Whether you think of politics as the cornerstone of democracy or as a real-life game of chess, it's hard to deny that those who run the country make decisions that affect every aspect of our lives. YourDictionary's collection of politics quotes offers insight from noted politicians as well as those who are critical of the political process.
Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.george burns
PRESIDENCY, n. The greased pig in the field game of American politics.ambrose bierce
The hearings are just like a snake about to devour people.Pat Nixon
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.bernard baruch
No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.thomas jefferson
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.henry kissinger
Self government is preferable to good government.
The first advice I have to give the party is that it should clean its slate.Archibald Primrose
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.Dean Gooderham Acheson
We are Republicans, and don't propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion.
A third-rate political wheel-horse, with the face of a moving-picture actor, the intelligence of a respectable agricultural implement dealer, and the imagination of a lodge joiner? A benign blanka decent, harmless, laborious, hollow-headed mediocrity.Fred hobson
The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.james madison
To "bear arms" is, in itself, a military term. One does not bear arms against a rabbit.
Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate.molière
Should any political party attempt to abolish social security unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.dwight Eisenhower
People say satire is dead. It's not dead; it's alive and living in the White House.Robin Williams
Because democracy is not a spectator sport. ~ US presidential election slogan, Democrats (2004).h. l. mencken
All social cooperation on a larger scale than the most intimate social group requires a measure of coercion.Reinhold Niebuhr
When I first came into Parliament, Mr. Tierney, a great Whig authority, used always to say that the duty of an Opposition was very simple. It was to oppose everything and propose nothing.
People often enter politics with the expectation that they'll be able to make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, it can often feel like politics is simply about putting out fires. In a 1969 interview with The New York Times, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger summed this up with the quote, "There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full."
In the US, a career politician often has lofty dreams of winning the presidency. But, Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, cautioned anyone who wanted to follow in his footsteps that leading the country is not an easy task. In fact, it's one where you'll be criticized and your reputation will be tarnished no matter what you do. "No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it," he said.
For those who are critical of our political process, the problem may lie in the fact that we tend to elect politicians who aren't familiar with the needs of everyday men and women. As comedian George Burns said, "Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair."