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Good Politics quotes: Best famous quotes about Politics

Good Politics quotes: Best famous quotes about Politics

When they see me holding fish, they can see that I am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers. – Imelda Marcos

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds. – Thurgood Marshall

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

Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule -and both commonly succeed, and are right. – H. L. Mencken

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

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. – John Stuart Mill

The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. – John Stuart Mill

A recent conversation: Dubya: Look at the clock, time is racing! Cheney: That’s the second hand, George. – Dennis Miller

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. – John Morley

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces. – Maureen Murphy

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you. – Ralph Nader

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. – George Jean Nathan

My hope is that 10 years from now, after I’ve been across the street at work for a while, they’ll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote. – Sandra Day O’Connor

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren. – Sandra Day O’Connor

It is a measure of the framers’ fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself. – Sandra Day O’Connor

We hold that the reckless disregard for human life implicit in knowingly engaging in criminal activity known to carry a grave risk of death represents a highly culpable mental state that may be taken into account in making a capital sentencing judgment not inevitable, lethal result. – Sandra Day O’Connor

Political theory provides a common language with which people in this town communicate with each other. – Kirk O’Donnell

You better take advantage of the good cigars. You don’t get much else in that job. – Thomas P. O’Neill

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

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

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

‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. – Thomas Paine

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. – Ross Perot

A war for a great principle ennobles a nation. – Albert Pike

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

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. – Plato

What you guys want, I’m for. – Dan Quayle

It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system. – Dan Quayle

We don’t want to go back to tomorrow, we want to go forward. – Dan Quayle

I have made good judgements in the past. I have made good judgements in the future. – Dan Quayle

The future will be better tomorrow. – Dan Quayle

The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century. – Dan Quayle

Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child. – Dan Quayle

Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts. – Dan Quayle

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change. – Dan Quayle

I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix. – Dan Quayle

When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame. – Dan Quayle

Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it. – Dan Quayle

Murphy Brown is doing better than I am. At least she knows she still has a job next year. – Dan Quayle

We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur. – Dan Quayle

The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make. – Dan Quayle

We’re all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made. – Dan Quayle

I want to be Robin to Bush’s Batman. – Dan Quayle

El Salvador is a democracy so it’s not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans… I have heard a single voice. – Dan Quayle

It’s rural America. It’s where I came from. We always refer to ourselves as real America. Rural America, real America, real, real, America. – Dan Quayle

I can identify with steelworkers. I can identify with workers that have had a difficult time. – Dan Quayle

Lookit, I’ve done it their way this far and now it’s my turn. I’m my own handler. Any questions? Ask me… There’s not going to be any more handler stories because I’m the handler… I’m Doctor Spin. – Dan Quayle

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 – to the back! – Dan Quayle

I was known as the chief grave robber of my state. – Dan Quayle

We will invest in our people, quality education, job opportunity, family, neighborhood, and yes, a thing we call America. – Dan Quayle

This election is about who’s going to be the next President of the United States! – Dan Quayle

I have a very good family. I’m very fortunate to have a very good family. I believe very strongly in the family. It’s one of the things we have in our platform, is to talk about it. – Dan Quayle

I’m going to be a vice president very much like George Bush was. He proved to be a very effective vice president, perhaps the most effective we’ve had in a couple of hundred years. – Dan Quayle

The President is going to benefit from me reporting directly to him when I arrive. – Dan Quayle

When you make as many speeches and you talk as much as I do and you get away from the text, it’s always a possibility to get a few words tangled here and there. – Dan Quayle

I happen to be a Republican president – ah, the vice president. – Dan Quayle

I’ve never professed to be anything but an average student. – Dan Quayle

The other day the President said, I know you’ve had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. He paused, then said, would you like a puppy? – Dan Quayle

In George Bush you get experience, and with me you get – The Future! – Dan Quayle

I spend a great deal of time with the President. We have a very close, personal, loyal relationship. I’m not, as they say, a potted plant in these meetings. – Dan Quayle

When I talked to him on the phone yesterday. I called him George rather than Mr. Vice President. But, in public, it’s Mr. Vice President, because that is who he is. – Dan Quayle

My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, never surrender to what is right. – Dan Quayle

