Political Quotes


We have the best politicians that money can buy
Edward Abbey 1927-1989
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatred
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts
Henry Brooks Adams 1838-1918
The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time
Franklin Pierce Adams 1881-1960
To enjoy a good reputation, give publicly and steal privately
Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] 1818-1885
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake
In policits stupidity is not a handicap
Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821
Sometimes the best way to be useful is to get out of somebody's way
Success for some people, depends on becoming well-known; for others, it depends on never being found out
My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating
Ashleigh Brilliant [Ashleigh Warren] 1933
An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought
Simon Cameron 1799-1889
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more
Albert Camus 1913-1960
Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money
That's why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups
George Carlin 1937-2008
I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees
G.K. Chesterton 1874-1936
An unjust peace is better than a just war
Marcus Tillius Cicero 106-43 BC
I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top
Frank Moore Colby 1865-1925
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step
Denis Diderot 1713-1784
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy
Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them
Umberto Eco 1932-
Evil triumphs when good people do nothing
The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed
To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind
Generations to come will find it difficult to believe that a man such as Gandhi ever walked the face of this earth
Albert Einstein 1879-1955
He was like a cock who thought that the sun had risen to hear him crow
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact
George Eliot [Mary Ann Cross] 1819-1880
Foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882
Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead
Half the truth is often a great lie
Well done is better than well said
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals
Benjamain Franklin 1706-1790
If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers
Frederick II, [Frederick the Great] 1712-1786
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 1869-1948
Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
Hermann Wilhelm Göring 1893-1946
In the end it may well be that Britain will be honoured by historians more for the way she disposed of an empire than for the way in which she acquired it
Lord Harlech [David Ormsby Gore] 1918-1985
Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them
Joseph Heller 1923-1999
Failure - The man who can tell others what to do and how to do it, but never does it himself
Live truth instead of professing it
Elbert Hubbard 1859-1915
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored
In the past, personal and political liberty depended to a considerable extent upon government inefficiency. The spirit of tyranny was always willing; but its organization and material equipment were generally weak. Progressive science and technology have changed all that completely
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy
The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human
What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood
Aldous Huxley 1884-1963
A nation is a society united by delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbours
The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot
William Ralph Inge (Dean Inge of St Paul's London) 1860-1954
Patriotism: The last refuge of the Scoundrel
Dr Samuel Johnson 1709-1784
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity
If we assume that mankind has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to was and destruction. In our day of space vehicles and guided ballistic missiles, the choice is wither nonviolence or nonexistence
Martin Luther King, Junior 1929-1968
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes
Stanley Kubrick 1928-1999
In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy
Fran Lebowitz 1950
While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State
Lenin [Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov] 1870-1924
You can fool all of the people all of the time, if the advertising is right, and the budget is big enough
Joseph E. Levine (American Film Producer) 1905-1987
I believe he [Ronald Reagan] can make this country what it once was - a large Arctic region covered with ice
Steve Martin 1945
Those are my principles. If you don't like them ............. I have others
I have nothing but confidence in you, and very little of that
There is one way to find out if a man is honest; ask him! If he says yes you know he's crooked
Groucho Marx 1890-1977
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in
George McGovern 1922
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom
The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favour of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office
Don't overestimate the decency of the human race
Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop
Adultery is the application of democracy to love
All government, of course, is against liberty
Most people want security in this world, not liberty
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule
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
Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods
I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone
The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under
Henry Louis Mencken 1880-1956
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
Michel de Montaigne 1533-1592
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts
Daniel Patrick Moynihan 1927-2003
The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces
Maureen Murphy 1952-2008
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home
No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves
Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions
Edward R. Murrow 1908-1965
We build too many walls and not enough bridges
Isaac Newton 1642-1727
  • A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies
  • Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen
    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche 1844-1900
    Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian
    Robert Orben 1927
    During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act
    Big Brother is watching you
    As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisment for Socialism is its adherents
    Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind
    Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac
    It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning
    The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them
    The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun
    George Orwell [Eric Blair] 1903-1950
    SUSAN: And then Jack chopped down what was the world's last beanstalk, adding murder and ecological terrorism to the theft, enticement and trespass charges already mentioned and all the giant's children didn't have a daddy any more. But he got away with it and lived happily ever after without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done. Which proves that you can be excused just about anything if you're a hero, because no one asks inconvenient questions
    Hogfather
    Terry Pratchett 1948
    The idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of _some_ individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others
    The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap
    Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lot of an empty mind
    Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives
    Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)
    The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws
    We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force
    A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims
    Ayn Rand 1905-1982
    People talk peace. But men give their life's work to war. It wont stop til there is as much brains and scientific study put to aid peace as there is to promote war
    Take diplomacy out of a war and the thing would fall flat in a week
    Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it
    We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others
    I dont care how little your country is, you got a right to run it like you want to. When the big nations quit meddling then the world will have peace
    Will Rogers 1879-1935
    Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it
    Old men are dangerous it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world
    Alcohol is a very necessary article. It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning
    A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul
    MENDOZA: I am a brigand: I live by robbing the rich
    TANNER: I am a gentleman: I live by robbing the poor
    George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
    I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world
    Socrates 469-399 BC
    The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it alone --- its ideologies and inventions --- which eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself
    Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and real diseases are useful material
    Susan Sontag 1933-2004
    I know why the sun never sets on the British Empire, God would never trust an Englishman in the dark
    Duncan Spaeth 1868-1954
    In the Soviet Army, it takes more courage to retreat than advance
    I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this - who will count the votes, and how
    Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach
    Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas
    The idea of a concentration camp is excellent
    Joseph Stalin 1879-1953
    In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take
    Adlai E. Stevenson
    The more corrupt the state, the more laws
    A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man
    Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable
    If you want to rule the whole World, does it follow that everyone else welcomes enslavement? To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name, 'freedom'. They make a wilderness and call it peace
    When monarchs through their bloodthirsty commanders lay waste a country, they dignify their atrocity by calling it 'Making Peace'
    Rumour does not always err; it sometimes even elects a man
    Cornelius Tacitus 56-117
    Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself
    I admire him [Cecil Rhodes], I frankly confess it; and when his time comes I shall buy a piece of the rope for a keepsake
    To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence
    All generalizations are false, including this one
    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society
    It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence to never practice either of them
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] 1835-1910
    Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business
    Paul Valéry 1871-1945
    [of Ronald Reagan] A triumph of the embalmer's art
    Gore Vidal 1925
    In this country we find it pays to shoot an admiral from time to time to encourage the others
    All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible
    It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere
    Voltaire 1694-1778
    As soon as men know that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame, they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles
    What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict
    Simone Weil 1909-1943
    Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time
    The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war
    EB White 1899-1985
    Politics: 'Poli' a Latin word meaning 'many'; and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'
    Robin Williams 1952
    Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it
    No nation is fit to sit in judgement upon any other nation
    Woodrow Wilson 1856-1924
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