers, skilled labourers, and without them it is nonsense to talk of improving a country … Thomas Hodgskin
You may be sure that if ever I attain power, neither church nor churchman shall have a voice in Austria. I fear not Religion. Wenzel Anton Kaunitz
Nobody running for political office was allowed to speak . The rules were so restrictive that unless you could get--which was impossible--both candidates for president of the United States to speak at the same time, you couldn't have either one of them. Clark Kerr
Some politicians ask for the original of a cutting cartoon. They want to put it on their wall to show how they can take a joke. David Levine
A Fellow who has deserved to be hang'd by all Laws human and divine, for his Conduct in private Life, will spring up into an important Champion at the Head of a Party. William Livingston
A Man … is not half so intent upon reforming the Abuses of his own Party, as discerning the Errors of his Enemies. To view the Virtues of the Side he espouses, he uses the magnifying End of the Perspective; but inverts the Tube, when he surveys those of his Adversaries William Livingston
FROM the Moment that Men give themselves wholly up to a Party, they abandon their Reason, and are led Captive by their Passions. The Cause they espouse, presents such bewitching Charms, as dazzle the judgment; and the Side they oppose, such imaginary Deformity, that no Opposition appears too violent; nor any Arts to blacken and ruin it, incapable of a specious Varnish William Livingston
The designing Party-Man always appears in the Mask of publick Spirit, and conceals the most selfish and riotous Disposition, under the venerable Pretext of asserting Liberty, and defending his Country William Livingston
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of, while others judge us by what we have already done. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The function of a newspaper in a democracy is to stand as a sort of chronic opposition to the reigning quacks. H. L. Mencken
There was a time when politicians could appeal to prejudice and intolerance by baiting the opposition with red-meat code words. Not now. In this new millennium, the world is smaller, as different cultures, traditions, and religious beliefs are merged together. William G. Milliken
All politicians make huge mistakes. Simon Seabag Montefiore
I felt certain that the secrets of Washington would quickly become known and that our nation would be swept with moral indignation and revulsion when Americans saw exposed to the light of day even a small part of the foul record of the diseased creature that had squatted in the White House for so many years, surrounded by his appalling gang of degenerates, traitors, and alien subversives Revilo P. Oliver
Where the carcass of a nation rots there will be the filibusters be gathered together. Every raven in the hungry flock of American politicians looks that way, wipes his greedy beak, prunes his wings, and screams “Manifest Destiny.” Theodore Parker
Past occurrences have generally shown that there hasn’t been satisfaction from politicians in the manner they were covered [by the press.] Davey Sakala
We are on the verge of seeing an actor who couldn’t win an Oscar win the governor’s race of California. Al Sharpton
Excessive pandering to stockholders is as bad as any other form of pandering Paul Simon
I’m the only woman in the country who gets a regular pay check doing political cartoons. And there are no Blacks. I don’t know why …. Perhaps, women are used to taking care of pathetic things; cartoonists beat up on pathetic things. Signe Wilkinson
Maybe these husbands ought not to be encouraged to get the things to which their ambitions lead them, but how can wives who love them do anything but help them? Edith Bolling Wilson
My column showed you into office and my column can show you out again Walter Winchell
Each of us in our time in high office had our ample share of severe critics. But only we actually knew, far better than our worst critics ever dreamed, how truly fallible and all-too-human each of us really was. Mikhail Gorbachev
If you won’t use that line, I quit. Robert Hartman
Large staffs -- small victories Alexander V. Suvorov
I never saw anyone work harder but he didn’t seem to have any fun. Christian A. Herter
While the politicians fight for place and power, what of the destinies of the common people, in whose name and for whose alleged benefit the contending factions appeal to the world at large? J. O. P. Bland
The army, uncontrolled and uncontrollable, has already repudiated Young China; the horde of hungry politicians remains absorbed in futile arguments and sordid intrigues; the Government is without prestige, policy or power; three parties in the State, alike and pelf; the Cabinet is distracted by the advice of amateur politicians at the capital and the threats and protests of the provinces. J. O. P. Bland
… that beer garden on the hill Herbert Hoover
The Presidency is not a showman’s job. You can’t make a Teddy Roosevelt out of me. Herbert Hoover
The political class is becoming increasingly alien to the people. Alain Touraine
We always defer … kick the can down the road. The only way you get into trouble in politics is to make choices. Kent Conrad
Barbara Lee Speaks for Me! Barbara Lee
I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
Between the working class and the capitalist class, there is an irrepressible conflict, a class struggle for life. No glib-tongued politician can vault over it, no capitalist professor or official statistician can argue it away; no capitalist parson can veil it; no labor faker can straddle it; no “reform” architect can bridge it over. It crops up in all manner of ways Daniel DeLeon
Political activity means working for the future; the more we look into the future the more far-sighted will our policy be - so much the more clear and decided. The less far we try to see into the future, the more we content ourselves with the daily routine (Alltäglichkeit), the more weak and uncertain will be our policy of to-day. Every politician of note must, therefore endeavor out of the present to conclude what the future will be, and, if he wants to win the masses to his politics then he must attempt to make his expectations of the future plausible Karl Kautsky
State services become a means to politicians for placing their tools or dependants, and for giving good, fat sinecures … Paul Lafargue
I dread the idea of seeming to intrude my views too often upon the public Booker T. Washington
... avaricious to a most infamous degree; needy at the same time, having a numerous family to provide for John Adams
We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. Hillary Clinton
The truth is that I am a gay American. James McGreevey
The problem with smear campaigns is that too often they work Mark Shields
He survived politically for forty years. No matter what the issue was, it did not concern him. He knew that if he could call a man’s name in a crowd, shake hands with him and ask him about his wife and children, whose names were also in the little book, he had that man’s vote. William Allan White
Snot-nosed kid … a grandstanding little runt Lyndon B. Johnson
The wealthy and the connected have had a President for the last seven years. It’s about time that the rest of us had a President also. Hillary Clinton
Nobody with the name of Barack Obama will win anything. Willie Brown
No one is ready to be President. If you end up with the title, you adjust to the position. Willie Brown
Every moment wasted looking back prevents us from moving forward. Hillary Clinton
Incremental change will not solve this nation’s problems. John Edwards
If flip-flop were an Olympic sport, John McCain would win the gold medal. Rahm Emanuel
The Presidency, even to the most experienced politicians, is no bed of roses; and Gen. Taylor like others, found thorns within it. No human being can fill that station and escape censure. Abraham Lincoln
To enter the world of politics, you have to be comfortable there. You must imagine that you belong there…. Women have to be asked to run more so than men. Not all, but generally. Madeleine M. Kunin
Pat Buchanan is a … crazed Davy Crockett running around the parapets of Nixon’s Alamo. Hunter S. Thompson
I want to prove that you can get things done without having everyone dislike you – ie acting like a politician. David Paterson
Our oath is not to a politician, or to the party in power, or to the President. It is to the Constitution. David Inglesias
In much of the democratic world, citizens lack any confidence that politicians, political parties, or government officials are serving anyone other than themselves. Larry Diamond
I don’t make many mistakes but when I make one, it’s a beaut. Fiorello H. La Guardia
There was an obvious link between 30 or 40 years of a policy of uncontrolled immigration and the social explosion in French cities. Nicolas Sarkozy
We Republicans came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us. Thomas G. Thompson
Kennedy tried to kill Castro. Castro got Kennedy first. Lyndon B. Johnson
