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Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain.

Politicians have the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn't happen.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times.
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
Nothing is irreparable in politics.
All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.
My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible and carefully humored; people, above all, to whom one must never tell the truth.
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer present or not guilty.
Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody.
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
Politics, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
The belief that politics can be scientific must inevitably produce tyrannies. Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and practice cannot be separated, and the sciences depend upon their separation. Empirical politics must be kept in bounds by democratic institutions, which leave it up to the subjects of the experiment to say whether it shall be tried, and to stop it if they dislike it, because, in politics, there is a distinction, unknown to science, between Truth and Justice.
The politician is like an acrobat : he keeps his balance By saying the opposite of what he does.
Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics.
If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.
You need to know that a member of Congress who refuses to allow the minimum wage to come up for a vote made more money during last year's one-month government shutdown than a minimum wage worker makes in an entire year.
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
In politics, nothing is contemptible.
Politics is far more complicated than physics.
The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame.
Politics is the profession of those who have neither trade nor art.
A political convention is not a place where you can come away with any trace of faith in human nature.
One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one.
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 not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Get thee glass eyes, and like a scurvy politician, seem to see the things thou dost not.
A politician is one that would circumvent God.
In politics... shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
Instead of starry-eyed worship of grand illusions, the mature citizen admires and idealizes proven values. He reveres, among other things, certain time-honored virtues and the people who practice them, especially the personal ideals of honesty, integrity, self-reliance, courage, persistence and dependability; the political ideals of individual liberty, the rights of property and contract, and the rule of law; and the ethical ideals of mutuality, decency and charity, among others.
The only way you can do that [Balance The Budget, Decrease Taxes, and Increase Military Spending] is with mirrors, and that's what it would take.
A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader.
In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.
The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
I have simplified my politics into an utter detestation of all existing governments; and, as it is the shortest and most agreeable and summary feeling imaginable, the first moment of an universal republic would convert me into an advocate for single and uncontradicted despotism. The fact is, riches are power, and poverty is slavery all over the earth, and one sort of establishment is no better, nor worse, for a people than another.
The first mistake in public business is going into it.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.
If it's going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately.
The ordinary politician has a very low estimate of human nature. In his daily life he comes into contact chiefly with persons who want to get something or to avoid something. Beyond this circle of seekers after privileges, individuals and organized minorities, he is aware of a large unorganized, indifferent mass of citizens who ask nothing in particular and rarely complain. The politician comes after a while to think that the art of politics is to satisfy the seekers after favors and to mollify the inchoate mass with noble sentiments and patriotic phrases.
Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular -- not whether it will work well and prove itself but whether the active talking constituents like it immediately. Politicians rationalize this servitude by saying that in a democracy public men are the servants of the people.
The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.
Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.
In politics the choice is constantly between two evils.
You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat.
The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation.
The reason political party platforms are so long is that when you straddle anything it takes a long time to explain it.
No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity.
The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.
The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.
I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.
A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.
Growing older, I have lost the need to be political, which means, in this country, the need to be left. I am driven into grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-politics, of resistance to politics.
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.
He could not see a belt without hitting below it.
When great questions end, little parties begin.
The apparent rulers of the English nation are like the imposing personages of a splendid procession: it is by them the mob are influenced; it is they whom the spectators cheer. The real rulers are secreted in second-rate carriages; no one cares for them or asks after them, but they are obeyed implicitly and unconsciously by reason of the splendor of those who eclipsed and preceded them.
A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
Every political system is an accumulation of habits, customs, prejudices, and principles that have survived a long process of trial and error and of ceaseless response to changing circumstances. If the system works well on the whole, it is a lucky accident -- the luckiest, indeed, that can befall a society.
The era of the political was one of anomie: crisis, violence, madness and revolution. The era of the trans-political is that of anomaly: an aberration of no consequence, contemporaneous with the event of no consequence.
Politicians -- power itself -- are abject because they merely embody the profound contempt people have for their own lives. One should be grateful to the politicians for accepting the abstractness of power, and ridding others of its burden. This inevitably kills them but they get their revenge by passing onto others the corpse of power.
The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it.
It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values.
The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians.
Politics is a blood sport.
Yogi met George Bush during an election campaign. Bush said Texas was important. Yogi said Texas has a lot of electrical votes.
The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
Politics is not an exact science.
What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.
Politics is the art of the next best.
I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life.
The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue.
In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.
I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.
A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.
Any established village; could afford a town drunkard, a town atheist, and a few Democrats.
A liberal is a man who leaves a room when the fight begins.
It doesn't matter what I say as long as I sound different from other politicians.
I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.
No wonder that, when a political career is so precarious, men of worth and capacity hesitate to embrace it. They cannot afford to be thrown out of their life's course by a mere accident.
Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
People say I'm indecisive, but I don't know about that.
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.
Away with the cant of Measures, not men! -- the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along. No, Sir, if the comparison must be made, if the distinction must be taken, men are everything, measures comparatively nothing.
Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons.
It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.
Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence.
Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul -- politics does the same thing for the body.
Political organizations have slowly substituted themselves for the Churches as the places for believing practices. Politics has once again become religious.
