Best Quotes About Politician

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor. -Lady Bird Johnson

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. -John F. Kennedy

When I'm not a politician, I'll be dead. -Barry Goldwater

Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down. -Robert Orben

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions. -Ted Koppel

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. -Charles de Gaulle

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. -Doug Larson

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces. -Maureen Murphy

The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face. -Clare Boothe Luce

If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide. -Meg Greenfield

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. -Charles de Gaulle

The best time to listen to a politician is when he's on a stump on a street corner in the rain late at night when he's exhausted. Then he doesn't lie. -Theodore White

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote. -William E. Simon

A politician ought to be born a foundling and remain a bachelor. -Lady Bird Johnson

The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth – something very difficult for a politician. Or watch your food – just watch it, don't eat it. -Ed Koch

The kind of thing I'm good at is knowing every politician in the state and remembering where he itches. And I know where to scratch him. -Earl Long

If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians. -Harold MacMillan

One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one. -Henry Miller

We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are – politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings. -Laurence Olivier

Let's give the conventions back to the politicians. If we think there's any news, we can tack it on afterward as commentary. But the conventions should be their show, not ours. -Don Hewitt

The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved. -Edward R. Murrow

A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation. -Adlai Stevenson I

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. -Charles de Gaulle

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. -Henry Kissinger

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. -Socrates

A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own. -H. G. Wells

If you call your opponent a politician, it's grounds for libel. -Mark Russell

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. -Simon Cameron

America is just the country that how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society. -Peter Kropotkin

When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before. -H. L. Mencken

Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances. -Steve Allen

What is inherently wrong with the word 'politician' if the fellow has devoted his life to holding public office and trying to do something for his people? -Richard J. Daley

What this country needs is more unemployed politicians. -Angela Davis

The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians. -Benjamin Disraeli

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word. -Charles de Gaulle

A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he's a statesman. -David Lloyd George

There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible. -John Galsworthy

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting. -Winston Churchill

No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections. -Winston Churchill

A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. -Winston Churchill

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. -Henrik Ibsen

Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be. -Marshall McLuhan

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. -H. L. Mencken

The statesman shears the sheep; the politician skins them. -Austin O'Malley

It is true that the politician, in his professional character, does not always, or even very often, conform to the most approved pattern of private conduct. -Frederick Scott Oliver

No politician has ever yet been able to rule his country, nor has any country ever yet been able to face the world, upon the principles of the Sermon on the Mount. -Frederick Scott Oliver

The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice. -Theodore Roosevelt

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years. -Harry S Truman

The ability to change one's views without losing one's seat is the mark of a great politician. -Mo Udall

I've seen many politicians paralyzed in the legs as myself, but I've seen more of them who were paralyzed in the head. -George Wallace

I do not admire politicians; but when they are excellent in their way, one cannot help allowing them their due. -Horace Walpole

I'm not a politician and my other habits are good. -Charles Farrar Browne

Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome. -Benjamin Whichcote

There are numerous bugbears in the profession of a politician. First, ordinary life suffers. Second, there are many temptations to ruin you and those around you. And I suppose third, and this is rarely discussed, people at the top generally have no friends. -Boris Yeltsin

A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. -Russell Baker

Under every stone lurks a politician. -Aristophanes

If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves. -Howard Zinn

A politician is the devil's quilted anvil; He fashions all sins on him, and the blows are never heard. -John Webster

Advertising men and politicians are dangerous if they are separated. Together they are diabolical. -Phillip Adams

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. -Will Rogers

I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. -Charlie Chaplin

Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians. -Chester Bowles

Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision. -Dick Armey

The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue. -Henry IV of England

Right-wing media and politicians are looking for any opportunity to be critical of the reporters who are here. Some reporters make judgments, but that is not my style. I present both sides and report what I see with my own eyes. -Peter Arnett

The biggest problem that we have is that California is being run now by special interests. All of the politicians are not anymore making the moves for the people, but for special interests and we have to stop that. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him. -Jean Baudrillard

It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter. -William Hazlitt

It is hard to say why politicians are called servants, unless it is because a good one is hard to find. -Gerald F. Lieberman

A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth. -Adlai Stevenson I

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. -H. L. Mencken

Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong. -Don Marquis

A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation. -James Freeman Clarke

A politician will do anything to keep his job, even become a patriot. -William Randolph Hearst

There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else. -Pete Hamill

At home, you always have to be a politician; when you're abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman. -Harold MacMillan

There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten. -Indira Gandhi

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. -H. L. Mencken

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians. -David Brinkley

Apparently Arnold was inspired by President Bush, who proved you can be a successful politician in this country even if English is your second language. -Conan O'Brien

The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians. -Tony Benn

A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office. -Hubert H. Humphrey

I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest. -Rodney Dangerfield

The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at crossroads. -Flann O'Brien

God and the politicians willing, the United States can declare peace upon the world, and win it. -Ely Culbertson

Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher. -A. N. Wilson

The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest. -Rodney Dangerfield

The issue is not abortion. The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do. -Howard Dean

I am satisfied that all politicians were meant to be journalists and all journalists meant to be politicians. -Owen Arthur

The politicians in this world… have at their command weapons of mass destruction far more complex than their own thinking processes. -Charley Reese

Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen. -Bob Edwards

In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well. -Len Deighton

The first black president will be a politician who is black. -Douglas Wilder

I'm not a traditional politician, and I have a sense of humor. I'll try to soften it and become boring, maybe even very boring, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to. -Silvio Berlusconi

The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom. -Silvio Berlusconi

The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time. -Franklin Pierce Adams

I think people are tired of politicians trying to poke each other in the eye. -Mark Warner

You slam a politician, you make out he's the devil, with horns and hoofs. But his wife loves him, and so did all his mistresses. -Pamela Hansford Johnson

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. -Carl Sandburg

When I think of the person that I thought was Bill Clinton, I think he had genuine remorse. When I think of the person that I now see is 100 percent politician, I think he's sorry he got caught. -Monica Lewinsky

There is no such thing as several Romanias, but only politicians who divide Romania depending on the interests of their parties and their clout. -Traian Basescu

I think I should be active politically. Because I look upon myself as a politician. That's not a dirty work you know. Some people think that there are something wrong with politicians. Of course, something wrong with some politicians. -Aung San Suu Kyi

Too many terms corrupts politicians so they only want to be reelected. -Alice Paul

Well, I couldn't do the day-to-day stuff of being a politician or anything, but I just think everybody should have an opinion and everybody should vote, and that's what we're built on. -Toby Keith

I believe Mexico should dedicate 100% of its oil revenues to developing human capital and technological development. None of us politicians should be able to touch that money. -Vicente Fox

In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws. -Emil Cioran

I've learned in my years as a journalist that when a politician says 'That's ridiculous' you're probably on the right track. -Amy Goodman

I am not a politician, and my other habits air good. -Charles Farrar Browne

A politician will do anything to keep his job – even become a patriot. -William Randolph

Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won't be made safer by creating barriers between people. -Michael Palin

I know that we shall meet problems along the way, but I'd far rather see for myself what's going on in the world outside, than rely on newspapers, television, politicians and religious leaders to tell me what I should be thinking. -Michael Palin

We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children. -Howard Zinn

Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free. -Harry Browne

Multinational corporations do control. They control the politicians. They control the media. They control the pattern of consumption, entertainment, thinking. They're destroying the planet and laying the foundation for violent outbursts and racial division. -Jerry Brown

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

Any politician who wants to run for president will come to me in a few years. -Sun Myung Moon

The politicians of New York have everything that is necessary to make proper decisions and they will have to live with what happens afterwards. The worst scenario is the politicians covering their eyes and turning it over to the FBI. -Tom Hayden

Once brave politicians and others explain the war on drugs' true cost, the American people will scream for a cease-fire. Bring the troops home, people will urge. Treat drugs as a health problem, not as a matter for the criminal justice system. -Larry Elder

No man can be a politician, except he be first a historian or a traveller; for except he can see what must be, or what may be, he is no politician. -James Harrington

The vast majority of politicians think they are functioning on high principle. -George E. Brown, Jr.

Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep. -Ray Davies

Both politicians and journalists face situations which strain their honesty and humanity. My opinion is that politicians on the average stand up somewhat better than journalists. -John McCarthy

The only people who say worse things about politicians that reporters do are other politicians. -Andy Rooney

There is a whole school of Canadian academics, media personalities, and politicians whose definition of a Canadian is a North American who fears or dislikes the United States. -Preston Manning

One can say that three pre-eminent qualities are decisive for the politician: passion, a feeling of responsibility, and a sense of proportion. -Max Weber

I enjoyed the administrative work because it involved working with Congress, city council, and the mayor. I had never been a politician so it was fun – learning political maneuvering. -Harold H. Greene

The politician's promises of yesterday are the taxes of today. -William Lyon Mackenzie King

The first requisite of a sound monetary system is that it put the least possible power over the quantity or quality of money in the hands of the politicians. -Henry Hazlitt

Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world… I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception. -Kenneth Koch

Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians. -Muhammad Iqbal

The career of a politician mainly consists in making one part of the nation do what it does not want to do, in order to please and satisfy the other part of the nation. -Auberon Herbert

The ruling idea of the politician – stated rather bluntly – is that those who are opposed to him exist for the purpose of being made to serve his ends, if he can get power enough in his hands to force these ends upon them. -Auberon Herbert

I think politicians are so far out of step with what people really want. -Paul Weller

I am not a politician… I only suffer the consequences. -Peter Tosh

Right now we're in the middle of a cultural war between the Muslims and the Western world. The politicians get in the way, but if you put two people together in a room, they can talk it out and work it out, just like Anna and the King. -Sandy Duncan

Nick plays a corrupt politician, which is kind of a redundant statement. -Alan Rudolph

It's always the small people who change things. It's never the politicians or the big guys. I mean, who pulled down the Berlin wall? It was all the people in the streets. The specialists didn't have a clue the day before. -Luc Besson

I come here not as a polished politician but as a woman who has had her fair share of life's knocks. -Pauline Hanson

If politicians continue to promote separatism in Australia, they should not continue to hold their seats in this parliament. They are not truly representing all Australians, and I call on the people to throw them out. -Pauline Hanson

One of the things that you have trouble with politicians, particularly in Washington, is when you get mad at them and you can't touch them; you can't punch them; you can't yell at them. -Frank Luntz

What passes for real debate in Washington often seems more like an echo chamber, with politicians talking at politicians. -Bill Delahunt

Present law has a process to ascertain whether or not a patient is in a persistent vegetative state, and it should not matter what politicians think. -Bobby Scott

