quotations about politics
We should make politicians dress like race car drivers -- when they get money, make them wear the company logos on their suit.
JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, October 2, 2009
In politics, when you're explaining, you're losing.
KEITH NAUGHTON, "Trump Has Not Changed Anything, Politics Is Still The Same", The Daily Caller, May 5, 2016
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.
Shrewd and crafty politicians, when they wish to bring about an unpopular measure, must not go straight forward to work, if they do they will certainly fail; and failures to men in power, are like defeats to a general, they shake their popularity. Therefore, since they cannot sail in the teeth of the wind, they must tack, and ultimately gain their object, by appearing at times to be departing from it.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
When a man once gets a start holding office, it is nearly always necessary to finally choke him off.
EDGAR WATSON HOWE, Country Town Sayings
I tell you folks, all politics is applesauce.
WILL ROGERS, The Illiterate Digest, 1924
We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight.
CALVIN COOLIDGE, Have Faith in Massachusetts
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, attributed, The Quotable Founding Fathers
It is a maxim, founded on the universal experience of mankind, that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest; and no prudent statesman or politician will venture to depart from it.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Henry Laurens, November 14, 1778
No one you'd really like to see in public office has the bad taste to run.
F. PAUL WILSON, Implant
Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, letter to Leonard V. Finder, January 22, 1948
The only way to reform a politician is to hang him.
ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims
When the country goes temporarily to the dogs, cats must learn to be circumspect, walk on fences, sleep in trees, and have faith that all this woofing is not the last word.
GARRISON KEILLOR, We Are Still Married
Politics is just show business for ugly people.
JAY LENO, attributed, Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
In politics the middle way is none at all.
JOHN ADAMS, letter to Horatio Gates, March 23, 1776
It takes a certain kind of man to be in politics--a small one.
CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers
There's just one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in Opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.
JOHN GALSWORTHY, Maid in Waiting
What good would politics be, if it didn't give everyone the opportunity to make moral compromises.
THOMAS MANN, The Magic Mountain
The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.
EMMA GOLDMAN, "Anarchism: What It Really Stands For", Anarchism and Other Essays
And so it is in politics, dear brother,
Each for himself alone, there is no other.
GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales