A famous Frenchman once said, War has become far too important to
entrust to the generals. Today, business, I think, should be saying:
Politics have become far too important to entrust to the politicians.
A hungry child knows no politics.
A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most
of it accurate.
A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything
real on real issues.
A week is a long time in politics.
All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies,
evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.
All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
All politics is a matter of working hard without reward, or with a
living wage for a time, in the hope of booty later.
All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four
words in politics are "up to a point."
-George F. Will
Although He is regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in
American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The
same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these
three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get
ready to change the government, they can change it.
Americans have a tendency to think the problem with politics lies with
their candidates and not themselves. The truth is Americans deserve the
blame for the state of our politics and the state of our media.
An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.
E. Stevenson II
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.
Engineering is the implementation of science; politics is the
implementation of faith.
Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.
Everything is politics.
Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in
politics gets you oblivion.
-Richard M. Nixon
For the first time in history, the human species as a whole has gone
into politics. Everyone is in the act, and there is no telling what may
come of it.
I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to
make the team.
I don't know a lot about politics, but I can recognize a good party man
when I see one.
I don't take art as seriously as politics.
I hate all bungling as I do sin, but particularly bungling in politics,
which leads to the misery and ruin of many thousands and millions of
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is
ever inhibited by ignorance.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study
mathematics and philosophy.
I reject the cynical view that politics is inevitably, or even usually,
a dirty business.
-Richard M. Nixon
I seldom think of politics more than 18 hours a day.
I wasn't involved in politics at all- until about the age of four.
I'm afraid the Constitution doesn't say anything about the separation of
church and politics.
-Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
I'm not so much interested in politics as I am in overthrowing the
I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your
friends will kill you.
Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the
bow of idealism.
Ideas matter in American politics, but results matter more.
If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town
because of [chasing women] and drinking, you'd have no government.
If you doubt that it is stinky personality that is the driving force
behind conservative politics, look back to your pre-political youth. A
dollar to a doughnut everyone of those childhood friends and
acquaintances who was an asshole then is a conservative today.
If you ever injected truth into politics you'd have no politics.
In America the absence of honest passion is a distinguishing feature of
both professional wrestling and politics.
In nature, stupidity gets you killed. In the workplace, it gets you
fired. In politics, it gets you re-elected.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the
electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
-Charles de Gaulle
In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible
power. The unwise destroy themselves in resistance. The skillful accept
events, take strong hold of them and direct them.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
In politics you can't be true to all of your friends all of the time.
In politics you have no friends, only allies.
-John F. Kennedy
In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that
you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on
you like wolves.
In politics, a community of hatred is almost always the foundation of
-Alexis de Tocqueville
In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours.
Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.
In politics, an absurdity is not an impediment.
In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything
done, ask a woman.
In politics, nothing is contemptible.
In politics, nothing is permanent and, therefore, nothing is too late.
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.
Instant analysis is the occupational disease. There are no smokestacks,
there's no black lung. Politics is the only industry.
It is known, however, that men enter local politics solely as a result
of being unhappily married.
-C. Northcote Parkinson
It is, therefore, a just political maxim, that every man must be
supposed a knave: Though at the same time, it appears somewhat strange,
that a maxim should be true in politics, which is false in fact.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean
politics won't take an interest in you.
Let me tell you, sisters, seeing dried egg on a plate in the morning is
a lot dirtier than anything I've had to deal with in politics.
Liberal comes from the Latin liberalis, which means pertaining to a free
man. In politics, to be liberal is to want to extend democracy through
change and reform. One can see why the word had to be erased from our
Loyalty in politics was simply devotion to the side which a man
conceives to be his side, and which he cannot leave without danger to
Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces.
My political life has been informed by the view that if there was any
truth to religion there wouldn't really be any need for politics.
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
Nowadays almost every business is like show business, including
politics, which has become more like show business than show business is.
Of course politics is an interesting and engrossing thing. It offers no
immutable laws, nearly always prevaricates, but as far as blather and
sharpening the mind go, it provides inexhaustible material.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you
end up being governed by your inferiors.
People who are wise, good, smart, skillful, or hardworking don't need
politics, they have jobs.
Politics and prostitution have to be the only jobs where inexperience is
considered a virtue. In what other profession would you brag about not
Politics and the shape of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and
without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don't concern
themselves with politics.
Politics are a lousy way for a free man to get things done. Politics
are, like God's infinite mercy, a last resort.
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war,
you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
Politics are not the task of a Christian.
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.
Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and practice
cannot be separated, and the sciences depend upon their separation.
Politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth.
Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get
Politics have no relation to morals.
Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are
fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that
others are wrong.
Politics is about compromises... really stupid compromises.
Politics is about who wins and loses. The rest is of marginal interest.
Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in
the intellectual and moral capacity of the public.
Politics is applesauce.
