Politics - Quotes & Sayings

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

Newt Gingrich

I am a teacher. It's how I define myself. A good teacher isn't someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed. That's the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it'll have to do a lot with teaching.

Justin Trudeau

In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.

Winston Churchill

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.

Herbert Hoover

The unique thing about our country is that we have Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, and people of all other religions. We have temples and mosques, gurdwaras and churches. But we do not bring all this into politics... This is the difference between India and Pakistan.

Lal Bahadur Shastri

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.

William E. Simon

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.

Theodore Roosevelt

The secret of getting things done is to act!

Dante Alighieri

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.


People say satire is dead. It's not dead; it's alive and living in the White House.

Robin Williams

When politics is no longer a mission but a profession, politicians become more self-serving than public servants.

Emmanuel Macron

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

Ronald Reagan

I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them - one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.

Ray Bradbury

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.

Kin Hubbard

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.


Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.

Mao Zedong

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.

Louis D. Brandeis

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.

J. William Fulbright

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules - politics has no rules.

Ross Perot

In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?

Barack Obama

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.

Thomas Sowell

I came back from university thinking I knew all about politics and racism, not knowing my dad had been one of the youngest-serving Labour councillors in the town and had refused to work in South Africa years ago because of the situation there. And he's never mentioned it - you just find out. That's a real man to me. A sleeping lion.

Johnny Vegas

I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.

Andrew Jackson

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

Dante Alighieri

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

Joseph Stalin

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

Khalil Gibran

There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.

Vladimir Lenin

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are.

Cal Thomas

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.

Fidel Castro

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.

Robert Byrne

Everything is politics.

Thomas Mann

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.

Emma Goldman

In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.

John F. Kennedy

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Voting is a civic sacrament.

Theodore Hesburgh

As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people's struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.

Angela Davis

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

Harry S Truman

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.

Otto von Bismarck

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

Thomas Jefferson

The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary.

Gloria Steinem

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Edmund Burke

Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Globalization and trade liberalization were supposed to make us all better off through the mechanism of trickle-down economics. What we seemed to be seeing instead was trickle-up economics, accompanied by a destruction of democratic politics, as we moved ever closer to a system of 'one dollar, one vote' as opposed to 'one person, one vote.'

Joseph Stiglitz

All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.

Harry S Truman

It is impossible to practice parliamentary politics without having patience, decency, politeness and courtesy.

Khaleda Zia

I've been offered political shows before, and I don't know anything about politics and I feel uncomfortable making political opinions - there's consequences to them. I often think I'm wrong, so I really don't like getting in political or religious discussions because of the giant possibility that I might be wrong.

Norm MacDonald

I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics.

Newt Gingrich

I paid too heavy a price for perestroika.

Mikhail Gorbachev