A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful.
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. Each is a thing used in politics or music which those fellows who practice politics or music manipulate somehow. Show him one and he will deny that it is politics at all. It must be corrupt or he will not recognize it. He has only seen dried figs. He has only thought dried thoughts. A live thought or a real idea is against the rules of his mind.
Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.
Half a truth is better than no politics.
Every clique is a refuge for incompetence. It fosters corruption and disloyalty, it begets cowardice, and consequently is a burden upon and a drawback to the progress of the country. Its instincts and actions are those of the pack.
There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water.
The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service.
When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it, and I didn't inhale, and I never tried again.
Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements, where all are good who are not criminal and all are wise who are not ridiculously otherwise.
What we need in appointive positions are men of knowledge and experience with sufficient character to resist temptations.
Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.
The diplomatic name for the law of the jungle.
Now, we deny not, but that politicians may sometimes abuse religion, and make it serve for the promoting of their own private interests and designs; which yet they could not do so well neither, were the thing itself a mere cheat and figment of their own, and had no reality at all in nature, nor anything solid at the bottom of it.
A politician is an ass upon which everyone has sat except a man.
Rome had Senators too, and that is why it declined.
The news of any politician's death should be listed under Public Improvements.
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.
The bright old day now dawns again; the cry runs through the land, in England there shall be dear bread -- in Ireland, sword and brand; and poverty, and ignorance, shall swell the rich and grand, so rally round the rulers with the gentle iron hand, of the fine old English Tory days; hail to the coming time!
In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well.
A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
A majority is always better than the best repartee.
A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.
Finality is not the language of politics.
No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married.
The art of governing mankind by deceiving them.
There is no gambling like politics. Nothing in which the power of circumstance is more evident.
Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.
Politic is going to be diluted down into a ten second window, where you whack the guy as hard as you can and then get out there.
Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.
It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
Heads of state are notoriously ill prepared for their mature careers; think of Adolf Hitler (landscape painter), Ho Chi Minh (seaman), and our own Ronald Reagan.
Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.
Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed.
As far as the men who are running for president are concerned, they aren't even people I would date.
Nothing is so foolish, they say, as for a man to stand for office and woo the crowd to win its vote, buy its support with presents, court the applause of all those fools and feel self-satisfied when they cry their approval, and then in his hour of triumph to be carried round like an effigy for the public to stare at, and end up cast in bronze to stand in the market place.
The house of Lords is a model on how to care for the elderly.
What this country needs is radicals who will stay that way regardless of the creeping years.
Elected leaders who forget how they got there won't the next time.
Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn't a business.
Politics is a profession where the paths of glory lead but to the gravy.
A politician divides mankind into two classes; tools and enemies.
The aim of every political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression.
Let us not forget that we can never go farther than we can persuade at least half of the people to go.
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.
I do not deny that there may be other well-founded causes for the hatred which various classes feel toward politicians, but the main one seems to me that politicians are symbols of the fact that every class must take every other class into account.
What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics.
In politics, as on the sickbed, people toss from side to side, thinking they will be more comfortable.
If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.
The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.
Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.
It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president... except me.
My life's work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.
If a politician isn't doing it to his wife , then he's doing it to his country.
I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers; what I said was all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
Ignorance makes most men go into a political party, and shame keeps them from getting out of it.
In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme.
He serves his party best who serves his country best.
A politician will do anything to keep his job, even become a patriot.
A Whig is properly what is called a Trimmer -- that is, a coward to both sides of the question, who dare not be a knave nor an honest man, but is a sort of whiffing, shuffling, cunning, silly, contemptible, unmeaning negation of the two.
We are the trade union for pensioners and children, the trade union for the disabled and the sick... the trade union for the nation as a whole.
In politics, as in life, we must above all things wish only for the attainable.
You know, what I very well know, that I bought you. And I know, what perhaps you think I don't know, you are now selling yourselves to somebody else; and I know, what you do not know, that I am buying another borough. May God's curse light upon you all: may your houses be as open and common to all Excise Officers as your wives and daughters were to me, when I stood for your scoundrel corporation.
Politics is like a race horse. A good jockey must know how to fall with the least possible damage.
Politics is a choice of enemas. You're gonna get it up the ass, no matter what you do.
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.
Politics makes strange postmasters.
I do not look for much to come out of government ownership as long as we have Democrats and Republicans.
If there is anything a public servant hates to do it is something for the public.
Never answer a question from a farmer.
A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
Cant is always rather nauseating; but before we condemn political hypocrisy, let us remember that it is the tribute paid by men of leather to men of God, and that the acting of the part of someone better than oneself may actually commit one to a course of behavior perceptibly less evil than what would be normal and natural in an avowed cynic.
There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics -- none in which there is more need of good pilots and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.
Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them.
Son, in politics you've got to learn that overnight chicken shit can turn to chicken salad.
You slam a politician, you make out he's the devil, with horns and hoofs. But his wife loves him, and so did all his mistresses.
If you're I politics and you can't tell when you walk into a room who's for you and who's against you, then you're in the wrong line of work.
