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Quotes About Politics - Some Cynical, Some Hopeful, All On Point

Welcome to our curated collection of quotes on politics. These are about politics in general - not any particular political party. Many are cynical, and that seems to be the prevailing view of politics. Some are much more hopeful. And some just thoughtful. We hope you enjoy pondering them, and if you find them helpful, please share widely.

Quote: The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men. by author Lyndon B. Johnson overlaid on photo of woman in black sports bra and black leggings
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The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.


Quote: Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. by author Oscar Ameringer overlaid on photo of blue sky with stars during night time
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Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.


Quote: Political correctness is tyranny with manners. by author Charlton Heston overlaid on photo of monarch butterfly perched on green leaf in close up photography during daytime
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Political correctness is tyranny with manners.


Quote: An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Martin Luther King Jr.  with quote

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.


Quote: The history of liberty is a history of resistance. by author Woodrow Wilson overlaid on photo of girl leaning on wall during daytime
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The history of liberty is a history of resistance.


Quote: If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. by author Winston Churchill overlaid on photo of white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table
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If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.


Quote: A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. by author Texas Guinan overlaid on photo of white snow mountain
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A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.


Quote: Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed. by author Mahatma Gandhi overlaid on photo of kitten lying down on bed
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Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.


Quote: Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. by author Gore Vidal overlaid on photo of clear hour glass with brown frame
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Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.


Quote: Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of person using laptop computer
Photo Credit: Christin Hume

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.


Quote: Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word. by author Charles de Gaulle overlaid on photo of black and white papilio butterfly
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Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.


Quote: Man is by nature a political animal. by author Aristotle overlaid on photo of three people paddling in canoe
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Man is by nature a political animal.


Quote: Crime does not pay as well as politics. by author Alfred Newman overlaid on photo of Eiffel tower during daytime
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Crime does not pay as well as politics.


Quote: Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons. by author Joseph Cannon overlaid on photo of person holding green plants
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Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons.


Quote: Politics calls for robust debate and criticism, but this should never descend to personal and demeaning slurs. by author Kim Beazley overlaid on photo of blue and black butterfly on pink and yellow flower
Photo Credit: William Warby

Politics calls for robust debate and criticism, but this should never descend to personal and demeaning slurs.


Quote: The best politics is no politics. by author Henry M. Jackson overlaid on photo of couple walking in seashore
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The best politics is no politics.


Quote: In politics, familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It breeds votes. by author Paul Lazarsfeld overlaid on photo of 2 girls in blue dress standing on brown field during daytime
Photo Credit: Josue Michel

In politics, familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It breeds votes.


Quote: Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant. by author Henri Queuille overlaid on photo of orange and white tabby cat on yellow background
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Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant.


Quote: Politics is the science of who gets what, when, and why. by author Sidney Hillman overlaid on photo of two white swan on body of water
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

Politics is the science of who gets what, when, and why.


Quote: To let politics become a cesspool, and then avoid it because it is a cesspool, is a double crime. by author Howard Crosby overlaid on photo of mountains covered with fog
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To let politics become a cesspool, and then avoid it because it is a cesspool, is a double crime.


Quote: Politics, in a sense, has always been a con game. by author Joe McGinniss overlaid on photo of photo of author Joe McGinniss with quote

Politics, in a sense, has always been a con game.


Quote: In politics, you must let the other person have your way. by author Claiborne Pell overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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In politics, you must let the other person have your way.


Quote: The politician is a biped; but he is probably an aberrant form of hyena. by author Abraham Miller overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
Photo Credit: Greg Rakozy

The politician is a biped; but he is probably an aberrant form of hyena.


Quote: The only way to reform a politician is to hang him. by author Abraham Miller overlaid on photo of brown trees on brown field during daytime
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The only way to reform a politician is to hang him.


Quote: I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you. by author Ann Richards overlaid on photo of photo of author Ann Richards with quote

I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you.


Quote: There can be no wise politics without thought beforehand. by author Annie Besant overlaid on photo of photo of author Annie Besant with quote

There can be no wise politics without thought beforehand.


Quote: All art is political in the sense that it serves someone's politics. by author August Wilson overlaid on photo of photo of author August Wilson with quote

All art is political in the sense that it serves someone's politics.


Quote: Frankly, if you do politics, you should not be thinking about your dignity. by author Aung San Suu Kyi overlaid on photo of photo of author Aung San Suu Kyi with quote

Frankly, if you do politics, you should not be thinking about your dignity.


Quote: A politician is like quicksilver: if you try to put your finger on him, you find nothing under it. by author Austin O'Malley overlaid on photo of palm tree under orange sky
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A politician is like quicksilver: if you try to put your finger on him, you find nothing under it.


Quote: Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics. by author Barbara Bush overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Bush with quote

Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics.


Quote: Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism. by author Bill Moyers overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Moyers with quote

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.


Quote: Politics is the womb in which war develops. by author Carl von Clausewitz overlaid on photo of photo of author Carl von Clausewitz with quote

Politics is the womb in which war develops.


Quote: In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. by author Charles de Gaulle overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles de Gaulle with quote

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.


Quote: Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. by author Charles de Gaulle overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles de Gaulle with quote

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.


Quote: Never underestimate the ego of a politician. by author Dan Brown overlaid on photo of photo of author Dan Brown with quote

Never underestimate the ego of a politician.


Quote: A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he's a statesman. by author David Lloyd George overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
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A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he's a statesman.


Quote: You have to believe that it's through politics that societies can lead social and economic and political change. by author David Miliband overlaid on photo of photo of author David Miliband with quote

You have to believe that it's through politics that societies can lead social and economic and political change.


Quote: You are who you are, and in politics, if you stay who you are, you do better. by author Elizabeth Esty overlaid on photo of black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime
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You are who you are, and in politics, if you stay who you are, you do better.


Quote: Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible. by author Frank Herbert overlaid on photo of leafless tree on snow covered ground
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.


Quote: Politics is a herd mentality. Politicians don't really lead. Politicians reflect what they think is consensus opinion. by author Gary Johnson overlaid on photo of person holding blue lighted string
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Politics is a herd mentality. Politicians don't really lead. Politicians reflect what they think is consensus opinion.


Quote: It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. by author George MacDonald overlaid on photo of couple holding hands wallpaper
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It 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: Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions. by author George F. Will overlaid on photo of couple holding hands wallpaper
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.


Quote: By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over. by author Gore Vidal overlaid on photo of white analog wall clock at 11 00
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By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over.


Quote: Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. by author Henry Brooks Adams overlaid on photo of man running on seashore
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Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. The men become every year more and more creatures of force, massed about central powerhouses. The conflict is no longer between the men, but between the motors that drive the men, and the men tend to succumb to their own motive forces.


Quote: Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. by author Henry Brooks Adams overlaid on photo of brown wooden bridge over blue sea under blue sky during daytime
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Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts, but education and politics are two different and often contradictory things.


Quote: Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds. by author Henry Brooks Adams overlaid on photo of red and gold shotgun shells
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Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.


Quote: To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. by author Hubert Humphrey overlaid on photo of The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa
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To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.


Quote: In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. by author Jesse Jackson overlaid on photo of brown tabby cat on white stairs
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In politics, an organized minority is a political majority.


Quote: Politics isn't about left versus right; it's about top versus bottom. by author Jim Hightower overlaid on photo of shooting star in night sky
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Politics isn't about left versus right; it's about top versus bottom.


Quote: Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. by author John Kenneth Galbraith overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of man and woman kissing
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Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.


Quote: Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. by author John Kenneth Galbraith overlaid on photo of cat with flower
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Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.


Quote: Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. by author John Kenneth Galbraith overlaid on photo of photo of clear sky full of stars
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Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.


Quote: Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions. by author Jonathan Swift overlaid on photo of brown tabby cat
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Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions.