I'm not a politician. I only want to help relieve the suffering in communities, and I want to help people see their community in each other. -Russell Simmons

I'm not a politician. I'm not a lawyer. I'm just a country boy. -Max Burns

I have moved on from being a British parliamentarian, I have moved on from being a New Labour politician, I have moved on from being the supporter in the active day-to-day sense of Tony Blair. -Peter Mandelson

But remember, I am no politician, and no seer into souls. -Rebecca Harding Davis

The relationship between press and politician – protected by the Constitution and designed to be happily adversarial – becomes sour, raw and confrontational. -Roger Mudd

I may not be the world's best glad-handing politician, but I've been elected mayor twice. I understand politics. And I definitely understand where the state line is. -Anthony A. Williams

We shouldn't have politicians micromanaging this war because it is complex and unconventional. -Bill Shuster

There are, believe it or not, good politicians. -Daniel Keys Moran

It is normal for politicians in all countries to profess themselves the pupils of history, anxious to draw the right lessons from her teaching. -Douglas Hurd

We should be wary of politicians who profess to follow history while only noticing those signposts of history that point in the direction which they themselves already favour. -Douglas Hurd

What politicians want to create is irreversible change because when you leave office someone changes it back again. -Estelle Morris

Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don't know what's going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA. -Stanley Crouch

Our generals talk a good game about taking care of their grunts, and the majority of our Beltway politicians bay with moralistic fervor about how they, too, support the troops. -David Hackworth

The wealth of the country, its capital, its credit, must be saved from the predatory poor as well as the predatory rich, but above all from the predatory politician. -James J. Hill

It's to be a person who's able to shoot little arrows into sacred cows and knock politicians off their pedestals, to look out for hypocrisy, advocate for all sorts of things from social justice to peace. -Jonathan Shapiro

Ensuring a bright future for all our children is the responsibility of the community, the schools, families and like it or not- politicians as well. -Michael N. Castle

Bush doesn't present himself as a realpolitik politician. -Peter Singer

I've not seen in my lifetime any politician who is a heroic figure. The manipulation that all politicians use on one level or another is so transparent. -Dean Koontz

A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power. -Dean Koontz

It is kind of tedious after a while, to parse politicians doing the same thing over and over again. The facts change from week to week, but the sort of masquerade doesn't. -Frank Rich

And for well over a hundred years our politicians, statesmen, and people remembered that this was a republic, not a democracy, and knew what they meant when they made that distinction. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

Any debate among politicians about monetary policy is counterproductive. -Gerhard Schroder

I think the show does better with newsmakers and politicians than it does with actors. -Samantha Bee

The endorsement of respected conservative Republican officeholders and politicians is particularly important at this time as to destroy Reagan's credibility as a loyal Republican. -Robert Teeter

First and foremost, when I think of him – I'm prejudiced; I worked for the guy for six and a half years – when I think of him, I think of him first and foremost as an idea politician. -John Podesta

To be fair, lying is part and parcel of public life. Every politician has lied about something because they are owned by the special interest groups that finance their elections. -Peter Schuyler

America gets the politicians they deserve. That's it. And you keep struggling. -Al Lewis

In 1977, at least, he wished to have people believe that he shared and was proud of an attitude toward women that is not acceptable in a politician. In 2003, all he has said is that he doesn't remember the interview. -Michael Kinsley

In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy. -Michael Kinsley

I was studying American politicians who were searching – allegedly – for American communists because it would put them on the front pages of the papers in their home towns. -Robert Vaughn

I'm not a minister, I'm not a philosopher, I'm not a politician, I'm in another category. -Sun Ra

What generally happens in this county is that our politicians don't serve us well because they don't tell the truth, and they don't keep their promises. -Peter Garrett

I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps. I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician, though I'm glad I am not any of these. -Tom Glazer

And I think there is too much bloviating around from politicians. -Barney Frank

It seems to me that politicians ought to use the same words as other people. -Barney Frank

Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble over the last few decades is that their skepticism often extends only to American officials, the U.S. military and Republican politicians. -Linda Chavez

At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people. -Haile Gebrselassie

Democratic politicians have disliked things I've written, Republican politicians… if they all love you, you might as well be driving a Good Humor truck. -Adam Clymer

In working class districts, you had several families living together in the one house, and it was very difficult to get a house, because the politicians who controlled housing were doing so in a very discriminatory fashion. -John Hume

There were two mentalities, and both mentalities had to change. There was what I called the Afrikaner mind set of the Unionist politicians, which was holding all power in their own hands, and discriminating, and their objective was to protect their identity. -John Hume

We must have more union members in this country to fight the political and business forces that are undermining workers in this country. The AFL-CIO has chosen the opposite approach by planning to throw even more money at politicians. -James P. Hoffa

I like photographing the people I love, the people I admire, the famous, and especially the infamous. My last infamous subject was the extreme right wing French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen. -Helmut Newton

In America, politicians do whatever to get re-elected, and a lot of decisions that were being made at that time by Kennedy were certain not to get him re-elected. -Kevin Costner

To an intellectual who is adrift in politics, a theory is an aim; to a true politician his theory is a boundary. -Francis Parker Yockey

Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes- and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible? -Barry Goldwater

I don't think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that's where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies. -Twyla Tharp

The biggest problem was the politicians knew nothing about fighting a war. -R. Lee Ermey

