Selected Quotes about Politics

When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them. -- Franklin P. Adams

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. -- John Adams

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. -- John Adams

The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt. -- Konrad Adenauer

What you're seeing and hearing at the moment is undoubtedly putting your basic democratic feelings to a hard test. -- Konrad Adenauer

Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit. -- Freda Adler

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. -- Aesop

You do not think you live in a real democracy, because still you have a special type of government department like the Intelligence service that are above the law. You cannot invoke them, they can do anything and they still do. -- Mohamed Al-Fayed

The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark. -- Jack Anderson

Man is by nature a political animal. -- Aristotle

Man is by nature a political animal. -- Aristotle

Voting is one of the few things where boycotting in protest clearly makes the problem worse rather than better. -- Jane Auer

My Commission reflects the political sensitivities to the capacity in Europe and it seems to me very balanced on the ideological level. -- Jose Manuel Barroso

In the foreseeable future we (the EU) will not have a constitution. That’s obvious. I haven’t come across any magic formulas that would bring it back to life. Instead of never-ending debates about institutions, let’s work with what we’ve got. -- Jose Manuel Barroso

Political will and leadership are more important than institutions. -- Jose Manuel Barroso

As a politician, however, I am ashamed to speak of poverty eradication in such terms. I see clearly that the motivation has weakened with regard to the initial objective of eradicating poverty. -- Jose Manuel Barroso

I believe the EU is much stronger because of Britain, and Britain is stronger for being in the EU. If political leaders in Britain explain to the public what Britain means to Europe and what Europe means to Britain, I believe the case for a 'Yes' vote is very, very clear. -- Jose Manuel Barroso

The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club. -- Dave Barry

Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing. -- Bernard Baruch

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

In the modern world, in which thousands of people are dying every hour as a consequence of politics, no writing anywhere can begin to be credible unless it is informed by political awareness and principles. -- John Berger

The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom. -- Silvio Berlusconi

We all say no to war, we are all for justice and peace. But sometimes in order to maintain peace, armed action is necessary. -- Silvio Berlusconi

I'm not a traditional politician, and I have a sense of humor. I'll try to soften it and become boring, maybe even very boring, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to. -- Silvio Berlusconi

The political tradition of ancient thought, filtered in Italy by Machiavelli, says one thing clearly: every prince needs allies, and the bigger the responsibility, the more allies he needs. -- Silvio Berlusconi

I'm the Jesus Christ of politics, I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone. -- Silvio Berlusconi

I am absolutely sure to be the most democratic man ever became Prime Minister in Italy. -- Silvio Berlusconi

I think that having good data, good statistics—and the United States generally has better macroeconomic statistics than most countries—and having good economists to interpret those data and present the policy alternatives, has a substantially beneficial effect on policymaking in the United States. -- Ben Bernanke

The economic repercussions of a stock market crash depend less on the severity of the crash itself than on the response of economic policymakers, particularly central bankers. -- Ben Bernanke

Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -- Ambrose Bierce

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia. -- Otto Van Bismarck

Politics is the art of the possible. -- Otto Von Bismarck

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable...the art of the next best. -- Otto von Bismarck

This is not a clash between civilisations. It is a clash about civilisation. -- Tony Blair

I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. -- Tony Blair

I don't like it, to be honest, when politicians make a big thing of their religious beliefs, so I don't make a big thing of it. -- Tony Blair

It is unlikely that there will be any substantial progress toward a final settlement without active American leadership and participation. -- Wolf Blitzer

It is time for the United States, as the sole recognized intermediary, to consider more forceful action for peace. The rest of the world will welcome this leadership -- Wolf Blitzer

You call them rebels, ... I call them by their names: They are killers, they are convicted killers, they are terrorists. -- Wolf Blitzer

Politics are not the task of a Christian. -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bush Sr. was a jerk, Quayle an idiot, Clinton was atrocious and disgusting, most of those who persecuted him were hypocritical, Gore is shallow and weak, Bradley is an idealist, Bush Jr. a fool, and all of the independent candidates act like they're on drugs. -- David Borenstein

Not everyone is attracted to politics…. [S]cholars found that more than half the adults in Wayne County (Detroit) Michigan thought that politics was dirty and dishonest. Nearly half the political volunteers and political workers in the county thought so, too. -- David Botter

The most important political office is that of private citizen. -- Louis D. Brandeis

The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit. -- Jimmy Breslin

Anyone that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office. -- David Broder