Quote: Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality. by author Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel overlaid on photo of worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree
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Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality.


Quote: Politics is the only field in which the more experience you have, the worse you get. by author Kinky Friedman overlaid on photo of rock formation surrounding by body of water
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Politics is the only field in which the more experience you have, the worse you get.


Quote: Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger. by author Mario Puzo overlaid on photo of man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water
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Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.


Quote: Enter politics, and you enter the glass house; there are no secrets and no places to hide. by author Nancy Gibbs overlaid on photo of dog running on beach during daytime
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Enter politics, and you enter the glass house; there are no secrets and no places to hide.


Quote: The crossroads of science and politics is a dodgy place. by author Nancy Gibbs overlaid on photo of couple hugging on high ground overlooking the sea
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The crossroads of science and politics is a dodgy place.


Quote: Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear. by author Naomi Klein overlaid on photo of white and blue floral textile
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Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear.


Quote: Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable -- the art of the next best. by author Otto von Bismarck overlaid on photo of dog running on beach during daytime
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Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable -- the art of the next best.


Quote: Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied. by author Otto von Bismarck overlaid on photo of two person standing while watching sky
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Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.


Quote: Politics is the art of the next best. by author Otto von Bismarck overlaid on photo of 100 U.S. dollar banknote lot
Photo Credit: Mackenzie Marco

Politics is the art of the next best.


Quote: Politics is -- once in a while -- a forum for serious debate about political philosophy. by author P. J. O'Rourke overlaid on photo of photo of author P. J. O'Rourke with quote

Politics is -- once in a while -- a forum for serious debate about political philosophy.


Quote: Politics is the one field you don't age out of. by author P. J. O'Rourke overlaid on photo of photo of author P. J. O'Rourke with quote

Politics is the one field you don't age out of.


Quote: Politics is a necessary evil, or a necessary annoyance, a necessary conundrum. by author P. J. O'Rourke overlaid on photo of photo of author P. J. O'Rourke with quote

Politics is a necessary evil, or a necessary annoyance, a necessary conundrum.


Quote: Politics won't allow for the truth. by author P. J. O'Rourke overlaid on photo of photo of author P. J. O'Rourke with quote

Politics won't allow for the truth.


Quote: Politics is the attempt to achieve power and prestige without merit. by author P. J. O'Rourke overlaid on photo of photo of author P. J. O'Rourke with quote

Politics is the attempt to achieve power and prestige without merit.


Quote: The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. by author Reinhold Niebuhr overlaid on photo of black bird flying under white clouds during daytime
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The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.


Quote: Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. by author Richard Armour overlaid on photo of black and gray floral textile
Photo Credit: Adrien Olichon

Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.


Quote: The difference between a rebel and a patriot depends upon who is in power at the moment. by author Sidney Sheldon overlaid on photo of white analog wall clock at 11 00
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The difference between a rebel and a patriot depends upon who is in power at the moment.


Quote: That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion. by author Thomas Huxley overlaid on photo of brown rock formation
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That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion.


Quote: In politics, sometimes you have to lie, or you make a promise that you cannot keep. by author Youssou N'Dour overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt and black skirt holding white leather belt
Photo Credit: Krys Amon

In politics, sometimes you have to lie, or you make a promise that you cannot keep.


Quote: Power, in a nutshell, is the ability to get things done, and politics is the ability to decide which things need to be done. by author Zygmunt Bauman overlaid on photo of white brown and black cat on brown dried leaves
Photo Credit: Dorothea OLDANI

Power, in a nutshell, is the ability to get things done, and politics is the ability to decide which things need to be done.


Quote: You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you. by author Kerry Washington overlaid on photo of shooting star in night sky
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You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you.


Quote: We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. by author Stewart Udall overlaid on photo of photo of author Stewart Udall with quote

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.


Quote: Politics is about the participation and engagement of the wider citizenry -- to miss that point would doom us to irrelevance. by author David Blunkett overlaid on photo of white brown and black cat on brown dried leaves
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Politics is about the participation and engagement of the wider citizenry -- to miss that point would doom us to irrelevance.


