Politics is about a lot more than winning and losing. I think politics at its best is about compromise, shades of grey and about issues.
Politics is about divisions. Wherever you come in on the subject, there are divisions.
Politics is about maintaining a framework for ordered liberty so that people can live in the neighborhoods and the communities that they live in.
Politics is about power. It is about the power of the state. It is about the power of the state as applied to individuals, the society in which they live and the economy in which they work. Most critically, our responsibility in this parliament is how that power is used: whether it is used for the benefit of the few or the many.
Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.
Politics is about the improvement of people's lives. It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world. Politics is about doing well for the people.
Politics is about the participation and engagement of the wider citizenry -- to miss that point would doom us to irrelevance.
Politics is about winning. If you don't win, you don't get to put your principles into practice. Therefore, find a way to win, or sit the battle out.
Politics is activity in relation to power.
Politics is all a matter of timing.
Politics is all about relationships, people. A lot of it's emotional. It's not rocket science.
Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
Politics is always a difficult thing to talk about because, like football, the views are radical. You think this way; that guy thinks the opposite way. It is, like, nearly a fight, and feelings are very strong.
Politics is always a means of conquering others and exercising power over them.
Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public.
Politics is an instrument that can transform society.
Politics is an ugly and thankless role.
Politics is applesauce.
Politics is based on social identity, and so, again, there is going to be differences between rural and urban and between left and right.