For years all I seemed to be doing was lobbying politicians and others to persuade them that European culture needed movies, and that we had to protect it. -Wim Wenders

The War on Drugs employs millions – politicians, bureaucrats, policemen, and now the military – that probably couldn't find a place for their dubious talents in a free market, unless they were to sell pencils from a tin cup on street corners. -L. Neil Smith

My coach was a great politician, so he did most of the work. He was good. -Dorothy Hamill

Once your name becomes well known, politicians come courting. -Charley Pride

It's a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble. -John Keegan

People want change but not too much change. Finding that balance is tricky for every politician. -Eleanor Clift

I think you will find scientists that think like you in Germany and Britain, and you will find politicians that think like Weinberger. I think the most bellicose ruling group in the Western world at the moment is the British. -E. P. Thompson

In the restaurant business, you never want to have enemies, whereas it seems that many politicians judge their success by how high their enemies are and whether they can show that they can hold their ground and give a punch for every punch they take. -John Hickenlooper

I would argue that one of the issues which the public should be much more emphatic about with all politicians… is patronage, appointing people to high positions because they supported your campaign or helped you raise money. -John Hickenlooper

I believe politicians should always remain realistic. -Eduard Shevardnadze

I have to say that when I was young, when any politician was talking I wasn't even interested. Maybe they were saying some nice stuff, but then if you put Michael Jordan on TV, I was interested! -Thierry Henry

There is no visible sign that the current politicians in the US are willing to see the need for change. -David Korten

There are actually very few US politicians who have integrity and vision. -David Korten

It will take some time before a politician will capture the imagination of the American people and have the vision and understanding to do what is necessary for a better future for the people of America and the world. -David Korten

The commercial broadcasters have tremendous influence in Washington, D.C., for a couple of reasons. First, they're extremely rich and they have lots of money and they have had for a long time, so they can give money to politicians, which gets their attention. -Robert McChesney

I'm not a politician. -Eric Braeden

Some newspapers have a hands-off policy on favored politicians. But it's generally very small newspapers or local TV stations. -Bob Woodward

If you interviewed 1,000 politicians and asked about whether the media's too soft or too hard, about 999 would say too hard. -Bob Woodward

The recent history of Ukraine is replete with dead journalists, beaten journalists, news agencies being shut down, and politicians being injured or killed. Most are killed in mysterious auto accidents. -Bob Schaffer

It's wherever business rules, business is going to get the politicians they want because they control the money and money controls the power. -Rob Walton

I don't want to be a politician. I don't like politics. It's petty; it fights dirty. -John Mellencamp

I'm your average Joe guy. I don't really care for politicians. -John Mellencamp

When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand. -John Mellencamp

Most politicians, when they meet with a guy like me, or a guy like Carville, tell you about how they can win. -Paul Begala

It defies all common sense to send that roughneck ward politician back to the White House. -Robert Taft

Of course great politicians are always liable to be wrong about something, and the more people tell them they are wrong, the more stubbornly they defend their error. -Ferdinand Mount

There's this unspoken club where you say to each other: Oh God, if they only knew how ordinary I was, they wouldn't be interested. That includes movie stars and politicians. -Margot Kidder

One of the interesting things here is that the people who should be shaping the future are politicians. But the political framework itself is so dead and closed that people look to other sources, like artists, because art and music allow people a certain freedom. -Thom Yorke

I am not a politician. -Erskine Bowles

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. -Texas Guinan

Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it. Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer. -Len Deighton

Texas was defined by its larger-than-life characters, particularly politicians. -Jessica Savitch

You never know with politicians what they are really saying. And I don't say that in a negative way-they have an appalling job. -James Lovelock

Some people are born gardeners, some are politicians. I was an actor. It took a great deal of pain before I figured that out. I didn't relate to most of it. -Kathleen Quinlan

People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests. -James Bovard

Some politicians are aware of the Bill of Rights. It seems that the opposition party is far more likely to invoke it, to wave it in the air, this is what we saw from a lot of republicans during the Clinton Administration, and we are seeing the same from Democrats under Bush. -James Bovard

With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral. -James Bovard

I never intended to be a politician or office-seeker. -Vaclav Klaus

People do not want politicians they know to be corrupt. -Paddy Ashdown

My own electorate, which I represented for 36 years as an anti-apartheid politician, had a considerable number of Jewish voters supporting me throughout my career. -Helen Suzman

I love this country, I love these people, though I can't say I love their politicians. People are always nicer than politicians, but here, you can mark that difference up a hundredfold. -Paddy Ashdown

Few men could explain why they enlisted, and if they attempted they might only prove that they had done as a politician said the electorate does, the right thing from the wrong motive. -Patrick MacGill

I've never wanted to become a politician, an interior decorator, I've never wanted to speculate and make a load of money. I just wanted this. -Terence Stamp

As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU. -Angela Merkel

It's very useful when politicians have doubts because there are so many choices to be made in the world. -Antonio Tabucchi

My job is to look at what politics is doing, not be a politician myself. -Antonio Tabucchi

The popular tendency is to listen approvingly to the most extreme statements and claims of politicians and orators who seek popularity by declaring their own country right in everything and other countries wrong in everything. -Elihu Root

I think most politicians could take a dodgeball in the face. -Ben Stiller

I'm not a politician and don't want any part of politics. -Calvin Klein

I'll see Naomi Wolf on television periodically, I have nothing against her and what she says, but I'll feel that she's a politician, like she's got an agenda to get across and that she doesn't always say what's really true or exactly what she feels. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