Anyone who gets to the top in politics is a control freak. Francis Beckett
How pathetic indeed are the efforts of those leaders of human institutions who, in utter disregard of the spirit of the age, are striving to adjust national processes, suited to the ancient days of self-contained nations, to an age which must either achieve the unity of the world … or perish. Shoghi Effendi
Whenever any one of them [world leaders] hath striven to improve its country’s condition, his motive hath been his own gain Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
Like many people when young I did things that I should not have done and regret it. But a politician is entitled to a private life and therefore I shall be making no comment on what has appeared in the press. David Cameron
I never met a politician that I couldn’t take a poke at. Molly Ivins
These bastards who run our country are a bunch of conniving, thieving, smug pricks who need to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control. Michael Moore
There are certain elections where policy matters more than others….Personality without a platform will not cut it. Charles E. Schumer
Washington can be a very lonely place for Congressman and Senators. Many acquaintances almost all of whom want something and very few friends. Charles E. Schumer
People hold elected officials to a higher ethical standard than most others. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
I campaign all the time. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Whoever deviates from this policy that I have established, privately or publicly, will be expelled from the Union Nationale. Maurice L. Duplessis
Politics is the entertainment industry for ugly people! Mark Turpin
It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction. Mark Foley
How you can win the population for war: At first, the statesman will invent cheap lying, that impute the guilt of the attacked nation, and each person will be happy over this deceit, that calm the conscience. It will study it detailed and refuse to test arguments of the other opinion. So he will convince step for step even therefrom that the war is just and thank God, that he, after this process of grotesque even deceit, can sleep better Mark Twain
The honorable senator who introduced the legislation to pay me the $25,000 for my Civil War negative collection demanded half the proceeds, but I will not name the honorable gentleman. Mathew Brady
Statesmen are judged by history beyond contemporary debates. Henry A. Kissinger
The Politician uses the language of diplomacy of which he is a master, and it consists in telling some of the truth without necessarily exhausting it. Peter de Noronha
Polls are after all places where you stand in line for a chance to decide who will spend your money. Peter de Noronha
My political opponents can have their pound of flesh … but they will not eat into my beliefs Peter Mandelson
There is a Holiness about the Constitution; and we would ... wither every hand extended to treat it rudely. The peace and prosperity of this Republic, the world's last best hope, must not be haphazarded, much less destroyed, that certain men may rule Hezekiah Niles
Speak a language to our Southern brethren … causing people to see what that law has produced, and not permit their reason to be led captive by political aspirants or persons rendered unwise because of apprehended loss of power, by which they weaken themselves and hasten that which they so much fear Hezekiah Niles
Politicians have to be themselves because if they are not, in the end, the people will see through it. Alastair Campbell
Elected officials, when faced with either-or decisions, inevitably choose both. Michael Bloomberg
I’m too hard-headed; nobody will ever vote for me. I’ll find another way to serve. Hillary Clinton
The cynical impudence with which the reformers have tried to manufacture an ideal statesman out of the late shady politician beats anything in novel-writing. They are making popular capital. They lie and maneuver just like candidates for office. The independents and reformers are as bad as the late lamented, and for the same reason. It pays.[ Henry Adams
‘The laboring poor’ is a detestable, canting phrase. Edmund Burke
A politician is an arse upon which every one has sat except a man. e. e. cummings
He learned too much and too early that victory goes to the discreet, that one does not speak one's opinion, that ideally one does not even develop one's opinion. Norman Mailer
[Politicians and political party] leaders themselves, though they originally may have meant nothing but their own aggrandizement, become many of them in time the dupes of their own sophistry, and are as eager for this great reformation as the weakest and foolishest of their followers. Adam Smith
Party service does not require intelligent, independent action, and politics today stands for party fealty more than for governmental ethics Lemuel K. Washburn
The main question that is decided by an election in our country is, which political party shall have the privilege of dispensing the offices of Government? Lemuel K. Washburn
The “cant” of the politician, like the cant of the “religious” man, is also protean in its guise, but its chief method is to explain away words. The politician can always show you that he didn’t mean what he says, but something rather different from what he says. Political cant consists in pretending to agreement with hearers, whoever they may be. This cant is part of the stock-in-trade of every politician, be he Tory, Whig, or Radical, and it is by its means that he tries to haul in stray votes. E. Belfort Bax
The reputation of a man as a member of a party may not be homogeneous with his character in his personal relations. We have in our mind instances of persons who have been for years hard workers for the cause, whose party-character is unimpeachable, but who are nevertheless sometimes difficult to get on with in private life. And, conversely, we know some whom we would personally trust to the uttermost, but politically as far as we could see them and no farther. The former, we believe, can often, and the latter seldom, be used in the interests of the party. E. Belfort Bax
We have too often been tolerant of mediocrity in our leaders, and equally contemptuous of them. It should be exactly the reverse. We should be offering leaders our real respect, and demanding absolutely that they deliver. William R. Roy
You learn more from your failures than you do from your successes. Rudolph W. Giuliani
If God had intended us to vote, he would have given us candidates. Anonymous
Overnight democracy will empower the poor, indigenous majority. What happens is that under those circumstances, democracy doesn't do what we expect it to do -- that is, reinforce markets. [Instead,] democracy leads to the emergence of manipulative politicians and demagogues who find that the best way to get votes is by scapegoating the minorities…. Markets benefit one ethnic group, democracy empowers a different ethnic majority, and the result is a lot of instability. Amy L. Chua
Politics has almost become an increasingly pejorative term in our culture. "Politicking" is not something to which we attribute a lot of value, but that itself is a major issue and a problem, and it is a decline in public culture, to have come to that point. Seyla Benhabib
Peace is a human right and those who deny you peace are those who are violating an essential right. Hanan Ashrawi
The people never endeavor to ridicule those they love and esteem, nor will they suffer them to be ridiculed. If any one attempts it, their ridicule returns upon the author; he makes himself only the object of public hatred and contempt. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
In public, as well as private life, the only way to prevent being ridiculed or censured, is to avoid all ridiculous or wicked measures, and to pursue such only as are virtuous and worthy. If any man thinks he has been ridiculed, upon any of our public theatres, let him examine his actions he will find the cause, let him alter his conduct he will find a remedy Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
No man ought to be hindered saying or writing what he pleases on the conduct of those who undertake the management of national affairs, in which all are concerned, and therefore have the right to inquire, and to publish their suspicions concerning them. For if you punish the slanderer, you deter the fair inquirer. James Burgh
We all joke about Bush. You go to a meeting and just say “Bush” and everyone will laugh. Tariq Ali
Attired in white, with socialism as bait they set out on a cynical sport… vote hunting. Secularism as fig-leaf, the political bed-switching begins. Gigolos blush. Randeep Wadehra
An economist always shows two sides to the same coin and a politician pretends that the coin has just one side. Prakarsh Singh
