I don’t know about politics so much. I’m a professional athlete.
In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions.
The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
Man is by nature a political animal.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
The intersection of law, politics, and technology is going to force a lot of good thinking.
Globalisation has made us more vulnerable. It creates a world without borders, and makes us painfully aware of the limitations of our present instruments, and of politics, to meet its challenges.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
I think people involved in politics make good actors. Acting and politics both involve fooling people. People like being fooled by actors. When you get right down to it, they probably like being fooled by politicians even more. A skillful actor will make you think, but a skillful politician will make you never have to think.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
All people are born alike – except Republicans and Democrats.
When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when anti-racism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other, and both interests lose.
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.
My childhood, adolescence and high school days are unusually important. If there has ever been a time that I developed a uniqueness and sense of humor and the ability to organize, it was then. In those early days, I developed the skills that gave me a certain degree of success in American politics.
Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
Globalization and trade liberalization were supposed to make us all better off through the mechanism of trickle-down economics. What we seemed to be seeing instead was trickle-up economics, accompanied by a destruction of democratic politics, as we moved ever closer to a system of ‘one dollar, one vote’ as opposed to ‘one person, one vote.’
High levels of economic inequality lead to imbalances in political power, as those at the top use their economic weight to shape our politics in ways that give them more economic power.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
The first resistance to social change is to say it’s not necessary.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.
The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
Part of the core information that I’ve been purveying is that identity politics is a sick game. You don’t play racial, ethnic, and gender identity games. The Left plays them on behalf of the oppressed, let’s say, and the Right tends to play them on behalf of nationalism and ethnic pride. I think they’re equally dangerous.
We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms.
No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy.
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.
I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
Politics is the art of the possible.
My brother Bob doesn’t want to be in government – he promised Dad he’d go straight.
A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt.
In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
People have come to me for my opinion since ‘October Baby.’ But, hey, look, I’m an actor who is very fortunate to be in a movie that’s making wonderful noise, and hopefully helping parents and children to be a little closer. Leave me alone. I’m not talking about politics. I’m just trying to have a conversation with my own kids.
But only ‘rich’ people by definition have the ‘extra’ money to buy things and invest to create economic growth. Do we really want to tax that ‘extra’ money away – and give it to the government to spend? Does that make any economic sense outside of politics and our emotional desire to make everyone suffer equally through these tough times?
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Human rights, race relations, gender politics, health care, and foreign policy – it’s a lot to keep track of, and yet all of these things affect us in our daily lives. Making sense of everything requires meticulous unpacking of feelings, delicate navigation of social norms, and a community of love to help along the way.
What I’m asking for is hard. It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future.
The Kingdom is the love of God prevailing in politics, in business, in government, in media. It is all the impact of the laws of God creating a social environment where the strong help the weak, where those who have give to those who don’t. It’s a society where relationships are built on love.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
Let’s just do what is right for the American people. And those of us who are involved in politics and government know that our responsibility is to the American people, that we have a responsibility to find our common ground, to seek it and to find it.
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.
We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
The largest party in America, by the way, is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It’s the party of non-voters.
Martial arts is self-growth. It’s artistic impression. It’s self-defense… it doesn’t have any place in politics.
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
Optimism is the ultimate definition of a leader. A leader has to look optimistically at what is ahead while not ignoring the challenges that must be overcome. Those challenges are in government, politics, world leadership, and even in community life.
Competition, by itself, always leads to cheating by the powerful, who try to establish pyramids of power, like feudalism. Yet, competition is the great creative force! So how do we save it from its own contradictions? By cooperation! By cooperating with each other, via politics, to make rules and prevent cheating, so that competition can thrive!
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
I am humble Abraham Lincoln. I have been solicited by my friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
When politics is no longer a mission but a profession, politicians become more self-serving than public servants.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.
Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
The unique thing about our country is that we have Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, and people of all other religions. We have temples and mosques, gurdwaras and churches. But we do not bring all this into politics… This is the difference between India and Pakistan.
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
My politics are of a practical kind – the integrity of the country, the supremacy of the Federal government, an honorable peace, or none at all.
Political correctness – the rigging of politics using different rules for different groups, and buttressed by the media – ensures that Democrats always have the upper hand.
