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A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.
Fawn M. Brodie
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Lord Byron
I have simplified my politics into an utter detestation of all existing governments; and, as it is the shortest and most agreeable and summary feeling imaginable, the first moment of an universal republic would convert me into an advocate for single and uncontradicted despotism. The fact is, riches are power, and poverty is slavery all over the earth, and one sort of establishment is no better, nor worse, for a people than another.
Lord Byron
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Away with the cant of ''Measures, not men!'' -- the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along. No, Sir, if the comparison must be made, if the distinction must be taken, men are everything, measures comparatively nothing.
George Canning
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Thomas Carlyle
Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence.
Thomas Carlyle
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If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.
John Jay Chapman
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Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.
John Jay Chapman
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Winston Churchill
Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain.
Winston Churchill
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Samuel Coleridge,
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.
Samuel Coleridge,
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Rome had Senators too, and that is why it declined.
Frank Dane
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Charles Dickens
The bright old day now dawns again; the cry runs through the land, in England there shall be dear bread -- in Ireland, sword and brand; and poverty, and ignorance, shall swell the rich and grand, so rally round the rulers with the gentle iron hand, of the fine old English Tory days; hail to the coming time!
Charles Dickens
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Barbara Ehrenreich
Heads of state are notoriously ill prepared for their mature careers; think of Adolf Hitler (landscape painter), Ho Chi Minh (seaman), and our own Ronald Reagan.
Barbara Ehrenreich
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Politics is a profession where the paths of glory lead but to the gravy.
Billy Boy Franklin
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A politician divides mankind into two classes; tools and enemies.
Fredrich
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William Hazlitt
A Whig is properly what is called a Trimmer -- that is, a coward to both sides of the question, who dare not be a knave nor an honest man, but is a sort of whiffing, shuffling, cunning, silly, contemptible, unmeaning negation of the two.
William Hazlitt
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Cant is always rather nauseating; but before we condemn political hypocrisy, let us remember that it is the tribute paid by men of leather to men of God, and that the acting of the part of someone better than oneself may actually commit one to a course of behavior perceptibly less evil than what would be normal and natural in an avowed cynic.
Aldous Huxley
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Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them.
Thomas Jefferson
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When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
Thomas Jefferson
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Lyndon B. Johnson
If you're I politics and you can't tell when you walk into a room who's for you and who's against you, then you're in the wrong line of work.
Lyndon B. Johnson
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Lyndon B. Johnson
Son, in politics you've got to learn that overnight chicken shit can turn to chicken salad.
Lyndon B. Johnson
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Samuel Johnson
Politics are now nothing more than means of rising in the world. With this sole view do men engage in politics, and their whole conduct proceeds upon it.
Samuel Johnson
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John F. Kennedy
Most of us are conditioned for many years to have a political viewpoint -- Republican or Democratic, liberal, conservative, or moderate. The fact of the matter is that most of the problems that we now face are technical problems, are administrative problems. They are very sophisticated judgments, which do not lend themselves to the great sort of passionate movements which have stirred this country so often in the past. [They] deal with questions which are now beyond the comprehension of most men.
John F. Kennedy
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Henry A. Kissinger
Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
Henry A. Kissinger
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He knows very little of mankind who expects, by any facts or reasoning, to convince a determined party man.
Johann Kaspar Lavater
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Abraham Lincoln
Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.
Abraham Lincoln
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Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular -- not whether it will work well and prove itself but whether the active talking constituents like it immediately. Politicians rationalize this servitude by saying that in a democracy public men are the servants of the people.
Walter Lippmann
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The chief element in the art of statesmanship under modern conditions is the ability to elucidate the confused and clamorous interests which converge upon the seat of government. It is an ability to penetrate from the nanve self-interest of each group to its permanent and real interest. Statesmanship consists in giving the people not what they want but what they will learn to want.
Walter Lippmann
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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.
Walter Lippmann
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W. Somerset Maugham
It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public.
W. Somerset Maugham
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A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
H.L. Mencken,
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