Quote: Politics is only worthwhile if you are doing what you believe, regardless of the slings and arrows. by author David Blunkett overlaid on photo of band performing on stage in front of people
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Politics is only worthwhile if you are doing what you believe, regardless of the slings and arrows.


Quote: You don't go into politics unless you want to win. by author Rand Paul overlaid on photo of sunflowers
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You don't go into politics unless you want to win.


Quote: Forget the consultants, the pundits and the pollsters; good policy is good politics. by author Jim DeMint overlaid on photo of three pink tulip flowers
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Forget the consultants, the pundits and the pollsters; good policy is good politics.


Quote: Politics is a blood sport. by author Aneurin Bevan overlaid on photo of Peace sign logo neon signage
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Politics is a blood sport.


Quote: Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. by author A. J. Liebling overlaid on photo of photo of author A. J. Liebling with quote

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.


Quote: Politics is the art of realizing what there is to realize. by author Adam Michnik overlaid on photo of green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime
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Politics is the art of realizing what there is to realize.


Quote: Politics and ethics belong to different worlds. by author Adam Michnik overlaid on photo of bonfire near mountain
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Politics and ethics belong to different worlds.


Quote: There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water. by author Alan Clark overlaid on photo of yellow and purple flower with white background
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There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water.


Quote: Politics is a lot tougher than physics. by author Burton Richter overlaid on photo of person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46
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Politics is a lot tougher than physics.


Quote: Secrecy is the foundation of politics. by author Bing Gordon overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of books
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Secrecy is the foundation of politics.


Quote: Politics doesn't matter, policy does. by author Brian J. White overlaid on photo of two person on the tunnel
Photo Credit: Jason Lam

Politics doesn't matter, policy does.


Quote: Is there decency left in American politics? by author Byron Dorgan overlaid on photo of red rose
Photo Credit: Panha Kang

Is there decency left in American politics?


Quote: There's very little reason in politics these days. by author Cate Blanchett overlaid on photo of person holding yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: Kawin Harasai

There's very little reason in politics these days.


Quote: Politics means facing up to hard choices and facing down prejudice, short-termism, the easy, tempting court of knee-jerk public reaction. by author Charles Kennedy overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
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Politics means facing up to hard choices and facing down prejudice, short-termism, the easy, tempting court of knee-jerk public reaction.


Quote: Politics is much too serious to be taken too seriously; equally, there are many aspects of it so laughable as to be lamentable. by author Charles Kennedy overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting and kissing on post near the body of water
Photo Credit: Kinga Cichewicz

Politics is much too serious to be taken too seriously; equally, there are many aspects of it so laughable as to be lamentable.


Quote: Well, the role of money in politics is pretty corrupting right now. by author Caroline Kennedy overlaid on photo of low angle photo of starry night
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Well, the role of money in politics is pretty corrupting right now.


Quote: Politics is the most corrupt profession on Earth, no matter where you are. by author Charles Dance overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
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Politics is the most corrupt profession on Earth, no matter where you are.


Quote: Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable. by author Charles Edison overlaid on photo of white and brown sailing boat
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Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable.


Quote: When politics is no longer a mission but a profession, politicians become more self-serving than public servants. by author Emmanuel Macron overlaid on photo of couple standing on dock looking at sunset
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When politics is no longer a mission but a profession, politicians become more self-serving than public servants.


Quote: As you make your bed, so you must lie in it. by author Daniel J. Boorstin overlaid on photo of woman walking on street surrounded by buildings
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As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.


Quote: Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody. by author Dick Armey overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of orange cat
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Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody.


Quote: In politics you learn to always smile. by author Eliot Spitzer overlaid on photo of clear liquid on leaf
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In politics you learn to always smile.


