Topics - Politics


Quote 15A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
Quote 23A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an ...
Quote 70Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
Quote 110A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
Quote 115As you make your bed, so you must lie in it. - Daniel J. Boorstin
Quote 130A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
Quote 145Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
Quote 154A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
Quote 161Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
Quote 174Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
Quote 179An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
Quote 204A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
Quote 209Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
Quote 277All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what...
Quote 312A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
Quote 332After much prayerful consideration, I feel that I must say I have climbed my last political mountain.
Quote 336A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.
Quote 375Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
Quote 412Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.
Quote 419A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Quote 422Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
Quote 692Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Quote 719When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
Quote 1519You may think the President is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.
Quote 1879I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
Quote 2344It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
Quote 2904When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Quote 2909I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Quote 3037Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
Quote 3521Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Quote 3684Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit...
Quote 3886The secret of getting things done is to act! - Dante Alighieri
Quote 4169He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
Quote 4746The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
Quote 5097The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justi...
Quote 5247I 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...
Quote 7656You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.
Quote 7657Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Quote 7709Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.
Quote 7724Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Quote 7755A fool and his money are soon elected. - Caskie Stinnett
Quote 7808Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.
Quote 7841If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.
Quote 7850Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
Quote 7874He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
Quote 7980The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office.
Quote 8026A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot.
Quote 8077If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
Quote 8098If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
Quote 8105Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.
Quote 8133Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for th...
Quote 8139I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
Quote 8203The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
Quote 8288I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill. It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.
Quote 8338Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois.
Quote 8347I do have a political agenda. It's to have as few regulations as possible.
Quote 8431It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.
Quote 8436In politics the middle way is none at all. - John Adams
Quote 8469The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes offic...
Quote 8515It 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...
Quote 8523In politics nothing is contemptible. - Benjamin Disraeli
Quote 8597Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
Quote 8628A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Quote 8688The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accid...
Quote 8713What politicians want to create is irreversible change because when you leave office someone changes it back again.
Quote 8742My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been across the street at work for a while, they'll all be glad they gave me that wo...
Quote 8756Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use t...
Quote 8786I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher.
Quote 8788We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
Quote 8807I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
Quote 8834Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
Quote 8856The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republica...
Quote 8885Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule anot...
Quote 8966Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civiliza...
Quote 9036If 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...
Quote 9058And after I make a lot of money, I'll be able to afford running for office.
Quote 9066I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
Quote 9085The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.
Quote 9096Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.
Quote 9148In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Quote 9199Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.
Quote 9253Frankly, I don't mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is.
Quote 9271Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Quote 9392Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of huma...
Quote 9407Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
Quote 9445I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.
Quote 9467Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
Quote 9568The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable cr...
Quote 9628Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
Quote 9684We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
Quote 9722The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
Quote 9726Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.
Quote 9749My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.
Quote 9814A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.
Quote 9820Television is democracy at its ugliest. - Paddy Chayefsky
Quote 9822If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
Quote 9840If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labe...
Quote 9912The 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...
Quote 9962For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
Quote 10002America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
Quote 10098If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Quote 10160You better take advantage of the good cigars. You don't get much else in that job.
Quote 10200There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.
Quote 10220Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
Quote 10239When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale.
Quote 10286In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
Quote 10393The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is, I think, ...
Quote 10462One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are.
Quote 10560Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.
Quote 10571The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
Quote 10624Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
Quote 10673Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
Quote 10748We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Quote 10775It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
Quote 10822If you don't like the President, it costs you 90 bucks to fly to Washington to picket. If you don't like the Governor, it costs yo...
Quote 10831Voting is a civic sacrament. - Theodore Hesburgh
Quote 10911Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.
Quote 10912I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
Quote 11019Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
Quote 11028No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.
Quote 11151Politics have no relation to morals. - Niccolo Machiavelli
Quote 11226You know they say the most dangerous person of the world is a member of the United States Congress just home from a three-day fact-finding t...
Quote 11281Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. - Milton Friedman
Quote 11314Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Quote 11332'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his pri...
Quote 11387The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.
Quote 11460Oh, that lovely title, ex-president. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Quote 11495Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
Quote 11801The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.
Quote 11972The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
Quote 11978It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
Quote 12045I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmoni...
Quote 12119Let 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 ...
Quote 12165Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Quote 12255The largest party in America, by the way, is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It's the party of non-voters.
Quote 12262I always voted at my party's call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
Quote 12440The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.
Quote 12560You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
Quote 12733Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Quote 12813If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.
Quote 12860Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
Quote 12890The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealis...
Quote 12912The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
Quote 12934Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Quote 13055The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.
Quote 13078Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.
Quote 13120When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
Quote 13205So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.
Quote 13268They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
Quote 13289I was a woman in a man's world. I was a Democrat in a Republican administration. I was an intellectual in a world of bureaucrats. I tal...
Quote 13290Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
Quote 13339I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
Quote 13378When they see me holding fish, they can see that I am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers.
Quote 13380You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog. - Harry S. Truman
Quote 13396Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
Quote 13481Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
Quote 13516We didn't actually overspend our budget. The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
Quote 13528When governments become large, voters cannot exercise close oversight, otherwise known as political power.
Quote 13565Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Quote 13601Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
Quote 13631If the United Nations is a country unto itself, then the commodity it exports most is words.
Quote 13693One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Quote 13719The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama...
Quote 13728In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it's a sport.
Quote 13762Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
Quote 13999In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. - J. William Fulbright
Quote 14034The world is governed by opinion. - William Ellery Channing
Quote 14038If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
Quote 14075If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to d...