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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. Winston Churchill

In golf, you keep your head down and follow through. In the vice presidency, you keep your head up and follow through. It’s a big difference. Dan Quayle

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose. George Will

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale. John Gardner

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

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. Victor Pinchuk

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson

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. John F. Kennedy

She’s certainly shell-shocked from 30 years of being attacked…. I always say she’s like a black driver in a white neighborhood and the police are the Republicans. They keep pulling her over, and they keep having to let her go…  Bill Maher

The emails — big nothing-burger…. We’re starting to read all the emails, and there’s nothing in there. They reveal what she is, a government nerd who never stops working. The kind of person who knows details, who believes government can do good. I just think that’s exactly who she is. She’s someone who wants to roll up her sleeves and make a problem better…. I don’t think there’s much more to it than that. I certainly don’t see a scary person.  Bill Maher

I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8th in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. Bernie Sanders

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He wants people to like him. When people criticize him, he takes it personally. And then, you know, this machine, this tweeting thing, that’s like the worst thing you could give Donald Trump is this tweeting thing. Bill O’Reilly

Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think [that] Secretary [Clinton] is right. And that is the American people are sick and tired of hearing about [her] damn emails.  Bernie Sanders

When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man. Herbert Hoover

You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics.

It’s primary season for those hoping to change their address to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and it must be an El Niño year because it’s been particularly blustery. Scott Sutton

And let me start off by acknowledging what I think all of you already know. And that is the views that many here at Liberty University have and I, on a number of important issues, are very, very different. I believe in a woman’s rights. And the right of a woman to control her own body. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage. Those are my views, and it is no secret. But I came here today because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse.  Bernie Sanders

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A fool and his money are soon elected. Will Rogers

I am a teacher. It’s how I define myself. A good teacher isn’t someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed. That’s the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it’ll have to do a lot with teaching. Justin Trudeau

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

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. George Orwell

We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. Author Unknown

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I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. Will Rogers

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato

The ballot is stronger than the bullet. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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. Oscar Ameringer

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If 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

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

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen. Author Unknown

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A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio speech, 1939 October 26th

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. John Quinton

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they’re dead. Leo Rosten

Hence in international relations there is far too little laughing, and far too much sneering. G.K. Chesterton, “What Is America?”, What I Saw in America, 1922

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

I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government. Frances Farenthold

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The Christian Right is neither. 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 reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces. Maureen Murphy

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In 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. Mencken

When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good, but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation. William J. Clinton

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today. Thomas Sowell

There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. Vladimir Lenin

One baby is a patient baby, and waits indefinitely until its mother is ready to feed it. The other baby is an impatient baby and cries lustily, screams and kicks and makes everybody unpleasant until it is fed. Well, we know perfectly well which baby is attended to first. That is the whole history of politics. Emmeline Pankhurst.

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. Gore Vidal

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He’s not a Republican, he’s a Republican’t. Author Unknown

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. MacDonald

A 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 Boothe Luce

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. Doug Larson

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In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. Franklin D. Roosevelt

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marx

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand. Milton Friedman

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon Bonaparte

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. Charles Krauthammer

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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

Social economy means spending a penny to save a pound. Political economy is spending a pound to save a penny. F. Tomline (William Schwenck Gilbert) & Gilbert Arthur à Beckett, The Happy Land: A Burlesque Version of “The Wicked World,” 1873

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

The difference between a liberal and a conservative is that one considers truth an inconvenience while the other opposes it on principle. Robert Brault

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 hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. Adlai Stevenson

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The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. Thomas Sowell

Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about. Gerard Way

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

I hate all politics. I don’t like either political party. One should not belong to them – one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking. Ray Bradbury

In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. John F. Kennedy

Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. John Kenneth Galbraith

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How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America? Author unknown

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

There ought to be one day — just one — when there is open season on senators. Will Rogers

Overheard in a Washington D.C. confessional: “Bless me, Father, for sins have been committed. Robert Brault

Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don’t know what they are conserving. Robertson Davies

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I like to see myself as a bridge builder, that is me building bridges between people, between races, between cultures, between politics, trying to find common ground. T. D. Jakes

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Khalil Gibran

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are. Cal Thomas

We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views. James McGreevey

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

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time. Alfred E. Wiggam

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A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. Texas Guinan

Politics: 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

Congress should not be like the Super Bowl where you have to have one team that’s going to win and another team that’s going to be a loser. John Breaux

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others. Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government. Donald Trump

In 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. Mencken

History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Oscar Wilde

Since the majority is always wrong, might we try one election day where all the losers take office? Robert Brault

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

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater

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

Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole. John F. Kennedy

Agriculture is a business that has been up to its bib overalls in politics since the first Thanksgiving dinner kickback to the Indians for subsidizing Pilgrim maize production with fish head fertilizer grants. P. J. O’Rourke

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. John Kenneth Galbraith

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