POLITICS QUOTES V

quotations about politics

Everybody knows politics is a contact sport.

BARACK OBAMA, The New Yorker, May 31, 2004

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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, attributed, Wit and Wisdom of the American Presidents: A Book of Quotations

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It is not the principled partisan, however obnoxious he may seem to his opponents, who degrades our public debate, but the preening, self-styled statesman who elevates compromise to a first principle.

TOM DELAY, CNN, June 9, 2006

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The politician is a biped; but he is probably an aberrant form of hyena.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

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A politician is like quicksilver: if you try to put your finger on him, you find nothing under it.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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Politics has been called the "art of the possible," and it actually is a realm akin to art insofar as, like art, it occupies a creatively mediating position between spirit and life, the idea and reality.

THOMAS MANN, speech at the U. S. Library of Congress, May 29, 1945

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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, attributed, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War

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Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address to the people of the United States, September 17, 1796

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I do not believe that any work of art can help but be diminished by its adherence at any cost to a political program ... and not for any other reason than that there is no political program -- any more than there is a theory of tragedy -- which can encompass the complexities of real life.

ARTHUR MILLER, introduction, Collected Plays

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Maybe the critics are right. Maybe there's no escaping our great political divide, an endless clash of armies, and any attempts to alter the rules of engagement are futile. Or maybe the trivialization of politics has reached a point of no return, so that most people see it as just one more diversion, a sport, with politicians our paunch-bellied gladiators and those who bother to pay attention just fans on the sidelines: We paint our faces red or blue and cheer our side and boo their side, and if it takes a late hit or cheap shot to beat the other team, so be it, for winning is all that matters. But I don't think so.

BARACK OBAMA, The Audacity of Hope

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Fear, Craft and Avarice
Cannot rear a State.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Politics

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Well, it's always, though, safer in politics to avoid risk. To just kind of go along with the status quo. But I didn't get into government to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built. Politics isn't just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good.

SARAH PALIN, speech, August 29, 2008

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There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money ... and I can't remember what the other one is.

F. PAUL WILSON, Implant

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When you start looking for some politician's footprints on the sands of time, steer for the mudholes first.

ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs

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There is one class of men who from time to time have taken a keen and practical interest in the constitution of the Family, and they are the Statesmen. They have realized how intimately the welfare of the State depends upon the influence and nature of the Families from which it is constituted; and they have endeavoured that the State in turn should mould and influence the Family to its own purposes.

HELEN DENDY BOSANQUET, The Family

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Politics ... regarded as the study and pursuit of the true, enduring good of a community, as the application of great and unchangeable principles to public affairs, is a noble sphere of thought and action; but politics, in its common sense, or considered as the invention of temporary shifts, as the playing of a subtle game, as the tactics of party for gaining power and the spoils of office, and for elevating one set of men above another, is a paltry and debasing concern.

WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts

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A persistent theme in western thought has been the dream of a world without politics and without conflict. Is it possible to realize such a society, or is the political an irreplaceable aspect of what it is to be human? Many of the utopias which have infested the western imagination are indeed unpolitical places; all the tasks which were previously performed by politics are programmed by an invisible hand or by a supreme intelligence and require no further attention. But many of these utopias were envisioned as an outcome of politics, after which politics could be dispensed with.

ANDREW GAMBLE, Politics and Fate

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Politics is the ruination of the country. Elect me for life, then they won't have to cater to any interest. If you elect one party to power, why the other party don't do any useful work for the next 4 years, only try to work some scheme to get back in. But if they were elected for life they wouldn't have to worry. The minute a man knows he can't get a political job, he may turn to something useful. A business that's doing well don't change people every 4 years. A man don't no more than get into the White House and learn where the Ice Box is than he has to get out again, then he is never any good for hard work again.

WILL ROGERS, Will Rogers at the Ziegfeld Follies

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The statesman shears the sheep, the politician skins them.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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A cool blooded and crafty politician, when he would be thoroughly revenged on his enemy, makes the injuries which have been inflicted, not on himself, but on others, the pretext of his attack. He thus engages the world as a partisan in his quarrel, and dignifies his private hate, by giving it the air of disinterested resentment.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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