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politics quotes (177)

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Lord Acton   Category: Politics

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
Henry B. Adams   Category: Politics

In politics the middle way is none at all.
John Adams   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
Spiro T. Agnew   Category: Politics

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

The secret of getting things done is to act!
Dante Alighieri   Category: Politics

Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.
B. R. Ambedkar   Category: Politics

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Aristotle   Category: Politics

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
Aristotle   Category: 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   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.
Roger Nash Baldwin   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
Bernard Baruch   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

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

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

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.
Lewis Black   Category: Politics

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
Napoleon Bonaparte   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.
Daniel J. Boorstin   Category: Politics

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.
Daniel J. Boorstin   Category: Politics

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

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
Louis D. Brandeis   Category: Politics

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

You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.
Barbara Bush   Category: Politics

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Robert Byrne   Category: Politics

Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.
Jimmy Carter   Category: Politics

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

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
Fidel Castro   Category: Politics

The world is governed by opinion.
William Ellery Channing   Category: Politics

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
Paddy Chayefsky   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky   Category: Politics

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
Winston Churchill   Category: Politics

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
Winston Churchill   Category: Politics

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Winston Churchill   Category: Politics

We didn't actually overspend our budget. The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
Frank Howard Clark   Category: Politics

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

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   Category: Politics

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.
Grover Cleveland   Category: Politics

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
Clarence Darrow   Category: Politics

Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.
Robertson Davies   Category: Politics

In politics nothing is contemptible.
Benjamin Disraeli   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois.
Dick Durbin   Category: Politics

It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
Abba Eban   Category: Politics

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
Dwight D. Eisenhower   Category: Politics

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

Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.
W. C. Fields   Category: Politics

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
Milton Friedman   Category: Politics

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
Milton Friedman   Category: Politics

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
Milton Friedman   Category: Politics

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
Erich Fromm   Category: Politics

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
J. William Fulbright   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

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

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

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
John Kenneth Galbraith   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

When governments become large, voters cannot exercise close oversight, otherwise known as political power.
Maggie Gallagher   Category: Politics

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
John W. Gardner   Category: Politics

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   Category: Politics

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
Charles de Gaulle   Category: Politics

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Charles de Gaulle   Category: Politics

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles de Gaulle   Category: Politics

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Khalil Gibran   Category: Politics

I always voted at my party's call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
William Gilbert   Category: Politics