Grateful acknowledgments are due to my fellow citizens generally, whose support has been my great encouragement under all embarrassments. In the transaction of their business I cannot have escaped error. It is incident to our imperfect nature. But I may say with truth, my errors have been of the understanding, not of intention; and that the advancement of their rights and interests has been the constant motive for every measure. On these considerations I solicit their indulgence. Thomas Jefferson
In Washington, common sense policy is considered bold. Ben Scott
Politicians get elected because of the immediate results demanded by their constituents, not the long-term structural arrangements debated by constitution-makers and political theorists. Robert Bartley
The most successful political candidates will be those who can tap American anger without becoming a target. Paul Starobin
Anyone with a job wants to hear about how to keep it or get a better one, not what a politician has to offer when workers find themselves with a pink slip. Gene Sperling
Politicians are like diapers. They should both be changed frequently and for the same reason Anonymous
It's the ability to foretell what will happen tomorrow, next month, and next year --- and to explain afterward why it didn't happen. Winston Churchill
Our democracy is only as good as the people who are willing to step up and run for office. Karen Hughes
If You are a man who leads, charged to direct the affairs of a great number, be careful of your every deeds, so that your conduct may be blameless. Ptah-Hotep
Politicians haven't the capacity to lead whole societies anywhere. They are outclassed and outrun by trends in the world economy that are beyond the ability of the political class to control or direct. Lew Rockwell; Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them. Lily Tomlin
Any political leader who tolerates political terrorism as a legitimate tool for his political campaign—is a terrorist. Milos Zeman
Parliamentarians would prefer to follow the path of least resistance and vote for the myths that the public opinion polls show their constituents believe in, instead of taking the trouble to educate themselves and their constituents. Karen Selick
I don’t attend rallies and I don’t participate in presidential elections. In fact, I don’t participate in any election. I don’t participate in the governor’s race, I don’t participate in the mayor’s race. I participate in one election every two years. Then I’m strong for Hebert. That is the only election I take part in. Felix Edward Hebert
I never have attended a Democratic convention …. Now I’ll tell you why I don’t attend them. Because I’ll not be bound. If I attend a convention and I vote, I’m bound. I think I am bound. Felix Edward Hebert
It is never good for a politician to have to defend his credibility. David Corn
For most politicians, facts lead to conclusions. For George W. Bush, conclusions lead to facts. Mark Green
He loved politicians—even Republicans Margaret Truman
The minds of some of our statesmen, like the pupil of the human eye, contract themselves the more, the stronger light there is shed upon them. Thomas Moore
Senator [John] Kerry has been in Washington long enough to have taken both sides on every issue. George W. Bush
He's a politician. That's a notch below child molester. Woody Allen
Politicians used to be able to change the subject. With television they cannot do that any more. Gwen Ifill
We cannot always do what is absolutely best. Those with whom we act, entertaining different views, have the power and the right of carrying them into practice Thomas Jefferson
I am not nor ever have been, a man of the right. My position was on the left and is now in the centre of politics. Oswald Mosley
The politician has to try to appeal to everybody. So, consequently, he cannot tell the truth, because if he tells the truth over there, then these people over here will be offended. Nick Nolte
You cannot punish the people for the mistakes the politicians make. Arnold Schwarzenegger
basically, the more power politicians have, the hornier they get Tor Thorsen
I am not comfortable with putting out problems without solutions. Lindsey Graham
To be thought rich is as good as to be rich. William Makepeace Thackeray
With no attempt there can be no failure; with no failure, no humiliation. William James
I’d love to say that politicians who lie should be indicted, but lying except under oath is not a crime—it’s a moral crime however. Andrew Paolo Napolitano
Of all the leaders of the old parties, of all aspiring spirits of the new ones, including General Taylor and the whole of his cabinet, from head to tail, not a single soul, not a single mind, has dared to exhibit the moral courage of coming out with any plan for settling the whole question, except it is Henry Clay, who, solitary and alone, faces the crises with as much calmness and composure as General Taylor did the Mexicans at Buena Vista. Whatever may be the objections to Mr. Clay’s plan on the one side, or its recommendations on the other, we think the moral courage he has exhibited is a spectacle of sublimity that ought to shame all the politicians at Washington, and the miserable drivellers of both parties, and all parties, there and elsewhere. New York Herald
The politician who tries to ape his rival or predecessor is, almost by definition, a second rater, inferior to the real thing. Mungo Wentworth MacCallum
Every dictator uses religion as a prop to keep himself in power. Benazir Bhutto
I don’t think that politicians should use words like ‘global economic crisis’ because some times when you do, you make a crisis where there was none before. Rudolph W. Giuliani
If you are a humble person, politics is not for you. Politics is brutal, cruel and vicious and is incompatible with Christianity. Monica Crowley
I love the government and the Constitution of the United States, but I do not love the damned rascals who administer the government. Brigham Young
Politics is pretty much an up and down business Sherry Blair
Politicians have a natural inclination to spend in general, even as they disagree fiercely about what, specifically, to spend on. John Steele Gordon
Markets are smart and governments are dumb. Richard K. Armey
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind should we serve? Abigail Adams
Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself Ludwig Wittgenstein
I love to meet people; it’s the only fun I have. Warren G. Harding
There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than politicians think. Michel Foucault
Many people say that government is necessary because some men cannot be trusted to look after themselves, but anarchists say that government is harmful because no men can be trusted to look after anyone else. Nicolas Hardy Walter
If Donald Trump ran for President, it would be great for us comedians. It would not be good for anybody else, but it would be terrific for us. Seth Meyers
The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at a crossroads. Flann O'Brien
Clinton was the most formidable politician I have ever encountered. Tony Blair
I don’t care if you fuck the elephants, but if you do, you can’t cover the circus. Abe Rosenthal
I was trying to sell a dream ... There was very little I could put in concrete to tell these people it was really real. Charles K. Kao
The problem for a politician of listening to the people, is that they don’t always agree. Tony Blair
Politicians are trapped in their own views. David Grossman
Influence, power and money have invaded our political process …. If we leave it to the politicians, it is unlikely that anything will be done. Kevin Spacey
The success of an elected official is doing what everyone knows needs to be done. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do. Voltaire
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder’s lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. Bertrand Russell
Many of our statesmen most distinguished for talent and patriotism have been at one time or other of their political career on both sides of each of the most warmly disputed questions forces upon us the inference that the errors, if errors there were, are attributable to the intrinsic difficulty in many instances of ascertaining the intentions of the framers of the Constitution rather than the influence of any sinister or unpatriotic motive. William Henry Harrison
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. Nikita Khrushchev
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, They arrive at their conclusions—largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none: But sometimes in a smoking-room, one learns why things were done. Rudyard Kipling
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life. Karl Kraus
The fact is there is nothing that you can trust; and that is a terrible fact, whether you like it or not. Psychologically, there is nothing in the world that you can put your faith, your trust, or your belief in. Neither your gods, nor your science can save you, can bring you psychological certainty; and you have to accept that you can trust in absolutely nothing. That is a scientific fact, as well as a psychological fact. Because, your leaders—religious and political—and your books—sacred and profane—have all failed, and you are still confused, in misery, in conflict. So, that is an absolute, undeniable fact. Jiddu Krishnamurti
