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

RICHARD ARMOUR

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

AMBROSE BIERCE

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

LORD ACTON

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.

MARK TWAIN

Public opinion, I am sorry to say, will bear a great deal of nonsense. There is scarcely any absurdity so gross, whether in religion, politics, science or manners, which it will not bear.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. He who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or decisions possible or impossible to execute.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.

POPE JOHN PAUL II

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.

RUSSELL BAKER

Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.

JIMMY CARTER

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.

LEWIS BLACK

Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.

DAN QUAYLE

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.

GROVER CLEVELAND

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.

ROGER NASH BALDWIN

Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?" frequently attributed to Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy, who used it in a speech which his brother, Edward F. (Teddy) Kennedy quoted at RFK's funeral.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Sometimes cameras and television are good to people and sometimes they aren't. I don't know if its the way you say it, or how you look.

DAN QUAYLE

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.

NOAM CHOMSKY

Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.

FREDA ADLER

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

MARK TWAIN

Television is democracy at its ugliest.

PADDY CHAYEFSKY

That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.

MICHAEL HARRINGTON

The 1928 Republican Convention opened with a prayer. If the Lord can see His way clear to bless the Republican Party the way it's been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking.

WILL ROGERS

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.

ROSS PEROT

The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make.

DAN QUAYLE

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.

NEAL BARNARD

The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can.

JOHN GARDNER

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

DANTE ALIGHIERI

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

ROBERT M. HUTCHINS

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

P. J. O'ROURKE

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER

The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.

THEODORE WHITE

The future will be better tomorrow.

DAN QUAYLE

The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you're rich.

P. J. O'ROURKE

The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century.

DAN QUAYLE

The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.

ADLAI E. STEVENSON

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.

LOUIS D. BRANDEIS

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.

LORD ACTON

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.

OSCAR LEVANT

The other day the President said, I know you've had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. He paused, then said, would you like a puppy?

DAN QUAYLE

The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right."

CARL SCHURZ

The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power.

PAUL WELLSTONE

The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

JOHN STUART MILL

The person who says "I'm not political" is in great danger.... Only the fittest will survive, and the fittest will be the ones who understand their office's politics.

JEAN HOLLANDS

The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.

MARK TWAIN

The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.

CLARE BOOTHE LUCE

The President is going to benefit from me reporting directly to him when I arrive.

DAN QUAYLE

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

PLATO

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

MAUREEN MURPHY

The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.

FIDEL CASTRO

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.

FIDEL CASTRO

The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.

MARGARET CHASE SMITH

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.

JIMMY CARTER

The secret of getting things done is to act!

DANTE ALIGHIERI

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.

OTTO VON BISMARCK

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

ERICH FROMM

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.

MOLLY IVINS

The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office.

HERBERT HOOVER

The true test of the American ideal is whether we're able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them.

BARACK OBAMA

The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it. [1941]

EDWARD DOWLING

The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves.

DENG XIAOPING

The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.

BILL VAUGHAN

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. MENCKEN

The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.

ANGELA DAVIS

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.

JOHN FOSTER DULLES

Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.

ROBERTSON DAVIES

Then there's politics. Just imagine politics with its dumbbell element subtracted. There would be no Republican candidates. There would be no Democratic voters. The whole system would collapse.

P. J. O'ROURKE

There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.

GERTRUDE STEIN

There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.

GEORGE MATTHEW ADAMS

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE

There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive.

JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER

There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.

JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH

There is a thin line between politics and theatricals.

JULIAN BOND

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

JOHN ADAMS

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust.

DEMOSTHENES

There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators.

WILL ROGERS

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.

PLATO

These rabble at Washington ... see, against the unanimous expression of the people, how much a little well-directed effrontery can achieve, how much crime the people will bear, and they proceed from step to step... (Journal, June 1846)

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.

CLARE BOOTHE LUCE

Thinking about profound social change, conservatives always expect disaster, while revolutionaries confidentially expect utopia. Both are wrong.

CAROLYN HEILBRUN

This election is about who's going to be the next President of the United States!

DAN QUAYLE

This is how change happens, though. It is a relay race, and we're very conscious of that, that our job really is to do our part of the race, and then we pass it on, and then someone picks it up, and it keeps going. And that is how it is. And we can do this, as a planet, with the consciousness that we may not get it, you know, today, but there's always a tomorrow. (interview broadcast on Nov. 11, 2008)

ALICE WALKER

This President is going to lead us out of this recovery.

DAN QUAYLE

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

THOMAS PAINE

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

CONFUCIUS

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.

GEORGE BURNS

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.

GILBERT K. CHESTERTON

Truthfulness has never been counted among the political virtues, and lies have always been regarded as justifiable tools in political dealings.

HANNAH ARENDT

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.

RALPH NADER

Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.

BERNARD BARUCH

Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.

GEORGE WILL

Voting is one of the few things where boycotting in protest clearly makes the problem worse rather than better.

JANE AUER

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

PAULO FREIRE

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.

DAN QUAYLE

We didn't actually overspend our budget. The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.

FRANK HOWARD CLARK

We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

AESOP

We have to do more than just elect a new President if we truly want to change this country.

DAN QUAYLE

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.

STEWART UDALL

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.

MARTIN L. GROSS

We will invest in our people, quality education, job opportunity, family, neighborhood, and yes, a thing we call America.

DAN QUAYLE

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.

KIN HUBBARD

Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts.

DAN QUAYLE

We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made.

DAN QUAYLE

What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.

GEORGE WILHELM HEGEL

What we need is a rebirth of satire, of dissent, of irreverence, of an uncompromising insistence that phoniness is phony and platitudes are platitudinous.

ARTHUR SCHLESINGER, JR.

What you guys want, I'm for.

DAN QUAYLE

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

EDMUND BURKE

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.

SINCLAIR LEWIS

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism.

JIM HIGHTOWER

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

ANAIS NIN

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Wherefore being all of one mind, we do highly resolve that government of the grafted by the grafter for the grafter shall not perish from the earth.

MARK TWAIN

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to.

MOLLY IVINS

You really don't want a president who is a football fan. Football combines the worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.

GEORGE WILL

You who are journalists, writers, citizens, you have the right and duty to say to those you have elected that they must practice mindfulness, calm and deep listening, and loving speech. This is universal thing, taught by all religions.

THICH NHAT HANH


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