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
The first advice I have to give the party is that it should clean its slate.Archibald Primrose
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.henry kissinger
Self government is preferable to good government.
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.
So, if there is a movement, which this [anonymous New York Times contributor] claims there is and I haven't seen it, that is what the deep state is. That is the government employees -- some of them, who have their own agenda and not the agenda of the 60 million people that voted for Donald Trump to be the President of the United States.Corey Lewandowski
[President Trump] expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on [Russia] for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable. This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.anonymous
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
Lincoln -- they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart.Barack Obama
Defence, not defiance.
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
Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & othersDonald Trump
There are people in what we call 'deep state,' meaning these guys have wormed their way into power in the Obama years and before and have their own political agenda. And they’re utilizing every bit of leverage that they’ve got to accomplish their mission.Dana Rohrabacher
While former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and others have been prosecuted for lying to the FBI over communications and actions that appear to be perfectly legal, the FBI and the rest of the deep state have been allowed so far to thumb their noses at Congress and the American people without any serious repercussions.mark penn
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."