It was a new kind of class war — the people as citizens versus the politicians and their clients in the public sector. Irving Kristol
What would the Senate do with me, an inexperienced legislator who lacks the faculty of self-deception, essential requisite for anyone wanting to guide others. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it. George Henry Lewes
He was born to be a senator. He never said anything important, and he always said it sonorously. Sinclair Lewis
The power structure does what they want, when they want; then they try to find reasons to justify it Serge Lang
Frequent return to the bar of their Constituents is the strongest check against the corruptions to which men are liable, either from the intrigues of others of more subtle genius, or the propensities of their own hearts… Mercy Otis Warren
One Representative to thirty thousand inhabitants is a very inadequate representation… Mercy Otis Warren
A Senate chosen for six years will, in most instances, be an appointment for life, as the influence of such a body over the minds of the people will be coequal to the extensive powers with which they are vested, and they will not only forget, but be forgotten by their constituents. Mercy Otis Warren
This attempt to excite an insurrection among the slaves is one of the natural results of the agitation of the slavery question, originated and so persistently kept up by designing politicians, both of the North and the South for partisan purposes. It can be traced to no other cause, and unless the people of both sections rise in the majesty of their strength and put an end at once to this mischievous agitation, the page that records the bloody events of the last two days, will be but a preface to the history of a civil war in which the same scenes will be re-enacted on a larger scale, and end in the dissolution of our glorious Union. Tennessee Republican Banner and Nashville Whig Nashville
Was, then, the American Revolution effected, was the American Confederacy formed, was the precious blood of thousands spilt, and the hard-earned substance of millions lavished, not that the people of America should enjoy peace, liberty, and safety, but that the government of the individual States, that particular municipal establishments, might enjoy a certain extent of power, and be arrayed with certain dignities and attributes of sovereignty? James Madison
The toe you step on today may be connected to the foot that kicks your ass tomorrow. Buddy Cianci
When you will explain why, in His wisdom, He made one mountain overtop another mountain--formed one ocean larger than another ocean--planned one valley wider than another valley; when you can make me understand why He made the oak stronger than its neighbor--the rainbow more beautiful than the storm-cloud--the lily more lovely than the lilac; when you will tell me the reason that Providence ordained that the fair Saxon should be permitted to express, in the blush upon her face, all the emotions of her soul, while the African knows not the signification of the word--when these things are made clear to me, I will tell you how and why He has made the African the servant of the Anglo-Saxon race, but not till then. They were born and bred servants, they cannot be masters George Francis Train
Most politicians will not stick their necks out unless they sense grass-roots support ... neither you nor I should expect someone else to take our responsibility. Katharine Hepburn
Most politicians make decisions based on their own best interest rather than the greater good. Charlie Rose
Governments are not normally concerned with the welfare of the people they govern. Joseph Heller
When you undermine faith in a system, your child may not necessarily see the difference between the politician who is no longer respected and the policeman, the teacher, the parent. Margaret O'Shaughnessy Heckler
Politicians reach high and stoop low to get elected. Unfortunately, there has been more stooping than reaching as of late. Robert Heilbroner
A politician will do anything to keep his job—even become a patriot. William Randolph Hearst
Choose the manager of your government as you would the manager of your private business. William Randolph Hearst
I have supported a great many who promised to do things that I thought ought to be done, who proved faithless to their promises. William Randolph Hearst
The multitude, who require to be led, still hate their leaders. William Hazlitt
Men in political life must be ambitious. Rutherford B. Hayes
Republics can commit no greater error than to adopt or continue any feature in their systems of government which may be calculated to create or increase the lover of power in the bosoms of those to whom necessity obliges them to commit the management of their affairs. William Henry Harrison
No man can be a politician except he be first a historian. James Harrington
There are two kinds of politicians: The meanies and the wienies. Alan Grayson
I dread the reveries of you philosophic politicians. Alexander Hamilton
Few individuals enter into public life who would not be wealthier and happier as private citizens—but then they would not be known, would not see their names in the newspaper, except for raising a curious calf or a mammoth cabbage. Sarah Josepha Hale
Surely we don’t want the President to lie, we don’t want our senators to lie, we don’t want our congressmen to lie. But sometimes they do. James Hamilton
In modern warfare the role of those who institute it is often far removed from the conflict on the ground … I could see welcoming a weapon that eliminated the decision makers while leaving the innocent unharmed. Dalai Lama
America is in trouble today not because her people have failed, but because her leaders have failed Richard Nixon
I apprehend... that the total abandonment of the principle of rotation in the offices of President and Senator will end in abuse Thomas Jefferson
I loved being governor. It’s like running your own little country. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Every human essay must have defects. It will remain, therefore, to those now coming on the stage of public affairs, to perfect what has been so well begun by those going off it Thomas Jefferson
A civil magistrate is an ordinance of God set up by God for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well; and that all lawful things commanded by them, subjection ought to be given by us in the Lord: and that we are to make supplication and prayer for Kings, and all that are in authority Baptist Church of England
We'd all like to vote for the best man but he's never a candidate. Frank McKinney Hubbard; Abe Martin
The public is easily duped by pretended patriots. Elbridge Gerry
The less you want to do about something, the more you have to talk about it Antony Rupert Jay; Jonathan Lynn
Nobody made a greater mistake as he who did nothing because he could not do everything Edmund Burke
We can argue and we can disagree, but we don’t need to poke our fingers in each other’s eyes in order to get our points across. Lisa Murkowski
Unfortunately we are politicians when we should be statesmen. Tom Coburn
If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven. Will Rogers
Mankind will never see an end of trouble until... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power... become lovers of wisdom Plato
I do not wish to see men of culture asking to be entrusted with power Matthew Arnold
Your public servants serve you right. Adlai Stevenson
if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? Stupid! Arthur Sylvester
The scientist is speaking in a forum to which opposing scientific views are not more or less automatically accorded equal access. The politician is free to select his own experts to develop an issue in the way that has maximum political utility to him. Truth may be only incidental. the scientist is speaking in a forum to which opposing scientific views are not more or less automatically accorded equal access. The politician is free to select his own experts to develop an issue in the way that has maximum political utility to him. Truth may be only incidental. Harvey Brooks
Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason Mark Twain
Persians had women leading the army, women leading the country, women who govern for thousands of years. Haleh Afshar
It is a fallacy to think that politicians and bureaucrats are smart enough to manage the economy. Ronald E. Paul
Do not judge a politician until the coffin closes. Lee Kuan Yew
A politician that is poor is a poor politician. Carlos Hank Gonzalez
There are no political prisoners, only imprisoned politicians. Joaquin Antonio Balaguer Ricardo
Without the party I am nothing. Fred Sinowatz
The right to insult members of the government is inviolable. Georges Clemenceau
Being a politician is a calling second only to being a minister. Hubert Humphrey
Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun? Thomas D. DeLay
We’re not very good at policy making any more, but we are good at symbolism. So we do a lot of symbols. E. J. Dionne Jr.