Politics is applied biology.
Politics is developing more comedians than radio ever did.
Politics is how you live your life, not whom you vote for.
Politics is just like show business, you have a hell of an opening,
coast for a while and then have a hell of a close.
Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.
Politics is like a race horse. A good jockey must know how to fall with
the least possible damage.
Politics is like the bumper cars at the amusement park. It's a delusion
to think that by refusing to move, you can protect yourself from being
-Unattributed (From The Weekly Standard)
Politics is like the stock market: it's a bad business for people who
can't afford to lose.
-Richard M. Nixon
Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards,
if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between
the disastrous and the unpalatable.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Politics is show business for ugly people.
Politics is the art of controlling your environment.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists
or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs
which properly concern them.
Politics is the business of getting power and privilege without
Politics is the conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign
funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
Politics is the only field of human endeavor where the more experience
you have, the worse you get.
Politics is the pursuit of trivial men who, when they succeed at it,
become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
-George J. Nathan
Politics is the science of urgencies.
Politics is the science of who gets what, when, and why.
Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
-Lester B. Pearson
Politics isn't about left versus right; it's about top versus bottom.
Politics should be limited in scope to war, protection of property, and
the occasional precautionary beheading of a member of the ruling class.
Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation
of the individual through the education of his passions.
Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the
-Richard M. Nixon
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the
systematic organization of hatreds.
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned
with right or left instead of right or wrong.
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
Politics: the art of keeping as many balls as possible up in the air at
one time- while protecting your own.
Politics: where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be candidates
themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage.
Practical politics consists of ignoring facts.
Real politics are the possession and distribution of power.
Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say
definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on
using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very
Son, in politics you've got to learn that overnight chicken sh*t can
turn to chicken salad.
-Lyndon B. Johnson
Statesmanship is harder than politics. Politics is the art of getting
along with people, whereas statesmanship is the art of getting along
The central conservative truth is that is it culture, not politics, that
determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that
politics can change a culture and save it from itself.
The difference between politics and baseball is that in baseball, when
you get caught stealing, you're out.
The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of
-Theodore H. White
The great difficulty with politics is, that there are no established
The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who
took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest
politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the
prostitution of true religion.
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to
admit that each party is worse than the other.
The only thing worse than a silly politician analyzing art is a silly
artist analyzing politics.
The ordinary politician has a very low estimate of human nature. In his
daily life he comes into contact chiefly with persons who want to get
something or to avoid something. Beyond this circle of seekers after
privileges, individuals and organized minorities, he is aware of a large
unorganized, indifferent mass of citizens who ask nothing in particular
and rarely complain. The politician comes after a while to think that
the art of politics is to satisfy the seekers after favors and to
mollify the inchoate mass with noble sentiments and patriotic phrases.
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
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.
The word "politics" is derived from the word "poly," meaning "many," and
the word "ticks," meaning "blood sucking parasites."
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.
There are corrupting influences on religion and politics, and those who
practice them in the name of religion or in the name of the Republican
Party or in the name of America shame our faith, our party, and our
There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and
waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water.
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
There are two fundamental problems in American politics. The first is
that most Americans do not believe that elected officials represent
their interests. The second is that they are correct.
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is
not capable; for in politics there is no honor.
Things get very lonely in Washington sometimes. The real voice of the
great people of America sometimes sounds faint, and sometimes sounds
distant in that strange city. You hear politics until you wish that both
parties were smothered in their own gas.
This is quite a game, politics. There are no permanent enemies, and no
permanent friends, only permanent interests.
Those against politics are in favor of the politics inflicted upon them.
Those people who treat politics and morality separately will never
understand either of them.
-Jean Jacques Rousseau
To do evil that good may come of it is for bunglers in politics as well
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
Tolerance is an admirable intellectual gift, but it is worth little in
Too often in politics, there are fallacious either/or arguments put up
as a justification or an excuse for an action or view which is skewed in
such a way as too suggest that there is only one acceptable choice.
Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics.
Trying to take money out of politics is like trying to take jumping out
War is nothing more than the continuation of politics by other means.
We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
What art needs is greater men, and what politics needs is better men.
What's real in politics is what the voters decide is real.
When a politician starts preaching, I tend to react the same way as when
a preacher starts talking politics. I become very, very wary.
When a thing defies physical law, there's usually politics involved.
When I die, I want to be buried in Chicago, so I can still be active in
When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take
When politics and religion are intermingled, a people is suffused with a
sense of invulnerability, and gathering speed in their forward charge,
they fail to see the cliff ahead of them.
When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe
nothing can stand in their way.
When you get into politics, you find that all your worst nightmares
about it turn out to be true, and the people who are attracted to large
concentrations of power are precisely the ones who should be kept as far
away from it as possible.
Without alienation, there can be no politics.
You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to.
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