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Politics have no relation to morals. Niccolo Machiavelli
We cannot learn men from books. Benjamin Disraeli
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. John Kenneth Galbraith
I became active in politics because I saw the possibility, if we all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which there would no longer be any stages for actors to act on. Helen Gahagan
Perception is reality. Lee Atwater
Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. Edwin Land
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose. John Kenneth Galbraith
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed. Hans Magnus Enzensberger
I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. Tony Blair
Politics follows the lines of physics: every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. John Avlon
The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance. E. M. Forster
Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act. Annie Besant
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power. Jacob Bronowski
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. Ronald Reagan
One never knows whether people have principles on principle or whether for their own personal satisfaction. Karel Capek
There is no gambling like politics. Benjamin Disraeli
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
Nothing is irreparable in politics. Jean Anouilh
Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure. Pat Riley
In politics nothing is contemptible. Benjamin Disraeli
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy
Politics as battle has given way to politics as spectacle. Ronald Steel
In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's. Jean Rostand
No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. Hannah Arendt
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. Benjamin Disraeli
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. John Kenneth Galbraith
Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics. George J. Mitchell
All politics is local. Thomas P. O'Neill
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. Alexander Hamilton
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. Reinhold Niebuhr
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. Vladimir Lenin
In politics, guts is all. Barbara Castle
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. Henry Adams
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marx
Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party. James F. Cooper
Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread. Jimmy Carter
There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory. Mario Cuomo
I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep. George Borrow
The essential ingredient of politics is timing. Pierre Trudeau
Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. Beverly Sills
You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics. Charles Bukowski
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
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate. Hubert Humphrey
Without alienation, there can be no politics. Arthur Miller
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson
I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike. James A. Garfield
Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married. C. Northcote Parkinson
Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects. Lester B. Pearson
To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. Margaret Thatcher
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. Hubert Humphrey
It's really very simple, Governor. When people are hungry they die. So spare me your politics and tell me what you need and how you're going to get it to these people. Bob Geldof
Politics ruins the character. Otto von Bismarck
Politics is show business for ugly people. Paul Begala
I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there. Maureen Reagan
Politics is the science of who gets what, when, and why. Sidney Hillman
Politics, like theater, is one of those things where you've got to be wise enough to know when to leave. Richard Lamm
Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect. Lionel Trilling
The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mind's eye only, fade out in sand. Nadine Gordimer
Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon. Walter Lippmann
In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme. Roy Hattersley
Real politics are the possession and distribution of power. Benjamin Disraeli
Students now arrive at the university ignorant and cynical about our political heritage, lacking the wherewithal to be either inspired by it or seriously critical of it. Allan Bloom
I am on the right wing of the middle of the road and with a strong radical bias. Tony Benn
Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace. Paddy Ashdown
Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics. Wendell Phillips
Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody. Dick Armey
Taking care of children has nothing to do with politics. I think perhaps with time, instead of there being a politicization of humanitarian aid, there will be a humanization of politics. Audrey Hepburn
We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. Martin L. Gross
A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to which gang should mismanage the country. Don Marquis
Politics is a blood sport. Aneurin Bevan
I don't want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns. Walter F. Mondale
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman. John Adams
Politics are a very unsatisfactory game. Henry Adams
Politics is not an exact science. Otto von Bismarck
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
In politics stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon Bonaparte
I am not here concerned with intent, but with scientific standards, especially the ability to tell the difference between a fact, an opinion, a hypothesis, and a hole in the ground. Serge Lang
Politics is the art of the possible. Otto von Bismarck
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. Ambrose Bierce
Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life. John Howard
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity. Vera Brittain
In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always. Walter Savage Landor
Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize. Tom Lehrer
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. Ambrose Bierce
You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it. Nathaniel Hawthorne
In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the whole of it. Charles Caleb Colton
Politics are not the task of a Christian. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world. Emma Goldman
Politics makes strange bedfellows. Charles Dudley Warner
Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself. Woodrow Wilson
In politics, there is no such thing as getting something for nothing. The payoff may involve compromises of various types that strike at the ideals and principles one has held deal all his life. A. Philip Randolph
Politics is like football ... Sometimes you have to punt. Barack Obama
My ignorance of politics couldn't be matched by anybody in politics. Bruce R. Alger
You have ruined politics in India by dragging up a whole lot of unwholesome elements in Indian life and giving them political prominence. It is a crime to mix up religion and politics the way you have done. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
We're in a political environment of competing pessimisms today. Arthur C. Brooks
Moral teaching should always be used as a gift and not a cudgel.... It is important that we all be able to share our moral viewpoints without hurting each other. That is what is wrong with political discourse today. Arthur C. Brooks
Historic opportunities are missed because we fixate on what folks say they want. And what folks say they want in business and politics is limited to what they believe is possible. Josh Tetrick
We could beat back Kennedy on Civil Rights, but Lyndon [Johnson] knows how to beat us. Richard B. Russell Jr.
... political pornography. Wall Street Journal
Reg meetings – dirty tricks dept. use of power of WH more ruthlessly in deadly battle – use all weapons. H. R. Haldeman
The nature of politics is to subtract meaning from language. Carlos Lozada
Out of the melancholy facts of political life is that your convictions tend to align with your paycheck. Barton Swaim
Rule of Dark Matter: SuperPAC dollars cannot be seen by most voters but account for most of the money in this universe. Alexandra Petri
The Negro today perhaps has more political power than ever before and he is worse off than ever before. It is not votes but dollars that count in this civilization. George Samuel Schuyler
Mobutu was mainstream Africa. Every independent African Government was a one-party state at the time. None allowed opposition. Every one of them had rent-seeking political leaders. The only thing that set Mobutu apart was how ostentatious his theft was. Herman Jay Cohen
Mr. Gingrich's injunction represents the worst of American political discourse, which reached a low during the dispiriting presidential campaign of 1988. Then, more than ever before, negative argument displaced reasoned discussion about how a nation might best be governed. The sound bite reigned. Attack commercials flourished. The signs this year aren't any better. Evidence that negative campaigning can come back to sink the sender has had little impact. The races for governor in California and Texas have already seen the same slash and burn. No doubt the proceedings will grow more rabid still as November nears. Negative discourse serves democracy poorly. The temptation to avoid serious debate is already great. It increases as the stakes soar and slander becomes a rewarding, easy option. The issues of the day go untended. The whole affair takes on the character of the gladiator's art. The GOPAC glossary [{35756}] may herald a descent into even lower levels of discourse. It comes blessed by a politician of some influence—the Republican whip in the House—and it is intended for candidates on the state level, many of them presumably running for the first time. Even though Mr. Gingrich himself may not have seen the list before it was mailed, this is a disturbing document. The nakedness of the GOPAC offering also makes it useful. There must be limits to the negative politics that voters will bear; the bald appeal to invective will certainly probe those limits. For now, it should be said that some adjectives in the glossary aptly describe the glossary itself: shallow, sensationalist, and, yes, shame(ful). New York Times
If the White House is politicizing the war, that's nothing short of despicable. For Karl Rove to politicize the issue is an affront to the integrity of the entire United States military. Terry McAuliffe
Corruption is the principle source of financing political parties.. Ivan Valesquez Gomez
I can personally testify that American politics have taken a distinctly downward turn in the space of one mature lifetime. Gary Hart
We have to carefully consider whether our election system is critical infrastructure, like the financial system or the power grid. There is a vital national interest in our election process. Jeb Johnson
Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons. Voltaire
One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say. Voltaire
We have been saying "Freedom" for six years. What we are going to start saying now is "Black Power". We have begged the President. We've begged the federal government. That's all we've been doing, begging and begging. From now on, when they ask you what you want, you know what to tell them. Stokely Carmichael
Black Power can only exist when there exists a unified socialist Africa. Stokely Carmichael
... one of the things that will distinguish businesses into this next decade is ... how they use information.... I think it'll change culture, it'll change everything that you do. And I believe it'll differentiate the winners and the losers. Ginni Rometty
The Arab house has fallen upon itself. Unable to rationalize or analyze these developments, I am no longer able to cope with them.... I find myself intellectually paralyzed and politically incapacitated. Clovis Maksoud
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
When party crackups happen, they usually involve nativism. Sean Wilentz
God will provide. Dios proveerá. Nicolas Maduro
Trump pivots, but then he pivots right back. It's a 360 degree pivot. Jeff Flake
Politics is not longer about argument of discussions it is about trying to put your opponents into the box of the untouchables. David Brooks
You cannot have viable economic development without democratization and vice versa. Berhanu Nega
Was I going to remain an academic, sitting in an ivory tower criticizing things? Or was I going to do something as an engaged citizen. Berhanu Nega
Foreign policy is consumed with momentary crises —– often created by failing states and violent groups. But in the long run, he future is shaped by winners, not noisy losers. Fareed Zakaria
I wasn't the man. If you want someone to kill people, you had to find somebody else. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Tell Brzezinski to fuck off. William H. Sullivan
Their fears are not very coherent or well reasoned. William H. Sullivan
We studied Western journalists' reporting methods, fed them story ideas, steered them toward sympathetic interviewees, and supplied them with the revolutionary movement's facts and figures. Ruhollah Khomeini
The narrative of progress is no longer sustainable. Stephen B. Smith
I care not who forms the government of a country, so long as I control the purse strings. Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild
There is not in the whole science of politicks a more solid or a more important maxim than this---that of all governments, those are the best, which, by the natural effect of their constitutions, are frequently renewed or drawn back to their first principles. James Wilson
The single biggest weakness that politicians have as a group is that they want people to like them. Molly Ivins
God’s Politics: Why the Right gets it wrong and the Left doesn’t get it. Jim Wallis
In this closely divided nation, it satisfies no practical purpose for the entertainment elite to be identified as so intensely political and utterly one-sided. Michael Medved
Textbooks must be constant over many years for students to trust the system. But if we say something is true today and deny it tomorrow, students will lose faith in us. Consistency is at a premium. Zeinab Radwan
The real moral is this: It does not matter how much oil is produced domestically and how much is imported. Presidents may declare that there is an “urgent need” to cut imports and boost “energy independence” — no one ever lost political support by seeing evil and blaming foreigners. Morris Albert Adelman
Religions cannot solve the economic, political and social problems of this earth. However, they can indeed provide what obviously cannot be attained by economic plans, political programs or legal regulations alone: They can effect a change in the inner orientation, the whole mentality, the "hearts," of people Hans Kung