Sometimes cameras and television are good to people and sometimes they aren’t. I don’t know if its the way you say it, or how you look. – Dan Quayle

I just don’t believe in the basic concept that someone should make their whole career in public service. – Dan Quayle

I do have a political agenda. It’s to have as few regulations as possible. – Dan Quayle

You have a part-time job and that’s better than no job at all. – Dan Quayle

I deserve respect for the things I did not do. – Dan Quayle

This President is going to lead us out of this recovery. – Dan Quayle

We have to do more than just elect a new President if we truly want to change this country. – Dan Quayle

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man. – Ronald Reagan

If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won’t. – Hyman Rickover

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

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers

Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock. – Will Rogers

I’m not a member of any organized political party, I’m a Democrat! – Will Rogers

There ought to be one day – just one – when there is open season on senators. – Will Rogers

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they’re dead. – Leo Rosten

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

If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve. – William T. Sherman

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote. – William E. Simon

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

There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer. – Gertrude Stein

The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box tops – is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process. – Adlai E. Stevenson

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

I’ve been to war, and it’s not easy to kill. It’s bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious. – Oliver Stone

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. – Margaret Thatcher

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. – Margaret Thatcher

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle. – Alexis de Tocqueville

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

He loved politicians – even Republicans. – Margaret Truman

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader. – Harry S. Truman

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

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed. – Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. – Mark Twain

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. – Stewart L. Udall

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

The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won’t take it, but somebody always does. – Bill Vaughan

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. – Gore Vidal

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. – Gore Vidal

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. – Gore Vidal

After much prayerful consideration, I feel that I must say I have climbed my last political mountain. – George C. Wallace

I’m the lamest lame duck there could be. – George C. Wallace

Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we’ve been bombing over the years been complaining? – George C. Wallace

I met someone on the street who said wasn’t it great that we’re going to have a movie star for president, that it was so Pop, and (laughs) when you think about it like that, it is great, it’s so American. – Andy Warhol

This is an era of violent peace. – James D. Watkins

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. – Daniel Webster

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. – E. B. White

The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy. – Theodore White

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose. – George Will

Voters don’t decide issues, they decide who will decide issues. – George Will

The unpleasant sound Bush is emitting as he traipses from one conservative gathering to another is a thin, tinny “arf” – the sound of a lap dog. – George Will

A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits. – Woodrow Wilson

There are no more liberals They’ve all been mugged. – James Q. Wilson

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

The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves. – Deng Xiaoping

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Good quotes about Politics: Some of the best great quotes about Politics

Good quotes about Politics: Some of the best great quotes about Politics

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. – Lord Acton

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

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers. – Henry B. Adams

Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman’s truncheon over the anarchist’s bomb. – Spiro T. Agnew

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. – Dante Alighieri

The secret of getting things done is to act! – Dante Alighieri

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. – Aristotle

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

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what’s right. – Isaac Asimov

Reporters thrive on the world’s misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity. – Russell Baker

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy. – Roger Baldwin

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. – Marion Barry

Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing. – Bernard Baruch

The accursed power which stands on Privilege (And goes with Women, and Champagne, and Bridge) Broke – and Democracy resumed her reign: (Which goes with Bridge, and Women and Champagne). – Hilaire Belloc

Take our politicians: they’re a bunch of yo-yos. The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of cliches the first prize. – Saul Bellow

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

Pakistan was once called the most allied ally of the United States. We are now the most nonallied. – Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others. – Ambrose Bierce

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. – Ambrose Bierce

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Standing, standing, standing – why do I have to stand all the time? That is the main characteristic of social Washington. – Daniel J. Boorstin

As you make your bed, so you must lie in it. – Daniel J. Boorstin

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be. – Daniel J. Boorstin

People cut themselves off from their ties of the old life when they come to Los Angeles. They are looking for a place where they can be free, where they can do things they couldn’t do anywhere else. – Tom Bradley

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

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable. – Louis D. Brandeis

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. – Edmund Burke

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least. – Robert Byrne

Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future. – Jimmy Carter

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters. – Fidel Castro

The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong. – Fidel Castro

Television is democracy at its ugliest. – Paddy Chayefsky

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face. – Jacques Chirac

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. – Winston Churchill

We didn’t actually overspend our budget. The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure. – Frank A. Clark