Politics are now nothing more than means of rising in the world. With this sole view do men engage in politics, and their whole conduct proceeds upon it.
It is the eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that, where one members suffers, all the members suffer with it.
Once you run for office, you're in it -- sort of like going into the military. You'd better be damned sure it is what you want to do and that the rest of your life is set up to accommodate that. It takes a certain toll on your personality and on your family life. I've seen it personally.
Most of us are conditioned for many years to have a political viewpoint -- Republican or Democratic, liberal, conservative, or moderate. The fact of the matter is that most of the problems that we now face are technical problems, are administrative problems. They are very sophisticated judgments, which do not lend themselves to the great sort of passionate movements which have stirred this country so often in the past. [They] deal with questions which are now beyond the comprehension of most men.
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.
Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build A bridge even where there is no river.
Democrats can't get elected unless things get worse, and things won't get worse unless they get elected.
Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means.
A politician would do well to remember that he has to live with his conscience longer than he does with his constituents.
In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always.
What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.
He knows very little of mankind who expects, by any facts or reasoning, to convince a determined party man.
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities -- that is not to be taken seriously in politics.
It is hard to say why politicians are called servants, unless it is because a good one is hard to find.
Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.
The chief element in the art of statesmanship under modern conditions is the ability to elucidate the confused and clamorous interests which converge upon the seat of government. It is an ability to penetrate from the na?ve self-interest of each group to its permanent and real interest. Statesmanship consists in giving the people not what they want but what they will learn to want.
Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork.
Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound.
At home you always have to be a politician. When you're abroad you almost feel yourself a statesman.
The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision.
The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare.
Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.
Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows, marriage does.
The Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about the monarchy, the church and beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about rent.
In the domain of Political Economy, free scientific inquiry meets not merely the same enemies as in all other domains. The peculiar nature of the material it deals with, summons as foes into the field of battle the most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest.
As in private life one differentiates between what a man thinks and says of himself and what he really is and does, so in historical struggles one must still more distinguish the language and the imaginary aspirations of parties from their real organism and their real interests, their conception of themselves from their reality.
It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public.
A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.
The two-party system has given this country the war of Lyndon Johnson, the Watergate of Nixon, and the incompetence of Carter. Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life-rafts.
One thing about a pig, he thinks he's warm if his nose is warm. I saw a bunch of pigs one time that had frozen together in a rosette, each one's nose tucked under the rump of the one in front. We have a lot of pigs in politics.
It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.
Politics is the enemy of the imagination.
Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.
Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse.
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.
A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
Political image is like mixing cement. When it's wet, you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there's almost nothing you can do to reshape it.
Hell hath no fury like a crooked politician denied his cut.
We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other wedded couples they sometimes live apart.
When you've got them by their wallets, their hearts and minds will follow.
The Empress is legitimate, my cousin is Republican, Morny is Orleanist, I am a socialist; the only Bonapartist is Persigny, and he is mad.
Whether elected or appointed he considers himself the Lord's anointed, and indeed the ointment lingers on him so thick you can't get your fingers on him.
The newspaper reader says: this party will ruin itself if it makes errors like this. My higher politics says: a party which makes errors like this is already finished -- it is no longer secure in its instincts.
Nobody is a friend of ours. Let's face it.
I played by the rules of politics as I found them.
I am not a crook.
The one thing sure about politics is that what goes up comes down and what goes down often comes up.
It is far easier for the proverbial camel to pass through the needle's eye, hump and all, than for an erstwhile colonial administration to give sound and honest counsel of a political nature to its liberated territory.
Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything.
Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are.
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.
The right man, in the right place, at the right time, can steal millions.
Politics are for foreigners with their endless wrongs and paltry rights. Politics are a lousy way to get things done. Politics are, like God's infinite mercy, a last resort.
Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
Politics is the science of urgencies.
In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.
People who leave Washington do so by way of the box... ballet or coffin.
If you can't stand a little sacrifice and you can't stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we're never going to straighten this country out.
Politician: From the Greek poly (many) and the French t?te (head or face, as in t?te-?-t?te: head to head or face to face). Hence
Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it.
To speak on without saying anything has always been the greatest gift of orators.
The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
I find myself... hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Legislators: Rape their wives and do two years. Kill their children and do five years. Steal their money and kiss your ass goodbye.
People that are really weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we're going forward to tomorrow or whether we're going to go past to the back!
Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.
Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
We assume that politicians are without honor. We read their statements trying to crack the code. The scandals of their politics: not so much that men in high places lie, only that they do so with such indifference, so endlessly, still expecting to be believed. We are accustomed to the contempt inherent in the political lie.
There is an increasingly pervasive sense not only of failure, but of futility. The legislative process has become a cruel shell game and the service system has become a bureaucratic maze, inefficient, incomprehensible, and inaccessible.
People start parades -- politicians just get out in front and act like they're leading.
In politics a straight line is the shortest distance to disaster.
What in fact takes place in an election is that two hand picked candidates are propped up before the citizenry, each candidate having been selected by a very small group of politically active people. A minority of the people... then elects one of these hand picked people to rule itself and the majority.
There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail.
I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!
I tell you folks, all politics is applesauce.