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Quotations about Politics
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. ~Richard Armour
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio speech, 1939 October 26th
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. ~John Quinton
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead. ~Leo Rosten
Hence in international relations there is far too little laughing, and far too much sneering. ~G.K. Chesterton, "What Is America?", What I Saw in America, 1922
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. ~P.J. O'Rourke
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time. ~Alfred E. Wiggam
Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving. ~Robertson Davies
Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. ~John Kenneth Galbraith, New York Times, 1989 October 8th
Don't vote, it only encourages them. ~Billy Connolly, An Audience with Billy Connolly, 1985 (Thanks, Gordon!)
The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal — that you can gather votes like box tops — is... the ultimate indignity to the democratic process. ~Adlai Stevenson, speech, Democratic National Convention, 1956 August 18th
The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. ~Adlai Stevenson
I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. ~Charles Krauthammer
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~Doug Larson
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. ~Gore Vidal
The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces. ~Maureen Murphy
I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government. ~Frances Farenthold
There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen. ~Author Unknown
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. ~Oscar Ameringer
Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? ~Robert Orben
Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~Author Unknown
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. ~Charles de Gaulle
Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork. ~Harold Lowman
He didn't say that. He was reading what was given to him in a speech. ~Richard Darman, director of the Office of Management and Budget, explaining why President Bush wasn't following up on his campaign pledge that there would be no loss of wetlands
Mankind will never see an end of trouble until... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power... become lovers of wisdom. ~Plato
The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~Henry Cate, VII
The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win. ~Will Rogers
Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors. ~Caroline Baum
There are far too many men in politics and not enough elsewhere. ~Hermione Gingold
I like the smell of a dunged field, and the tumult of a popular election. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party. ~Winston Churchill
I dunno. I just find it hard to discuss the Affordable Care Act with people who think it's one of the prophecies of Nostradamus. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2013
If God had been a Liberal there wouldn't have been Ten Commandments, there would have been Ten Suggestions. ~Malcolm Bradbury, After Dinner Game, 1982
All people are born alike — except Republicans and Democrats. ~Groucho Marx
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
In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~H.L. Mencken
History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. ~Oscar Wilde
Since the majority is always wrong, might we try one election day where all the losers take office? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face. ~Clare Boothe Luce
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
If the person you are trying to diagnose politically is some sort of intellectual, the chances are two to one he is a Democrat. ~Vance Packard
Congress should not be like the Super Bowl where you have to have one team that's going to win and another team that's going to be a loser. ~John Breaux (b.1944), FOX News Sunday, 2004 December 12th, to Chris Wallace
Give a Republican a fish and he'll think he learned how to fish. Teach him to fish and he'll call you socialist. ~@LOLGOP, 2012
Mudslinging – In politics, anything bad the opponent says about our candidate; in contrast, when our candidate does this, it is called 'making a good point.' ~Richard E. Turner (1937–2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," from "The Curmudgeon's Short Dictionary of Modern Phrases," c.2009
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. ~Texas Guinan
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary,1911
Politics, n: [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"] ~Larry Hardiman
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal. ~Emma Goldman
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America? ~Author Unknown
There ought to be one day — just one — when there is open season on senators. ~Will Rogers
Overheard in a Washington D.C. confessional: "Bless me, Father, for sins have been committed." ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Midas, they say, possessed the art of old
Of turning whatsoe'er he touch'd to gold;
This modern statesmen can reverse with ease —
Touch them with gold, they'll turn to what you please.
We have plenty of Confidence in this country, but we are a little short of good men to place our Confidence in. ~Will Rogers
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~Aesop
American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age. ~Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964
Social economy means spending a penny to save a pound. Political economy is spending a pound to save a penny. ~F. Tomline (William Schwenck Gilbert) & Gilbert Arthur à Beckett, The Happy Land: A Burlesque Version of "The Wicked World," 1873 [Quoted character is Lutin.
