Politics quotes and sayings
I am not made for politics because I am incapable of wanting or accepting the death of the adversary.
If we tried to write about politics, you'd realize that we're all a bunch of idiots.
When you are pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen, brush the honey off your nose and spruce yourself up as best you can, so as to look Ready for Anything.
A. A. Milne
Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
I think what I loved in cinema - and what I mean by cinema is not just films, but proper, classical cinema - are the extraordinary moments that can occur on screen. At the same time, I do feel that cinema and theater feed each other. I feel like you can do close-up on stage and you can do something very bold and highly characterized - and, dare I say, theatrical - on camera. I think the cameras and the viewpoints shift depending on the intensity and integrity of your intention and focus on that.
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The creative tension with spirituality vs. practicality in the world of politics is a vital conversation.
Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Every election matters. Anyone that tells you otherwise doesn't understand politics. That said, not every election sends sweeping messages that are easy to discern, but every election provides lessons worth learning.
In my very first Cabinet meeting, I told my colleagues we must take on corruption, lawlessness, casteism, and the politics of appeasement.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
Politics, as a profession, is not about making the right political decision. It's about making the right decision and then managing the political consequences.
Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique.
James MacGregor Burns
Politics with me isn't theater. It's performance art. Sometimes, for its own sake.
For me, I feed off everything, from bad politics to religion to relationships - I mean, just life in general. And, yeah, I'm not necessarily happy with the state of things. And I think that I get to use music as a release.
In modern politics, polls often serve as the canary in the mine - an early warning signal of danger or trends. But polls can also be used to wag the dog - diverting attention from something significant.
I have the most reliable friend you can have in American politics, and that is ready money.
The kingdom of God must be a continuing revolution against the norms of the society that fall below the standards that are set for us in the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the field of public life, it must be a continuing revolution against proposals that contradict the fundamental principles as laid down in the Constitution of the United States, which was written by men whom God raised up for this very purpose. If we remember that, we will be in the forefront of every battle against the things that are tearing down our society.
Harold B. Lee
We are in the midst of an exciting canvass... I am working very hard in politics as well as in other matters. We are determined that Mississippi shall be settled on a basis of justice and political and legal equality.
Hiram Rhodes Revels
Hunter S. Thompson
I have certainly met much more discrimination in terms of being a woman than being black, in the field of politics.
Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.
If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.
Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.
William O. Douglas
It's really very simple, Governor. When people are hungry they die. So spare me your politics and tell me what you need and how you're going to get it to these people.
Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.
Pope John Paul II
Television is democracy at its ugliest.
Most people don't want to talk about politics and religion. They say, 'Let's talk about something else.'.
Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be so much more powerful than he could ever be.
One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are.
To me, politics is a pile of tricks.
There are many occasions when the highest praise one can receive is the attack of some given scoundrel.
I am the granddaughter of an English woman. I love England and her people and, regardless of politics, consider you to be family... and always will.
Ram Gopal Varma
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.
When all is said and done and the e-book is written about politics and the Internet, it is not going to be about the presidential election. It will be about the smaller elections in aggregate that have a huge effect on people's lives.
The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you're rich.
P. J. O'Rourke
As in nature, politics abhors a vacuum. Without a strong voice for more moderate leadership, the Tea Party is filling that vacuum.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Power, in a nutshell, is the ability to get things done, and politics is the ability to decide which things need to be done.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
Sometimes things just click. The one contribution I tried to do, was shield the staff from the corporate politics that occur on any show. But yes, we all got along very well.
Politics has come to resemble a cynical team game played by politicians, while the public has been pushed aside as if sitting on the seats of a stadium in which passion for politics is gradually making room for blindness and desperation.
Perceptions are essential in politics.
I have a certain pool of subject matter that I like to write about, things that interest me: politics, religion, ecology, and relationships between men and women. And that's usually what I focus on.
All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
I 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 harmonies.
John Stuart Mill
In order to go all the way, you need everyone's contribution.
If 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 you 60 bucks to fly to Albany to picket. If you don't like me - 90 cents.
My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.
John F. Kennedy
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
James Russell Lowell
There's politics in all aspects of our daily lives.
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.
H. L. Mencken
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
I think literary theory has not been terribly good for English studies in a while. It's not that theory isn't interesting, but it isn't about books, or the idiosyncrasies and complexities of putting language together.
A. S. Byatt
Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
I care about politics just like any other citizen. I'm against the war in Iraq, or any type of war.
You have to turn a blind eye to politics in nearly all Westerns.
Misogyny is at the reptilian brain stem of a lot of right-wing politics.
A 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.
We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.
And I'm not apolitical - I'm very specific in my politics. But a lot of the time it's nobody's business unless you're over at my house having dinner.
Because the referendum in 2016 wasn't just about our relationship with the E.U., it was about millions of people and their relationship with politics as a whole.
Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable.
In 'Healing the Soul of America,' I wrote about Gandhi's notion of soul force in politics and why it matters to stand on your truth.
I am not a politician. I am not in politics. I'm just a citizen.
Where issues used to be, say, parochial or local in Ireland or England and so forth, all politics is global now because all business is global.
A constitutional monarchy requires the monarch to be above politics but to be fully informed about politics.
In hip-hop, as in neoliberalism, economics bullied politics out of the picture.
In politics, guts is all.
I think people are tired of politics as usual. We're tired of everything being scripted; we're tired of every comment being politically correct.
My philosophy comes from a worldview that looks at the world as one. It's a holistic view that sees the world as interconnected and interdependent and integrated in so many different ways, which informs my politics.
Fortunately, we Argentines have decided to change. We believe politics needs to be led by public servants with a vocation to give and construct.
One thing that education can do is it can provide us with an opportunity to understand one another better, and so while I've spent a lot of my time in the world of politics, I've always felt that it is really not politics that will solve this for us.
Hip hop music is important precisely because it sheds light on contemporary politics, history, and race. At its best, hip hop gives voice to marginal black youth we are not used to hearing from on such topics.
Michael Eric Dyson
While Democrats may never adopt the policies of Ronald Reagan, they should follow his golden rule of politics closely. Reagan adamantly instructed his party members to never publicly criticize another Republican.
I try not to mix the politics as much with the band, per se, because my political views are my own; they're not necessarily the band's.
Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
Richard M. Nixon
I am the candidate who defends the superiority of politics over the administration, the bureaucracy, the economy, and so I think it is politics which must decide.
Marine Le Pen
All art is political in the sense that it serves someone's politics.
Politics in a democracy is transactional: Politicians seek votes by promising to do things for voters, who seek promises in exchange for their votes.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Macroeconomic policy can never be devoid of politics: it involves fundamental trade-offs and affects different groups differently.
The idea of a liberal media bias is simply a myth. If only it were true, we might have a more humane, open-minded, and ultimately effective public debate on the issues facing the country.
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
We need to take politics out of health care. Congress will cave to pretty much any special interest on the subject.
I never saw anything funnier than Texas politics.
Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession... and I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
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