It’s all right that you do not understand my Theory of Relativity. I do not understand your Theory of Normalcy. Albert Einstein
Did you ever wonder who when our problems are getting larger and larger, out politicians are getting smaller and smaller? Fred Thompson
I know nothing of these torturous arts by which a man may aspire to govern a state torn by envy, parties, and factions. This evil is almost always unavoidable in newly fledged governments, which must look to themselves for sustenance and growth Bernardo O'Higgins
My experience and what scant understanding of politics I possess have convinced me that our peoples will only find well-being under compulsion; but my repugnance for compulsion is so great that I am loath to employ it even to achieve their well-being. Bernardo O'Higgins
He who wants to make history bear on politics must be sure that his history is objective; otherwise, history will not influence politics, but rather politics history. Leopold Von Ranke
There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves. Junius; Philip Francis
It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also; in theory only, at first, while the spirit of the people is up, but in practice, as fast as that relaxes. Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. Thomas Jefferson
Every class struggle is a political struggle Karl Marx
There is no left or right in economic management today. Tony Blair
One of the worst muddles of this age is its confusing of the ideas behind combative and cognitive activity. Cognition is not fighting, but once someone knows a lot, he will have much to fight for. Karel Capek
Although we are very strong, we are pursuing a very calculating and moderate policy. We prefer a political solution and are managing the situation accordingly. Kemal Ataturk
I have never dealt with people who have so little political sagacity as the Turks. Horace George Montagu Rumbold
By definition, politics is, or ought to be, division. Christopher Hitchens
The essence of American politics consists of the manipulation of populism by elitism. Christopher Hitchens
I do not think that politics has much to do with celebrity. Gordon Brown
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
Our tribunals — unlike those in the United States — have been traditionally subordinated to political power. Mexico has a history of corrupt elections where the will of the people has been subverted by the wealthy and powerful. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
The Department of Justice should never be reduced to a political arm of the White House. Patrick Leahy
By the nature of his office, a President is separated from his natural constituency and from the art of his profession, politics. The office restricts his movements, his access to events and reality. David Halberstam
Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction. W. H. Auden
The Mexican war was a political war, and the administration conducting it desired to make party capital out of it. Ulysses S. Grant
What can equal the caprices of politics? William H. Seward
There is no school that teaches you how to run a state. You make mistakes, but you learn on the job. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The public must be assured that prosecutorial decisions are made on legal and not political grounds. David Inglesias
The icons of the past relied on political instinct. Now Presidents can use scientific polls and focus groups. Dick Morris
The end of all political struggle is to establish morality as the basis for all legislation. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sword the world affords. Theodore Roosevelt
The first duty of an American citizen, then is that he shall work in politics. Theodore Roosevelt
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
Why should one have to be sad, ugly, and boring to go into politics these days. Segolene Royal
The most profound moments in politics usually happen unexpectedly. Artur Davis
One of the most constant characteristics of beliefs is their intolerance. The stronger the belief, the greater its intolerance. Men dominated by a certitude cannot tolerate those who do not accept it. Gustave Le Bon
The worst mistake Ronald Reagan ever made was to accept George W. Bush as his running mate. Milton Friedman
Our civilization is becoming less civil. You don’t have the right to demonize somebody just because they disagree with you. Rick Warren
Those who have the immense dishonesty to fight with a ballot box in one hand and a rifle in the other have no place in democratic politics. Neil Kinnock
In countries like ours, women enter politics in mourning clothes. Nayla Moawad
Every specific military operation does have a political dimension and every political initiative does have some security dimension. Giora Eiland
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines. Daniel P. Moynihan
Politics was just about as dirty in those days as it is now. Edna Greene Medford
There is no major political issue in the country that does not end up as a legal issue. Julio Nazerino
The idea that liberal societies are bound together by philosophical beliefs seems to me to be ludicrous. Philosophy is not that important to politics. Richard Wordy
… realpolitik Ludwig August von Rochau
The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles Mohandas K. Gandhi
All human affairs are ever in a state of flux and cannot stand still, either there will be improvement or decline. Niccolo Machiavelli
We express our values through politics—through the officials we elect. Richard Cizik
We could have peace in one year if women were organized. Jeannette Rankin
The world would have peace if the men of politics would only follow the Gospel. Bridget of Sweden; Birgitta
I used to try and get things done by saying please. Now I dynamite them out of the way. Huey P. Long
The governor’s mansion was not good enough for me, although it was too good for my predecessor. Huey P. Long
You are the smartest lunatic I have ever seen in my whole life. Alben W. Barkley
I’m the constitution around here now. Huey P. Long
The political parties use religion for their own interests and whenever they find any criticism about religion, they can't tolerate it, so they ban the book. Taslima Nasrin
Real freedom for women is possible only through Communism. Vladimir Lenin
Lenin strove constantly to get the people to understand that the leaders could not do everything for them, that they them-selves, with their own hands, would have to build a new life and defend their own state; in this he proved himself to be a real people's leader, able to show the people the way forward and induce them to take the first step forward fully conscious of their aim, instead of following blindly behind the leaders. Nikolai Ilyich Podvoisky
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
The first step toward liberation of any group is to use the power in hand. . . . And the power in hand is the vote. Helen Gahagan
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
Our real battlefield today is Asia and our real battle is the one between democracy and communism. . . . We have to prove to the world and particularly to downtrodden areas of the world which are the natural prey to the principles of communist economics that democracy really brings about happier and better conditions for the people as a whole. Eleanor Roosevelt
Democracy must first be safe for America before it can be safe for the world Emma Goldman
The idea that each individual has intrinsic, God-given value and is of infinite worth quite apart from any social contribution -- an idea most pagans would have rejected as absurd -- persists today as the ethical basis of western law and politics. Our secularized western idea of democratic society owes much to that early Christian vision of a new society -- a society no longer formed by the natural bonds of family, tribe, or nation but by the voluntary choice of its members. Elaine Pagels
A democratic form of government, a democratic way of life, presupposes free public education over a long period; it presupposes also an education for personal responsibility that too often is neglected. Eleanor Roosevelt
Courts are an aristocratic institution in a democracy. That's the dilemma for an institution that has the function of reviewing the will of the people. We're bound to be "anti-majoritarian. Rose Bird
We are thus brought to a conception of Democracy not merely as a sentiment which desires the well-being of all men, nor yet as a creed which believes in the essential dignity and equality of all men, but as that which affords a rule of living as well as a test of faith. Jane Addams
Let's face it: however old-fashioned and out of date and devaluated the word is, we like the way of living provided by democracy. Eve Curie
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
Majority rule rests on numbers; democracy rests on the well-grounded assumption that society is neither a collection of units nor an organism but a network of human relations. Mary Parker Follett
We who are members of the Communist Party repudiate the exclusive identification of democracy with capitalism. We declare that democracy can be widened, take on new aspects, become truly a rule of the people, only when it is extended to the economic life of the people. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism. Florence King
The cigarette companies knew that cigarettes caused cancer and they lied about it. David Kessler
There can be no fundamental distinction between what is morally right and what is politically right. Martin Buber
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. George Washington
Other than the war in Iraq the Katrina disaster, the deficit, the CIA leak, torture, stopping stem cell research, homeland security, global warming and undercutting science, we've yet to really feel the negative effects of the George W. Bush administration Bill Moyers
The Iranians and the Syrians, sipping their coffee in their cafes discussing politics, want to fight the Israelis to the last Lebanese and the last Palestinian. Hisham Melhem
No sitting administration likes to see itself studied; no administration welcomes investigations. Alvin Felzenberg
Occupancy of the Front Bench imposes penalties as well as privileges. Its members have to surrender some of the freedom which the back benches afford, and they have to consider much more closely whether what they do and say may help or compromise the position of the Party.. These obligations are so trying at times that men … do not care to assume them, preferring the greater freedom of the back benches. I would not personally press anyone to change back bench freedom for Front Bench reticence and circumspection, but I should like you to consider whether or not you cared to do so. If you thought that you could stand the yoke (and I have not found it too difficult) it would be a pleasure to me to tell the members of the Party that I proposed to ask you to join those who sit on the Front Bench. Harry Snell
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
Traditional African tribal government was entirely different from Parliamentary democracy in the sense that we understand it. The essence of our system is we can change our Government, and therefore change or even reverse the policy it is pursuing, without bloodshed or violence, by the simple process of persuading our fellow citizens to put their vote in the ballot box. But once a Chief, after fullest consultation with his Council, had arrived at a decision, any further argument or opposition became treasonable. That is why in Africa you can never have a "loyal opposition". It follows from this that when the multi-party system of Parliamentary Government has been tried out in Africa, it has almost always become one-party rule. William Francis Hare
They’re invading. Tom Tancredo
It is an open war until the elimination of Israel and until the death of the last Jew on earth. Hassan Nasrallah
Our motto, which we are not afraid to repeat year after year, is: 'Death to America’ Hassan Nasrallah
Anyone who gets too close to President Bush will get burned. Eleanor Clift
The way to help this country is to limit Republican power. Howard Dean
It’s our responsibility to read the newspapers and then say it is our opinion. Trey Parker
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
Americans tend to go for it all. In international politics you can’t have it all. You have to compromise. Ali Ansari
Politicians always interfere with what other professions are doing Ali Ansari
Riot is the voice of the unheard. Maxine Waters
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
Bipartisanship is like marriage. It takes two to make it work. It only takes one to make it a failure. The President has been playing politics with foreign policy. Mark Shields
Face the brutes. That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them Swami Vivekananda
Ukraine is facing a serious threat of isolation as some local political forces want to put an end to democracy and democratic reforms in the country Viktor Yushchenko
Why are Indo-Fijians supposed to be good at managing businesses but are not to be allowed to manage the biggest business of all, the government of the country? Why? Oh why? Vijay Singh
The way you change foreign policy is by raising the domestic political cost of the policy. John Brady Kiesling
People’s political agenda is not clear to themselves in most cases. John Brady Kiesling
The first thing a diplomat has to do is understand the domestic politics of foreign states. John Brady Kiesling
The world belongs to those who show up. Ron Carey
Political institutions are a superstructure resting on an economic foundation. Vladimir Lenin
Science thrives on self-correction …. refutation almost always contains positive lessons that overwhelm disappointment. Stephen Jay Gould
If newspapers were written by people whose sole object in writing was to tell the truth about politics and the truth about art we should not believe in war, and we should believe in art. Virginia Woolf
The duration of every political phase is just as long as it takes to unveil its shortcomings and evil. While discovering its defects, it makes way for a new phase, liberated from these failings. Thus, these impairments that appear in a situation and destroy it are the very forces of human evolution, as they raise humanity to a more corrected state. Yehuda Ashlag
Politics has been very good to me. Politics can become, and often is, very brutal Zell Miller
Philosophy is easier than politics. R. W. Apple, Jr.
The atomic issue was a natural path into political issues. Andrei Sakharov
Judges are red meat in politics. Charlie Rose
The art of politics is to design a solution that feels painless to all. Joseph Stiglitz
In the wake of the Iraq war, it has become clear that official intelligence analysis was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community’s own work was politicized. Paul. Pillar
Politicization led to an intelligence output that obscured understanding of al Qaeda’s sources of strength and support. Paul. Pillar
I will go even further . . . and will vote for all measures to elevate their condition and to educate them (Negroes) separate and apart from the whites . . . but when it comes to placing him upon the same social and political level as my own race, I must refuse to do it. Thomas, John Lewis, Jr.
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.