Politics — I don't know why, but they seem to have a tendency to separate us, to keep us from one another, while nature is always and ever making efforts to bring us together. ~Sean O'Casey
The difference between a liberal and a conservative is that one considers truth an inconvenience while the other opposes it on principle. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
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 Sandburg
One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when you make a stupid remark, its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself. Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one's own habits, and from time to time, one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase — some jackboot, Achilles' heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno or other lump of verbal refuse — into the dustbin where it belongs. ~George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," Shooting an Elephant, 1950
He's not a Republican, he's a Republican't. ~Author Unknown
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. ~Thomas Jefferson
It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. ~George E. MacDonald
A political convention is just not a place where you come away with any trace of faith in human nature. ~Murray Kempton
They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men. ~Clare Boothe Luce
Moderator: What about Norman Mailer's assertion that all this trouble we're in the world now is caused by 300 years of conservative ideology?...
Malcolm Muggeridge: He didn't say that, actually. He said that this conservatism had existed and had been unable to correct what was happening and he's quite right.
Norman Mailer: I think it's solved the problem too superficially.... it created a life which worked reasonably well. In fact, looking back it worked very well for a large number of people but it didn't work well enough, finally, for the entire world.
Muggeridge: The conservative has never known what he wants to conserve, anyway....
Mailer: I know exactly what I'd like to conserve.
Muggeridge: What would you conserve, Norman?
Mailer: The trees, first....
Marshall McLuhan: There's a wonderful sign hanging on a junkyard in Toronto which says, "Help beautify junkyards—throw something lovely away today." I think this is a thought that conservatives need to consider.
~"The Way It Is," 1968 (moderator Bob Fulford)
If the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner. ~Lindsey Nelson
Before you can begin to think about politics at all, you have to abandon the notion that there is a war between good men and bad men. ~Walter Lippmann
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits. ~Woodrow Wilson
The qualities that get a man into power are not those that lead him, once established, to use power wisely. ~Lyman Bryson
During a campaign the air is full of speeches — and vice versa. ~Author Unknown
If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide. ~Meg Greenfield
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. ~P.J. O'Rourke
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~George Jean Nathan
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least. ~Robert Byrne
The conversation at dinner had been so heated that by the end of it Mrs. Miniver had developed mental, moral, and physical indigestion.....
[F]rom that moment on she resigned herself to a headache, and got it.... [B]etween a woman who thought that for her kitchenmaid to use face-powder was the beginning of Bolshevism, and a man who believed that the 30-mile speed limit was the thin end of the Totalitarian wedge, there could be no useful interchange of ideas.
Besides, Mrs. Miniver was beginning to feel more than a little weary of exchanging ideas (especially political ones) and of hearing other people exchange theirs. It's all very well, she reflected, when the ideas have had time to flower, or at least to bud, so that we can pick them judiciously, present them with a bow, and watch them unfold in the warmth of each other's understanding: but there is far too much nowadays of pulling up the wretched little things just to see how they are growing. Half the verbal sprigs we hand each other are nothing but up-ended rootlets, earthy and immature: left longer in the ground they might have come to something, but once they are exposed we seldom manage to replant them. It is largely the fault, no doubt, of the times we live in. Things happen too quickly, crisis follows crisis, the soil of our minds is perpetually disturbed. Each of us, to relieve his feelings, broadcasts his own running commentary on the preposterous and bewildering events of the hour: and this, nowadays, is what passes for conversation.
~Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s
Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved, and they actually paralyze what slight powers of cerebration man can normally muster. ~James Harvey Robinson, The Human Comedy, 1937
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. ~James Freeman Clarke, Sermon
I'm not a leftist; I'm where the righteous ought to be. ~M.M. Coady
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. ~Winston Churchill
In golf, you keep your head down and follow through. In the vice presidency, you keep your head up and follow through. It's a big difference. ~Dan Quayle
Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose. ~George Will
Nobody believes a rumor here in Washington until it's officially denied. ~Edward T. Cheyfitz
When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale. ~John Gardner
Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed. ~Mao Zedong
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