Monday, May 02, 2005

Politics Quotes

The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win.  ~Will Rogers There are far too many men in politics and not enough elsewhere.  ~Hermione Gingold If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.  ~Jay Leno Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.  ~Winston Churchill If God had been a Liberal there wouldn't have been Ten Commandments, there would have been Ten Suggestions.  ~Malcolm Bradbury, After Dinner Game, 1982 There are only two great currents in the history of mankind:  the baseness which makes conservatives and the envy which makes revolutionaries.  ~Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery.  They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire.  I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy.  The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.  ~Dave BarryIn this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.  ~H.L. MenckenHistory is gossip but scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.  ~Oscar Wilde The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.  ~Clare Boothe Luce Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession.  I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.  ~Ronald Reagan If the person you are trying to diagnose politically is some sort of intellectual, the chances are two to one he is a Democrat.  ~Vance Packard A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.  ~Texas GuinanPolitics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.  The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary,1911 Politics, n:  [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"]  ~Larry Hardiman If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.  ~Emma Goldman How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?  ~Author Unknown A man that'd expict to thrain lobsters to fly in a year is called a loonytic; but a man that thinks men can be tur-rned into angels by an iliction is called a rayformer an' remains at large.  ~Finley Peter Dunne, Mr. Dooley's Philosophy, 1900 There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators.  ~Will Rogers Midas, they say, possessed the art of old Of turning whatsoe'er he touch'd to gold; This modern statesmen can reverse with ease - Touch them with gold, they'll turn to what you please. ~John Wolcot We have plenty of Confidence in this country, but we are a little short of good men to place our Confidence in.  ~Will Rogers We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.  ~Aesop American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age.  ~Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964 A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life's problems without asking its question.  ~André Malraux Politics - I don't know why, but they seem to have a tendency to separate us, to keep us from one another, while nature is always and ever making efforts to bring us together.  ~Sean O'Casey A politician should have three hats.  One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.  ~Carl Sandburg The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.  If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy.  You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when you make a stupid remark, its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself.  Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.  One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one's own habits, and from time to time, one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase - some jackboot, Achilles' heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno or other lump of verbal refuse - into the dustbin where it belongs.  ~George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," Shooting an Elephant, 1950 Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.  ~Thomas Jefferson 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.  ~George E. MacDonaldA political convention is just not a place where you come away with any trace of faith in human nature.  ~Murray Kempton They say women talk too much.  If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.  ~Clare Booth LuceIf the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner.  ~Lindsey Nelson Before you can begin to think about politics at all, you have to abandon the notion that there is a war between good men and bad men.  ~Walter Lippmann A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.  ~Woodrow Wilson Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.  ~John Stuard Mill The qualities that get a man into power are not those that lead him, once established, to use power wisely.  ~Lyman Bryson During a campaign the air is full of speeches - and vice versa.  ~Author Unknown If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.  ~Meg Greenfield When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.  ~P.J. O'Rourke Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.  ~George Jean Nathan Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.  ~Robert Byrne The Christian Right is neither.  ~Author Unknown Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved, and they actually paralyze what slight powers of cerebration man can normally muster.  ~James Harvey Robinson, The Human Comedy, 1937 A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.  ~James Freeman Clarke, Sermon I'm not a leftist; I'm where the righteous ought to be.  ~M.M. Coady Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.  In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. 


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