The dominant color of politics is gray; difficult choices and compromise are required at almost every step of the journey toward a major new program. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Despite an occasional nagging misgiving, I quickly found myself prepared to use the serrated edge of the political knife in the Johnson White House. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
I never asked the political affiliation of anyone I hired. I looked for brains, judgment, talent, commitment to our domestic agenda, and a willingness to work around the clock. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Washington lawyers and politicians have been bedfellows from the moment our nation was conceived. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Americans should be free to make their own choice of life styles and private habits without being subject to discrimination or persecution. David Ginsburg (lawyer)
You have got these tobacco guys so mad at you. These guys hate you! Be careful. These guys are capable of killing you. Thomas P. O'Neill
With you at HEW, Carter has no chance to carry North Carolina, Virginia, or Kentucky – and maybe even Connecticut, where they make cigars. That anti-smoking campaign will kill him. Ted Kennedy
The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America. Jimmy Carter
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
Give me the best ideas. Forget about the politics. I’ll worry about that after we know what the best program is. Lyndon B. Johnson
The only reason to treat nuclear power differently from all the other developments in the field of physics is its staggering possibilities as a means of political pressure in peace and sudden destruction in war. James Frank
Eventually, money wins in politics. Jack Abramoff
It is our responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the instruction of the church and its members. Presbyterian Church
The political is the moral and the moral is the political. Ben Stein
Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
The characteristic condition of Italian political life is the complex stalemate. Timothy Harold Parks
… that remarkable body, the most remarkable of all the inventions of modern politics. William E. Gladstone
If you grew too fond of public life it might exact compromises even if finances were not involved. Eleanor Roosevelt
A good many people here are disturbed by the practical exhibition of social equality in the arm-in-arm performance of Douglass and Tilton. It does not become radicals like us to particularly object. But it was certainly unfortunate at this time. The old prejudice, now revived, will lose us some votes Thaddeus Stevens
The most obvious difference between international relations and domestic politics is that international relations take place in anarchy, whereas politics within states is conditioned by hierarchy. Andrew H. Kydd
Political systems in the Middle East are totally dysfunctional and we are going to have to open them up. Reuel Marc Gerecht
You can’t win if you don’t play. The people who get involved in politics are more likely to get their way. Stephen Frantzich
The study of history is in the truest sense an education, and a training for political life. Polybius
Our Ancestors founded their government on morality and religious sentiment. They were brought hither by their high veneration of the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate it with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influences through all their institutions, civil, political, social, and educational. Daniel Webster
Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse. Pieter-Dirk Uys
America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. Claire Wolfe
Speech is what makes man a political being. Hannah Arendt
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
I hate politics, and what are considered their appropriate methods. John Abbott
Religion should be a bridge to unite us and not a wedge to divide us politically. Jim Wallis
Pro football gave me a good perspective. When I entered the political arena, I had already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded, and hung in effigy. Jack Kemp
All literatures can have political uses and misuses. Sometimes politics can enhance, sometimes it can get in the way of imaginative literature. . . Gayl Jones
The Constitution is not the only way we preserve rights in America. We have the common law and political action. Saul Cornell
It was Roosevelt's genius to treat kings like commoners and commoners like kings. And both loved him for it. Gerald Parshall
Man is a predatory animal, and this aspect of his nature is nowhere better suited by environment than in the world of politics. Enid Muriel Lyons
Even a conscientious person cannot reach reasonable political conclusions without trustworthy, factual information. Albert Einstein
That is simple my friend. Because politics is more complicated than physics. Albert Einstein
Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perennially rejuvenated illusions. Albert Einstein
Arabs and Muslims have no political heritage to draw upon in administering their affairs today. Politics for them was a way to rule, not a science or a political doctrine. Shaker Al-Nabulsi
There should be a distinction between the Koranic chapters concerning belief, … and the chapters dealing with legislation or the life of the Prophet … That is, there are chapters that cut across history, and these are the verses revealed at Mecca … and there are circumstantial verses of legislation that were revealed at Al-Madina as a result of events that took place 1,400 years ago and which are no longer in existence… there are many … political and military verses… that are connected to circumstances that existed in the past but exist no longer. The verses revealed at Mecca, about the Jews, the Christians, and the People of the Book, for example … were usually verses of support for them, but the verses concerning the Jews and Christians … at Al-Madina were the result of the changing political relations of the People of the Book and the Muslims… Politics are fluid, not static; therefore, the laws built on a political foundation are also subject to movement, and are not static. Shaker Al-Nabulsi
Never turn down a job you haven’t been offered. Richard Holbrooke
Everyone tried to discover still new questions, everyone tried to resolve them; people wrote, read, and spoke about projects; everyone wished to correct, destroy, and change things, and all Russians, as if a single person, found themselves in an indescribable state of enthusiasm Leo Tolstoy
The Supreme Court has made itself into a political institution … It has become a political prize and a political position. Robert Bork
Congress was the first branch of the government. It was designed as a rough and tumble place. Norman Orenstein
Counter-terrorism is not solely a military matter. Bruce Hoffman
Shuffle up the cards and try again. Randolph Churchill
No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical and social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party…So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. Aneurin Bevan
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
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
When the Budget has once been approved by the President and transmitted to Congress, it is his budget estimate and no officer or official of the War Department would have any right to come up here and attempt to get a single dollar more than is contained in that estimate . K W. Walker
…the statements to the World and News consist simply of a string of infamous libels. Theodore Roosevelt
…if I should once permit such political considerations to interfere with the administration of justice in this office, where could I stop? If I should once begin to allow my official conduct to be swayed by considerations such as those, I feel it would end by eventually leading me wholly astray. Henry L. Stimson
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
U. S. Modern politics, particularly in the era of President George W. Bush, are based on biblical visions …. The anti-Islam campaign has been led by a number of right wing Christian leaders who are currently controlling the U. S. Administration. Atif Adwan
I haven’t seen so much pork since I gave out ribbons at the Iowa State Fair. Ronald Reagan
George W. Bush is a big spender…. When Congress sends up a bill with big. fat, crackling pork, he says, “Where’s the barbecue sauce?” Peggy Noonan
He had no gifts for the compromises with human frailty which alone can grease the wheels of politics. John Bartlet Brebner
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
Why, this fellow [Dwight D. Eisenhower] don't know any more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday. Harry S Truman
... politics of meaning Michael Lerner
The agricultural and industrial system of a free people, like their political system, ought to be an accurate reflex of the democratic principle by the people for the people, solely in the interests of the people. James Connolly
After contract negotiations and organizing, playing an active role in the political process is one of a union's most important functions. Gains won at the bargaining table or through sacrifice on the picketline can be wiped out by politicians on the state or federal level. Transportation Workers of America
Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the President, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the President. Alphonso Jackson
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
The revolution will stop at nothing. We have changed the nature of politics. Joseph Goebbels
All systems of political administration or governmental machinery are but the reflex of the economic forms which underlie them James Connolly
To you, workers of Ireland, we address ourselves. AGITATE in the workshop, in the field, in the factory, until you arouse your brothers to hatred of the slavery of which we are all the victims. EDUCATE, that the people may no longer be deluded by illusory hopes of prosperity under any system of society of which monarchs or noblemen, capitalists or landlords form an integral part. ORGANIZE, that a solid, compact and intelligent force, conscious of your historic mission as a class, you may seize the reins of political power whenever possible and, by intelligent application of the working-class ballot, clear the field of action for the revolutionary forces of the future. James Connolly
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
Those who administer or possess governing power, always try to surround their high-handed actions with a cloak of legality, and to persuade the people that they act from good motives; this they are easily able to effect when they are the sole interpreters of the law; Baruch Spinoza
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
The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest "functionaire" possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose desecration it depends whether and how I am allowed to live or to work. Friedrich A. Hayek
Were it not for Khrushchev’s execution of Stalin we wouldn’t have come to such a sorry state. Since then, we have lived increasingly useless and dirtier lives; this murder of Stalin was also the murder of his people. The country, deprived of high ideals in just a few decades, has run into the ground. Yelena Prudnikova
Deprived of national pride in their lifelong beliefs, Russians experienced a bit of my eyes of the Soviet era as the end of empire, and a sense of national identity. In a state of moral, material and physical despair, they yearned to feel better about themselves and their land. Nina Khrushcheva
If I don’t get elected? Great. The Republic will live on Tom Coburn
America is addicted to oil. George W. Bush
If officials are too forceful, people will revolt. Song Baorui
Our little systems have their day; They have their day and cease to be. Alfred Tennyson
It is a mistake to assume that God is interested only, or even chiefly, in religion. William Temple
The profound influence of religion on American politics is vital, but it is best when indirect: on the morals, habits, and souls of individual Americans; on the political climate and the principals that should guide policy, rather than on specific policies themselves… Richard Nixon
The line cannot be too strongly drawn. Richard M. Johnson
It is clearly absurd that it should be possible for a woman to qualify as a saint with direct access to the Almighty while she may not qualify as a curate. Mary Stocks
The best thing I know between France and England is- the sea. Douglas Jerrold
As Americans, it is up to all of us to be well informed and thoughtful, to help our country make the right decisions in this time or testing. Richard A. Clarke
Listen, retaliating for these attacks is all well and good, but we gotta get rid of these guys once and for all. Bill Clinton
Bipartisanship is “the oil of national government.” Dean Acheson
Competition for votes sends parties in a two-party system toward the center. Anthony Downs
Bipartisanship may be abnormal, but it does occur. The challenge is to explain why it occurs at all, and why it never lasts. Peter Trubowitz
I wouldn’t be too serious about bipartisanship. It’s a great myth that ought to be fostered. And don’t bring too damn much scholarship to bear on it. You’ll prove it out of existence if you’re not careful. Dean Acheson
If a democracy is to remain real and stable, the majority must be humane and farsighted enough to take care of minorities who have serious objections to the majorities point of view and who, because of lack of numbers, do not have the political strength to impose their own policy solutions through their own political power. Demetrios James Caraley
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
History suggests that the main obstacles facing Muslims in their attempts to achieve open political systems and democratic governments are 1) a deeply rooted authoritarian political culture, and 2) manipulated interpretations of the Koran. Laith Kubba
This is your last campaign. Mary Landrieu
In political advertising, truth only has an advantage when a credible source makes it known. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
The term “democratic” is often used merely as a term of praise or ridicule among various political factions. One person or faction is described as either democratic or undemocratic, depending on whether its supporters or detractors are speaking. Sheikh Saud Al-Nufaysan
I hold the opinion that it is lawful [for a Muslim] to participate in elections [in non-Islamic countries], as this may reduce suffering, and it is a way to choose the better among the available candidates. I believe participating in elections will, in any event, contribute to the reduction of evil and be a forum for countering bad policies and exposing their deficiencies, as well as being an opportunity to present proposals of a different kind that may help people. Sheikh Salman Al-Oadah
As for participation in politics itself we should consider that if the parliaments and congresses of these countries do not have any Muslim members, then this will pave the way for the opposition to come forth with their harmful views and policies, which will consequently be incorporated into the laws of their countries and bring harm to the Muslims. Sheikh Salman Al-Oadah
It is well known that being a member of Parliament or holding a ministerial post affords one with political power that protects people from injustice. This power resembles that which was once held by tribal affiliations in the past. Sheikh Saud Al-Nufaysan
Recalling our history which has been characterized by political and constitutional instability … Uganda
They were both obnoxious, drunk with their power …. they were the hatchet men of the Nixon administration, the killers, the psychopaths in residence Pierre Andre Rinfret
What ultimately defeated George W. Bush is that when push came to shove he was a wimp governed by his personal animosities 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
… all raw emotion and little knowledge Pierre Andre Rinfret
I have no intention of offending somebody who writes a weekly column. Robert E. Rubin
History indicates that indiscriminately copying Western political systems is a blind alley for China. Hu Jintao
Win and keep the confidence of your leader. Never refuse or quash schemes he puts forward: but ensure that they are put forward in the first instance privately to you. Always approve them, and after praise modify them insensibly causing the suggestions to come from him, until they are in accord with your own opinion. When you attain this point, hold him to it, keep a tight grip of his ideas, and push him forward as firmly as possible, but secretly so that no one but himself (and he not too clearly) is aware of your pressure. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
Learn to understand the culture of those that you wish to influence. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us. Nancy Reagan
I'd rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don't want, and get it. Eugene V. Debs
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule-- and both commonly succeed, and are right. H. L. Mencken
I have read their platform, and though I think there are some unsound places in it, I can stand upon it pretty well. But I see nothing in it both new and valuable. "What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable. Daniel Webster
President Bush said that he wanted to change the tone in Washington. He has; it has gotten worse. Tom Daschle
You can listen to them [environmental protesters] but don’t stop your project—don’t stop your thinking. Richard M. Daley
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
It is impossible for any political party of "Labor" to reach power without concessions to the Right--to the middle class--at the expense of basic principles. "Labor" (or "Socialist") parties lose their identity and eventually are found to differ only on minor points from the "conservative" contenders for power. Labor Partyism is class-collaboration in the political field and it is just as disastrous for the workers as class-collaboration has been in the economic field Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
The term Party is applied equally to the peaceful parties of America and to the Communist Party of Russia, the Nazi Party of Germany, and the Fascist Party of Italy. The methodology of these parties varies, but their fundamental objective-to place and keep their leaders in control of the government - is the same. V. O. Key Jr.