Did you know that they introduced the 15 percent flat tax on individual and corporate income in Iraq? Something that some politicians very much wanted to push in the United States without success but in Iraq they do it. -Juan Cole

We were environmentalists of the Teddy Roosevelt theory. We believed in separation of church and state. We believed in the independence of the Supreme Court not being subject to politicians. -Pete McCloskey

Like its politicians and its war, society has the teenagers it deserves. -J. B. Priestley

I never wanted to be aligned to a mature group because they go off and become politicians and stuff. -Richard O'Brien

I think it has sullied his presidency. As brilliant a politician as Bill Clinton is, as magnetic a personality as he can be, there is one little screw loose somewhere. -Morley Safer

The civilized world needs to think about a decision when single politicians are not allowed to stay in power. -Vladimir Zhirinovsky

The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent. -Billy Joel

Tonight, I concurred with President Bush when he stated that the decisions on future involvement of U.S. troops in Iraq should be left to the Pentagon and not politicians in Washington. -Howard Coble

If, however, the success of a politician is to be measured by the degree in which he is able personally to influence the course of politics, and attach to himself a school of political thought, then Mr. Mill, in the best meaning of the words, has succeeded. -Millicent Fawcett

Personality is essential. It is in every work of art. When someone walks on stage for a performance and has charisma, everyone is convinced that he has personality. I find that charisma is merely a form of showmanship. Movie stars usually have it. A politician has to have it. -Lukas Foss

My mother was a politician in my formative years. -Antonia Fraser

I am neither a sociologist nor a politician. All I can do is imagine for myself what the future will be like. -Michelangelo Antonioni

I suppose it's easy to play a hypocritical politician with a smiling face; it's also quite gratifying to play. -Ian McDiarmid

I'm no politician. I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education. -Stephen Ambrose

Howard Dean has been successful because he was clear in his opposition to the war. People appreciate a politician with the courage to say, I oppose this war. -Bianca Jagger

The Women of the Storm made a big difference for me, because it really put some real-life faces with the situation, and not just politicians. -Lynn Westmoreland

We've got to trust the politicians with these decisions. -George Carey

I was not a politician. -John Hewson

I'm not just a politician, I'm a guy who has a real deep, substantive, commitment to education. -Roy Romer

The only place you see a free market is in the speeches of politicians. -Dwayne Andreas

The function of the politician, therefore, is one of continuous watchfulness and activity, and he must have intimate knowledge of details if he would work out grand results. -John George Nicolay

While Lincoln thus became a lawyer, he did not cease to remain a politician. -John George Nicolay

If he had listened to some of his advisors and had tried to make the Marshall Plan a political dumping ground for unqualified politicians, it couldn't have been a success. -Paul Hoffman

I would say keep supporting space flight, keep telling the public and the politicians why it's important to advance science and explore the galaxy. I encourage the Japanese to keep doing what they're doing. -Leroy Chiao

I get amazed, I can't look at it but about 10 seconds, at these politicians dancing around this, dancing around this, I'm trying to find a correct name for it, this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. -Jimmy Swaggart

It is essential for politicians to make a connection with us, as Franklin Roosevelt did, as Teddy Roosevelt did, as John F. Kennedy did, as Ronald Reagan did. -Peter Jennings

Calculating how much carbon is absorbed by which forests and farms is a tricky task, especially when politicians do it. -Donella Meadows

There are dumb actors. But there are dumb politicians and dumb bakers. -Tim Robbins

After believing in promises made and never fulfilled by Labour, people have become increasingly disenchanted with the process assuming that all politicians will say anything to gain power, and then never follow through. -Adam Rickitt

What's new is that the White House itself has now been corporatized. It's not politicians working for the corporate interests. They are the corporate interests. That's where Bush came from, and Cheney and Rumsfeld. -Jim Hightower

We've got to clear some of the room out of the prisons so we can put the bad guys in there, like the pedophiles and the politicians. -Kinky Friedman

Musicians can run this state better than politicians. We won't get a lot done in the mornings, but we'll work late and be honest. -Kinky Friedman

And I think musicians can better run this state than politicians. And, hell, beauticians can better run the state than politicians. -Kinky Friedman

People are not in a good mood when any politician's face appears on television. -Mark Russell

You know that a given in life in human nature, is that at a sporting event, a baseball game, a football game, you never introduce a politician, is because he'll be booed. I don't care if he's the most beloved person in the world, its part of the game. -Mark Russell

I'm not a politician; I'm lucky to be a filmmaker and to be able to express myself through the films I make. -Mathieu Kassovitz

Wherever you turn, there is always something wrong with the politicians. They have everything they need to save the world, and they don't save it. -Nana Mouskouri

A woman must combine the role of mother, wife and politician. -Emma Bonino

The antagonism between the poet and the politician has generally been evident in all cultures. -Salvatore Quasimodo

As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere, but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed. -Recep Tayyip Erdogan

My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politician's car. -Larry Hagman

I cover media people the way they cover politicians. -Matt Drudge

The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision. -John Major

Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts, and politicians violently denounce the politicians of other countries. -Margaret Sanger

A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man. -e. e. cummings

The news of any politician's death should be listed under 'Public Improvements.' -Frank Dane

There are honest journalists like there are honest politicians – they stay bought. -Bill Moyers

The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to lose an election. -Earl Wilson

It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something. -Anthony Trollope

One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians. -William F. Buckley, Jr.

Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are. -Peggy Noonan

Smoking calms me down. It's enjoyable. I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life. -David Hockney

We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician. -Felix Frankfurter

Characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner. -Aristophanes

I won't eat anything that has intelligent life, but I'd gladly eat a network executive or a politician. -Marty Feldman

Some of our best journalists take themselves even more seriously than the politicians they write about. -R. W. Apple, Jr.

Several things about Reagan are unusual in a public man. He was not a typical politician at all, but a private man in public life. -Lyn Nofziger

A politician wouldn't dream of being allowed to call a columnist the things a columnist is allowed to call a politician. -Max Lerner

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing. -Ben Okri

All politicians should have 3 hats – one to throw into the ring, one to talk through, and one to pull rabbits out of if elected. -Carl Sandburg

I did not deal well with the politicians. I tend to tell people that when they are full of crap, that they are full of crap. -Robert Crandall

The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed. -Claude Pepper

A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it. -Oscar Levant

No politician is threatened by the child protective constituency, because it does not exist. -Andrew Vachss

Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory. -Salman Rushdie

Life and people are complex. A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician. We don't see the world that simply. -Joyce Carol Oates

A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it. -John Major

If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world. -Claude Pepper

Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government. -B. R. Ambedkar

Let me be clear – no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions. -Antonio Villaraigosa

If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like. -Randall Jarrell

Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders. -Thomas Sowell

As compared with the college politician, the real article seems like an amateur. -Woodrow Wilson

Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump for a speech on conservation. -Adlai Stevenson II

It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral. -Francis Bacon

A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth. -Michael Kinsley

Think of submitting our measure to the advice of politicians! I would as soon submit the subject of the equality of a goose to a fox. -Anna Howard Shaw

Cindy Sheehan is a clown. There is no real antiwar movement. No serious politician, with anything to do with anything, would show his face at an antiwar rally. -Karl Rove

Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate. -Orson Welles

When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers. -Walter Lippmann

The mark of a true politician is that he is never at a loss for words because he is always half-expecting to be asked to make a speech. -Richard M. Nixon

Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting in election returns: there's the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in. -Marcelene Cox

You can't trust politicians. It doesn't matter who makes a political speech. It's all lies – and it applies to any rock star who wants to make a political speech as well. -Bob Geldof

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do. -Wendell Berry

It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn't in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals. -Charles Kuralt

I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians. -John F. Kennedy

The politician being interviewed clearly takes a great deal of trouble to imagine an ending to his sentence: and if he stopped short? His entire policy would be jeopardized! -Roland Barthes

A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience. -George Will

Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers. -Ron Paul

My function in life is not to be a politician in Parliament: it is to get something done. -Bernadette Devlin

Statesmanship is harder than politics. Politics is the art of getting along with people, whereas statesmanship is the art of getting along with politicians. -Fletcher Knebel

Mother is the first word that occurs to politicians and columnists and popes when they raise the question, 'Why isn't life turning out the way we want it?' -Mary Kay Blakely

What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence. -Lord Byron

I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment the sober second thought of the people. -Rutherford B. Hayes

People aren't as stupid as the politicians think. More and more of us are laughing off our 'civic duty' to vote, rejecting the role of compulsory constituent. -Bob Black

Justices are not politicians. They don't run on a political platform, and senators should not ask them to do so. -John Cornyn

The Blair government has lowered the standing of politics and politicians in our country. -Kenneth Clarke

Sometimes it's a little bit like being a politician. We have work to do in understanding our users' sentiments. -Meg Whitman

I am not at all a politician. I don't think I'm cut out for politics. I am certainly not going to stand for election. -Pervez Musharraf

Bill Bradley is a serious politician and if Al Gore stumbles seriously, then Bradley is there to take advantage of that. -Tom Mann

We shouldn't accept mediocrity as the best a politician can do. -Joe Manchin

Most politicians – those people who live, eat and breathe politics – like to sit around and talk about politics and tell political war stories. Reagan didn't do that. His war stories were movie war stories and Hollywood war stories. He loved that. -Lyn Nofziger

When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans. -Ron Paul

I started in London, as a kid. My mother knew I had sort of an inbred talent. She was an actress, so I inherited it from her. But I think I got a lot of it from my grandfather, who was a great politician. -Angela Lansbury

It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man's interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement. -Anthony Trollope

I don't totally believe that all of the politicians see a problem with the gap between the scores of black children and other groups. I believe that many politicians think this has been the way it has always been, so what's the problem? -Barry Williams

The future is not Big Government. Self-serving politicians. Powerful bureaucrats. This has been tried, tested throughout history. The result has always been disaster. President Obama, your agenda is not new. It's not change, and it's not hope. -Rush Limbaugh

Prime Minister, I see you've already mastered the essential craft of the European politician, namely, the ability to say one thing in this chamber and a very different thing to your home electorate. -Daniel Hannan

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. -Charles Krauthammer

Howard Dean is not the first politician to distort facts in his own interests. But many activists in the party he now leads are puzzled over what he thinks he is accomplishing politically. Is it good politics to contend that Iraq was better off under Saddam Hussein than even a flawed Islamic republic? -Robert Novak

The politicians in Washington are spending trillions of dollars of our money. When are Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough? -Joe Wurzelbacher

