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
No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.thomas jefferson
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.bernard baruch
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
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.henry kissinger
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
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
Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate.molière
Defence, not defiance.
People say satire is dead. It's not dead; it's alive and living in the White House.Robin Williams
One source recounted stories of employees in select State Department bureaus decorating their cubicles with pro-Trump imagery, so as to avoid suspicion. If the Deep State didn’t exist before, Trump has brought it into being.Abigail Tracy
President Trump and his supporters have often complained about the "deep state" — a supposedly shadowy cabal of opposition bureaucrats buried deep within the government.Mara Liasson
The Deep State is the big story of our time. It is the red thread that runs through the war on terrorism and the militarization of foreign policy, the financialization and deindustrialization of the American economy, the rise of a plutocratic social structure that has given us the most unequal society in almost a century, and the political dysfunction that has paralyzed day-to-day governance and driven voters to embrace Trump.Mike Lofgren
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."