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VoltairePolitics is the first of the arts and the last of the trades.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

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Stanislaw Jerzy LecPolitics: a race of Trojan horses.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

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AnonymousIn politics one comes with a brilliant future and leaves with a dark past.

—  Anonymous

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Jules RenardTo say: “I'm not concerned about politics,” it is like saying: “I'm not concerned about life”.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

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Paul ValeryPolitics is the art of stopping people from minding their own business.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

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Jean BaudrillardIt only takes a politician believing in what he says for others to stop believing in him.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

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Oscar LevantThe only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

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AristotleIt is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Margaret ThatcherIn politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

NapoleonKiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Frank TygerMost political speeches are unbelieveabull.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Vladimir LeninHonesty in politics is the result of strength; hypocrisy is the result of weakness.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

NapoleonIn politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Wallace Stanley SayreThe politics of the university are so intense because the stakes are so low.

—  Wallace Stanley Sayre, 1905-1972, American political scientist

Arthur ClarkeBecause politics is the science of the possible, it only appeals to second-rate minds. The first raters only interested in the impossible.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Winston ChurchillPolitics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

NapoleonIn politics, an absurdity is not an impediment.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

David Lloyd GeorgeWhat do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

NapoleonIn politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillStudy history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Otto von BismarckPolitics is not an exact science.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Otto von BismarckPolitics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Otto von BismarckNever believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Otto von BismarckPolitical judgment is the ability to hear the distant hoofbeats of the horse of history.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Karl MarxTo be radical is to grasp things by the root.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Albert EinsteinEquations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Friedrich NietzscheA politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

H.L. MenckenA good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

H.L. MenckenEvery election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

H.L. MenckenThe demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Laurence J PeterPolitical success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Mark TwainSuppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Ambrose BiercePolitics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Ambrose BierceOpposition, n. In politics the party that prevents the Government from running amok by hamstringing it.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Vladimir LeninPolitical institutions are a superstructure on the economic foundation.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

George OrwellA people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

TalleyrandPolitics is the systematic cultivation of hatred.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

TalleyrandAn important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Gore VidalBy the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Gore VidalHalf the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President — the same half?

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Ronald ReaganPolitics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganIf politics were a musical, it would be “Promises, Promises”.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganI've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganHow can a president not be an actor?

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Benjamin DisraeliI am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Benjamin DisraeliReal politics are the possession and distribution of power.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Fernando PessoaDeceiving himself well is the first quality of the statesman.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Charles de GaulleMen can have friends, statesmen cannot.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Charles de GaulleI have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Charles de GaulleIn politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Charles de GaulleIn order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Charles de GaulleSince a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Charles de GaulleI have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Métro.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

VoltaireThe public is a ferocious beast: one must chain it up or flee from it.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

G. K. ChestertonWhen a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Paul ValeryA politician is a hybrid of a dancer and an accountant.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Will DurantThe political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantIn philosophy, as in politics, the longest distance between two points is a straight line.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Umberto EcoIn the United States, politics is a profession, whereas in Europe it is a right and a duty.

—  Umberto Eco, 1932-2016, Italian writer

Karl KrausThe secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so they believe they are clever as he.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Jean Jacques RousseauThose people who treat politics and morality separately will never understand either of them.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Jean Jacques RousseauIt is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Lyndon JohnsonI seldom think of politics more than 18 hours a day.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

Dwight EisenhowerSome politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Dwight EisenhowerExtremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Harry TrumanMy choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Harry TrumanYou can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Harry TrumanThe difficulty with businessmen entering politics, after they've had a successful business career, is that they want to start at the top.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Harry TrumanA politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Arthur ClarkePoliticians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

George W. BushThe important question is, “how many hands have I shaked?”

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

Eleanor RooseveltOf course, I do not believe in having everyone who is a liberal called a communist, or everyone who is conservative called a fascist.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Franklin RooseveltPresidents are selected, not elected.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Franklin RooseveltIn politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

George Bernard ShawHe knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

David Lloyd GeorgeIf you want to succeed in politics you must keep your conscience firmly under control.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

Rutherford B. HayesHe serves his party best who serves the country best.

—  Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822-1893, American President [1877-1881]

Vladimir LeninThe best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

David Lloyd GeorgeYou cannot trust the interests of any class entirely to another class; and you cannot trust the interests of any sex to another sex.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

H.L. MenckenThe 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.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeIn politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher


Personal Stories

John KennedyWhen we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Lyndon JohnsonJack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

     (“Jack” being the president J.F. Kennedy)


Latin Quotes

Latin phraseThe voice of the people is the voice of God.

Vox populi, vox dei.

—  Latin phrase

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Funny Quotes

Rodney DangerfieldThe way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.

—  Rodney Dangerfield, 1924-2004, American comedian

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George CarlinIn America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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Mark TwainPoliticians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Ronald ReaganIt has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ronald ReaganI have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

George BurnsToo bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian


Stupid Quotes

Margaret ThatcherI don't think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

     (on “Val meets the V.I.P.s”, BBC, 5 March, 1973)


Ancient Greek

AristotleMan is by nature a political animal.

Ο άνθρωπος φύσει πολιτικόν ζώον.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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AntisthenesCities are doomed when they are unable to distinguish the great men from the bad.

Τότε τας πόλεις απόλλυσθαι, όταν μη δύνωνται τους φαύλους από των σπουδαίων διακρίνειν.

—  Antisthenes, 445-360 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

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