The Greens will continue to champion a fairer society rather than simply the economy and to champion the parliament rather than simply the stock exchange. -- Bob Brown

With a small fraction of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the Iraq war, the US and Australia could ensure every starving, sunken-eyed child on the planet could be well fed, have clean water and sanitation and a local school to go to. -- Bob Brown

For me there is a mission for this country moving forward - there are big long-term decisions we've got to take as a nation. -- Gordon Brown

Europe should now respond positively and enthusiastic to the American offer ... about the elimination of export subsidies and the reduction of tariffs. -- Gordon Brown

My first rule – the golden rule – ensures that over the economic cycle the Government will borrow only to invest, and that current spending will be met from taxation. -- Gordon Brown

There are as many Scottish roads to Socialism as there are predictions of Britain's economic doom - but most of them demand three things: a coherant plan for an extension of democracy and control in society and industry which sees every reform as a means to creating a socialist society; a harnessing of the forces for industrial and community self-management within a political movement; and a massive programme of education by the Labour Movement as a whole. -- Gordon Brown

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together. -- Edmund Burke

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair. -- George Burns

In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves. -- R. A. Butler

Politics is largely a matter of heart. -- R. A. Butler

If you want a modern, compassionate Conservative go for the real thing: that's me. I am it. It's what I think and believe. When I'm under pressure and the the Daily Mail's having a go at me, I'll stick to my guns because that's what I believe in. -- David Cameron

Issues that once divided Conservatives from Liberal Democrats are now issues where we both agree. Our attitude to devolution and localisation of power. Iraq. The environment. I'm a liberal Conservative. -- David Cameron

Don't make the mistake of trying to set out every day in this leadership campaign policies that will make us look ridiculous in five years' time. -- David Cameron

Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies. -- Dalton Camp

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president. -- Johnny Carson

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. -- Jimmy Carter

Russia today is, in essence, on the verge of economic and political breakdown. We can end the crisis in Russia only by concerted action. You know that I have always been open to constructive dialogue. -- Viktor Chernomyrdin

We are for continuity in the policy of democratic transformations in Russia. -- Viktor Chernomyrdin

The message of the international community is clear - it has united to tell Iraq that it is now time to co-operate fully with the United Nations. -- Jacques Chirac

The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible. -- Jacques Chirac

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life. -- Jacques Chirac

As soon as one nation claims the right to take preventive action, other countries will naturally do the same. If we go down that road, where are we going? -- Jacques Chirac

There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price. -- Shirley Chisholm

Politics has less to do with where you live than where your heart is. -- Margaret Cho

American society is now remarkably atomized. Political organizations have collapsed. In fact, it seems like even bowling leagues are collapsing. The left has a lot to answer for here. There's been a drift toward very fragmenting tendencies among left groups, toward this sort of identity politics. -- Noam Chomsky

If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that's something, but the people in power can live with that. What they can't live with is sustained pressure that keeps building, organisations that keep doing things, people that keep learning lessons from the last time and doing it better the next time. -- Noam Chomsky

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. -- Noam Chomsky

There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past. -- Noam Chomsky

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting. -- Winston Churchill

A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. -- Sir Winston Churchill

The return to the Organization of the United States of America, the bearers of a great and diversified democratic culture that has inspired many other peoples. -- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

There are a lot of very brilliant people who believe that the nation-state is fast becoming a relic of the past. -- Bill Clinton

Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that. -- Bill Clinton

We are here to advance the cause of women and to advance the cause of democracy and to make it absolutely clear that the two are inseparable. There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. -- Hillary Clinton

The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. -- Hillary Clinton

Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate. -- Mark B. Cohen

Abraham Lincoln did not go to Gettysburg having commissioned a poll to find out what would sell in Gettysburg. There were no people with percentages for him, cautioning him about this group or that group or what they found in exit polls a year earlier. When will we have the courage of Lincoln? -- Robert Coles

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. -- Confucius

The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time. -- Angela Davis

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust. -- Demosthenes

As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- Justice William O. Douglas

The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it. -- Edward Dowling

People who don't vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests. -- Marian Wright Edelman

We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem. -- Marian Wright Edelman

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs. -- Albert Einstein

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever. -- Albert Einstein

A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others. -- Larry Ellison

Public opinion, I am sorry to say, will bear a great deal of nonsense. There is scarcely any absurdity so gross, whether in religion, politics, science or manners, which it will not bear. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