I am a teacher. It’s how I define myself. A good teacher isn’t someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed. That’s the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it’ll have to do a lot with teaching.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
We have been educated into believing someone else’s concept of the deity, and someone else’s standard of beauty. You have the right to practice any religion and politics in a way that best suits your freedom, your dignity, and your understanding. And once you do that, you don’t apologize.
I hate all politics. I don’t like either political party. One should not belong to them – one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.
I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.
The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
There are those who would draw a sharp line between power politics and a principled foreign policy based on values. This polarized view – you are either a realist or devoted to norms and values – may be just fine in academic debate, but it is a disaster for American foreign policy. American values are universal.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
The British Empire passed quickly and with less humiliation than its French and Dutch counterparts, but decades later, the vicious politics of partition still seems to define India and Pakistan.
Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.
War is the continuation of politics by other means.
There is probably a perverse pride in my administration… that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.
So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died, I felt like I had lost a limb.
If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.
Politics have no relation to morals.
I believe in an India of pluralism and diversity, not of religious bigotry and caste politics. I believe in an India that is secure in itself and confident of its place in the world, an India that is a proud example of tolerance, freedom and hope for the downtrodden.
People say satire is dead. It’s not dead; it’s alive and living in the White House.
No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action.
The new freedom of expression brought by the Internet goes far beyond politics. People relate to each other in new ways, posing questions about how we should respond to people when all that we know about them is what we have learned through a medium that permits all kinds of anonymity and deception.
The secret of getting things done is to act!
As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women’s issues, in bringing down the population growth rate… as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension – that of a mother.
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.
It’s the sad thing about entertainment: it’s not always about who is the best. Jake The Snake had a horrible time playing politics. I never had a belt; didn’t need one. They tried to put me against Hogan twice, but when the people chanted for me, when they chanted for the DDT, that was the end of that. They couldn’t ruin their marketing.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows – marriage does.
I guess probably in my time in politics, it continued to be affirmed to me that the African-American community, despite being subscription television’s most valuable customers, they are very underserved by cable and satellite television programming options.
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.
I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something.
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
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.
The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
Do you know who the real hypocrite is? It’s the federal government and the Justice Department. It’s a fraud; it’s a lie. They have no interest in the education of black children. They are only interested in the politics of it.
The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
I like to see myself as a bridge builder, that is me building bridges between people, between races, between cultures, between politics, trying to find common ground.
It’s important that we start conversations about changing the culture of sexual harassment and discrimination in politics, state capitols, and our larger communities with an acknowledgment of the courage of so many women who have chosen to speak up and speak out.
Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.
A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.
Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.
Our articles of confederation ought to be revised and measures immediately taken to invigorate the Continental Union. Depend upon it: there lies the danger for America. This last stroke is wanting, and unless the states be strongly bound to each other, we have to fear from British and, indeed, from European politics.
Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
China’s republican politics is like a child who just started schooling. He must have a good teacher and be surrounded by good friends. By the same token, the Chinese people, new to the republican politics, must be educated properly. The revolutionary government should be the people’s tutor to impart advanced awareness and experience.
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.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
Unity in faith is theocracy; unity in politics is fascism.
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.
People are just trying to work their jobs, raise their families, discipline their kids, and have a good life… Politics has just become like bad weather. And they deserve clear skies.
I just feel like I’m a very lucky person to have a new life outside of politics.
Genocide is not just a murderous madness; it is, more deeply, a politics that promises a utopia beyond politics – one people, one land, one truth, the end of difference. Since genocide is a form of political utopia, it remains an enduring temptation in any multiethnic and multicultural society in crisis.
If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
When you get together in a group, it becomes like a family, with the different personalities and the politics that comes with being in a band. It’s different than bringing something in by yourself.
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people’s struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.
One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Politics 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.
Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it’s all about what’s good for the party and not necessarily what’s good for the country.
If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
Hatred, anger, and violence can destroy us: the politics of polarization is dangerous.
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
One baby is a patient baby, and waits indefinitely until its mother is ready to feed it. The other baby is an impatient baby and cries lustily, screams and kicks and makes everybody unpleasant until it is fed. Well, we know perfectly well which baby is attended to first. That is the whole history of politics.
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.