Politics Quotes

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics is for people who have a passion for changing life but lack a passion for living it. Tom Robbins

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. Henry Brooks Adams

The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt. Konrad Adenauer

You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain. Stanley Baldwin

A week is a long time in politics. Harold Wilson

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. Henry Brooks Adams

The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. John Jay Chapman

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. Hannah Arendt

Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public. George McGovern

The essential ingredient of politics is timing. Pierre Trudeau

In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table. H G Wells

Politics is a blood sport. Aneurin Bevan

The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare. John Major

Politics offers yesterday’s answers to today’s problems. Marshall McLuhan

In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it. Donald Rumsfeld

There seem to me to be very few facts, at least ascertainable facts, in politics. Robert Peel

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion. Richard M Nixon

In politics, it seems, retreat is honourable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons. Mary McCarthy

I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep. George Borrow

Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin. Lenin

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. Mao Zedong

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

Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen. Peggy Noonan

Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married. C Northcote Parkinson

…the art of politics is to be ahead of your time – about six months will do it. Any more than that, and people forget you were there. Gloria Steinem

I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance. Harold Macmillan

Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity. Vera Brittain

All politics is local. Thomas P ‘Tip’ O’Neill

Politics is nothing but organised opinion. Benjamin Disraeli

A man plunges into politics to make his fortune, and only cares that the world should last his days. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with. Will Rogers

Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education. Henry Brooks Adams

Man is a political animal. Aristotle.

I learned a long time ago in politics, never say never. Gerald R Ford

There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. Lord Acton

In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams

Political thought, in France, is retrospective or Utopian. Raymond Aron

A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature. James Bryce

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

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher

No wonder that, when a political career is so precarious, men of worth and capacity hesitate to embrace it. They cannot afford to be thrown out of their life’s course by a mere accident. James Bryce

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always. Walter Savage Landor

Only very intelligent people don’t wish they were in politics, and I’m dumb enough to want to be in there. Orson Welles

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at. Christian Nestell Bovee

The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue. Emma Goldman

There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water. Alan Clark