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All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
The fact that a reactionary can sometimes be right is a little less recognized that the fact that a liberal can be. . . .
An independent is a guy who wants to take the politics out of politics.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy "Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide."
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problems of wheat.
Politics is a blood sport.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
The Labour Party is going about the country stirring up apathy.
The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
The trouble with socialists is that they let their bleeding hearts go to their bloody heads.
The world is a dangerous place to live - not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
Three people marooned on a desert island would soon reinvent politics.
We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.
What matters in Politics is what men actually do - sincerity is no excuse for acting unpolitically, and insincerity may be channelled by politics into good results.
When Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero 106-43 BC,) was in 64 BC running for consul of Rome he was reported to be advised by his "campaign manager" that the voters "had rather you lied to them than refused them."
The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
It was a storm in a tea cup, but in politics we sail in paper boats.
Party-spirit . . . which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
Ultimately politics in a democracy reflects values much more than it shapes them.
Politics is not a good location or a vocation for anyone lazy, thin-skinned or lacking a sense of humour.
A question which can be answered without prejudice to the government is not a fit question to ask.
I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Politics, and the fate of mankind, are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness.
If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
Poetry was the maiden I loved, but politics was the harridan I married.
Damn your principles! Stick to your party!
Politics is a field where action is one long second best and where the choice constantly lies between two blunders.
Politics is the science of how who gets what, when and why.
Politics is but the common pulse beat.
Politics is the gizzard of society, full of gut and gravel.
In politics a week is a very long time.
The more you read about politics, the more you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
In academic life you seek to state absolute truths; in politics you seek to accommodate truth to the facts around you.
Politics. The diplomatic name for the law of the jungle.
There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for then we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.
In politics a community of hatred is almost always the foundation of friendships.
Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with.
Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meannesses for the public good.
Politics is war without bloodshed, and war is politics with blood.
This proves what a purifying effect women would have on politics.
Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens, then everybody disagrees.
This organization (United Nations) is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven.
Nothing was ever done so systematically as nothing is being done now.
It will not be any European statesman who will unite Europe: Europe will be united by the Chinese.
There is no excitement anywhere in the world, short of war, to match the excitement of the American presidential campaign.
A dictatorship is a country where they have taken the politics out of politics.
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Someone asked me... how I felt and I was reminded of a story that a fellow townsman of ours used to tell - Abraham Lincoln. They asked him how he felt once after an unsuccessful election. He said he felt like a little boy who has stubbed his toe in the dark. He said that he was too old to cry, but it hurt too much to laugh.
Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
There are two problems in my life. The political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible.
The lady's not for turning.
I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interests.
In politics, a straight line is the shortest distance to disaster.
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
You know very well that whether you are on page one or page thirty depends on whether they fear you. It is just as simple as that.
If people have to choose between freedom and sandwiches they will take sandwiches.
Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by mself.
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of polities'. All issues are political issues.
Deep down he is shallow.
As I learnt very early in my life in Whitehall, the acid test of any political question is: What is the alternative?
Dirksen's Three Laws of Politics: 1. Get elected. 2. Get re-elected. 3. Don't get mad, get even.
Forgiving is all; forgetting is another thing.
He's like a football coach who's smart enough to win the game, and dumb enough to think it's important.
The Senate is the last primitive society in the world. We still worship the elders of the tribe and honour the territorial imperative.
To the victor belong the spoils of the enemy.
I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Let us all here assembled constitute ourselves prophets of a new order of competence and courage. This is a call to arms.
A statesman is an easy man, He tells his lies by rote; A journalist makes up his lies And takes you by the throat; So stay at home and drink your beer And let the neighbours vote.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
Money is the mother's milk of politics.
One fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important.
Did you ever see that painting the Mona Lisa. It always reminds me of a reporter listening to a politician.
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
It's nice to have four years between elections. It takes people that long to regain their faith.
Men in high levels of government seldom surf.
Liberals think you can reform an ax murderer. They don't want to kill anything. They want to change the Listerine labels to "Rehabilitate the germs that cause bad breath."
A politician is a person who can make waves and then make you think he's the only one who can save the ship.
A conservative is a Democrat who's been mugged. I think we should just tip the government if it does a good job. Fifteen percent is the standard tip, isn't it?
I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is - I could be just as proud for half the money.
I have the perfect simplified tax form for government. Why don't they just print our money with a return address on it?
Vice president: A spare tire on the automobile of government.
Harold Wilson is going around the country stirring up apathy.
The prerequisites for being in the diplomatic corps are the ability to handle protocol, alcohol, and Geritol.
As a politician he does everything to keep out of trouble, often by not asking questions. However, it does bother him that every time the doorbell rings his maid hides in the dryer.
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
He is so aware of being politically correct he refers to a taco as Hispanic food.
I don't pick on politicians. They ain't done nothin'.
When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become president. I'm beginning to believe it.
Elections in L.A. are so different. Here you've got politicians with phony smiles making false promises to voters with fake boobs and bad toupees.
Unlike Churchill, I have no plans to shape history. . . . Socrates gave advice - and they poisoned him.
What obstructs the vision and is called smog in our big cities is called defining the issues in politics
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
The public is very fickle, as I was saying to my cabdriver, Gerald Ford.
It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
They pick a president, and then for four years they pick on him.
A politican is an animal who can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.
All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.
Man is by nature a civic animal.
Politics is not an exact science.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman, of the next generation.
It is a condition which confronts us - not a theory.
A majority is always better than the best repartee.
Damned Neuters, in their Middle way of Steering, Are neither Fish, nor Flesh, nor good Red Herring.
I always voted at my party's call, And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
The purification of politics is an iridescent dream.
Like an armed warrior, like a plumed knight, James G. Blaine marched down the halls of American Congress and threw his shining lance full and fair against the brazen foreheads of the defamers of his country, and the malign-ers of his honor.
If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignation, none.
Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.
Politics is but the common pulsebeat, of which revolution is the feverspasm.
The Republicans have their splits right after election and Democrats have theirs just before an election.
The statesman shears the sheep, the politician skins them.
My hat's in the ring. The fight is one and I'm stripped to the buff.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
If nominated I will not accept; if elected I will not serve.
Who is the dark horse he has in his stable?
As long as I count the votes what are you going to do about it?


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