Politics

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
- Mahatma Gandhi
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
- Dante Alighieri
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
- Winston Churchill
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
- Winston Churchill
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
- Winston Churchill
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
- Margaret Thatcher
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
- Aristotle
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
- Thomas Jefferson
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
- Joseph Stalin
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
- Mark Twain
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
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
- Thomas Jefferson
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
- Newt Gingrich
Politics have no relation to morals.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
- Khalil Gibran
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
- Ronald Reagan
If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.
- Thomas Sowell
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams
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
A fool and his money are soon elected.
- Will Rogers
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
- Alexander Hamilton
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
- Aristotle
Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
- Will Rogers
Politics is the art of controlling your environment.
- Hunter S. Thompson
Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
- Milton Friedman
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
- Ambrose Bierce
Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.
- W. C. Fields
A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
- Harry S. Truman
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
- Aesop
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
- John Stuart Mill
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
- Edmund Burke
You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
- Harry S. Truman
A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.
- Leonard Bernstein
The secret of getting things done is to act!
- Dante Alighieri
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
- Ambrose Bierce
In politics the middle way is none at all.
- John Adams
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
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 E. Stevenson
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
- Henry A. Kissinger
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
- Erich Fromm
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
- Robert Kennedy
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
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There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville
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 MacDonald
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
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
- Doug Larson
All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
- Harry S. Truman
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
- Caskie Stinnett
Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
- Milton Friedman
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