The parliamentary regime is a regime of parties Leon Blum
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
Political machines seek to perpetuate themselves by all sorts of tricks. They sidetrack, channelize and emasculate the popular will Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
The genius of American government consists of the creative tension between conservatives on the one hand and liberals on the other hand.. George McGovern
Politics is the art of dominating men. Anton Pannekoek
In a situation like that obtaining in Germany, I can only conceive a political general strike as a unique event in which the entire proletariat throughout the nation engages with all its might, as a life-and-death struggle, one in which our adversary is beaten down or else all our organizations, all our strength shattered or at least paralysed for years to come Karl Kautsky
Our political life is closed, and our freedoms usurped, and our people are oppressed, and fearful… if you don’t say what the ruler wants, you’re exiled beyond the sun. Khaled Chouket
My goal for the Arab world is to change the status quo, which is horrible politically, religiously, economically, in every way. Faisal Al-Kasim
Public service is a noble career. You can’t do it unless you get out there and run…. You can make a difference if you are elected. William B. Richardson
Environmental organizations have become experts at duplicitous activity, skirting laws up to the edge of illegality, and burying their political activities under the guise of non-profit environmental improvement. James Inhofe
it is hard to find new jokes. What I need is new audiences. Morris K. Udall
Spokesweasel Anonymous
Welcome Nixon! How About the Hughes Loan? Dick Tuck
Le Fouille-Merde The Shit Stirrer Dick Tuck
If you want to be a policy maker, run for office. John Linder
As long as we are suffering economically and politically in the Muslim world, God will be the solution. Ahmed Fakhr
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
I support our troops. That’s why I question our leaders. Anonymous
Traditional or historically-based boundaries are not, and should not be, “politics free.” Rather, those boundaries represent a series of compromises of principle–among the virtues of, for example, close representation of voter views, ease of identifying “government” and “opposition” parties, and stability in government. They also represent an uneasy truce, sanctioned by tradition, among different parties seeking political advantage. Stephen Breyer
If you are to strike, then make it painful, because you'll get the same blame either way. Arab Proverb
Avoid what will require an apology. Arab Proverb
In an election year the state of the nation is the state of politics. Candy Crowley
We have much participation of women in Afghanistan politics. Yet 86 percent of the women are illiterate. I and the women who come before you are not typical of women in our country. Fawzia Koofi
It hurts to lose an election. George W. Bush
This Senate, is a sanctuary; a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty; and it is here — it is here, in this exalted refuge; here, if anywhere, will resistance be made to the storms of political frenzy and the silent arts of corruption; and if the Constitution be destined ever to perish by the sacrilegious hands of the demagogue or the usurper, which God avert, its expiring agonies will be witnessed on this floor. Aaron Burr
I have no more gifts for politics than a cow has for fox hunting, and I’m not interested in it… personally I’ve never voted and do not intend to. George S. Patton
It is the style of an office seeker rather than that of a soldier. George S. Patton
Wars are fought for political considerations. Military victory alone is never enough Martin Blumenson
It’s awfully tough to score political points when you are on the defensive. Mark Shields
When the crisis at the core of our nation’s political decline is a direct attack on the truth, the institution that should take the lead in confronting and correcting that danger is the press. Russ Rymer
Politics is not like a teeter totter. Just because one party goes down, it does not mean that they other party goes up. Charles Cook
Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values. Reinhold Niebuhr
Tectonic shifts in American politics take time—often a long time. Todd S. Purdum
The collection of prejudices which is called political philosophy is useful provided that it is not called philosophy. Bertrand Russell
Great minds think of ideas. Average minds think of events. Small minds think of people. Anonymous
Honor and ease are seldom bedfellows. Anonymous
Political promises go in one year and out the other. Anonymous
Who gets what, when, how? Anonymous
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Anonymous
You cannot make progress in a political vacuum. Gerry Adams
Practical politics, being commonly an affair of compromise and relative truth,—a human attempt to modify the severity of Nature's processes … Henry Adams
The attempt to treat politics as a branch of the profession of law [has] the disadvantage of refining issues to a point which no large society could comprehend. Henry Adams
Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. The men become every year more and more creatures of force, masses about central powerhouses. The conflict is no longer between the men, but between the motors that drive men [i.e. governments], and the men who succumb to their own motive forces. Henry Adams
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. Henry Adams
The political field is amusing though somewhat saddening to the believer in human perfectibility. Henry Adams
When the day comes when it will be considered as disgraceful to be seen in a caucus as to be seen in a gambling house or brothel, then my interest will wake up again and legitimate politics will get a new birth. Henry Adams
And so I am launched again upon the faithless wave of politics. John Quincy Adams
Women are not only justified, but exhibit the most exalted virtue, when they do depart from the domestic circle, and enter upon the concerns of their country, of humanity and of their God. John Quincy Adams
Be not surprised that I am turned politician. The whole town is immersed in politics. John Adams
Politics is a labyrinth without a clue. John Adams
Public business … must always be done by somebody…. If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not. John Adams
The [American] continent is a kind of whispering gallery and acts and speeches are reverberated from New York in all directions. John Adams
It is the duty of American Muslims to participate constructively in the political process, if only to protect their rights, and give support to views and causes they favor. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani
I personally think artists should criticize the government as much as possible since, unlike politicians, they do not have to obtain votes. Chava Alberstein
Our government should be led by religious men …. Religion is with politics and politics is with religion. They are as one. Muqtada Al-Sader
The Islamic awakening began as a spiritual, an individual event, but it has become increasingly political. Hassan Al-Turabi
Politics is the gentle art of obtaining votes from the poor and campaign contributions from the rich by promising to protect each from the other. Oscar Ameringer
There is no leisure about politics. Thomas Aquinas
Television changed politics forever. If you’re not any good at it, forget it. Denys Arcand
Politics is the deliberation of the question: How ought we to order our lives? Aristotle
Man is ... a political animal. Aristotle
Politics is the art of putting people under obligation to you. Jacob L. Arvey
Politics is a matter of communications. Thomas William Ludlow Ashley
Politics is like roller skating. You go partly where you want to go, and partly where the damned things take you. Henry F. Ashurst
The main threat to the successful New Economy is not in economics but in politics. Anders Aslund
Bull permeates everything.... American people think politics and politicians are full of baloney. Lee Atwater
Politics is people. Lee Atwater
The most potent combination is that of religion and politics, because then if you object, you are a heretic. Margaret Atwood
The trouble with you is that you expect to live without enemies. Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel
Alliances do have to deal with political realities. Kenneth Bacon
Women—one half the human race at least—care fifty times more for a marriage than for a ministry. Walter Bagehot
Exploitation and government are two inseparable expressions of what is called politics. Mikhail Bakunin
Too often in politics the stiletto is slipped between your shoulder blades, while its wielder continues to smile sweetly. Alben W. Barkley
Art is art. Politics is politics. It's very hard to get them together. Warren Beatty
I had to make a movie about politics sometime in my career and it was impossible to do it seriously. Warren Beatty
The field of politics always presents the same struggle. There are the Right and the Left, and in the middle is the Swamp. The Swamp is made up of know-nothings, of them who are without ideas, of them who are always with the majority. August Bebel
The connection between humbug and politics is too long established to be challenged. Ronald Bell
Political power, considered in general, not descending in particular to monarchy, aristocracy, or democracy, comes directly from God alone. Robert Bellarmine
Poetry, in Latin America, has always been connected with politics… it is a mobilizing force. Gioconda Belli
[In politics] You're either moving the ball on them or they're moving the ball on you. It's important to move the ball on them. William Bennett
I decided to stay in art and earn some money. Thomas Hart Benton
Only when a political system has decided what is good and beautiful, can it take the intermediate step and set the priorities for reaching its goals. Adolph A. Berle Jr.
He brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a crickett match. Aneurin Bevan
I have never regarded politics as an arena of morals. It is the arena of interests. Aneurin Bevan
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
Politics is the business of managing perceptions. Donald S. Beyer Jr.
In politics heaven lies at the feet of the poor masses. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Presidency: The greased pig in the game of American politics. Ambrose Bierce
If you do not know how to lie, cheat and steal, turn your attention to politics and learn. Josh Billings
I want to get into politics so I can make a decent salary and do something that isn't all that difficult. But if politics don't work out I'm going to be a welder. Timothy Birard
Politics are not an exact science. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable, the art of the next best. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
The manifest object of the men who framed the institutions of this country, was to have a State without religion and a Church without politics—that is to say, they meant that one should never be used as an engine for the purposes of the other.... For that reason they built up a wall of complete and perfect partition between the two. Jeremiah S. Black
Democratic politics has always been rough. Tony Blankley
Religion is too important an aspect of human life to be prostituted to politics, just as politics is too important a part of human life to be enslaved to religion. Joseph L. Blau
The art of politics is to find something in the middle that satisfies most. Michael Bloomberg
… a model of political virtues and moral enlightenment unique in the history of mankind. Simon Bolivar
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
Politics turns on emotion. Jack Bonner
Our national politics has become a competition for images or between images, rather than between ideals. Daniel J. Boorstin
From the moment I came out of the womb, I have been a political animal. Betty Boothroyd
Full time politics is a difficult road. Most women have a home and children to attend to. Whether you're in Glasgow or Ohio. it's tough for women. Betty Boothroyd
All participants in politics want to impose as much of their morality on others as possible. Robert Bork
The only way to stop courts from misbehaving is a political battle. Robert Bork
I have great admiration and affection for him—to the extent that one can have affection for others in politics. Lucien Bouchard
Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow. Elias Cornelius Boudinot
Only in politics do resurrections occur. Robert Bourassa
My life has told me that I do owe another human being. I owe him part of my life. That's why I'm in politics. William W. Bradley
Politics is broken. William W. Bradley
Sometimes I feel that I'm living in a political era in which what I value most, character, is endangered; what I admire most, humanity, is devalued; and what I feel most sensitive about, privacy, is denied. William W. Bradley
Democracy is moral before it is political. Louis D. Brandeis
Despotism, be it financial or political, is vulnerable, unless it is believed to rest upon a moral sanction. Louis D. Brandeis
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
All political power is primarily an illusion …. Mirrors and blue smoke … Jimmy Breslin
It's theater now, not politics. William Brock
You have to have a sense of ego and of purpose to go into politics. Kathleen Brown
No one ever asserts that politics has no role in apportionment or redistricting. Ronald H. Brown
Politics is about power, and it is about group power. Tony Brown
Politics is my life. If I had a hobby, it would be politics. Willie Brown
A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature. James Bryce
Very few [Americans] ... take an active part in politics, however interested they may be in public affairs. James Bryce
World politics is not a kindergarten. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Not men but measures"—a sort of charm by which many people get loose from every honorable engagement. Edmund Burke
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement … The cause of civil liberty and civil government gains as little as that of religion by this confusion of duties. Edmund Burke
A race-transcendent politics is most likely to succeed when the white community takes responsibility for overcoming its racism, not when the black community decides to forget it. Haywood Burns
In times of peace the stakes of our debate appear small. George W. Bush
I’d say that my relationship with the Governor is about as good as that of anybody else in Sacramento. Cruz Bustamante
A week is a long time in politics. A month is an eternity. Kim Campbell
If the distinction must be taken, men are everything, measures comparatively nothing. George Canning
I have the disease called politics. Andrew Card
Confound their politics, Frustrate their knavish tricks. Henry Carey
I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less. Thomas Carlyle
Vain hope to make people happy by politics! Thomas Carlyle
If you're going to get into the political business, you've got to be intensively competitive. James Carville
Politics is a like physics. Whatever goes up has to come down a little bit. James Carville
Freedom demands conditions of an economic, social, political and cultural kind which makes possible its full exercise. Catholic Church
Parishes can help lift up the moral and human dimension of public issues, calling people to informed participation in the political process. Catholic Church
The church, by reason of her role and competence, is not identified with any political community nor is it tied to any political system Catholic Church
In Irish politics personal friendships are as strong and binding as public principle is weak. James Caulfield, 1st Earl of Charlemont
If you do what's right, it's going to work out in the end successfully. John Chafee
Tariffs! There are the politics of the future. Study them closely and make yourselves masters of them. Joseph Chamberlain
The average educated man in America has about as much knowledge of what a political idea is as he has of the principles of counterpoint. John Jay Chapman
A quarter of a century ago, we were crazy about politics. Now we are crazy about making money …. I am afraid that one day we will become money hooligans without culture. Chen Kaige
Politics is bad for me because I believe in the truth so much. Cher
Politicians have no politics. Gilbert K. Chesterton
[Political] Victory is all that matters. Murray Chotiner
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
He [Lord Rosebery] would not stoop [to common politics]; he did not conquer. Winston Churchill
In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. Winston Churchill
