POLITICS QUOTES VIII

quotations about politics

A politician don't steal elections, he pays for 'em.

KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's

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In the hands of politicians grand designs achieve nothing but new forms of the old misery.

JOHN LE CARRÉ, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or, what is most important of all, the banker of the backer.

J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien

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Politics is about how many friends, not enemies, you can make.

BILL GINDLESPERGER, "Politics is about how many friends, not enemies, you can make", Public Opinion, May 6, 2016

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Politics is the art of trying to bring about the possible, the doable and achieving the most sensible elements of our mutually shared aspirations. It is in this sense that politics is much more than a necessary evil; it also can be a liberating activity and a necessary good.

THOMAS E. CRONIN, "Giving up on politics is not an option", The Denver Post, April 30, 2016

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It shouldn't be a bragging point that "Oh, I don't get involved in politics," as if that makes you somehow 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, When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden

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Politics is at the heart of a representative republic. It is to democracy what the experimental method is to physics, what melody is to music, what the imagination is to poetry.

THOMAS E. CRONIN, "Giving up on politics is not an option", The Denver Post, April 30, 2016

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An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.

SIMON CAMERON, attributed, Chronicles of America Series

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Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant.

HENRI QUEUILLE, The Bureaucrat

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If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.

DAVID FOSTER WALLACE, Up, Simba!

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All that I grasped was that to repeat what everybody else was thinking was, in politics, the mark not of an inferior but of a superior mind.

MARCEL PROUST, Within a Budding Grove

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That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion.

THOMAS HUXLEY, "Universities, Actual & Ideal"

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Guess what -- politics is hard. Even if you're a celebrity with an unparalleled ability to garner media attention, you can't just blow in to a process you've never participated in before, hire a bunch of people who don't have much experience in it either, believe that big rallies are a substitute for careful organizing, and think you're going to walk away with a victory.

PAUL WALDMAN, "Donald Trump is shocked to learn that politics is complicated", The Washington Post, April 13, 2016

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The politics of the unpolitical--these are the politics of those who desire to be pure in heart: the politics of men without personal ambition; of those who have not desires wealth or an unequal share of worldly possessions; of those who have always striven, whatever their race or condition, for human values and not for national or sectional interests. For our Western world, Christ is the supreme example of this unselfish devotion to the good of humanity, and the Sermon on the Mount is the source of all the politics of the unpolitical.

HERBERT READ, "The Politics of the Unpolitical", To Hell with Culture

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I happily concede that politics harbours the crooked, the mean-minded, the sanctimonious, the incompetent, and the just plain evil. This is only right and proper. Democracy is built on public representation of the totality of the population. The totality of any population has crooks, knaves, and fruit bats. Where would we be without them? We'd have a whole load of under-employed Pharisees, with nothing to look down on or to sanctimoniously sneer at.

TERRY PRONE, "So-called New Politics is the same old politics under a new name", Irish Examiner, May 2, 2016

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Sure, in our system of elections, politicians need to be ambitious and calculating -- calculating how they might win but, more important, how they can advance the public good. They have to have great courage to get up on the public stage and try to get our attention. Of course, some of what they do in a campaign is acting, posturing or showmanship. Politics is always an admixture of personal striving and deliberation over substantive policy differences.

THOMAS E. CRONIN, "Giving up on politics is not an option", The Denver Post, April 30, 2016

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Some folks do not understand that the root of politics is compromise and that happens best in an atmosphere of mutual respect. They believe politics is a dirty business. They throw mud, do not act ethically, out and out lie, bully and threaten others with whom they do not agree. I would argue that this is not politics but ignorance.

BILL GINDLESPERGER, "Politics is about how many friends, not enemies, you can make", Public Opinion, May 6, 2016

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When all three branches of government treat politics like a game or a reality show, they shouldn't be surprised when voters do as well.

ADAM BUTTON, "Suddenly politics is for serious people with serious ideas", Forex Live, May 6, 2016

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Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it and seeing it, to found one in himself. But whether it exists anywhere or ever exists is no matter; for this is the only commonwealth in whose politics he can ever take part.

PLATO, Republic

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I'll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. "I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs." "I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking." "Hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding out both puppets!"

BILL HICKS, Rant in E-Minor

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