Dogmatists of all kinds-scientific, economic, moral, as well as political-are threatened by the creative freedom of the artist. This is necessarily and inevitably so. We cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative persons of all sorts, are the possible destroyers of our nicely ordered systems. Rollo May
I suppose that an honest man shines more in politics than he does elsewhere. Mark Twain
Race is an artificial barrier in our community, and that sometimes, it is little more than a safe harbor for politicians who should know better. Richard Naidu
After taking advantage of the weakness, the credulity and the ignorance of the weakest and the most ignorant of the people, those sly, cunning politicians easily had them believe whatever they wanted. Consequently, they made them accept with respect and submission, willingly or not, all the laws they wanted to establish. Jean Meslier
I am a politician and must gamble with the future. Kwame Nkrumah
Scientists inexperienced in the political arena, and flattered by the unaccustomed attentions of men of power, are often inveigled into stating their conclusions with a confidence not warranted by the evidence, and … not subject to the same sort of prompt corrective processes that they would be if confined within the scientific community. Harvey Brooks
Economic development must ... not be left to the sole judgment of a few men or groups, possessing excessive economic power, or of the political community alone, or of certain powerful nations Catholic Church
You may very appropriately want to ask me how we are going to resolve the ever-acceleratingly dangerous impasse of world-opposed politicians and ideological dogmas. I answer, it will be resolved by the computer. While no politician or political system can ever afford to yield understandably and enthusiastically to their adversaries and opposers, all politicians can and will yield enthusiastically to the computer’s safe flight-controlling capabilities in bringing all of humanity in for a happy landing. R. Buckminster Fuller
Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers. R. Buckminster Fuller
The academic mind, as we know, is sometimes capable of assuming an aggressive attitude. The official mind, on the contrary, is and has to be, expert in the art of self- defense. Ronald Fisher
I want to live … where the people who make the rules have to live by them. Martin Firrell
Hookers have to deliver on their promise... unlike politicians. Marty Feldman
All my trust in the politicians had been rubbed away. Ahmet Kenan Evren
The people are getting screwed In this country. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
I am not a politician. A politician is someone who does things to get elected. He's a guy who says things to please the public, that he thinks the public wants to hear, and his story changes with every passing day. I want to be elected, but I am not going to say a damn thing for your benefit, or that person's benefit out there on the street, or anybody's Julius W. Hobson Jr.
I’m always amused by politicians running against Washington, when they desperately want to get to Washington. Gwen Ifill
Judges are terrible politicians. Stephen Breyer
America's two great specialties are demagogues and rock and roll, and we've all heard plenty of both in our time. Stephen King
I was in session through the winter and announced rodeos in the summer… There’s an amazing correlation . . . in that there’s bull in each profession. Clem McSpadden
Time was when an incompetent Governor could not be permitted among men. He was, and had to be, by one method or the other, clutched up from his place at the helm of affairs, and hurled down into the hold, perhaps even overboard, if he could not really steer. And we call those ages barbarous, because they shuddered to see a Phantasm at the helm of their affairs Thomas Carlyle
At home you always have to be a politician. When you're abroad you almost feel yourself a statesman. Harold MacMillan
After a national crisis, it’s never too early for a partisan debate in Washington. Daniel Schorr
In the campaign of 1890 she made speeches so full of fiery eloquence, of righteous wrath, and fierce denunciation of the oppressors, that she became the delight of the people of the new party and the detestation of the followers of the old. Seldom, if ever, was a woman so vilified and so misrepresented by malignant newspaper attacks. A woman of other quality would have sunk under the avalanche. She was quite competent to cope with all that was visited upon her. Indeed, the abuse did her much service. The people but loved her the more for the enemies she made. Her chiefest distinguishing gift is her powerful voice; deep and resonant, its effect is startling and controlling. Her speeches are philippics. She hurls sentences as Jove hurled thunderbolts. Annie LaPorte Diggs
There is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. Abraham Lincoln
We have no parties or politicians, and as for demagoguery and corruption, they are words having only an historical significance… Edward Bellamy
Officials are under a constant temptation to misuse their power for the private profit of themselves or others. Edward Bellamy
I think we all realize too that there are some people in this Capital City whose task is in large part to stir up dissension, and to magnify normal healthy disagreements so that they appear to be irreconcilable conflicts. Franklin D. Roosevelt
When you come down to the short strokes in Washington DC, you have to have power. Arlen Specter
The Olympic Games belong to the athletes and not to the politicians Avery Brundage
Donations to political parties, candidates and elected officials should not be a means to gain personal or policy favours or buy access to politicians or civil servants…. Political parties, candidates and politicians should disclose assets, income and expenditure to an independent agency. Transparency International
Political leaders, elected by the public and vested with the power to shape public life, owe it to citizens to set better standards regarding their use of money, and their conduct, both in and out of office. Robin Hodess
We are afraid that the Forestry Ministry will become another cash cow – for politicians Longgena Ginting
The loggers are more powerful than we are …. There is bribery everywhere. Malam Sambat Kaban
Federal governments and even state governments within countries have basically been immobilized by conflicting interests, by conflicting views of what science is, and the inability to lead. They are immobilized because they don’t want to take tough votes and alienate half of the constituency. Michael Bloomberg
Whenever you take a stand on an issue, people will line up around the block to kick your ass over it. By having an opinion, you make yourself a target. Why do you think Congress likes to hide behind closed doors at decision-making time? Jesse Ventura
You don't have to be a career politician to serve in public office. You don't have to be well-connected. You don't even have to be a Democrat or a Republican. You can stand on your own two feet and speak your mind, because if people like where you're coming from, they will vote you in. The will of the people is still the most powerful force in our government. Jesse Ventura
The science is clear. The economics is clear. As usual, the politics is the problem. Jackson
The number one rule of today's marketing – the key secret of those who seek to control your beliefs and habits in order to take your money, your votes, your time or whatever else it is they desire from you – is to always keep in mind that nobody really believes they can be manipulated. Brian W. Vaszily
Anti-monopoly is a movement inspired by a set of fools and black-mailers. To be sure, there are some men in it whose motives are good, if their sense is not. When I want to buy up any politician, I always find the Anti-Monopolists the most purchasable. They don't come so high William Henry Vanderbilt
I think politicians and movie actors … are similar in more ways than they’re different. There is an egocentric quality about both; there is a very sensitive awareness of the public attitude, because you live or die on public favor or disfavor. There is the desire for publicity and for acclaim, because, again, that’s part of your life... And in a strange and bizarre way, when movie actors come to Washington, they’re absolutely fascinated by the politicians. And when the politicians go to Hollywood, they’re absolutely fascinated by the movie stars. It’s a kind of reciprocity of affection by people who both recognize in a sense they’re in the same racket. Jack Valenti
Politicians only get to the top because they have no qualifications to detain them at the bottom. Peter Ustinov
The wisest man is he who can account for his actions. Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
Persons in high situations must particularly guard themselves against selfishness and vanity. An individual in a high and important situation will easily see a great many persons eager to please the first, and to flatter and encourage the last. Leopold II
Nothing is so great and clear a proof of unfitness for greater and nobler actions, than a mind which is seriously occupied with trifles. Leopold II
The Portuguese are, as you say, a most inconceivable set of selfish politicians Queen Victoria
To admit error and cut losses is rare among individuals, unknown among states. Barbara Tuchman
Get thee glass eyes ;, And, like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not. William Shakespeare
Old politicians chew on wisdom past, And totter on in business to the last. Alexander Pope
Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree and then mount the stump to make a speech for conservation. Adlai Stevenson
It is a public scandal that gives offence, and it is no sin to sin in secret. Jean Molière
This case serves as an appalling reminder of the evils that result when large numbers of the politically powerless are placed at the mercy of institutions engendered and controlled by a politically powerful few. Royce C. Lamberth
We are hiring too many people who are called politicians, and we are not holding them accountable…. You do not hire someone and not tell them what to do. Make a trip to Washington and see that they are doing what you want them to do. Wayne Perryman
My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth there's hardly any difference. Harry S Truman
If you want to see me again, don't bring signs saying "Trudeau is a pig" and don't bring signs that he hustles women, because I won't talk to you. I didn't get into politics to be insulted. And don't throw wheat at me either. If you don't stop that, I'll kick you right in the ass Pierre Trudeau
In political matters it is very hard for a man in office to be purer than his neighbours, — and, when he is so, he becomes troublesome. Anthony Trollope
Away with the cant of “Measures, not men!”—the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along. No Sir, if the comparison must be made, if the distinction must be taken, men are everything, measures comparatively nothing. George Canning
Let your tongue become accustomed to the words “I do not know”. Chinese Proverb
I have come across men of letters who have written history without taking part in public affairs, and politicians who have concerned themselves with producing events without thinking about them. I have observed that the first are always inclined to find general causes whereas the second, living in the midst of disconnected daily facts, are prone to imagine that everything is attributable to particular incidents, and that the wires they pull are the same as those that move the world. It is to be presumed that both are equally deceived. Alexis de Tocqueville
Pubic business must be done. It will be done one way or another. If wise men refuse it, others will not. If honest men refuse it, others will not. John Adams
Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? … We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free.. Henry David Thoreau
As a matter of general sound public policy, I am very certain that there is a requirement that where a public official is under inquiry or investigation, especially an elected official, and it appears that his scale of living or the total of his bank deposits far exceeds the public salary which he is known to receive, he, the elected public official, owes a positive public duty to the community to give a reasonable or credible explanation of the sources of the deposits, or the source which enables him to maintain a scale of living beyond the amount of his salary. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Please do not be coopted by the current political class. Sarah Palin
I never learned how to tune a harp, or play upon a lute; but I know how to raise a small and inconsiderable city to glory and greatness. Themistocles
If you want to edify, you have to entertain. Jean Molière
Always think of yourself as everyone's servant. Teresa of Avila
I have always believed in a zone of privacy. But I guess I have been rezoned. Hillary Clinton
A Politian has an interesting anatomy. A politician has no heart, no guts, and has no backbone; and his head and his ass are interchangeable. Jim Burns
I voted against her because she’s a damned lesbian. Jesse Helms
Partisanship is not a symptom of weakness in democracy. It is a symptom of strength. Thomas D. DeLay
I had rather wise men to govern me, even though at times they should be severe, even fools. I care not where they come from, so they be men of sense and experience; let them be taken from the plough, from the mechanick’s bench, or from behind the counter. Jonathan Jackson
You would think that people who are so powerful would not be so upset by little knocks in the press. Peggy Noonan
By exploiting envy and fear, politicians can portray themselves as the saviors and protectors of the public — doing and saying whatever is necessary to gain the support needed to remain in power. Lawrence M. Ludlow
…a very dangerous and contrary man … I would never see him alone. Herbert Hoover
In a body [Congress] where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers . . .you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate and frequently the more trifling the subject the more animated and protracted the discussion Franklin Pierce
When a man hears himself somewhat misrepresented, it provokes him—at least, I find it so with myself; but when misrepresentation becomes very gross and palpable, it is more apt to amuse him. Abraham Lincoln
Constantly bear in mind that not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with office-seekers, but with you, is the question, Shall the Union and shall the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generations? Abraham Lincoln
In all trying positions in which I shall be placed, and doubtless I shall be placed in many such, my reliance will be upon...the people of the United States; Abraham Lincoln
Such assets as I possessed even ten years ago have largely vanished during this period. Since I became Prime Minister, I have been unable to add to my income by any fresh writing and I have had to draw repeatedly on what capital I possessed because my salary as a Prime Minister was not adequate for my needs, limited as they were. Jawaharlal Nehru
Most American want their politicians to support the right of abortion but they don’t want them to be too enthusiastic about it. James Carville
I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. George W. Bush
They are spinning and people are dying. Ray Nagin
The orators and statesmen of our land, whether they belong to the past, or to the present, will live and shine in the annals of history, in proportion as they have dedicated their genius and talents to the defense of Justice and man's God-given rights. Henry Highland Garnet
Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the public officials desire. Daniel P. Moynihan
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. George Jean Nathan
The art of government is the organization of idolatry. The bureaucracy consists of functionaries; the aristocracy, of idols; the democracy, of idolaters. The populace cannot understand the bureaucracy: it can only worship the national idols. George Bernard Shaw
A Senator is to a microphone as a dog is to a fire hydrant. Anonymous
The immediate reaction of the poets who fought in the war was cynicism... The war dramatized for them the contrast between the still-idealistic young, living and dying on the unalteringly horrible stage-set of the Western front, with the complacency of the old at home, the staff officers behind the lines. In England there was violent anti-German feeling; but for the poet-soldiers the men in the trenches on both sides seemed united in pacific feelings and hatred of those at home who had sent them out to kill each other. Stephen Spender
A great man, who lives intimately with his admirers, with difficulty escapes being made ridiculous. John Lancaster Spalding
God has not made a world which suits all; how shall a sane man expect to please all? John Lancaster Spalding
When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup Thomas Sowell
When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. Thomas Sowell
Americans are constantly extolling "traditions"; litanies to family values are at the center of every politician's discourse. And yet the culture of America is extremely corrosive of family life, indeed of all traditions except those redefined as "identities" that can be accepted as part of larger patterns of distinctiveness, cooperation, and openness to innovation. Susan Sontag
The South politician preaches to the poor white man, "You got more than the blacks, don't complain. You're better than them, you been born with white skin," they explain. And the Negro's name Is used, it is plain, For the politician's gain, As he rises to fame And the poor white remains On the caboose of the train; But it ain't him to blame -- He's only a pawn in their game. Bob Dylan
It worked for a long time. Each "stood" by the other. When the poor white lynched a Negro, the rich white protected him in court; the preacher protected him in church; the policeman looked away, the sheriff was easily intimidated, the juries rarely convicted, and the newspapers were "reasonable. Lillian Smith
The politicians... needed the rural people and used them as ruthlessly as Negroes were used when they were needed. They needed to play voter against voter and all of them against "the Negro" -- and they needed the poor whites' approval of acts which the dominant group's more informed minds could not wholly approve. They needed poor whites to be their yes-men, moral henchmen quieting their leaders' uneasy consciences. Lillian Smith
If a politician isn't perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash — for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything — without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn't your friend no matter what he tells you L. Neil Smith
Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations, Appeals for love, or love's release, in private invocations But all that is changed now. Gone like a memory from the day before the fires. People hungry for the voice of God Hear lunatics and liars. Wartime prayers. Wartime prayers In every language spoken. For every family scattered and broken. Paul Frederic Simon
To address crowds and make promises does not require very much brains Eduard Shevardnadze
The very existence of the Nation was threatened. Threatened on all sides, from the interior and exterior. From the interior, by the sterile conflicts of politicians who sacrificed the country and their compatriots to their own interests. Nothing counted for them but power...and what the exercise of power could bring them. Fill their own pockets, exploit the Congo and the Congolese, this was their trademark. Given such examples, both national and provincial administrations were mired in inertia, inefficiency, and worse yet, corruption. At all levels, many of those in our country who held a morsel of public power allowed themselves to be corrupted, served individuals and companies who paid bribes and neglected the others... ...certain politicians, to maintain themselves in power or to regain it, did not hesitate to seek help from foreign powers... ...the social, economic and financial situation of the country is catastrophic Mobutu Sese Seko; Joseph Desire
I think it would be much better for the country and for Clinton personally to resign. I come from the business side. If you had a chairman or president in the business world facing these allegations, he'd be gone. Mark Sanford Jr.; Sanford, Marshall Clement 'Mark' Sanford, Jr.