Politics are almost as exciting as war. Winston Churchill
Guerrilla warfare is essentially a political war. Central Intelligence Agency
A most wretched custom is our electioneering and scrambling for office. Misserima omnimo est ambitio honorumque contentio. Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is a lot of juggling between NATO commitment and domestic politics in most countries [belonging to NATO.] Wesley Clark
Race baiting is the meanest species of politics. Emanuel Cleaver
A President immunized from political consideration is a President who need not listen to the people ... Clark M. Clifford
Politics is a very important part of our government. It must not be denigrated. It's the way our country runs. It's the lubricant that keeps things running smoothly. Clark M. Clifford
The last thing you want is to have to make a decision for political purposes. Hillary Clinton
Remove poverty from politics. Bill Clinton
All politics is a combination of rhetoric and reality. Bill Clinton
Political, social and economic realities are shaped by a historical process. Stephen Cohen
The attempt to turn a complex problem of the head into a simple moral question for the heart to answer, is of course a necessary part of all political discussion. Frank Moore Colby
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Workers (Communist) Party of America has been for many years an organization of foreign workers not much connected with the political life of the country. Owing to this immigrant exclusiveness two leading groups arose.... For six years an almost uninterrupted struggle for supremacy in the party has been going on between them. The struggle was, in the main, not based on principles ... principles served chiefly to camouflage the struggle for supremacy. Communist International; Comintern
If nothing else I have become an expert on fate. John Connally
In politics, something is always wrong: the year, the opponent, the issues. Think of how few people actually run for President ... For most, it is like a romance that is never in sync; one of the parties is always free when the other is married. John Connally
Washington has been a lethal town for wives. Blanche Wiesen Cook
[Politics in America is:] A chess tournament disguised as a circus. Alistair Cooke
With the exception of the occasion of my notification, I did not attend any partisan meetings or make any purely political speeches during the campaign. I spoke several times at the dedication of a monument, the observance of the anniversary of an historic event, at a meeting of some commercial body, or before some religious gathering. Calvin Coolidge
In a democracy, as a matter of course, every effort is made to seize upon and create publick opinion, which is, substantially, securing power. James Fenimore Cooper
It is impossible to take politics out of politics. Thomas G. Corcoran
We are not perfect by a damn sight, and in politics that’s very clear. Erastus 2nd Corning
Too many pulpits have become political rostrums, openly taking sides with party or government as if Jesus Christ Himself, were He living today, would be either a Democrat of a Republican. Charles E. Coughlin
The age of virtuous politics is past. William Cowper
If you want to go into politics, first get your name known. David Crockett
An ingrate in politics is no good. Richard Croker
Politics are impossible without spoils.... You have to deal with men as they are ... you must bribe the masses with spoils. Richard Croker
Politics begins when you have two people in a room or when you have one person looking in a mirror. Linda Cropp
Political thinking consists in deciding upon the conclusion first and then finding good arguments for it. An open mind is considered irresponsible. Richard Crossman
Politics is an impressionistic art form. Candy Crowley
Policy and politics are always mixed up. William Crystal
Power politics is another name for the law of the jungle. Ely Culbertson
Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford rules of judicial interpretation. Benjamin Curtis
Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
It has been my philosophy all my life that good government is good politics. Richard Joseph Daley
Politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. Charles de Gaulle
Some say politics means destruction to labor organizations, but the reverse is the fact. Eugene V. Debs
What’s been going on for years is political science, not good science in the environmental area. Thomas D. DeLay
It is time to put policy ahead of politics and success ahead of the status quo. Hillary Clinton
In politics experiments mean revolutions. Benjamin Disraeli
In politics there is no honor. Benjamin Disraeli
This career [politics] of plundering and blundering. Benjamin Disraeli
Political life must be taken as you find it. Benjamin Disraeli
Politics. The art of governing mankind by deceiving them. Isaac D'Israeli
Politics ... is going to be diluted down into a 10-second window, where you whack the guy as hard as you can and then get out of there. Alan J. Dixon
Politics is not a spectator sport. You can't just sit on the sidelines. Bob Dole
This is not politics. This is garbage. And we are disgusted by it. To those who are departed who sought in some, quote, clever, unquote way, to tarnish the reputation of Tom Foley, I say, good riddance. Bob Dole
You can't be rigid in this business [politics]. Bob Dole
Politics stinks. I just want to go back to Boston. Brian Donnelly
Political or religious dissenters are the plague of every totalitarian regime. William O. Douglas
We want political power in our country for our philosophy of life. This means we've got to get involved more and more in politics. David Duke
I don't think politics has gotten too negative. I ... believe in going after the opposition on the issues. Jennifer Dunn
American politics is money and thirty second spots. Thomas F. Eagleton
In politics, loyalty is everything. James O. Eastland
Politics is the only profession where there's life after death. Abba Eban
I don't want to be politically correct. I want to be humanly correct. Ramona Edelin
Politics, you will observe, is the science of guessing right. Robert Edwards
Politics are for the moment. An equation is for eternity. Albert Einstein
The blessed work of helping the world forward, happily, does not wait to be done by perfect men. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
A good deal of our politics is psychological. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Government has come to be a trade, and is managed solely on commercial principles. A man plunges into politics to make his fortune, and only cares that the world shall last his days. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Politics is a deleterious profession, like some poisonous handicrafts Ralph Waldo Emerson
Piracy and war gave place to trade, politics and letters; the war-lord to the law-lord. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you’re an athlete and you tend to be political, you tend to alienate half the public. Julius Erving
Yes, I promised, but did I promise to keep my promise? Levi Eshkol
Where Islam is a majority, there is a dictatorship, because Islam is also a political system. We fight Islam in the same way as we fight communism. We don’t want it. Soren Espersen
I've been very successful in business and I owe it all to politics. Meade Esposito
Is not this fact enough to alarm the American people. A bank in the heart of the Republic with its branches scattered over the Union; wielding $200 million of capital; owning an immense amount of real property; holding at its command 100,000 debtors; buying up our newspapers, entering the field of politics; attempting to make Presidents and Vice Presidents for the country. George Evans
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
I do not think Adam [Clayton Powell] was an immoral man or a moral man. I think he was amoral. I think he was almost completely political. James Farmer
Politics, as a body, has failed the people. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
The politics of prudery and the prudery of politics, have a long history. Ellen Feldman
Modern politics is really a battle between lawyers and marketeers. David Fenton
I got into politics on account of Hitler .... To see the injustice of a system like that drove me crazy. I haven't trusted government since. Millicent Fenwick
If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, then there's something wrong with American politics. Edna Ferber
if any sect suffered itself to be used for political objects I would meet it by political opposition. In my view church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact. Religion and politics should not be mingled. Millard Fillmore
It [is] natural that in the vibration of the political pendulum, it should go from one extreme to another. William Branch Giles
All politics is not local. All politics is personal. Newt Gingrich
Practical politics is the politics of the coming election. William E. Gladstone
Politics, as an end in itself, is a poor business to be in. Dan Glickman
Politics in America is moving from representative politics to interactive politics. Ed Goeas
It is a maxim of wise government to deal with men not as they ought to be but as they are. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If a poet would influence politics he must join a party, and then he is lost as a poet: goodbye to his free spirit and his open mind. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will purify politics. Emma Goldman
I’m very worried about the religious right. I don’t believe in mixing religion and politics. They do a disservice to religion and to politics. Barry Goldwater
Labor organizations had been the victims of so much political trickery that we felt that the only way to keep this new organization free from taint was to exclude all political partisan action. Samuel Gompers
Taking into consideration that we are involved in Russia's orbit, any coughing there will produce painful economic and political convulsions here. Viktor Gonchar
Three weeks is a lifetime in presidential politics. The conventional wisdom changes so suddenly. Al Gore
In American politics, finger-pointing is an Olympic sport. Jeff Greenfield
Our politics are half noble and half mud wrestling. Jeff Greenfield
In politics, demonstration not description is the name of the game. Meg Greenfield
People are getting tired of the "good old boy" style of politics. Women [candidates] are the alternative. Frank Greer
Everyone in politics turns to the press, if only to manipulate it or deflect it. William Greider
In politics people know how to communicate without having to meet in back rooms. William Greider
Politics is not a game. It exists to resolve the largest questions of the society. William Greider
Out of bad motives good things often come. John Grisham
Emotion is a rotten base for politics. Dick Francis
The [Supreme] Court's authority—possessed neither of the purse nor the sword—ultimately rests on sustained public confidence in its moral sanction. Such feeling must be nourished by the Court's complete detachment, in fact and appearance, from political entanglements and by abstention from injecting itself into the clash of political forces and political settlements. Felix Frankfurter
History is past politics, and politics present history. Edward Augustus Freeman
Change: In politics, the substitution of one disappointment for another. Charles Paul Freund
The traditional boundaries between politics, culture, technology, finance, national security, and ecology are disappearing. You cannot explain one without referring to them all. Thomas Friedman
Turning politics into a spectator sport is one of the subtle processes which supports globalization. It converts or transforms the citizen from an actor to a spectator, with illusions of participation. Thomas Friedman
Everything I accomplished during these two campaigns was done in spite of the ministry Joseph-Simon Gallieni
Politics is the art of acquiring, holding and wielding power. Indira Gandhi
If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake. Mohandas K. Gandhi
It is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself. For we are all tarred with the same brush and are children of one and the same Creator. Mohandas K. Gandhi
We cannot safely leave politics to politicians, or political economy to college professors. Henry George
Always remember, politics is a substitute for violence. Richard A. Gephardt
Politics is having one foot in a fire and using the other foot to keep off the people who are trying to push you the rest of the way in. John F. Fitzgerald
In the face of war, politics are adjourned. Edward J. Flynn
Now we shall see whether I can build anything but automobiles, tractors and ships. Henry Ford
There are pragmatic, sane politics or those convinced that God is on their side. Arthur Hertzberg
All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. Alexander Herzen
There are always choices in politics. Michael Heseltine
Politics is a choice of enemas. You're going to get it up the ass, no matter what you do. George V. Higgins
What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promises of those. Gilbert Highet
[Politics is a] war of all against all … a quest for power after power that ceaseth only in death. Thomas Hobbes
During [President Martin Van Buren's] stay in New York he has visited most of the public places in the constant custody of a set of men who are not (unless he has greatly changed) the sort of folks he would have chosen for his associates; but party politics, like poverty, bring men "acquainted with strange bedfellows. Philip Hone
In political warfare, you do not fight to prevail in an argument, but to destroy the enemy's fighting ability. David Horowitz
Politics is a profession as certainly as base ball.... The only difference is that base ball is on the square; no base ball hero claims he is working in the interest of the crowd in the bleachers. Edgar Watson Howe
Attacking poverty is very expensive, and means doing things politically that are either impossible or very difficult to bring off. Harold Howe II
Politics makes strange postmasters. Frank McKinney Hubbard; Abe Martin
To err is human. To blame somebody else is politics. Hubert Horatio Humphery
Politics ought to be fun. Hubert Humphrey
The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future Samuel P. Huntington
Build a roof over a capital and you have the best of all universities. John Fletcher. Hurst
Bad politics tends to drive out good politics, just as bad money drives out good money. Aldous Huxley
The most shocking thing about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual human beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own. Aldous Huxley
Political courage reads well in editorials, but it doesn't translate into political reality. Henry Hyde
All politics is an extension of ethics ... We cannot leave out conscience at the caucus room door. Henry Hyde
The tender breasts of women were not made for political convulsions. Thomas Jefferson
The Decalogue and the Golden Rule have no place in a political campaign. The commander who lost the battle through the activity of his moral nature would be the derision and jest of history. John James Ingalls
The purification of politics is an iridescent dream. Government is force.... The Decalogue and the Golden Rule have no place in a political campaign. The commander who lost the battle through the activity of his moral nature would be the derision and jest of history. John James Ingalls
In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns on the heads of thieves, called kings. Robert G. Ingersoll
[Commenting on foreign policy:] The Best politics is no politics. Henry M. Jackson
Activists set the agenda for the practitioners. Jesse Jackson
The most peaceful means of changing public policy: It's called politics. Maynard Jackson
Everyone in Washington knows what needs to be done. They just don’t do it because there’s always someone else they can blame. William Janklow
To me, the most compelling reason for lowering the voting age [to 18] is that American politics needs the infusion that younger voting would give it. Jacob K. Javits
Like religious differences, a difference in politics should never be permitted to enter into social intercourse or to disturb its friendships, its charities or justice. Thomas Jefferson
Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish within yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics. Thomas Jefferson
Politics is such a torment that I would advise everyone I love not to mix with it. Thomas Jefferson
Politics, like religion, hold up torches of martyrdom to the reformers of error. Thomas Jefferson
Science is my passion; politics, my duty. Thomas Jefferson
What is politics but business? Charles Senter Johnson Jr.
