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Quotes by Subject | Quotes on Politics

Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
(Ben Franklin)

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
(John F. Kennedy)

Some people see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not?
(George Bernard Shaw)

The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.
(Sir Winston Churchill)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
(Theodor Seuss Geisel)

There is no room for the dilettante, the weakling, for the shirker, or the sluggard. The mine, the factory, the dockyard, the salt sea waves, the field to till, the home, the hospital, the chair of the scientist, the pulpit of the preacher from the highest to the humblest tasks, all are of equal honor; all have their part to play.
(Sir Winston Churchill)

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.
(Sir Winston Churchill)

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 much more powerful than he could ever be.
(Marshall McLuhan)

Until TV, nobody knew the caliber of the clowns governing the country. It's impossible to observe these chowder heads in action with their funny hats and balloons, without feeling sure we're destined to go the way of Rome, Greece and big-time vaudeville...
(Groucho Marx)

We dream of the day when no one knows who's President, because no one bothered to vote.
(John Cage)

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
(Henry Louis Mencken)

Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
(Larry Flynt)

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
(Thomas Jefferson)

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
(H.L. Mencken)

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where they is no river.
(Nikita Khrushchev)

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
(Clarence Darrow)

George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles. Truth is not determined by majority vote.
(Doug Gwyn)

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.
(Charles Krauthammer)

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
(Doug Larson)

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.
(Maureen Murphy)

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
(T.S. Eliot)

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
(Ernest Benn)

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
(Adlai Stevenson)

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
(Gore Vidal)

I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government.
(Cissy Farenthold)

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
(Robert Orben)

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