These rabble at Washington ... see, against the unanimous expression of the people, how much a little well-directed effrontery can achieve, how much crime the people will bear, and they proceed from step to step... -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let’s forget the reunification, let’s just shut up and don't talk about that topic for the next 20 years. -- Joschka Fischer

A transitional government is the beginning of a transfer of sovereignty. It's a question of Iraqi security and moving forward with the political process. -- Joschka Fischer

Any time there's a scandal, we always try and get involved. -- Larry Flynt

Politics is my hobby. Smut is my vocation. -- Larry Flynt

Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper. -- Larry Flynt

Fr., "I want there to be no peasant in my realm so poor that he will not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday." -- King Henry IV of France

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. -- Paulo Freire

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. -- Robert Frost

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Seven sins of life: Politics without principle. Commerce without morality. Wealth without work. Education without character. Science without humanity. Pleasure without conscience. Worship without sacrifice. -- Mahatma Gandhi

The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can. -- John Gardner

What generally happens in this county is that our politicians don't serve us well because they don't tell the truth, and they don't keep their promises. -- Peter Garrett

Climate change is so big that people who study it.. and many do.. need to speak to it. They must present scientific papers, they must appear in public, they must speak to the media and we must hear their voices. In order to get policy right, policymakers.. governments.. need to make decisions based on sound science. -- Peter Garrett

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. -- Charles De Gaulle

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. -- Hermann Goering

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality. -- Goethe

In moving toward such bold revolutionary transformations, we understood that there would be errors, that there would be resistance, that the novelty would bring new problems. We foresaw the possibility of breaking in individual sections. However, the profound democratic reform of the entire system of power and government is the guarantee that the overall process of restructuring will move steadily forward and gather strength. -- Mikhail Gorbachev

If we had failed to pursue the facts as far as they led, we would have denied the public any knowledge of an unprecedented scheme of political surveillance and sabotage. -- Katharine Graham

More things in politics happen by accident or exhaustion than happen by conspiracy. -- Jeff Greenfield

The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'. -- Larry Hardiman

That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen. -- Michael Harrington

Genuine politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the only politics I am willing to devote myself to -- is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole. -- Vaclav Havel

My point was that the war was intrinsically wrong, and as a result of our participation we haven't improved Australia's security but created a greater danger at home and abroad. -- Bob Hawke

Unless and until something concrete is done about addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue you won't get a real start on the war against terrorism. -- Bob Hawke

What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles. -- George Wilhelm Hegel

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism. -- Jim Hightower

The person who says "I'm not political" is in great danger.... Only the fittest will survive, and the fittest will be the ones who understand their office's politics. -- Jean Hollands

Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life. -- John Howard

Terrorists oppose nations such as the United States and Australia not because of what we have done but because of who we are and because of the values that we hold in common. -- John Howard

I will be fighting every minute of every day of the campaign because I am determined to win and I think it's important that we have a strong experienced Government that knows it's own mind in these more difficult times. -- John Howard

Here we are the way politics ought to be in America; the politics of happiness, the politics of purpose and the politics of joy. -- Hubert H. Humphrey

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. -- Robert M. Hutchins

At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. -- Aldous Huxley

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. -- Henrik Ibsen

Too often it's not the most creative guys or the smartest. Instead, it's the ones who are best at playing politics and soft-soaping their bosses. Boards don't like tough, abrasive guys. -- Carl Icahn

A camel is a horse designed by committee. -- Sir Alec Issigonis

Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented. -- Molly Ivins

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. -- Molly Ivins

You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to. -- Molly Ivins

In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. -- Jesse Jackson

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations,entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies; the preservation of the general government in its whole constitutional vigour, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad; freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected, these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. -- Thomas Jefferson

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. -- Thomas Jefferson

I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master. -- Thomas Jefferson

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. -- Thomas Jefferson

If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake. / -- Thomas Jefferson

What we need is a rebirth of satire, of dissent, of irreverence, of an uncompromising insistence that phoniness is phony and platitudes are platitudinous. -- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

For John Howard to get to any high moral ground he would have to first climb out of the volcanic hole he's dug for himself over the last decade. -- Paul Keating

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. -- John F. Kennedy

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. -- John F. Kennedy

My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government -- he promised Dad he'd go straight. -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In our common struggle, I rely heavily on the vibrant energy, talent and courage of people across the length of the country, but for my words to be heard all over Russia and all over the world, I need to run in Moscow. -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen. We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance. -- Dalai Lama