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
But I guess as long as I'm here, we might as well talk a little politics. Lyndon B. Johnson
Politics are now nothing more than the means of rising in the world. Samuel Johnson
Though we cannot out-vote them we will out-argue them. Samuel Johnson
Why, Sir, most schemes of political improvement are very laughable things. Samuel Johnson
I believe in municipal ownership of all public service monopolies for the same reason that I believe in the municipal ownership of waterworks, of parks, of schools. I believe in the municipal ownership of these monopolies because if you do not own them, they will own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions, and finally destroy your liberties. Tom L. Johnson
In no sense of the word am I in sympathy with women’s suffrage ….I have no vote and I’ve raised hell all over this country. Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
Not a single person in this country has voted and we already know we've been defeated. Modern technology takes a lot of the honest emotion out of politics. Hamilton Jordan
Whether it's football or politics, the American people like a winner. Hamilton Jordan
Politics is the art of knowing and leading a multitude ... not where they want to go but where they should go. Joseph Joubert
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
In politics, as in religion, there are devotees who show their reverence for a departed saint by converting his tomb into a sanctuary for crime. Thomas Babington Macaulay
I have never found, in a long experience in politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance. Harold MacMillan
We will have no political future if we are not arrested. John Eoin MacNeill
Compromise, compromise and compromise. James Madison
The people are fed up with politics and partisanship. Omar Hassan Sadek Mahdi
Americans expect too much of politics. Sebastian Mallaby
There is not always a commanding relationship between the way an artist votes and any particular work he writes. Albert Maltz
Politics is not the Business of a Woman. Mary Manley
Circumstances sometimes require, that rights the most unquestionable should be advanced with delicacy. Thomas Jefferson
Do not change horses in mid stream unless horse lies to you and the stream is on fire. Katha Pollitt
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
He is violating his oath of office. Tom Tancredo
Let’s face it. Everybody considers you to be a loser. Merv Griffin
[Explaining his anti-abortion stance:] When you're functioning out of conviction, you can't think of politics. Bob Martinez
In politics, optimists always trump pessimists. Kati Marton
Political power, properly so called, is merely the organized power of one class for suppressing another. Karl Marx
In friendships, you expect total trust; in business you expect some dishonesty. But in politics, you not only expect distortion as a way of life but accept it with pleasure. Jackie Mason
... always supporting his [a fellow Mason's] military fame and political preferment in opposition to another. Freemasonry
In politics you have to say, compared to what? Jack Matlock
In France a woman will not go to sleep until she has talked over affairs of state with her lover or her husband. Jules Mazarin
Getting involved in politics was a quest for freedom. Rafael Mazarrasa
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
Most political accidents happen in the middle of the road. Eugene McCarthy
The First Law of Politics: Never say anything in a national campaign that anyone might remember. Eugene McCarthy
[In politics:] He who dallies is a dastard; he who doubts is damned. George McDuffie
The business of entertainment is business first. I do a comic strip; the job, the business, is to be funny. If I’m not funny, the politics don’t matter, because no one will read it. Aaron McGruder
Politics consists wholly of a succession of unintelligent crazes, many of them so idiotic that they exist only as battle-cries and shibboleths and are not reducible to logical statement at all. H. L. Mencken
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H. L. Mencken
Gratitude is not an active sentiment in politics. Klemens von Metternich
Politics is the science of the vital interests of States in the highest sphere. Klemens von Metternich
To me the political game did not at all seem to answer the needs of the time. Klemens von Metternich
What is the first part of politics? Education. What is the second? Education. And the third? Education. Jules Michelet
Political institutions (however the proposition may be at times ignored) are the work of men; owe their origin and their whole existence to human will. Men did not wake on a summer morning and find them sprung up John Stuart Mill
The product of Washington is politics. Other places produce steel. Arthur Miller
Politics is about timing and situations. George Miller
American democracy is a unique form of government which at the same time requires [political] competition and cooperation. George J. Mitchell
God doesn't belong in politics. Walter F. Mondale
Politics is the science of the second best. John Morley
Those who would treat politics and morality apart will never understand the one or the other. John Morley
This Constitutional amendment will forever withdraw the subject from politics, and will strike down that prejudice [racism] to which the Democratic party has appealed for years. Oliver Perry Morton
Politics can't motivate people. The desire to get rich—that is the only way to mobilize the whole society. Mou Qizhong
The [English] constitution does not allow reasons of state to influence our [the judges] judgement. God forbid that it should. We must not regard political consequences, however formidable they may be. William Murray
There are only two kinds of politics. They are not radical or reactionary, or conservative and liberal, or even Democratic and Republican. There are only the politics of fear and the politics of trust. Edmund S. Muskie
Politics is economics in action. Robert M. La Follette
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
The curiosity of the public took the greatest toll on me of anything in politics Judy LaMarsh
Private passions grow tired and wear themselves out; political passions, never. Alphonse de Lamartine
Politics is the management of expectations. Richard Lamm
Politics is who gets what, when, how. Harold D. Lasswell
I contend that true Socialism is religion; that honest, fervent politics are religion; that whatever a man will labour for earnestly and in some measure unselfishly is religion D. H. Lawrence
Our politics, our public life and thought rise not to the level of our opportunity. Stephen Leacock
One of the things that is worrisome about politics is the lack of civility. Mike Leavitt
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
Haute politique … to which we all must bend. I was as anxious to send you to the Congo as you were to go but the existence of the State was at stake. Leopold II
We don't deal in politics. You cannot ask me to give any political view. There is a market in this region. George A. Lewis
Choose the politics of principle over the politics of personality. John Lewis
Our polity has fallen down a dark hole into a place that is far from the vision and values of those who founded this democracy. Joseph I. Lieberman
I don't know much about how things are done in politics. Abraham Lincoln
As to politics, I am doing what I can for the cause. Abraham Lincoln
I cannot run the political machine. I have enough on my hands without that. It is the people's business. Abraham Lincoln
So much in politics is luck and timing. Gary Locke
I don't think you're going to be a success in anything if you think about losing, whether it's in sports or in politics. Edward M. Kennedy
Politics is a sucker’s game … Joseph P. Kennedy
Don't get mad, get even. Joseph P. Kennedy
There’s something deeply cultural about changing parties …. radio announcers and journalists can change either newspaper or radio or television stations and footballers can change teams, but there seems to be a deeper cultural thing about the notion of [political] defection, even if you haven’t changed your values along the way. Cheryl Kernot
Politics is a body contact sport. James J. Kilpatrick
Democracy is politics. Peter T. King
I am telling you, you can’t play politics with people’s jobs. Neil Kinnock
… 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
I refuse to politicize a health issue. C. Everett Koop
Political theories, once adopted, do not disappear so easily. Sergei Mikhailovich Kravchinski; Sergius Stepniak
At a period like the present, when momentous changes are occurring and every hour is preparing new and great events in the political world, when a spirit of war is prevalent in almost every nation with whose affairs the interests of the United States have any connection, unsafe and precarious would be our situation were we to neglect the means of maintaining our just rights. John Adams
I wish I had never left England Adrian IV
O Athenians, what toil do I undergo to please you! Alexander III
Bipartisanship is another name for date rape. Richard K. Armey
Sitting in marble corridors waiting for important people to lie to you. Russell Baker
A tree falls the way it leans. Bulgarian Proverb
We have responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to move. George W. Bush
I have simplified my politics into an utter detestation of all existing governments … Lord George Gordon
Hear the carriage – order pistols and great coat, as usual – necessary articles. Weather cold – carriage open, and inhabitants somewhat savage – rather treacherous and highly inflamed by politics. Fine fellows, though, -- good materials for a nation. Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people. Lord George Gordon
[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
Moses (that wise Legislator) in his forbidding the Jews to lend money at use one to another, and permitting them to lend their money to Strangers; ordained that Law as much to a Political as a Religious intent; knowing that by the latter they should enrich their own Nation, and by the former no publick Good could ensue; the consequences being only to impoverish one Jew to make another rich. Josiah Child
[As the minority] you vote for the legislation that’s presented to you. That’s sometimes a very difficult choice to make. Hillary Clinton
Individuality is the aim of political liberty James Fenimore Cooper
No social system, however, elevates "Goodness" to a deciding principle, whether the realm be art, politics, or economics. Tyler Cowen
Will President Polk accept one or more regiments of colored soldiers for the great Southern War? Surely, according to Southern doctrine, they are the only persons adapted to that climate? We should like to have an answer from some of the President's friends, we care not of what politics. Martin Delany
He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom English Proverb or Saying
Too many people in this town think about politics when they make every decision. Don Evans
I will not have the Federal Theater used politically. Halle Flanagan
Don’t you realize there’s an election this year. This is a social revolution that we’re considering here. And if we decide it in an election year, the two candidates will chose up sides on it, neither one will read the decision of course, and it will be thrown into the political scramble. Is this the way you want this important question to be decided? Felix Frankfurter
Politics is the science of always using the most convenient means in accord with one's own interests. Frederick II
The role of government is, I believe, the most potent but underappreciated cultural issue in American politics. Al From
The present political situation is almost comic, diabolically comic, if one has enough detachment to see it that way: the whole of Europe waiting with bated breath for the “inspired” utterances of a madman! Everything seems to depend on what Hitler will say … all this flurry and nervous chatter in the international henroosts, -- because of the lunatic whims of a paranoiac little mediocrity of a German housepainter! David Gascoyne
We will prove to our countrymen that the ties formed by grace and faith are stronger than flesh and blood. God and our country – this [is] our watchword. Loyalty to God’s church and to our country – this [is] our religious and political faith. James Gibbons
Since Germany seems bent upon getting rid of her brains, could not France offer to take in that “gray matter” that our neighbours seem to scorn? Could not the French government, above and beyond politics, offer Einstein, forced into exile by Germany, a chair in the College de France … Andre Gide
If it sounds like I’m trying to dodge the question, It’s probably because I am. Ed Gillespie
Like confidence, legitimacy can vanish in a hurry and once lost, is very difficult to regain. David C. Hendrickson
Politics as well as religion has its superstitions. These gaining strength with time, may, one day, give imaginary value to this relic, for its association with the great Charter of our Independence…. carried in the procession of our nation’s birthday, as the relics of the Saints are in those of the Church. Thomas Jefferson
I never think about politics more than 18 hours a day. Lyndon B. Johnson
Photographers tend to have the non-judgmental gene David Hume Kennerly
Be cautious not to take sides in the politics which divide the country, but pray for peace and respect the constituted authorities. Francis Patrick Kenrick
When it is said that the Church is hostile to modern political regimes and that she repudiates the discoveries of modern research, the charge is a ridiculous and groundless calumny. Wild opinions she does repudiate and seditious projects she does condemn. Leo XIII
Our age, marked by restless activity in almost all departments of knowledge, and by struggles and aspirations before the unknown, is stamped by no characteristic more deeply than by a desire to establish or extend freedom in the political societies of mankind. Francis Lieber
They are lovely people. All the political movements I’ve been associated with have consisted of lovely people. But what a successful political movement needs is not lovely people. Give me a mean son-of-a-bitch like Lew Atwater or Karl Rove. The Drug Reform people a lovely, stoned hippies. Bill Maher
Historians can no more avoid politics than the air they breathe. Lauro Martines
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
What astounded me most amid my new surroundings was to find that the eunuchs, whom I had always thought of as contemptible creatures, were in reality beings of great importance, and that some of them enjoyed the confidence of the ruler even in state affairs, and that they were all treated with the greatest deference by the highest officials. I was warned on no account to offend one of them, as they had it in their power to do harm to any one, no matter what his rank might be, to whom they took a dislike. James Morris Morgan
Father Coughlin has the right to express his views on current events, but he is not authorized to speak for the Catholic Church, nor does he represent the doctrine or sentiment of the Church. George Mundelein
Regulations are a form of legislation and should be decided by a political process, not more or better benefit-cost analyses. William A. Niskanen
You wouldn’t need term limits if these [political] jobs don’t pay anything. Robert Novak
War is not popular politically because there is always a cost—a cost in people and a cost in money. Ronald E. Paul
The phrase E pluribus unum aside, America was founded on fragmentation – by people fleeing religious, political and cultural “community.” James Poniewozik
We must get rid of deficit spending which finances the political schemes of today by mortgaging the future of tomorrow. Leonard Rasch
We are hugely and sometimes willfully ignorant about the arts of politics and governing, especially about the utter necessity of compromise. Roy Reed
When you send men and women off to war, you were engaging them in politics. ;, .d. politics;, .d. war;, .d. military;, When you send men and women off to war, you were engaging them in politics. Paul Rieckhoff
That is what politics is really about—reality and not image. Tim Robbins
Music should never be harmless Robbie Robertson
Political reforms, without exception, have a down side. Bob Schieffer
Excessive pandering to stockholders is as bad as any other form of pandering Paul Simon
I never heard of these bulls and encyclicals and books. Alfred E. Smith
Creative betrayal is the essence of successful statesmanship. Richard Norton Smith
In the United States almost every political question becomes a legal question—or at least a question with legal dimensions. Kenneth W. Starr
Put up a stubborn fight against any form of slavery and safeguard the basic human rights under any political system Pope Paul VI
Everything that you can imagine is going on is going on. Fred Wertheimer
There is Islam in politics in the Moslem world. Joseph C. Wilson
