Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
People often say, with pride, 'I'm not interested in politics.' They might as well say, 'I'm not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future.' ... If we mean to keep any control over our world and lives, we must be interested in politics.
It's important to realize that whenever you give power to politicians or bureaucrats, it will be used for what they want, not for what you want.
It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Politicians don't lie, they misspeak. And they don't steal, they mispocket.
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.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.
How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
The lust for power, for dominating others, inflames the heart more than any other passion.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
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