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn’t want to give up power. – Arthur C. Clarke

If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking ‘Do you want fries with that?’ – John Cleese

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours. – Grover Cleveland

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it. – Clarence Darrow

Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don’t know what they are conserving. – Robertson Davies

I am not anti-American. But I am strongly pro-Canadian. – John G. Diefenbaker

The Liberals are the flying saucers of politics. No one can make head nor tail of them and they never are seen twice in the same place. – John G. Diefenbaker

A billion here and a billion there, and soon you’re talking about real money. – Everett Dirksen

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance. – William O. Douglas

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith. – John Foster Dulles

Beguiled by George S. Bush’s easy smile and casual indifference to the details, we are on the brink of electing him to office. This isn’t choosing a president, it’s casting the lead in a sitcom about the presidency. – Roger Ebert

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. – T. S. Eliot

If the United Nations is a country unto itself, then the commodity it exports most is words. – Esther B. Fein

I should have had a circuitous answer that was a non-answer. – Geraldine A. Ferraro

Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against. – W. C. Fields

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. – Milton Friedman

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. – Erich Fromm

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. – James William Fulbright

Truth is a tendency. – R. Buckminster Fuller

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value. – R. Buckminster Fuller

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. – R. Buckminster Fuller

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. – John Kenneth Galbraith

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. – Mohandas Gandhi

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale. – John W. Gardner

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred. – John W. Gardner

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. – Charles de Gaulle

In politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. – Charles de Gaulle

What do the nationalists say about killers punishing murderers and thieves sentencing looters? – Kahlil Gibran

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. – Kahlil Gibran

I always voted at my party’s call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all. – William Gilbert

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. – Newt Gingrich

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. – William E. Gladstone

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. – Arnold H. Glasow

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. – Emma Goldman

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action. – Emma Goldman

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

In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it’s a sport. – Dick Gregory

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. – Martin L. Gross

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. – Alexander Hamilton

Politics, n: Poly “many” + tics “blood-sucking parasites” – Larry Hardiman

There is always some fig leaf being used. – Gary Hart

I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot. – Gary Hart

What luck for rulers, that men do not think. – Adolf Hitler

Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues. – Thomas Hobbes

Justice is incidental to law and order. – J. Edgar Hoover

The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office. – Herbert Hoover

We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody. – J. Edgar Hoover

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. – Kin Hubbard

Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society. – Pope John Paul II

My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised. – Jesse Jackson

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. – Thomas Jefferson

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. – Thomas Jefferson

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor. – Lady Bird Johnson

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms. – Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Most of us are honest all the time, and all of us are honest most of the time. – Charles McC Mathias, Jr.

I cannot help but wonder whether, by continuing and expanding the school lunch program, we aren’t witnessing, if not encouraging, the slow demise of yet another American tradition: the brown bag. Perhaps we are beholding yet another break in the chain that links child to home. – Charles McC Mathias, Jr.

My brother Bob doesn’t want to be in government – he promised Dad he’d go straight. – John F. Kennedy

Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes. – Robert Kennedy

Frankly, I don’t mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is. – Edward Kennedy

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. – Nikita Khrushchev

I was a woman in a man’s world. I was a Democrat in a Republican administration. I was an intellectual in a world of bureaucrats. I talked differently. This may have made me a bit like an ink blot. – Jeane J. Kirkpatrick

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. – Henry A. Kissinger

If you don’t like the President, it costs you 90 bucks to fly to Washington to picket. If you don’t like the Governor, it costs you 60 bucks to fly to Albany to picket. If you don’t like me, 90 cents. – Edward Koch

If you seek violence, we will seek to put you in jail. – Edward Koch

I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish – occasionally I do windows. – Edward Koch

The art of creation is older than the art of killing. – Edward Koch

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

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. – Oscar Levant

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. – A. J. Liebling

They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men. – Clare Boothe Luce

The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face. – Clare Boothe Luce

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. – Neal Barnard, M.D.

Many politicians are in the habit of laying 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. – Thomas B. Macaulay

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

You can hardly say boo to a goose in the House of Commons now without cries of “Ungentlemanly,” “Not fair” and all the rest. – Harold MacMillan

If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers. – Nelson Mandela

When they see me holding fish, they can see that I am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers. – Imelda Marcos

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