A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it. -- Oscar Levant

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. He who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or decisions possible or impossible to execute. -- Abraham Lincoln

The ballot is stronger than the bullet. -- Abraham Lincoln

A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. -- James Madison

In my country we go to prison first and then become President. -- Nelson Mandela

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. -- Groucho Marx

All fundamental political problems are problems of relationships; therefore, all fundamental solutions have to involve fundamental changes in relationships. -- David Mathews

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. -- Eugene McCarthy

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. -- Eugene McCarthy

A good politician under democracy is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. -- H. L. Mencken

A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. -- H. L. Mencken

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. -- H. L. Mencken

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. -- H. L. Mencken

Everyone wants a more simple tax system. But if this means that certain tax breaks have to be cut, people are no longer so enthusiastic. -- Angela Merkel

Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority. -- Angela Merkel

Politicians have to be committed to people in equal measures. -- Angela Merkel

From (this) experience we have learned that in a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition. -- Angela Merkel

If you want to be constructive in politics, the less you look back, the better. If you do look back, then it can only be to learn for yourself through the events that have taken place. -- Angela Merkel

To be serious, if we were only interested in earning big money then a politician would have to go and work in industry. -- Angela Merkel

Never before in my political life have I been taken so seriously as woman. -- Angela Merkel

Take housing. We don't have efficient mortgage markets around the world, but we've had a $20 trillion increase in housing assets from 1997 to 2004. If developing countries can fully borrow, what are they going to buy? Where are the assets for them to buy? -- Michael Milken

Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics. -- George J. Mitchell

War is not solely past, it can be our future, and these are you, ladies and gentlemen deputies, who are the guardians of our peace, our security and our future. -- Francois Mitterrand

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism. -- Bill Moyers

As with all politically lead governments, foreign investment is the slowest in the media section. Politicians are somewhat paranoid about the media but we still think it’s worthwhile. -- Rupert Murdoch

I've always been more interested in the content of our newspapers, political positions day to day, the thrill of communicating with people through words that I am in the pure business aspects. -- Rupert Murdoch

Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. -- Benito Mussolini

Crime does not pay ... as well as politics. -- Alfred E. Newman

Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it's the rule. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. -- Anais Nin

Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people. -- Richard M. Nixon

The one thing sure about politics is that what goes up comes down and what goes down often comes up. -- Richard Nixon

Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people. -- Richard Nixon

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as president I must put the interests of America first Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. -- Richard Nixon

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? -- Robert Orben

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. -- P. J. O'Rourke

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. -- George Orwell

In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out of politics." All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. -- George Orwell

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind. -- George Orwell

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects. -- Lester B. Pearson

Politics is but the common pulse-beat, of which revolution is the fever-spasm. -- Wendell Phillips

Not a single leaf moves in this country if I'm not the one moving it. I want that to be clear! -- Augusto Pinochet

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. -- Plato

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. -- Plato

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato

War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support. -- Colin Powell

As an advisor, I can say what I want. If I were a politician, I would constantly have to compromise, and I’m incapable of doing that. -- Azim Premji

I would like to note how satisfied I am. When we launched the enlargement project, many believed we attempted the impossible. Yet, we have made it. -- Romano Prodi

I believe that European initiatives must have one clear characteristic without which they cannot be called European, and that is to keep the door open to all members. That is true of monetary, defence and any other area. -- Romano Prodi

I thought that the Iraqi war was absolutely damaging our interests and world interests and would become a nightmare. And now I don't want to say I was right, but let us simply put the real problem on the table. -- Romano Prodi

My policy is first of all stronger cooperation with the countries from which they come. -- Romano Prodi

Are we all clear that we want to build something that can aspire to be a world power - not just a trading bloc, but a political entity? -- Romano Prodi

We are taking collectively very big decisions -- for (powers of) arrest, for money laundering -- in all the chapters where we need new cooperation against terrorists. -- Romano Prodi

The most important thing, in my view, was that democracy cannot be exported. It should be a product of internal development of a society. -- Vladimir Putin

In the United States, you first elect the electors and then they vote for the presidential candidates. In Russia, the president is elected through the direct vote of the whole population. That might be even more democratic. -- Vladimir Putin

Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism. -- Vladimir Putin

Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains. -- Vladimir Putin

Russia’s modern foreign policy is based on the principles of pragmatism, predictability and the supremacy of international law. -- Vladimir Putin

