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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
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
Adlai E. Stevenson
Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows - marriage does.
We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
Martin L. Gross
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
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.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles de Gaulle
Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear.
Rutherford B. Hayes
Politics, where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be candidates themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage.
In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.
The bizarre world of cards is a world of pure power politics where rewards and punishments are meted out immediately.
The Liberals are the flying saucers of politics. No one can make head nor tail of them and they never are seen twice in the same place.
John G. Diefenbaker
I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
T. S. Eliot
I happen to think that American politics is one of the noblest arts of mankind; and I cannot do anything else but write about it.
With the end of the nominating process, American politics leaves logic behind.
Politics in America is the binding secular religion.
The legions of reporters who cover politics don't want to quit the clash and thunder of electoral combat for the dry duty of analyzing the federal budget. As a consequence, we have created the perpetual presidential campaign.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Politics as battle has given way to politics as spectacle.
Politics, like theater, is one of those things where you've got to be wise enough to know when to leave.
The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope.
I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
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