Do the day’s work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a stand-patter, but don’t be a stand-patter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but don’t be a demagogue. Don’t hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don’t hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Don’t hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation. Calvin Coolidge
I suspect that the most important effect of World War II on physical science lay in the change in the attitude of people to science. The politicians and the public were convinced that science was useful and were in no position to argue about the details. A professor of physics might be more sinister than he was in the 1930s, but he was no longer an old fool with a beard in a comic-strip. The scientists or at any rate the physicists, had changed their attitude. They not only believed in the interest of science for themselves, they had acquired also a belief that the tax-payer should and would pay for it and would, in some unspecified length of run, benefit by it. Edward Bullard
Learning from mistakes means having to admit them first. Sanjay Gupta
The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. Unfortunately poetry cannot celebrate them because their deeds are concerned with things, not persons, and are, therefore, speechless. When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes. W. H. Auden
… the mere notion that there are three times as many people on Earth as there were when I started making television. How can the Earth accommodate them? When people, including politicians, set their faces against looking at the consequences—it’s just unbelievable that anyone could ignore it. David Attenborough
There may be one fault in a man that conceals a thousand qualities, or one excellence that conceals a thousand faults. The little indicates much. Shams Tabrizi
You would think that the makers of men’s suits would make a suit for politicians with the American flag already built into the lapel. Andy Rooney
Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing. Gore Vidal
Religions are manipulated in order to serve those who govern society and not the other way around. Gore Vidal
You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country. Gore Vidal
If we don’t know history, we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives. Howard Zinn
In order to maintain my own self-respect, I had to dedicate my life to something that was greater than my own self-interest. John McCain
You’ve got to embody your message. David Gergen
The public official must pick his way nicely, must learn to placate though not to yield too much, to have the art of honeyed words but not to seem neutral, and above all to keep constantly audible, visible, likable, even kissable. Learned Hand
There is no passion to which the rulers of a people can address themselves with greater [political] effect [than war.] Alexander C. Hanson
Our government should not make promises we cannot keep. And we must keep the promises we have already made. Barack Obama
This is Capitol Hill where they never let facts get in the way of a good press release. Anderson Cooper
Voters will not give you a chance to solve their problems if they think you don’t understand them. Frank Luntz
The mistakes you made you tend to conveniently forget Kenneth D. Taylor
We are again compelled to interfere with our friend's license of personal description and criticism. Even Cabinet Ministers (to whom the next few pages of the articles were devoted) have their private immunities, which ought to be conscientiously observed Atlantic Monthly
The career of politics, formerly considered among Americans so honorable, but latterly so much the, reverse, will once again resume its old position, and, indeed, more than its old position. It will have all the characteristics of a respectable and powerful profession, founded on merit and the interest of all its members in the work to which they have devoted their lives. Atlantic Monthly
A politician thinks of the next election; the statesman thinks of the next generation James Freeman Clarke
There is nothing more frightening to a political satirist than an honest administration. Mark Russell
It is proper to demand more from the man with exceptional advantages than from the man without them… To the great body of men who have had exceptional advantages in the way of educational facilities we have a right, then, to look for good service to the state. Theodore Roosevelt
We have been hearing a good deal during recent months regarding the virtues and the defects of 'rugged individualism,' so called, and 'private initiative,' so called. The champions of both are apparently unaware of the fact that in a country which has written constitutions, courts, and majority rule neither 'rugged individualism' nor 'private initiative' flourishes uncontrolled to greater or lesser extent by public interest. Abraham Flexner
Ron Paul is very smart, so I don't want to talk to him too long for fear that he will convince me. Ann Coulter
The philanthropist, the politician, and the pimp are inevitably found in alliance because they have the same motives, they seek the same ends, to exist for, through, and by others Isabel Paterson
Under George W. Bush, the politization of intelligence tested new depths …. The pro-war wind that the Bush Administration policy makers had generated … was strong, unrelenting and inescapable. Thomas Powers
We all make mistakes. In public life, we make them in public view. Tim Kaine
Being a recovering politician is a 12 step process. Patricia Schroeder
The difference between a horse race and a political race is that in a horse race the whole horse runs. Patricia Schroeder
We can’t leave the job of leadership to the leaders. Jim Hightower
Latin American leaders have been demonized by a combination of their own local media—which is controlled by private, rich families who don’t want to see change in their countries—and also the U. S. media which is surprising considering the distance from the facts. Oliver Stone
You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. Barack Obama
People really don’t care if politicians attack each other with untrue stories. They figure if you don’t want to get hurt, you shouldn’t have filed for office. They figure whatever happens to us, our lives will be better than theirs. Bill Clinton
Frankly, I'm fed up with politicians in Washington lecturing the rest of us about family values. Our families have values. But our government doesn’t. Bill Clinton
I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents. I have always set myself not merely to relish but to deserve thoroughly their censure. Winston Churchill
The ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year – and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. Winston Churchill
We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity. In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are. Eleanor Roosevelt
Long ago, I made up my mind that when things were said involving only me, I would pay no attention to them, except when valid criticism was carried by which I could profit. Eleanor Roosevelt
An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere. Mark Twain
Territorial Governors -- are nothing but politicians who go out to the outskirts of countries and suffer the privations there in order to build up stakes and come back as United States Senators. Mark Twain
History has tried hard to teach us that we can't have good government under politicians. Mark Twain
There's a breed of humility which is itself a species of showing off. Mark Twain
Of all our public men of today he stands first in my reverence & admiration, & the next one stands two-hundred-&-twenty-fifth. He is the only statesman we have now. ... Cleveland drunk is a more valuable asset to this country than the whole batch of the rest of our public men sober. He is high-minded; all his impulses are great & pure & fine. I wish we had another of this sort. Mark Twain
… whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together. Jonathan Swift
The world is wearied of statesmen; whom democracy has degraded into politicians . . . Benjamin Disraeli
Nobody talks much that doesn't say unwise things,--things he did not mean to say; as no person plays much without striking a false note sometimes. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Loose cannon Theodore Roosevelt
Babbitt spoke well--and often--at these orgies of commercial righteousness about the "realtor's function as a seer of the future development of the community, and as a prophetic engineer clearing the pathway for inevitable changes"--which meant that a real-estate broker could make money by guessing which way the town would grow. This guessing he called Vision. Sinclair Lewis
The overarching purpose of access to information legislation … is to facilitate democracy. It does so in two related ways. It helps to ensure first, that citizens have the information required to participate meaningfully in the democratic process, and secondly, that politicians and bureaucrats remain accountable to the citizenry. Gerard Vincent LaForest
… a guarantee of public access to government information is indispensable in the long run for any democratic society.... if officials make public only what they want citizens to know, then publicity becomes a sham and accountability meaningless. Sissela Bok
Nothing that Shakespeare ever invented was to equal Lincoln's invention of himself and, in the process, us. Gore Vidal
The US, whose health care system is monopolized by corporations, has the worst infant mortality rate compared to 23 other wealthy countries whose health care system is still partly in public hands. US health care corporations are powerful lobbyists and generous financial benefactors to politicians on Capitol Hill. The US has 5% of the world's population and it spends 45% of the world's health dollars. Despite this, Americans' life expectancies are the lowest of 23 other wealthy nations' and lower than some Third World countries like Costa Rica. Eve Hillary
Governments today are organizations of elderly men who know no other to work and govern than the ways of their youth. Maitreya
We should not put up statues of living people. We make ourselves hostage to fortune. Robert M. Shrum
Politicians don’t have a spine any more. They pander to whoever will give them money Carolyn McCarthy
Not everybody is comfortable with the idea that politics is a guilty addiction. But it is. They are addicts, and they are guilty and they do lie and cheat and steal — like all junkies. Hunter S. Thompson
We shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, the majority of whom are men, making decisions for women. Barack Obama
When a man once gets a start holding office, it is nearly always necessary to finally choke him off. Edgar Watson Howe
Shrewd and crafty politicians, when they wish to bring about an unpopular measure, must not go straight forward to work, if they do they will certainly fail; and failures to men in power, are like defeats to a general, they shake their popularity. Therefore, since they cannot sail in the teeth of the wind, they must tack, and ultimately gain their object, by appearing at times to be departing from it. Charles Caleb Colton
I never desire to know anything of the detail of political measures, lest even those which I think best should lose anything of their intrinsic value to me, by seeing what low, paltry, personal motives and base machinery and dirty hands have helped to bring them about. Frances Anne Kemble
Men quickly find a theory that adapts itself to their desires. Lewis F. Korns
People try so hard to believe in leaders now, pitifully hard. But we no sooner get a popular reformer or politician or soldier or writer or philosopher — a Roosevelt, a Tolstoy, a Wood, a Shaw, a Nietzsche, than the cross-currents of criticism wash him away. My Lord, no man can stand prominence these days. It's the surest path to obscurity. People get sick of hearing the same name over and over. F. Scott Fitzgerald
I wish indeed I had any good advice to offer to your Majesty. Henry Lansdowne
The United States naval and military academies are not referred to … because access to them is not free. A thoroughly vicious system of selecting the candidates for admission to these schools annuls the influence they might otherwise exert upon technical education in this country. A patron, and not a good previous training, being the essential requisite Charles W. Eliot
[There is] a type of which he [Theodore Roosevelt] is perhaps the master specimen—the politician who could not help being one if he tried…. when Mr. Roosevelt takes a step which the mass of his fellow citizens regard as carefully considered for its political effect, the chances are at least even that he is merely obeying a natural impulse, which may make for either strength or weakness. Francis E. Leupp
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Charlie Reese
The politician may change sides so frequently as to find himself always in the majority, but most politicians have a preference for one party to the other Bertrand; 3rd Earl of Kingston
Roaming the world as a foreign correspondent for more than a decade, I was able to observe how a variety of vastly different nations organized themselves economically. The inescapable conclusion was that no politician anywhere on the planet has ever actually created a rupee's worth of prosperity. Louis Rukeyser
This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation. Will Rogers
A culture is made — or destroyed — by its articulate voices. Ayn Rand
Whoso taketh in hand to govern a multitude, either by way of liberty or principality, and cannot assure himself of those persons that are enemies to that enterprise, doth frame a state of short perseverance. Walter Raleigh
We should not write so that it is possible for [the reader] to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us. Quintilian
We are seekers of the truth, but we do not embody the truth. And in humility, we should recognize that the same can be said about our most ardent foes. John C. Danforth
We politicians are no great shakes, but you voters are no day at the beach. Barney Frank
I just wish that he had just one time run for dog catcher. Sam Rayburn
Tyrants don’t respond to any kind of appeasement. Tyrants only responds to toughness. Condoleeza Rice
When you’re out of office, you’re out of office. Condoleeza Rice
I don’t expect anyone to just sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job. Margaret Thatcher
You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public men. Benjamin Disraeli
Political leaders will never take risks unless the people push them to take risks. Barack Obama
Men ought to remember those friends who are absent as well as those who are present. Thales
Look for your opportunities. Pittacus of Mytilene
The unexpressed aim of every politician is to influence events that history books will record his name - and spell it right. Judy LaMarsh
How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!. Oliver Wendell Holmes
If our political positions were dominated by women, things might be different. Dee Dee Myers
Women in politics are too prone to say “I’m not ready yet.” Most men say “I’ll do it. I’ll do it.” Christine Lagarde
I want to be prime minister. Benjamin Disraeli
His [Prime Minister Robert Peel’s] life has been one great appropriation clause. He is a burglar of others’ intellects. There is no statesman who has committed political petty larceny on so great a scale. Benjamin Disraeli
A privilege accruing to the majority ceases to be such. Ludwig von Mises
No politician is any longer interested in the question whether a measure is fit to produce the ends aimed at. What alone counts for him is whether the majority of the voters favor or reject it. Ludwig von Mises
Those politicians, professors and union bosses who curse big business are fighting for a lower standard of living. Ludwig von Mises
Governments and local administrative bodies decide to inform the public of their mistakes only when losses have become disproportionately great. Ludwig von Mises
Ask of politicians the end for which laws were originally designed, and they will answer that the laws were designed as a protection for the poor and weak against the oppression of the rich and powerful. But surely no pretense can be so ridiculous Edmund Burke
The very name of a politician, a statesman, is sure to cause terror and hatred; it has always connected with it the ideas of treachery, cruelty, fraud, and tyranny… Edmund Burke
I desire to be buried as far from kings and politicians as may be Francis Atterbury
A state would be happy where philosophers were kings or kings were philosophers. Plato
Although men are accused of not knowing their weakness, yet perhaps as few know their strength. Jonathan Swift

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