To enable consensus politics to develop we need to empower people where they live. This means devolving financial resources and political power down to the community level. One of the greatest blocks to movement is fear. This fear can only be removed when people feel their voices are being heard by government and when they have a say in their own lives and communities. Mairead Corrigan Maguire
The value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes … values such as the dignity of every human person, respect for inviolable and inalienable rights, and the adoption of the “common good” as the end and criterion regulating political life. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
If there is no objective standard to help adjudicate between different conceptions of the personal and common good, then democratic politics is reduced to a raw contest for power. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
Don’t worry about that. He’ll be a loyalist right after the first fight. Richard Nixon
Part of politics is redundancy. You’ve got to say the same thing over and over even if you get tired of it…not everyone has heard it. Barack Obama
Whenever you involve scientists with politicians there is a struggle. Michael Oppenheimer
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
Hoover Field Anonymous
One of the consolations of having orthodox, fundamental religion is that it provides a hot Hell for the Texas Legislature. Herbert Hoover
It is one thing to diagnose a problem; it is another to resolve it. Arthur Conan Doyle
Friends, I will disown and repudiate any man of my party who attacks with … vile, foul slander and abuse any opponents of another party. Theodore Roosevelt
The political class is becoming increasingly alien to the people. Alain Touraine
Many newspapers have become players as well as spectators in the political debate. Alastair Campbell
We always defer … kick the can down the road. The only way you get into trouble in politics is to make choices. Kent Conrad
We can not have peace and prosperity in Asia with any single country trying to dominate the region. He Ya-Fei
What we can always say about the Carter Administration is that we told the truth, obeyed the law, and kept the peace. Walter F. Mondale
Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult….It's a little hypocritical for the last eight years to be talking about how important it is for us to elect a Christian president and then turn around and endorse a non-Christian. Robert Jeffress
There is great strength in acting boldly but there is also great strength in not acting if the time is not right. Michael Deaver
What are we going to do to get the politics out of intelligence? It degrades the product. Valerie Plame
Disruption of the New Left J. Edgar Hoover
The trouble with Northern liberals is that they want their arses kissed all the time … but I can’t spend all my time doing it. John F. Kennedy
There’s no town in the world that has the leaks that come out of this town. [Washington, DC.] Saxbe Chambliss
We have to deal with a deceitful and crafty enemy, who, gratifying the ears of people and of princes, has ensnared them by smooth speeches and by adulation. Ingratiating themselves with rulers under a pretense of friendship, the Freemasons have endeavored to make them their allies and powerful helpers for the destruction of the Christian name Leo XIII
The Government and the reactionary parties have not yet recovered from the stunning blow our victory gave them. They entertain the wildest schemes of saving their tottering power — correcting universal suffrage, a new gagging law that sends all agitators to prison or out of the country — a coup d'etat, the most desperate and stupid plans are put forward and discussed, Well, we let them think, talk, write, and do what they like. We can only feel joy at all these involuntary confessions of their inability to fight us in fair fight. And our joy is not marred by any fear. We know our strength and resources, and we know the strength and resources of our enemies. We are prepared for fair play and for foul play, and we are a match for them, whether they use fair play or foul play. Wilhelm Liebknecht
His [Leon Trotsky’s] colossal arrogance and an inability or unwillingness to show any human kindness or to be attentive to people, the absence of that charm which always surrounded Lenin, condemned Trotsky to a certain loneliness. One only has to recall that even a number of his personal friends (I am speaking, of course, of the political sphere) turned into his sworn enemies Anatoly Lunacharsky
I was very much disturbed by Lenin's political ruthlessness Anatoly Lunacharsky
Whoever is not with me is against me Book of Matthew
WHO has become so corrupted, mismanaged and irrelevant that many public health leaders around the world are calling for it to be shut down Stephen Douglas Mumford
The political tendencies of the various social classes are based on a correct practical instinct. Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov
Everything is together—spiritual and political. Tom Porter
The fact that no lynchings of negroes occur in States where the Republican party is in power warrants us in the belief that these crimes are committed for political reasons Republican Party
I didn’t do this [banned DDT] for scientific reasons. I did it for political reasons. William Ruckelshaus
At age 13 I knew that communists were bad people and we had to get rid of them…Growing up before we were concerned about the role of government, or policy we had to get rid of the communists. Richard A. Viguerie
We've learned how to use the alternative media-political direct mail and talk radio and cable TV-to build our movement and convert more and more Americans to our cause. "Liberal" is now such an unpopular label with the American people that every liberal I know has run for cover and calls himself a "progressive. Richard A. Viguerie
The people who give themselves up to manual labor are never promoted to public offices. Xenophon
I am very anxious and think it most important that you should always be surrounded with numbers Quintus Tullius Cicero
It confers a great reputation, and great distinction to be accompanied by those whom you have defended and saved in the law courts. Quintus Tullius Cicero
It often happens that people when they visit a number of candidates, and observe the one that pays special heed to their attentions, leave off visiting the others, and little by little become real supporters of this man. Quintus Tullius Cicero
Take pains to get on your side the young men of high rank, and keep the friendship of those whom you already have. They will contribute much to your political position. Quintus Tullius Cicero
You should be strenuous in seeing as many people as possible every day of every possible class and order, for from the mere numbers of these you can make a guess of the amount of support you will get on the balloting Quintus Tullius Cicero
Single out a few of the most vital points, agree on them absolutely and then work for those alone. Charles Curtis
those who are considered clerics, grown fat on the alms of princes, now oppress princes' sons.... Frederick II
In the final analysis, politics is a game of force, in which no weakling may expect to be assigned a conspicuous role. Kelly Miller
God doesn’t speak to me at all. The only way we can live with each other is to have a civil society that is really civil. Barack Obama
A commonwealth then is so far independent, as it can plan and provide against oppression by another, and so far dependent on another commonwealth, as it fears that other's power Baruch Spinoza
A dominion then, whose well-being depends on any man's good faith, and whose affairs cannot be properly administered, unless those who are engaged in them will act honestly, will be very unstable. On the contrary, to insure its permanence, its public affairs should be so ordered, that those who administer them, whether guided by reason or passion, cannot be led to act treacherously or basely. Baruch Spinoza
By God I understand a being absolutely infinite, that is, a substance consisting of an infinity of attributes, of which each one expresses an eternal and infinite essence. Baruch Spinoza
Every individual wishes the rest to live after his own mind, and to approve what he approves, and reject what he rejects. Baruch Spinoza
From the quarrels and seditions which are often stirred up in a commonwealth, it never results that the citizens dissolve it, as often happens in the case of other associations; but only that they change its form into some other Baruch Spinoza
If two come together and unite their strength, they have jointly more power, and consequently more right over nature than both of them separately, and the more there are that have so joined in alliance, the more right they all collectively will possess. Baruch Spinoza
The more, therefore, we consider man to be free, the less we can say, that he can neglect to use reason Baruch Spinoza
Where men have general rights, and are all guided, as it were, by one mind, it is certain that every individual has the less right the more the rest collectively exceed him in power Baruch Spinoza
American politics has always had its vulgar side. Democracy has always had its vulgar side. Vulgarity is a transactional cost of democracy. George Will
In every society liberals are not very popular. Liberalism is not a populist movement. Tamara Cofman Wittes
We favor appropriate legislation and/or a constitutional amendment prohibiting abortion except to save the life of the mother Southern Baptist Convention
I Did Not Vote For That Son of a Bush Anonymous
History has shown that the life, borders and forms of states are changeable as created not only on the territorial and ethnic, but also economic, political, military and other suchlike grounds Russian Orthodox Church
Servants of the Church by virtue of their rank should be above and outside any political interests. They should remember the canonical rules of the Holy Church whereby she prohibits her servants from interfering in the political life of the country, joining any political parties and, what is more, from making the liturgical rites a tool of political demonstrations Saint Tikhon; Vasilii Ivanovich Belavin
In face of political differences, contradictions and struggle, the Church preaches peace and co-operation among people holding various political views Russian Orthodox Church
The presence in society of different, sometimes opposing political convictions and discordant interests generates political struggle which is waged by both legitimate and morally justified methods and methods sometimes contradicting the norms of public law and Christian and natural morality Russian Orthodox Church
Whereas the Vatican is not only a religious center but also a state, and whereas relations with it have also a political nature, as is evident from the visit of the Pope to the United Nations, one must reckon with the possibility of an influence in some sense of the godless authorities in the matter of the Church of Rome. History testifies to the fact that negotiations with the heterodox under pressure of political factors never brought the Church anything but confusion and schisms. Vasily Drosdov Philaret
The Church does not give preference to any social system or any of the existing political doctrines. Russian Orthodox Church
Sometimes you’ve got to think about how it will look later Richard Nixon
[In a political contest,] the first guy who defines the other, wins Gwen Ifill
[In a political contest] If you are faced with the lesser of two evils, you have the evil of two lesser. Mark Shields
Washington has become a place where good ideas come to die. Barack Obama
Do not completely defeat your opponents. Leave your opponents some dignity with which to walk off the field. They have been elected by some people and you have no right to dismember them… When you do that, you lose all semblance of leadership. Willie Brown
Backbiting and second guessing are endemic to losing campaigns. Mark Shields
Everybody in politics writes a book and the books are dull—almost as dull as the people who wrote them. Willie Brown
Flamboyance causes people to notice you—particularly press people. Willie Brown
Could it be that my indictment -- curiously issued two weeks before the Democratic National Convention -- is largely political? Kenneth Lay
Euphemisms are worrisome… Presidential words matter… Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Either you die in Congress or you get out before you are 60 so you can still do something else. Thomas M. Davis III
Time is running out on our opportunity to seize our opportunities and solve our problems. Kathleen Sebelius
You don’t tell the truth just some of the time… The American people deserve the truth all of the time. John D. Rockefeller IV
It’s good to have a good friend in power. Gloria Molina
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
In the fullness of time, every President ends up hating his Vice President. Paul Begala
I have always wondered why the Muslim world is in the eye of virtually every storm, in my lifetime at least? Husain Haqqani
The end of the Cold War unfroze religion and ethnicity as violent forces… George Will
Preventing poverty beats curing it. Anirudh Krishna
I regret that on my arrival in Mesopotamia I was too much occupied with military matters, and too ill-informed regarding the political problem….[We had] a scratch and somewhat incongruous team of administrators with the majority possessing little exact knowledge of the people they were called upon to monitor James Aylmer Lowthorpe Haldane
If you’re a Chinese mayor and have to choose between growing jobs and cutting pollution, you will invariably choose jobs: Coughing workers are much less politically dangerous than unemployed workers. Thomas Friedman
One person can root out corruption and abuse of power. Once he understands this, he is redeemed and can break out of the trap of fear, and break free into the light of integrity and justice. This is the effect of seeing a brave whistleblower stand up and win; it inspires the rest of us. Scott Bloch
Get rid of that son of a bitch! Richard Nixon
We Republicans came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us. Thomas G. Thompson
Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance. Lakota Sioux Indian Tribe
Speeches made to the people are essential to the arousing of enthusiasm for a war. Benito Mussolini
Rights may be universal, but their enforcement must be local. Murray Rothbard
Extremism is born when the social-political situation creates pressure which threatens the community. However, there are religious justifications for political pressure. People legitimize the use of (Koranic) verses that Jews and Christians will always be the enemy of Islam. People use such verses without looking at the historical context of the verses. They always use it as if the enmity with Jews and Christian is permanent. Munir Said Thalib; Munir
There are revolutionary committees that practice revolutionary violence, and anyone who opposes the will of the people will have to be chased. Anyone who is opposed to the will of the people becomes a foe of the people. The duty of the revolutionary committee is to practice revolutionary violence against the enemies of the revolution. Muammar Qaddafi
In the Middle East, the opposition is quite different than the opposition in advanced countries. In our countries, the opposition takes the form of explosions, assassinations, killings. Muammar Qaddafi
The truth is that we want nothing so much as to be American. I for one would rather that we chucked it all and joined the United States and stop defying the law of politics and geography…. The reality is that Canadians are Americans already without many of the advantages. Mordecai Richler
If you are a Social Democrat, then you think it's cool to pay taxes. For me, taxation is the finest expression for what politics really is. Mona Ingeborg Sahlin
A book is only dangerous when it unmasks something that many people want hidden or it brings to the forefront an issue that many want marginalized. Dinesh D'Souza
In raising the educational level of the country, the role of the Federal Government is extremely limited. Roger Altman
A populist is someone who sees politics from an economic perspective rather than an ideological perspective. I’m a populist. The only thing that really matters is who is gets screwed and who is doing the screwing. Molly Ivins
Today the world of humanity is in need of international unity and conciliation. To establish these great fundamental principles a propelling power is needed. It is self-evident that the unity of the human world and the Most Great Peace cannot be accomplished through material means. They cannot be established through political power, for the political interests of nations are various and the policies of peoples are divergent and conflicting. They cannot be founded through racial or patriotic power, for these are human powers, selfish and weak. The very nature of racial differences and patriotic prejudices prevents the realization of this unity and agreement. Therefore, it is evidenced that the promotion of the oneness of the kingdom of humanity, which is the essence of the teachings of all the Manifestations of God, is impossible except through the divine power and breaths of the Holy Spirit. Other powers are too weak and are incapable of accomplishing this. Abdul-Baha
