Sooner will a camel pass through a needle's eye than a great man be "discovered" by an election.
If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas, it is having an excess of commitment to some special and constricting idea. The effect is as observable in Politics as in theology: the intellectual function can be overwhelmed by an excess of piety expended within too contracted a frame of reference.Richard Hofstadter
At bottom, the court's opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self-government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in Politics.john paul stevens
PRESIDENCY, n. The greased pig in the field game of American Politics.ambrose bierce
… Lewis will be remembered most for his unfailing commitment to justice as a concept that must rise above Politics. For it is the Constitution, not any party, ideology or official, that merits Americans' constant allegiance.anthony lewis
There will be no peace in Europe if the States rebuild themselves on the basis of national sovereignty, with its implications of prestige Politics and economic protection (...). The countries of Europe are not strong enough individually to be able to guarantee prosperity and social development for their peoples. The States of Europe must therefore form a federation or a European entity that would make them into a common economic unit.jean monnet
Whatever analogy we choose, one thing is clear - any group with influence needs people outside that group who will criticise it. In the real world of Politics and society, journalists do that - proper journalists who know what having principles means, who aim for objectivity while accepting that it is unattainable, and who are open about who pays them and who they work with.bill thompson
Shaw does not merely decorate a proposition, but makes his way from point to point through new and difficult territory. This explains why Shaw must either be taken whole or left alone. He must be disassembled and put together again with nothing left out, under pain of incomprehension; for his Politics, his art, and his religion to say nothing of the shape of his sentences are unique expressions of this enormously enlarged and yet concentrated consciousness.jacques barzun
On reflection, moral judgment in the arts appears rather as a tribute to their power to influence emotion and possibly conduct. And reflecting further on what some critics do today, one sees that a good many have merely shifted the ground of their moralism, transferring their impulse of righteousness to Politics and social issues.jacques barzun
We live in times of wonderful technology and crappy Politics. The task before us now is not to let the latter destroy the former.l. neil smith
...[T]ry not to be too angry or disappointed with your fellow Americans. Most of them don't care about Politics as much as the majority of my readers, and the education they have received about it from the government's public school system is nothing more than a septic tank full of warmed-over self-serving statist lies and leftist propaganda.l. neil smith
We mean by "Politics" the people's business the most important business there is.adlai stevenson
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul this unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt Politics is the ?rst task of statesmanship.
...neither tolerance nor intolerance is grounded in science and reason, but they are themselves acts of faith grounded in social custom and the Politics of expediency and power
Control over energy resources [of the former Soviet Union] and export routes out of the Eurasian hinterland is quickly becoming one of the central issues in post-Cold War Politics. Like the "Great Game" of the early 20th century, in which the geopolitical interests of the British Empire and Russia clashed over the Caucasus region and Central Asia, today's struggle between Russia and the West may turn on who controls the oil reserves in Eurasia.
Politics has been called the “art of the possible,” and it actually is a realm akin to art insofar as, like art, it occupies a creatively mediating position between spirit and life, the idea and reality.thomas mann
When I meet a historian who cannot think that there have been great men, great men moreover in Politics, I feel myself in the presence of a bad historian; and there are times when I incline to judge all historians by their opinion of Winston Churchillwhether they can see that, no matter how much better the details, often damaging, of man and career become known, he still remains, quite simply, a great man.
Economy and ideology. The claim (presented as an essential postulate of historical materialism) that every fluctuation of Politics and ideology can be presented and expounded as an immediate expression of the structure, must be contested in theory as primitive infantilism, and combated in practice with the authentic testimony of Marx, the author of concrete political and historical works.antonio gramsci
Paradoxically, the problems of Politics often arise not in the form of a problem of scarcity, but as one of abundance.mark kingwell
The close relationship between Politics and economics is neither neutral nor coincidental. Large governments evolve through history in order to protect large accumulations of property and wealth.michael parenti
Von Rundstedt was a soldier through and through, always keeping himself clear of Politics.gerd von rundstedt
A wise man once said, "never discuss philosophy or Politics in a disco environment."frank zappa
His talk was like a stream which runs With rapid change from rock to roses; It slipped from Politics to puns; It passed from Mahomet to Moses; Beginning with the laws that keep The planets in their radiant courses, And ending with some precept deep For dressing eels or shoeing horses.winthrop mackworth praed
In [the Irving Kristol] era, rather than being the "stupid party," Republicans became the party of ideas. Neoconservatism's task was, he said, to "convert the Republican Party and American conservatism in general, against their respective wills, into a new kind conservative Politics suitable to governing a modern democracy."
The age in which true history appeared in India was one of great intellectual and spiritual ferment. Mystics and sophists of all kinds roamed through the Ganga Valley, all advocating some form of mental discipline and asceticism as a means to salvation; but the age of the Buddha , when many of the best minds were abandoning their homes and professions for a life of asceticism, was also a time of advance in commerce and Politics. It produced not only philosophers and ascetics, but also merchant princes and men of action.
Peace is not solely a matter of military or technical problems--it is primarily a problem of Politics and people. And unless man can match his strides in weaponry and technology with equal strides in social and political development, our great strength, like that of the dinosaur, will become incapable of proper control--and like the dinosaur vanish from the earth.