Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.
A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
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.
I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.
Under every stone lurks a politician.
Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
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