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Politics quotes (62)

Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.
Barry M. Goldwater   Category: Politics

The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.
Reinhold Niebuhr   Category: Politics

Perhaps myself the first at some expense of popularity to unfold the true character of Jefferson it is too late for me to become his apologist. Nor can I have any disposition to do it. I admit that his politics are tinctured with fanaticism that he is too much in earnest in his democracy that he has been a mischievous enemy to the principle measures of our past administration that he is crafty & persevering in his objects that he is not scrupulous about the means of success nor very mindful of truth and that he is a contemptible hypocrite.
Alexander Hamilton   Category: Politics

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

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
John Dalberg Lord Acton   Category: Politics

There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.
Lionel Trilling   Category: Politics

SORCERY n. The ancient prototype and forerunner of political influence. It was however deemed less respectable and sometimes was punished by torture and death.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: Politics

Almost everywhere political secularization was accompanied at length by a general decrease in religious observance. Theological matters ceased to be if they had ever genuinely been the main interest of the people. This does not mean that religion died out: far from it. But it became the interest not of the whole but of a section of the people. The Church instead of being a recognized ruling authority became what its Founder said it was a little yeast in a large lump of dough. In some countries it barely maintained the right to exist; in others it had to adapt its methods to new conditions. But wherever possible it has continued openly to pursue the same ends and has not ceased to declare what it believes to be the will of God even in the political sphere. Indeed we may recognize a gain in the new situation. What it could once do by authority it now seeks to do by persuasion.
J. W. C. Wand   Category: Politics

Politics have no relation to morals.
Niccolo Machiavelli   Category: Politics

Public life is regarded as the crown of a career and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
Sir John Buchan   Category: Politics

A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.
Georges Pomidou   Category: Politics

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
Henry Cate VII   Category: Politics

When you are in any contestyou should work as if there wereto the very last minutea chance to lose it. This is battleThis is politicsThis is anything.
General Dwight David Eisenhower   Category: Politics

It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isnt in flames that there are people in the country besides politicians entertainers and criminals.
Charles Kuralt   Category: Politics

Politicians should read science fiction not westerns and detective stories.
Arthur C. Clarke   Category: Politics

Wed all vote for the best man but hes never a candidate.
Will Rogers   Category: Politics

The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Politics

Politics as a practice whatever its professions has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Henry B. Adams   Category: Politics

Sir I think all Christians whether Papists or Protestants agree in the essential articles and that their differences are trivial and rather political than religious.
Dr. Samuel Johnson   Category: Politics

The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
General William C. Westmoreland   Category: Politics

The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe with a conviction based on experience that you can fool all of the people all of the time.
Franklin Pierce Adams   Category: Politics

Now I know what a statesman is; hes a dead politician. We need more statesmen.
Bob Edwards   Category: Politics

Politics is the art of the possible.
Otto von Bismark   Category: Politics

Practical politics consists of ignoring facts.
Henry Brooks Adams   Category: Politics

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.
Wendell Phillips   Category: Politics

I think that all good right thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that all good right thinking people in this country are fed up with being told that all good right thinking people in this country are fed up with being sick and tired. Im certainly not and Im sick and tired of being told that I am.
Monty Python   Category: Politics

... in politics nothing is accidental. If something happens be assured it was planned this way.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Politics

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
Henry Alfred Kissinger   Category: Politics

The best politics is right action.
Mahatma Gandhi   Category: Politics

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 Wilson Reagan   Category: Politics

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
Mao Tse-Tung   Category: Politics

Politics is not the art of the posssible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
John Kenneth Galbraith   Category: Politics

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
Richard Milhouse Nixon   Category: Politics

He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they are not so well governed as they ought to be shall never want attentive and favorable hearers.
Richard Hooker   Category: Politics

History has been kinder to Churchill than many of his contemporaries ever were. Some may be surprised to learn that the following luminary from the field of science-fiction had anything political to say at all: Winston Churchill the present would-be British Fuehrer is a person with a range of ideas limited to the adventures and opportunities of British political life. He has never given evidence of thinking extensively or of any scientific or literary capacity.... His ideology picked up in the garrison life of India on the reefs of South Africa the maternal home and the conversation of wealthy Conservative households is a pitiful jumble of incoherent nonsense. A boy scout is better equipped. He has served his purpose and it is high time he retired upon his laurels before we forget the debt we owe him....
Herbert George Wells   Category: Politics

I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious in order to advance the political career of my husband.
Pat Nixon   Category: Politics

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
Lester B. Pearson   Category: Politics

Good politics are often inextricably intertwined.
Morris Udall   Category: Politics

Politics is not an exact science ... but an art.
Otto von Bismarck   Category: Politics

I don't care to be involved in the crash landing unless I can be in on the take off.
Harold Stassen   Category: Politics

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city it might be better to change the locks.
Doug Larson   Category: Politics

If there's anything a public servant hates to do it's something for the public.
Frank McKinney Kin Hubbard   Category: Politics

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
Henry A. Kissinger   Category: Politics

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
Robert Louis Stevenson   Category: Politics

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.
Henry Louis Mencken   Category: Politics

... Political society exists for the sake of noble actions and not of mere companionship.
Aristotle   Category: Politics

A politician thinks of the next election a statesman of the next generation.
James Freeman Clarke   Category: Politics

Politics are a lousy way for a free man to get things done. Politics are like Gods infinite mercy a last resort.
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In politics it is necessary either to betray ones country of the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle   Category: Politics

My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politicians car.
Larry Hagman   Category: Politics

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Henry Kissinger   Category: Politics

Sooner Id try to change history than turn political than try convincing others to write letters or to vote or to march or to do something they didnt already feel like doing.
Richard David Bach   Category: Politics

When youve spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment... its exciting to have a real crisis on your hands.
Margaret Hilda Thatcher   Category: Politics

A party of order or stability and a party of progress or reform are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
John Stuart Mill   Category: Politics

There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics for we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Politics

All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
James Reston   Category: Politics

Politics is the art of looking for trouble finding it everywhere diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Groucho Marx   Category: Politics

Politics is the art of looking for trouble finding it whether it exists or not diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy.
Ernest Benn   Category: Politics

A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
Adlai Ewing Stevenson   Category: Politics

The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.
Unknown   Category: Politics

A man who is not interested in politics is not doing his patriotic duty toward maintaining the constitution of the United States.
Harry S. Truman   Category: Politics

Politics is for people who have a passion for changing life but lack a passion for living it.
Thomas Eugene (Tom) Robbins   Category: Politics