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Quotes About Politics - Political Quotes

Updated on November 01, 2014

Political Quotes

"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


"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." ~ John F. Kennedy


“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.” ~Mark Twain


"People really don’t care if politicians attack each other with untrue stories. They figure if you don’t want to get hurt, you shouldn’t have filed for office. They figure whatever happens to us, our lives will be better than theirs." ~ Bill Clinton


"Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason." ~José Maria de Eça de Queiroz


"I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office." Andrew Jackson


“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.


"In politics, it's what isn't said that matters." ~K.J. Parker


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


"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." ~Alexander Hamilton


"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt


"The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools?" ~Henrik Ibsen


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


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


“You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” ~Malcolm X


"Freedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point the 'Oh, I don't get involved in politics,' as if that makes someone cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable." ~Bill Maher


“The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.” ~Kurt Vonnegut


"Everybody knows politics is a contact sport." ~Barack Obama



"If you have sense enough to realize why flies gather around a restaurant, you should be able to appreciate why men run for office." ~Edgar Watson Howe


"We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate." ~Kin Hubbard


"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


“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” ~Groucho Marx


"The one thing our Founding Fathers could not foresee -- they were farmers, professional men, businessmen giving of their time and effort to an idea that became a country -- was a nation governed by professional politicians who had an interest in getting re-elected. They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then eagerly looking forward to getting back to the farm." ~Ronald Reagan


"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


"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


“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ~Thomas Jefferson


"For too long we've been told about "us" and "them." Each and every election we see a new slate of arguments and ads telling us that "they" are the problem, not "us." But there can be no "them" in America. There's only us." ~Bill Clinton



"I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough." ~Claire Sargent


"Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote." ~William E. Simon


"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


"Politics have not relation to morals." ~Niccolo Machiavelli


“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ~Mahatma Gandhi


"Politics is not an end, but a means. It is not a product, but a process. It is the art of government. Like other values it has its counterfeits. So much emphasis has been placed upon the false that the significance of the true has been obscured and politics has come to convey the meaning of crafty and cunning selfishness, instead of candid and sincere service." ~Calvin Coolidge


"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 clichés the first prize." ~Saul Bellow


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


“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” ~Ayn Rand


"The only motive that can keep politics pure is the motive of doing good for one's country and its people." ~Henry Ford


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


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


“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.” ~Richelle Mead


"When you take a stand out of deep conviction, people know. They may not even agree, but they ask, "Do I want someone who is willing to take a hard stand and someone I can trust to do that when the chips are down?" They want that." ~Barbara Boxer


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


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


“The first duty of a man is to think for himself” ~Jose Marti


"Politics determine who has the power, not who has the truth." ~Paul Krugman


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


"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." ~Emma Goldman


“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” ~George Burns


"An independent is a guy who wants to take the politics out of politics." ~Adlai Stevenson


"George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles." ~Author Unknown


"One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are." ~Cal Thomas


“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” ~John F. Kennedy


"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country." ~Margaret Thatcher


"Truth is not determined by majority vote." ~Doug Gwyn



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


“If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal", then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” ~ John F. Kennedy


"If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." John F. Kennedy


"An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. "~George Eliot


"America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration." ~Warren G. Hardin


“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.” ~ Karl Marx


"The world is a dangerous place to live - not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don't do anything about it." ~Albert Einstein


"We have, I fear, confused power with greatness." ~Stewart Udall


"Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing." ~Bernard Baruch


“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” ~Edward R. Murrow


"Politics is a field where action is one long second best and where the choice constantly lies between two blunders." ~John Morley


"Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel." ~John Quinton


"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." ~Aesop


“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


"Politics is the gizzard of society, full of gut and gravel." ~Henry David Thoreau


"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


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


“You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.” ~Jon Stewart


"In academic life you seek to state absolute truths; in politics you seek to accommodate truth to the facts around you." ~Pierre Elliott Trudeau


"The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning." ~Adlai Stevenson


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


“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” ~Winston Churchill


"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

"I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them." ~Adlai Stevenson


"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 as a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago, and a racist today." ~Thomas Sowell


“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” ~Douglas Adams


"I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interests." ~Aneurin Bevan


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


“I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.” ~Ronald Reagan


"Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important." ~Eugene McCarthy


"There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen. "~Author Unknown


“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” ~Thomas Jefferson


"Did you ever see that painting the Mona Lisa. It always reminds me of a reporter listening to a politician." ~Robert Orben



"I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." ~Charles de Gaulle


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


"A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman, of the next generation." ~James Freeman Clarke


"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


"Politics, n: [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"]" ~Larry Hardiman


"How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?" ~Author Unknown


"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


“One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government.” ~Ron Paul


“Every politician has a promising career. Unfortunately, most of them do not keep those promises.” ~Jarod Kintz


"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” ~ Patrick Henry


“In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.” ~Peter Stone


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