O Ye, the elected representatives of the people in every land! Take ye counsel together, and let your concern be only for that which profiteth mankind, and bettereth the condition thereof, if ye be of them that scan heedfully. Regard the world as the human body which, though at its creation whole and perfect, hath been afflicted, through various causes, with grave disorders and maladies. Baha u'llah
Most of the people who want you to run for governor want something. Charles E. Schumer
In politics, all you have is your word. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
I campaign all the time. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. Maximilien Robespierre
Politics is the entertainment industry for ugly people! Mark Turpin
Part of the tribalness of politics is to really dislike the other side with intensity. And the more I see of them the more I hate them. Mark Latham
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day Theodore Roosevelt
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best Will Rogers
No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine. William Blum
The terms were that the war was not to be ended until the South is crushed, slavery was abolished and Lincoln was reelected Alfred Pleasonton
We are all Americans, sir. Ely S. Parker; Donehogawa
If you don’t enjoy helping people then politics is something you shouldn’t be about. Robert Duncan
My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned but not bought. Margaret Chase Smith
Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups...So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing. Philip K. Dick
We cannot point to a single definitive solution of any one of the problems that confront us — political, economic, social or moral, that is, having to do with the conduct of life. We are still beginners, and for that reason may hope to improve. Peter Medawar
Political philosophy has always only held up a mirror to contemporary times. Woodrow Wilson
I think the defining issue of our time is: Does the economic, social, and political system work for the middle class? Lawrence Summers
The best war is the one that doesn’t have to be fought, and the best military is the one capable and versatile enough to deter the next war in the first place. Wesley Clark
People who live in glass dude ranches should not question the patriotism of real soldiers who fought and bled for this country on a real battlefield. Jim Webb
Racial discourses and theories are socially constructed ... but repudiating race theory does not make it disappear in politics. Race matters ... because it functions as a marker and an anchor to establish and repudiate identity, status and position ... Races exist because racism exists. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Africanity is foisted upon the migrants the moment they arrive in the West. On the continent, most people in the rural areas live under ethnic categories like Kikuyu, Ibo, Hausa and Acholi. Some educated, middle-class and/or urban dwellers may see themselves as members of a nation like South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania. In some countries like South Africa, which has recently emerged from the crucible of apartheid, national consciousness is still strong. For most, however, "national" consciousness emerges only occasionally during Independence Day celebrations, international soccer matches or at election time. "African" consciousness, however, is a rarity Francis N. Njubi
The Bush administration has operated on an entirely different concept of power that relies on minimal deliberation, unilateral action and legalistic defense. This approach largely eschews politics: the need to explain, to justify, to convince, to get people on board, to compromise. Jack Goldsmith
A headscarf cannot be a political symbol…. If all political parties allowed women to wear a headscarf if they wanted, there would be no political symbol …. A woman who covers her head does so because of her beliefs not because of politics. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
There is no history without polemic . . . without originating in antagonism to something which exists and which it wants to combat and substitute Umberto Morra di Lavriano
I have now the Treasurer’s head in a bag. Thomas Wharton
Culture is more important than politics. Sam Brownback
No socialist system can be formed without some form of political police – a Gestapo Winston Churchill
The British people don’t want me anymore. Winston Churchill
After all, a learned man is often not much better off than a man who knows a great many commonplace people. Arnold J. Toynbee
Trade is so far here from being inconsistent with a gentleman, that, in short, trade in England makes gentlemen ; for, after a generation or two, the tradesmen's children, or at least their grandchildren, come to be as good gentlemen, statesmen, parliament-men, privy-councilors, judges, bishops, and noblemen, as those of the highest birth, and the most ancient families Daniel Defoe
The historical method has revolutionized Political Economy, not by showing its laws to be false, but by proving that they are relative for the most part to a particular stage of civilization. This destroys their character as eternal laws, and strips them of much of their force and all their sanctity. In this way the historical method has rescued us from intellectual superstitions. Arnold J. Toynbee
Economic democracy and political democracy are like two legs of a person. They must go side by side…. Once people know about their rights and claim their rights, nothing is going to stop them. Wu Qing
A city in which the nobles obtain their desire, is nothing else but a company of masters and slaves ordered to the satisfaction of the avarice and dishonest wishes of the ruling class. Donato Giannotti
Just as our peace-time system is unsuitable for war conditions, so does it tend to breed peace-time statesmen who are not too well fitted for the conduct of war. Facility in debate, ability to state a case, caution in advancing an unpopular view, compromise and procrastination are the natural qualities - I might almost say, virtues - of a political leader in time of peace. They are fatal qualities in war. Vision, daring, swiftness and consistency of decision are the very essence of victory. Clement Attlee
There has been, no doubt, a considerable and very rapid change, … as the result of the importation of Western ideas from without by Young Chinese who have been educated abroad and who have returned to their own country not only imbued with Western conceptions, but so greatly estranged from all the old Chinese conceptions that they almost as much lost contact with the Chinese point of view as if they themselves were foreigners by birth. Hirobumi Ito
Part of politics is redundancy. You just have to repeat things sometimes because not everyone has heard your message. Barack Obama
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
In politics, cultural issues are decided by courts. Paul Gigot
Our respectable legislators will make a most alarming fuss about every bank that is chartered, while manufacturing companies shall pass muster by the dozen, without a single question being asked or answered. Those who strain at a gnat, are marvelously adroit at swallowing a camel. Richard Hildreth
Washington talks about herself and almost nothing else. Henry James
The office is there, ready to be molded by the occupant. I don’t think the structure is ever anything permanent. What is gained by one president can be lost, voluntarily or not, by the next. Harvey C. Mansfield
Democracy is a revolutionary process. Ahmed Nizif
As wiser Physicians tamper not excessively with their Patients, rather observing and complying with the motions of nature, then contradicting it with vehement Administrations of their own; so in Politicks and Economics the same must be used; William Petty
The most important actors of a scenario never ask for that scenario to be changed; neither do they seek developments that would end their roles. Ahmet Selim
[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
If you have ideology, you are less tolerant of the variant point of view. Khaled Ahmed
There may be malevolent people at home and abroad who will wish to deprive you of this treasure [the Republic]. If some day you are compelled to defend your independence and your Republic, you must not tarry to weigh the possibilities and circumstances of the situation before taking up your duty … those who hold power within the country may be in error, misguided and may even be traitors. Furthermore, they may identify their personal interests with the political designs of the invaders. The country may be impoverished, ruined and exhausted. Even in such circumstances it is your duty to save the Turkish Independence and Republic. The strength you need is already imbedded in your noble blood. Kemal Ataturk
Government is but A TRUSTEE--for public, not for private purposes. You must trust your own manhood. You must trust your own foresight, and lay up against a rainy day. You must be educated by hardship, if need be. Government did not beget you, and is not responsible for you save against injustice Atlanta Constitution
In the most ancient civilizations there is no distinction between the political or social and the religious …. The social festivals were as much religious as they were political. Political and religious functions were necessarily united in the same persons since every religions act was political, every political act also religious E. Belfort Bax
There are certain catchwords which have a marvelous charm to calm the breast political, a magic power to levitate the mind captivated by them, out of the regions of mere argument and recognition of facts. Such a hold do these words and the deified abstractions they cover have on the average man of the nineteenth century, that they and they alone are worshipped as the ultimate manifestation of goodness, beauty, and truth. To be opposed to these abstractions is to be condemned as blasphemous against the first principles of rectitude, moral and political. E. Belfort Bax
To crush an insurgency you have to have political support from the society in which the insurgency operates. Zbigniew Brzezinski
We are political creatures but once we U. S. Attorneys get into office we must no longer be political. David Inglesias
This is not a family-friendly place. Ray LaHood
Roosevelt knew never to lose control of the majority of American opinion, unlike his greatest democratic contemporaries, Churchill and De Gaulle, who at times suffered spectacular rejections by their electorates. Conrad Black
Citizens are refined, cultivated, and very political. I believe in the legitimacy of their participation. Segolene Royal
If you want to lead, you have to heed. Josef Joffe
The working class is very under-represented in politics, literature, and everywhere else. Connie Schultz
My eighty percent friend is not my twenty percent enemy. Rudolph W. Giuliani
Do not concern yourself with politics and the world; your job is to connect the hearts to God. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
My fear is that in general terms the evolution of the political process proceeds at the same pace as the evolution of the species and I do not myself believe that that is quite fast enough Alex Carlile
The presidency is a place that is hemmed with all sorts of constraints and limitations. I don't think the American people quite know that the presidency is really a juggling act of competing pressures. Norman Cousins
The political seems to be concerned with honor, recognition in the public sphere, competition, which are very different than the virtues of the private sphere to which women have been historically assigned, which is more about continuing life, nurturing the young, attentiveness to everyday-ness. The virtue of the public sphere may be honor, but the virtue of the private sphere is care and concern. Hannah Arendt
In the global world, we have an unprecedented mobility of peoples, we are aware of the needs of refugees and asylees, and not to speak of the 30 million displaced persons as a result of civil wars within their own countries. And yet the map that we navigate literally is the map of the nation state, and so we have no way as a world community of addressing this problem of border movement and trans-border justice, except through the categories of nation state. Seyla Benhabib
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
To be a political philosopher is more a vocation than a career …. it is a vocation for thinking about the political. Not just day-to-day politics, but about the phenomenon of the political, that all communities of any degree of complexity organize themselves according to certain principles of justice, equality, reciprocity, and authority. Seyla Benhabib
I am aware of the fragility of good political institutions. I never take them for granted. I am always attentive to the ways in which, particularly, collective ideologies of purity -- be it religious purity, racial purity, or national purity -- can go wrong. Seyla Benhabib
Tolerance is as necessary in politics as it is in religion. Voltaire
Civil liberty is the power of a civil society or state to govern itself by its own discretion or by laws of its own making, without being subject to the impositions of any power in appointing and directing which the collective body of the people have no concern and over which they have no control Richard Price
The public use of man's reason must always be free, and it alone can cause enlightenment. Immanuel Kant
No free subject ought to be under the least restraint in respect to accusing the greatest, so long as his accusation strikes only at the political conduct of the accused: his private we have no right to meddle with James Burgh
Politics is the art of providing for the general welfare. It's the great human cooperative institution. It, in principle, is not competitive. It's an attempt of a community of people to get together in order to solve their problems … Joseph Tussman
The State shall guarantee coordination between a woman’s duties toward her family and her work in the society, considering her equal to man in the political, social, cultural and economic spheres without detriment to the rules of Islamic jurisprudence Egypt
There will always be somebody opposed to the peace process. The important thing is not to let those people seize the political agenda. Nabil Fahmy
Under the banner of Romanticism, which broke down old laws in the arts, in philosophy, which called out for unlimited freedom of thought, we called for a political revolution. Jozefat Boleslaw Ostrowski
Religion and politics are inseparable. Without religion, political science can create only despotism or anarchy. Guiseppe Mazzini
Over time, the best politics are policies that actually work …. Others in the White House are looking for short term political victories. The political hacks are just doing their jobs. Bruce Reed
Clergymen should not get involved with politics. Ali Sistani
We don’t want to make any legal issue political. That has negative consequences. Ghazi Al Yawar
These days we think our politics are nasty and partisan. But our discourse looks like a Platonic symposium compared with the vicious fighting that marked the early Republic. Ron Chernow
Critics intend on changing the balance of public opinion and of political power. Robert Bartley
Listen to others. Do not conduct foreign policy only according to your own ideology. Do not conduct foreign policy only with an eye on domestic politics. Thierry de Montbrial
No priests in politics Anonymous
Terrorize your enemy! Muqtada Al-Sader
The weapon of political action. That is going to be the main fighting weapon of all labor, international as well as national, if we are going to do those things that we are in business to do as a labor union Harry Bridges
We should be asking the hard questions that mean you may not have any friends at all—and some of us don’t. Bob Edwards
Things are politics for a long time before they become history. David Eisenhower
Waste of resources must ultimately result in National decay. This subject therefore ought to be dealt with in a sympathetic, inquiring spirit, being entirely non-political and non-sectarian. William Field
The best art is either political or revolutionary....Those things that are powerfully revolutionary are not always successful in the market place. Toni Morrison
Culture more than politics determines the success of the society, but politics can save the culture. Daniel P. Moynihan
You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. Robert M. Pirsig

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