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. -- Ronald Reagan

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

Success is not assured, but America is resolute: this is the best chance for peace we are likely to see for some years to come - and we are acting to help Israelis and Palestinians seize this chance. -- Condoleezza Rice

Punish France, ignore Germany, and forgive Russia. -- Condoleezza Rice

When are we going to stop making excuses for the terrorists and saying that somebody is making them do it? No, these are simply evil people who want to kill. -- Condoleezza Rice

I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you. -- Ann Richards

Politics is applesauce. -- Will Rogers

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

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and their politicians as jokes. -- Will Rogers

Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? -- Eleanor Roosevelt

I'm making policies by looking at what I would do for my own children. -- Segolene Royal

Why should one have to be sad, ugly and boring to go into politics? -- Segolene Royal

First of all America is very important, we must have better economic relations. That calls us to the cultural area which is important. Turkey has often been judged solely on its past. The democracy we have is not perfect. We are learning. -- Sakip Sabanci

Politicians like to tell people what they want to hear - and what they want to hear is what won't happen. -- Paul Samuelson

Globalization presumes sustained economic growth. Otherwise, the process loses its economic benefits and political support. -- Paul Samuelson

Asia's governments come in two broad varieties: young, fragile democracies - and older, fragile authoritarian regimes. -- Paul Samuelson

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. -- Carl Sandberg

To be a young Gaullist is to be a revolutionary! -- Nicolas Sarkozy

Success and social promotion are not some right that anybody can claim after queuing at some [government office]. It is better: it is a right, a right that one can merit because of one's sweat. -- Nicolas Sarkozy

Ever since I became NATO Secretary General, I have emphasised the need for enhanced political dialogue among the Allies. And I am glad that, over the last few years, we’ve had more regular, and increasingly constructive, political discussions in NATO on a wider range of issues. -- Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

I am not the German Tony Blair. Nor am I the German Bill Clinton. I am Gerhard Schroeder, chancellor of Germany, responsible for Germany. I don't want to be a copy of anyone. -- Gerhard Schroeder

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the fact that an election is coming up every 90 days. -- Gerhard Schroeder

They have it wrong in asking if Schroeder favors Britain over France, or France over Britain. Schroeder favors Germany. That is what we all have to understand. -- Gerhard Schroeder

Under my leadership, this country will not be available for adventures. -- Gerhard Schroeder

The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." -- Carl Schurz

Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?" -- George Bernard Shaw

If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve. -- Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

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, not bought. -- Margaret Chase Smith

Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all. -- Adam Smith

I have no faith in political arithmetic. -- Adam Smith

We do not want a single foot of foreign territory; but of our territory we shall not surrender a single inch to anyone. -- Joseph Stalin

If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a "peace conference," you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and aeroplanes. -- Joseph Stalin

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. -- Adlai Stevenson

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is an ancient political vehicle, held together by soft soap and hunger and with front-seat drivers and back-seat drivers contradicting each other in a bedlam of voices, shouting “go right” and “go left” at the same time. -- Adlai Stevenson

Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them. -- Lily Tomlin

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. -- Harry S Truman

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. -- Mao Tse-Tung

The U.N. is as effective as its member states allow it to be. -- Desmond Tutu

No public interest is anything other or nobler than a massed accumulation of private interests. -- Mark Twain

The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet. -- Mark Twain

Wherefore being all of one mind, we do highly resolve that government of the grafted by the grafter for the grafter shall not perish from the earth. -- Mark Twain

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. -- Paul Valery

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. -- Henry Cate VII

Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks. -- Jimmy Wales

In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table. -- H. G. Wells

The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power. -- Paul Wellstone

Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome. -- Benjamin Whichcote

Our world is very dishonest, and our leaders encourage dishonesty by setting bad examples- by lying, being corrupt, and using political sleight of hand to sustain power. -- Stuart Wilde

You really don't want a president who is a football fan. Football combines the worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings. -- George Will

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

If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing. -- Woodrow Wilson

Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil. -- Mary Wollstonecraft

We, the Black masses, don't want these leaders who seek our support coming to us representing a certain political party. They must come to us today as Black Leaders representing the welfare of Black people. -- Malcolm X

Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just and idea, just pie in the sky. -- Boris Yeltsin

You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long. -- Boris Yeltsin

There are numerous bugbears in the profession of a politician. First, ordinary life suffers. Second, there are many temptations to ruin you and those around you. And I suppose third, and this is rarely discussed, people at the top generally have no friends. -- Boris Yeltsin

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