Quote: Sometimes in politics, you think you've seen it all. Turns out I was wrong. by author Eliot Spitzer overlaid on photo of pink umbrella
Photo Credit: Erik Witsoe

Sometimes in politics, you think you've seen it all. Turns out I was wrong.


Quote: The intersection of religion and world politics has often been a bloody crossroads. by author Elliott Abrams overlaid on photo of photo of author Elliott Abrams with quote

The intersection of religion and world politics has often been a bloody crossroads.


Quote: The thing about politics is to plan 10 years ahead, and assume every year is your last. by author Ed Balls overlaid on photo of yellow butterfly on pink flowers
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The thing about politics is to plan 10 years ahead, and assume every year is your last.


Quote: Religion and politics are supposed to be separate. by author Eleanor Clift overlaid on photo of green tree under blue sky during night time
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Religion and politics are supposed to be separate.


Quote: People want change but not too much change. Finding that balance is tricky for every politician. by author Eleanor Clift overlaid on photo of pink balloon tied on white wooden chair
Photo Credit: Florian Klauer

People want change but not too much change. Finding that balance is tricky for every politician.


Quote: When something really comes from the soul, I think it has a truth that you cannot find in politics. by author Frank Rich overlaid on photo of assorted-color kittens
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When something really comes from the soul, I think it has a truth that you cannot find in politics.


Quote: Politics and power is a realm of relative influence. by author Fareed Zakaria overlaid on photo of campers under milky way
Photo Credit: Clarisse Meyer

Politics and power is a realm of relative influence.


Quote: The way politics divides the world is into friend and enemy. by author Francis Parker Yockey overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers
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The way politics divides the world is into friend and enemy.


Quote: Politics is activity in relation to power. by author Francis Parker Yockey overlaid on photo of body of water under cloudy sky at night
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Politics is activity in relation to power.


Quote: What matters most in politics is personality. It's not issues; it's not image. It's who you are and what you represent. by author Frank Luntz overlaid on photo of kitten lying down on bed
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What matters most in politics is personality. It's not issues; it's not image. It's who you are and what you represent.


Quote: Hope springs eternal, even in politics. by author Gwen Ifill overlaid on photo of white butterfly on green leafed plant
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Hope springs eternal, even in politics.


Quote: Politics makes estranged bedfellows. by author Goodman Ace overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of U.S. dollar banknotes
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Politics makes estranged bedfellows.


Quote: Politics is not a game for naive thinkers. You may go in as an idealist, but you certainly won't come out as one. by author Honeysuckle Weeks overlaid on photo of brown french bulldog wearing blue and white polka dot shirt
Photo Credit: Karsten Winegeart

Politics is not a game for naive thinkers. You may go in as an idealist, but you certainly won't come out as one.


Quote: A purely objective viewpoint does not exist in the cosmos or in politics. by author Howard Fineman overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on persons hand
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A purely objective viewpoint does not exist in the cosmos or in politics.


Quote: Radical politics tend to be simple minded. by author Israel Horovitz overlaid on photo of red rose
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Radical politics tend to be simple minded.


Quote: There are a lot of grotesqueries in politics, not the least of which is the fund-raising side. by author Jack Kemp overlaid on photo of red rose in close up photography
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There are a lot of grotesqueries in politics, not the least of which is the fund-raising side.


Quote: In politics, sometimes the best measure of success is the reaction of your enemies. by author Jerry Falwell, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Jerry Falwell, Jr.  with quote

In politics, sometimes the best measure of success is the reaction of your enemies.


Quote: The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. by author John Jay Chapman overlaid on photo of orange moon during nighttime
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The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.


Quote: More things in politics happen by accident or exhaustion than happen by conspiracy. by author Jeff Greenfield overlaid on photo of turned on gray laptop computer
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More things in politics happen by accident or exhaustion than happen by conspiracy.


Quote: Politics has high and low moments. Sometimes it brings out the better angels of our nature; sometimes baser instincts. by author Jim Leach overlaid on photo of white flowers
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Politics has high and low moments. Sometimes it brings out the better angels of our nature; sometimes baser instincts.


