Quotations on Politics

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I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist.
- Henry Brooks Adams
(Keywords: Art, Politics, Literature)

Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.
- Saul Alinsky
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Time, Mother, Father, Bed, Corruption, Play)

My art will reflect not necessarily conscious politics but the unanalysed politics of my life.
- Carl Andre
(Keywords: Art, Life, Politics, Will)

I'm not taking any interest in politics. I'm not involved in politics in any way. My life is in writing now.
- Jeffrey Archer
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Interest, Now, Writing)

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: History, Politics, Beginning, Cause, Existence, Fact, Freedom, Tyranny)

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.
- David Attenborough
(Keywords: Change, Politics, Success, Economics)

All along we find that social life - religion, politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the development of the knowledge of self; it shows the social uses made of this knowledge.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: Art, Life, Politics, Religion, Knowledge, Development, Self)

As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything.
- Pierre Beaumarchais
(Keywords: Government, Politics, Religion)

No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy.
- Lyman Beecher
(Keywords: Religion, Politics, Science, Controversy)

Politics is show business for ugly people.
- Paul Begala
(Keywords: Business, Politics, People, Ugly)

But very often in politics we have the experience called up from my father when someone was trying to help him in the campaign: I can take care of my enemies, may the Good Lord save me from my friends.
- Robert Foster Bennett
(Keywords: Experience, Politics, Father, Care, Enemies, Friends, Help, May, Trying)

Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Change, Politics, Revolution)

I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.
- Tony Blair
(Keywords: Change, Politics, Country, Party)

Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Family, Politics, Religion, Planning, Public)

My mother's studies stopped with the third year of primary school, my father with the first. They taught me a deep sense of duty. But nobody was involved in politics in my family.
- Emma Bonino
(Keywords: Family, Politics, Father, Mother, Deep, Duty, First, School, Sense)

There will be no politics, no ifs and buts; if we see something and feel that work needs to be done, we will get people here we can rely on and ensure it is done in the same thorough way as our other projects.
- Ian Botham
(Keywords: Work, Politics, People, Needs, Projects, Will)

It is important to recognize and politics positive thinking is often the slaves' virtue - something that people do to con themselves about the burden and change being placed upon them.
- James Bovard
(Keywords: Change, Politics, People, Positive, Virtue, Being, Burden, Positive thinking)

The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
- Benjamin C. Bradlee
(Keywords: History, Politics, People, American)

Trying to take money out of politics is like trying to take jumping out of basketball.
- Bill Bradley
(Keywords: Money, Politics, Basketball, Trying)

Politics, where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be candidates themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage.
- Jimmy Breslin
(Keywords: Men, Politics, Act, President, Public)

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
(Keywords: Friendship, Politics, Power, Passion)

America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams.
- David Brooks
(Keywords: Dreams, Politics, America, Aspirations, Culture, Democracy, Personality)

Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique.
- James MacGregor Burns
(Keywords: Leadership, Politics, Management, Ethics)

I think politics can no longer be assigned to parliamentary activity and it probably never could be. But politics with a small p and the history of trade union movement really interests me.
- Saffron Burrows
(Keywords: History, Politics, Trade)

My parents were political, so it's definitely in my bones. Wherever I am, I always seem to get involved with politics. I think, once it's in your bloodstream, it's always there. I love it.
- Saffron Burrows
(Keywords: Love, Politics, Parents)

I mean, the part you don't like, I mean, that's the only part. That's the part no one likes, and that is the criticisms, and the unfair criticisms, I might add, of my husband. But that's also just a fact of life in politics.
- Laura Bush
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Husband, Fact)

It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics.
- Robert Byrd
(Keywords: Money, Politics, Ideas, American, Principles)

A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.
- Robert Byrne
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Man, Rest)

The intellectual architecture means focusing on doing great work instead of focusing on agency politics.
- Jay Chiat
(Keywords: Architecture, Politics, Work)

The Blair government has lowered the standing of politics and politicians in our country.
- Kenneth Clarke
(Keywords: Government, Politics, Country, Politicians)

The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.
- Eldridge Cleaver
(Keywords: Religion, Politics, Soul, Heart, Books, Court, Law, Writing)

The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.
- Hillary Clinton
(Keywords: Art, Politics, Challenge, Practice)

My style has been pretty much like a newspaper. It's got politics in it, it's got media, sports, family relations, you know, all the sections you would expect, and wonderful religion things.
- Kate Clinton
(Keywords: Family, Politics, Religion, Sports, Media, Pretty, Style)

We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight.
- Calvin Coolidge
(Keywords: Men, Politics, Midnight, Office, Oil)

I believe people who go into politics want to do the right thing. And then they hit a big wall of re-election and the pettiness of politics. In the end, politics gets in the way of the business of people.
- Kevin Costner
(Keywords: Business, Politics, People, End, Right, Want)

I always enjoyed politics. I worked at the White House recently, primarily for the First Lady. Because of my experience running my travel agency, I was in charge of the files she kept on the Travel Office.
- Joseph Force Crater
(Keywords: Experience, Travel, Politics, First, Lady, Office, Running)

First, take the government of the Indians out of politics; second, let the laws of the Indians be the same as those of the whites; third, give the Indian the ballot.
- George Crook
(Keywords: Government, Politics, First, Laws)

I'm in politics. I'm in government, so nothing surprises me.
- Andrew Cuomo
(Keywords: Government, Politics, Nothing, Surprises)

We need real campaign finance reform to loosen the grip of special interests on politics.
- Tom Daschle
(Keywords: Finance, Politics, Reform)

I think that what went wrong with religion is the same thing that went wrong with politics. Is that it became too money based and too controlling. It's just a weakness that we human beings have for control - we want one thing and then we want more and then we want more.
- Dave Davies
(Keywords: Money, Religion, Politics, Control, Want, Weakness, Wrong)

Mercury emissions will continue to harm the environment and to endanger the health of children and pregnant women, until this Administration puts public health before politics.
- Mark Dayton
(Keywords: Health, Politics, Women, Children, Environment, Harm, Mercury, Public, Will)

We are all encouraged that Bush appears, really for the first time in his experience on the stage of presidential politics, relaxed. His comfort is our comfort.
- John Dean
(Keywords: Experience, Time, Politics, Comfort, First)

People meet in bars after work all over the world and talk about the great problems of life and death and the world and politics and they don't take themselves seriously. They can do nothing else except chat about these things in bars after work.
- Whitfield Diffie
(Keywords: Death, Life, Politics, Work, People, Nothing, Problems, Talk, World)

We're allowed to have had a private life before politics in which we make mistakes and do things we should not.
- David Dimbleby
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Mistakes)

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Business, Life, Politics, Ideas, Liberalism, Principles)

King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Success, Nation, Talking)

I do not understand how anyone can, in good conscience, tell a family whose child is suffering from a life-threatening disease that politics is more important than finding a cure.
- Jim Doyle
(Keywords: Family, Politics, Life, Conscience, Cure, Disease, Suffering)

I pretty much ignored politics all through my 20's and 30's... I had other things on my mind... the band, finding a meaningful relationship, getting enough money to eat and pay the rent.
- Mark Edwards
(Keywords: Money, Politics, Mind, Pretty)

We discussed politics, but we also talked about the importance of hard work, personal responsibility, living within your means, keeping your word. Those lessons stay with you throughout your life.
- Bob Ehrlich
(Keywords: Life, Politics, Work, Hard work, Importance, Living, Responsibility, Word)

When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Keywords: Work, Politics, Battle, Chance)



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