Sometimes I wonder whether Washington's liberal politicians truly understand the greatness that is America. -Mitt Romney

Remember in 1973 the same science chatter said that the coming Ice Age is going to occur, we're going to lose millions of people. And the politicians knew how to solve it, they just didn't have the courage to solve it; they were going to put coal dust on the Arctic. -Don Young

The fact of the matter is right now politicians and insurance companies are making decisions. We're saying we want doctors to be making decisions. And I think that will lead to a higher-quality, lower-cost system over time. -Peter Orszag

I have run large organizations, I know what it takes to create a healthy business climate, and I have more experience than Jerry Brown doing that. So it'll be a stark contrast, a career politician vs. someone who has met a payroll, gotten a return on investment, knows how to use technology to do more with less. -Meg Whitman

I think the journey for a politician goes from wanting to please all the people all the time, to a political leader that realises in the end his responsibility is to decide. And when he decides, he divides. -Tony Blair

It's time to replace career politicians with citizen's politicians. It's time to elect people who are going to stand up to the Washington elite and stand up to a White House and Congress hell-bent on ramming socialism down our throat. -Christine O'Donnell

I'm not a career politician. I spent 30 years in business. I can tell you that people in California have had it with career politicians: they are done. -Meg Whitman

The problem is that in our country, they make it almost impossible for politicians to win anything. In England it's easier to win a libel suit. -Rand Paul

We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism. -Newt Gingrich

I'm not a professional politician. I'm a professional problem solver, and I believe we should cut the salaries of senators and congressmen 10 percent until they balance the budget. I call that conservative common sense. -Herman Cain

One of the ways to make sure policies are more transparent and to help restore people's confidence in politicians… is to ensure renewal at the highest level of office. -Pauline Marois

Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don't think it's given the proper credit. It has changed America immensely. I'm going to make a very bold statement: Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations. -Jay-Z

The 9-9-9 plan would resuscitate this economy because it replaces the outdated tax code that allows politicians to pick winners and losers, and to provide favors in the form of tax breaks, special exemptions and loopholes. It simplifies the code dramatically: 9% business flat tax, 9% personal flat tax, 9% sales tax. -Herman Cain

I answer that question by saying: 'Why Meg Whitman' which is: I'm not a career politician. I spent 30 years in business. I can tell you that people in California have had it with career politicians: they are done. -Meg Whitman

We need to lower tax rates for everybody, starting with the top corporate tax rate. We need to simplify the tax code. The ultimate answer, in my opinion, is the fair tax, which is a fair tax for everybody, because as long as we still have this messed-up tax code, the politicians are going to use it to reward winners and losers. -Herman Cain

If you're looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that. He's destroying our economy. I'm a doer, not a talker. -Rick Perry

I think that politics could be a positive thing. My beef is that people focus on the personal aspect of a politician too much. They should focus on the results. -LL Cool J

When I was growing up in the United States and Sweden, I never thought about becoming a politician. -George Papandreou

I never thought about becoming a politician. But during the military dictatorship, my grandfather was put in prison six times and my father twice. If my family and my country didn't have this history, I might be a professor somewhere today. -George Papandreou

I am not a politician but I have dedicated the biggest part of my professional life to economic policy both in Greece and Europe. -Lucas Papademos

Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens. -David Cameron

There's something just so kind of smooth about politicians. -Emile Hirsch

The ability of the 1 percent to buy politicians and regulators is nothing new in American politics – just as inequality has been a permanent part of our economic system. This is true of virtually all political and economic systems. -Eric Alterman

I'm glad I'm not a politician. -Chris O'Donnell

I will deal with the politicians in a political way and with the nonpoliticians in a nonpolitical way. -Muqtada al Sadr

I reiterate my proposal of creating life sentences for politicians who make deals with organized criminals. They deserve the maximum penalty because a politician that makes deals with criminals – I've said it, and I repeat it – is no longer a politician but just another 'capo.' -Josefina Vazquez Mota

I think politicians do great things in the world, but I don't think they're the only ones who can. I don't like all the rhetoric and the finger pointing. -Lauren Bush

The unique thing about our country is that we don't get behind politicians, politicians get behind us. -Rick Santelli

We cannot collect enough taxes to catch up with spending. Do I know a solution? Not really. Do your politicians know a solution? Does our commander-in-chief offer a solution? Absolutely not. -Rick Santelli

I'd read a lot of thrillers about politicians and presidents, but never one where you flip the stereotypes and make good people bad and bad people good. -David Baldacci

Rock helps me communicate directly with the people because rock doesn't lie, and people are fed up with lying politicians. -Amado Boudou

Instead of plotting the demise of the traditional family, as some politicians and religious leaders would have you believe, gay people mow their lawns and watch 'American Idol' and video their children's concerts and have the same hopes and dreams that their straight counterparts do. -Jodi Picoult

The secret lives of politicians are always shady. People need to accept the fact that their leaders aren't perfect. No one is. -Evan Rachel Wood

If career politicians had the solutions, we wouldn't be in the mess that we are. -Rick Scott

In my case, I think people are surprised that I'm doing exactly what I said I was going to do when I ran, because that's not the typical politician. -Rick Scott

During the summer of 2009, conservative activists turned up the heat on Democratic politicians to protest the innovation-destroying, liberty-usurping Obamacare mandate. In the summer of 2012, it's squishy Republican politicians who deserve the grassroots flames. -Michelle Malkin