Quote: Politics is developing more comedians than radio ever did. by author Jimmy Durante overlaid on photo of landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour
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Politics is developing more comedians than radio ever did.


Quote: Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose. by author James Ellroy overlaid on photo of yellow and blue painted wall
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Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.


Quote: All politics are based on the indifference of the majority. by author James Reston overlaid on photo of grassland landscape
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All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.


Quote: Politics follows the lines of physics: every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. by author John Avlon overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night
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Politics follows the lines of physics: every action creates an equal and opposite reaction.


Quote: In politics the choice is constantly between two evils. by author John Morley overlaid on photo of black and brown metal machine
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In politics the choice is constantly between two evils.


Quote: The art of politics is knowing what to do next. by author James P. Cannon overlaid on photo of person holding light bulb
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The art of politics is knowing what to do next.


Quote: Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects. by author Lester B. Pearson overlaid on photo of brown and white dog in close-up photography
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Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.


Quote: If you lose, you can't lead. If you don't lead, you're irrelevant. Winning is what it's all about in politics. by author Lionel Sosa overlaid on photo of forest trees photograph
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If you lose, you can't lead. If you don't lead, you're irrelevant. Winning is what it's all about in politics.


Quote: In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn. by author Lawrence Summers overlaid on photo of gray elephant
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In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn.


Quote: Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions, many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly? by author Lewis H. Lapham overlaid on photo of yellow and purple flower with white background
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Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions, many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly?


Quote: I loathe and detest all this trivialisation of politics. by author Ken Livingstone overlaid on photo of adult black and tan dachshund
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I loathe and detest all this trivialisation of politics.


Quote: The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt. by author Konrad Adenauer overlaid on photo of close up shot of white flower
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The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt.


Quote: What goes for sex goes double for politics. by author Kate Clinton overlaid on photo of sunset
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What goes for sex goes double for politics.


Quote: In politics, not all lies are all lies. And not all truths are complete. by author Mark McKinnon overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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In politics, not all lies are all lies. And not all truths are complete.


Quote: Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter in politics. by author Mark McKinnon overlaid on photo of green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime
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Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter in politics.




Quote: In life and in politics, it's helpful to try to perceive the other person through the most generous lens. by author Megyn Kelly overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
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In life and in politics, it's helpful to try to perceive the other person through the most generous lens.


Quote: Politics has become unbelievably and unfortunately way too much about how much money is involved rather than what kind of ideas are involved. by author Mike Huckabee overlaid on photo of pink petaled flower field
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Politics has become unbelievably and unfortunately way too much about how much money is involved rather than what kind of ideas are involved.


Quote: Politics are well past logic. It's entertainment. by author Martin Shkreli overlaid on photo of photo of pine tree
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Politics are well past logic. It's entertainment.


Quote: Politics abhors a vacuum. by author Max Baucus overlaid on photo of gray slabs
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Politics abhors a vacuum.


Quote: Everything in politics is politically motivated, didn't you know? by author Miriam Defensor-Santiago overlaid on photo of brown and white bird on tree branch
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Everything in politics is politically motivated, didn't you know?


Quote: They politics like ours profess, the greater prey upon the less. by author Matthew Green overlaid on photo of red and multicolored butterfly perch on yellow petaled flower
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They politics like ours profess, the greater prey upon the less.


Quote: Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame. by author Meg Greenfield overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
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Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame.


Quote: A life in politics is for people who know themselves and know where their own line is between loyalty and honesty. by author Nicolle Wallace overlaid on photo of white and brown long fur cat
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A life in politics is for people who know themselves and know where their own line is between loyalty and honesty.


Quote: Each generation is responsible to make the future of the next. by author Nancy Pelosi overlaid on photo of clear crystal uplight chandelier
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Each generation is responsible to make the future of the next.


Quote: Politics is a highly tribal business. by author Nick Clegg overlaid on photo of blue flower in close up photography
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Politics is a highly tribal business.


Quote: We need leadership. We don't need a doubling down on the failed politics of the past. by author Paul Ryan overlaid on photo of man and woman facing backward while woman's head on man's shoulder on tip of hill
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We need leadership. We don't need a doubling down on the failed politics of the past.


Quote: Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace. by author Paddy Ashdown overlaid on photo of campers under milky way
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Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.


Quote: Politics is show business for ugly people. by author Paul Begala overlaid on photo of 10 US Dollar banknote
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Politics is show business for ugly people.


Quote: Next to courage, willpower is the most important thing in politics. by author Paul Johnson overlaid on photo of blue sky
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Next to courage, willpower is the most important thing in politics.


Quote: A dose of humility goes a long way in life and in politics. by author Ron Fournier overlaid on photo of close shot of yellow flowers
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A dose of humility goes a long way in life and in politics.


Quote: Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. 'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn. by author Richard Stallman overlaid on photo of people holding shoulders sitting on wall
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Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. 'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn.


Quote: Good government is good politics. by author Richard J. Daley overlaid on photo of 100 US Dollar banknote
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Good government is good politics.


Quote: If we give up on politics, we're done for. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophesy. by author Robert Reich overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of brown and black butterfly flying near blooming purple petaled flowers
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If we give up on politics, we're done for. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophesy.


Quote: When it comes to politics, there's never a certain yes or no to any situation. by author Riteish Deshmukh overlaid on photo of man kissing woman while sitting on railings during night
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When it comes to politics, there's never a certain yes or no to any situation.


Quote: Does politics have to be injected into everything? by author Sargent Shriver overlaid on photo of white cat on white textile
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Does politics have to be injected into everything?


Quote: You help me, I'll help you. That's politics. by author Terry McAuliffe overlaid on photo of boy and girl playing on three tree log
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You help me, I'll help you. That's politics.


Quote: A second opinion never hurts, not only in medicine, but also in politics. by author Sergei Lavrov overlaid on photo of white pillar candle on black surface
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A second opinion never hurts, not only in medicine, but also in politics.


Quote: In politics one should not expect big jumps. Everything takes time. by author Sharad Pawar overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
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In politics one should not expect big jumps. Everything takes time.


Quote: Politics is tricky; it cuts both ways. Every time you make a choice, it has unintended consequences. by author Stone Gossard overlaid on photo of brown sand under blue sky during daytime
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Politics is tricky; it cuts both ways. Every time you make a choice, it has unintended consequences.


Quote: Politics is a lot like acting. You have to be on all the time. by author Steven Ford overlaid on photo of photo of underwater
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Politics is a lot like acting. You have to be on all the time.


Quote: I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business. by author Sydney Pollack overlaid on photo of black vehicle on road between trees during daytime
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I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.


Quote: Politics is a contact sport. by author Steve Chabot overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Chabot with quote

Politics is a contact sport.


Quote: I hate politics. What they say and what they do is completely different. by author Tadashi Yanai overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on dock
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I hate politics. What they say and what they do is completely different.


Quote: In politics, the reaction to a controversy is very often more enlightening and important than the details of the allegations themselves. by author Tammy Bruce overlaid on photo of yellow and white abstract painting
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In politics, the reaction to a controversy is very often more enlightening and important than the details of the allegations themselves.


Quote: People are getting too far away from the real-world. Politics is just ridiculous, it's totally dysfunctional. by author Temple Grandin overlaid on photo of yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime
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People are getting too far away from the real-world. Politics is just ridiculous, it's totally dysfunctional.


Quote: Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity. by author Vera Brittain overlaid on photo of brown butterfly perched on flower
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Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.


Quote: Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote. by author William E. Simon overlaid on photo of brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour
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Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.


Quote: Politics and Religion are obsolete. The time has come for Science and Spirituality. by author Vinoba Bhave overlaid on photo of two women walking together outdoor during daytime
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Politics and Religion are obsolete. The time has come for Science and Spirituality.


Quote: In politics, there is only one crime that is unforgivable -- showing weakness. by author Yair Lapid overlaid on photo of multicolored heart LED light on wall
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In politics, there is only one crime that is unforgivable -- showing weakness.


Quote: In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours. by author Willie Brown overlaid on photo of photo of author Willie Brown with quote

In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours.


Quote: In politics, victory is never total. by author Donald Freed overlaid on photo of city lights from hill
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In politics, victory is never total.


Quote: Money is at the root of most that is wrong in American politics. by author Bob Beckel overlaid on photo of photo of author Bob Beckel with quote

Money is at the root of most that is wrong in American politics.


Quote: Real politics starts with common people. by author Shesh Nath Vernwal overlaid on photo of yellow flower
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Real politics starts with common people.


Quote: A nation that hates politics will not long survive as a democracy. by author E. J. Dionne overlaid on photo of photo of author E. J. Dionne with quote

A nation that hates politics will not long survive as a democracy.


Quote: We think of politics in terms of power and who has the power. Politics is the end to which that power is put. by author Ngugi wa Thiong'o overlaid on photo of photo of author Ngugi wa Thiong'o with quote

We think of politics in terms of power and who has the power. Politics is the end to which that power is put.


Quote: No one you'd really like to see in public office has the bad taste to run. by author F. Paul Wilson overlaid on photo of photo of author F. Paul Wilson with quote

No one you'd really like to see in public office has the bad taste to run.


Quote: Politics is applesauce. by author Will Rogers overlaid on photo of coin stack wallpaper
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Politics is applesauce.


Quote: Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. by author Paul Valery overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower in glass vase
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Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.


Quote: In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times. by author Winston Churchill overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountains during starry night
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In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.


Quote: Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. by author Ronald Reagan overlaid on photo of sunset
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Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.


Quote: An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of sunset
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An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.


Quote: Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of person sitting on black surface looking to sky
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Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.


Quote: Everybody knows politics is a contact sport. by author Barack Obama overlaid on photo of photo of author Barack Obama with quote

Everybody knows politics is a contact sport.


Quote: A drop of ink may make a million think. by author Lord Byron overlaid on photo of person holding fan of 100 us dollar bill
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A drop of ink may make a million think.


Quote: Every election is determined by the people who show up. by author Larry J. Sabato overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing during sunset
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Every election is determined by the people who show up.


Quote: My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers. by author Jimmy Carter overlaid on photo of photo of author Jimmy Carter with quote

My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.


Quote: This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies. by author Lyndon B. Johnson overlaid on photo of backdrop solid
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This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.


Quote: A political convention is just not a place where you come away with any trace of faith in human nature. by author Murray Kempton overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower at daytime
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A political convention is just not a place where you come away with any trace of faith in human nature.


Since the majority is always wrong, might we try one election day where all the losers take office?


Quote: Politics, noun. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. by author Ambrose Bierce overlaid on photo of photo of author Ambrose Bierce with quote

Politics, noun. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.


Quote: Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. by author Ernest Benn overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of woman taking selfie
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Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.


There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.


Quote: It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of person holding blue lighted string
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It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.


Quote: Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
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Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.


Quote: Vote early and vote often. by author Al Capone overlaid on photo of two women standing on moutain
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Vote early and vote often.


Quote: Politics isn't only about government. Politics is about the people. by author Young Jeezy overlaid on photo of black bird flying under white clouds during daytime
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Politics isn't only about government. Politics is about the people.


Quote: It is a fine game to play -- the game of politics -- and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging. by author Winston Churchill overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting and kissing on post near the body of water
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It is a fine game to play -- the game of politics -- and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging.


Quote: The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. by author Winston Churchill overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on hanging bridge at daytime
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The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.


Quote: Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.


Quote: I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.


Quote: The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency. by author Theodore Roosevelt overlaid on photo of grey cliff near body of water
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The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.


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