It's time for a 21st-century retirement age. If 40 is the new 20 and 50 is the new 30, why shouldn't 70 be the new 65? The last time Washington politicians tinkered ever so gingerly with the government-sanctioned retirement age, Ronald Reagan was in office and Generation X-ers were all in diapers. -Michelle Malkin

The great European dream was to diminish militant nationalism. We would all be happy Europeans together. But we are going to see the old monster of militant nationalism being awoken when people realise how little control their politicians have. -Antony Beevor

I've been trying to keep the private life private. Not being savvy or trained on how to do good interviews like a politician, I thought it was wiser to follow my mother's advice: If you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all. -Wesley Snipes

It is not through any combinations of politicians that the outcome of an electoral campaign is decided. -Dominique de Villepin

I have never wanted to be a politician, and I never had the desire until recently. -Doug Hoffman

Well people often ask me how I felt growing up with a father who was a politician and who was often away. But when I'm asked that question I often reflect on my inability really to be able to answer it in any relative sense because I never grew up with a father doing anything else. So I just have no idea what it would be like otherwise. -Alexander Downer

NASA is an engine of innovation and inspiration as well as the world's premier space exploration agency, and we are well served by politicians working to keep it that way, instead of turning it into a mere jobs program, or worse, cutting its budget. -Bill Nye

And you realise you're doing a public service in making people happy – as a musician you can give people something a doctor, a lawyer, a politician cannot give them that. It's not scientific. It's spiritual – a good feeling. And although you don't know them personally, the audience are like your friends. -Billy Ocean

From my experience, politicians are much more uncomfortable being made fun of than they are being preached at and screeched at – you know, and the soapbox routine. They're much more uneasy knowing they're a target of ridicule. -Carl Hiaasen

The one word that no politician will ever speak, is 'enough.' Enough. -Carl Hiaasen

We should have high expectations of our children, but politicians should not tell teachers how to meet them. -Charles Kennedy

I believe that access to a university education should be based on the ability to learn, not what people can afford. I think there is no more nauseating a sight than politicians pulling up the ladder of opportunity behind them. -Charles Kennedy

I want to see far more decisions taken far closer to the patients, the passengers and the pupils. Far more power for locally and regionally elected politicians who understand best the needs of their areas. And far more say too for the dedicated staff at all levels in health and education. -Charles Kennedy

For me, comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it. It should be about attacking the powerful – the politicians, the Trumps, the blowhards – going after them. We shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable. -Craig Ferguson

If we are now holding late-night talk-show hosts to the same moral accountability as we hold politicians or clergymen, I'm out. I'm gone. -Craig Ferguson

I've never been disappointed by politicians. I've never invested that much in them in the first place. -Paul Merton

I feel sorry for many politicians… we expect them to be completely consistent and moralised when we're not. -Alexei Sayle

We have revenue coming in. We can pay our interest payments. And then we can prioritize what government programs that have been given to the American people that are unsustainable promises that have been made by reckless politicians that can't possibly be sustained. We can determine which one of those if any we need to keep. -Todd Rokita

I am looking forward to learning at the knee of Paul Ryan. He doesn't strike me as a politician. He strikes me as an economist. -Todd Rokita

Well, I don't think we should go to the moon. I think we maybe should send some politicians up there. -Ron Paul

Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert. -Khalil Gibran

Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government. -Thomas Sowell

In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected. -Thomas Sowell

When we win, it will tell every politician in America that if you are bold, if you do the right thing, if you tackle the tough issues, there will be people standing there right with you. -Scott Walker

The president we have today is a typical Washington politician that's prone to hyperbole and decisiveness and false outrage. And I think it's very sad – very sad to watch. -Marco Rubio

Now workers should have the right to join unions. But unions should not be forced upon workers. And unions should not have the power to take money our of their members' paychecks to buy the support of politicians that are favored by the union bosses. -Mitt Romney

I would like to be a part of a community of women, and help women be empowered, but I think I'm not necessarily political. I say that because I really hate politicians, so I don't fancy sitting around and thinking about them all the time. -Rickie Lee Jones

I'm an actor, I'm not a politician. -Shah Rukh Khan

When people are scared, they need something done that will make them feel safe, even if it doesn't truly make them safer. Politicians naturally want to do something in response to crisis, even if that something doesn't make any sense. But unfortunately for politicians, the security measures that work are largely invisible. -Bruce Schneier

I'm not running for state Senate because I wanted to become a politician. I'm running because I wanted to serve. -Carl Lewis

Democrats want to use government power to make people's lives go better; Republicans respond that people know more than politicians do. We think that both might be able to agree that nudging can maintain free markets, and liberty, while also inclining people in good directions. -Cass Sunstein

Interviewing politicians and movie stars, you know what you'll get. I like the people-stories better. -Shepard Smith

I don't want to help a politician revise the truth. -Terry Gross

It's not just politicians. Any spokesman for a vested interest is well schooled in how to say what it is they wish to say, which may bear no relation at all to what you've asked them. -Jeremy Paxman

Many of the racial problems in America are caused by the fact that people are innately tribal, and politicians know how to exploit that biological fact. -Jim Goad

I have three favorite politicians: Reagan, Truman, and Bobby Kennedy – Bobby for showing remarkable political courage despite being loathed by many on both sides. -Joe Scarborough

I do a lot of reading of news so I can be smarter, and I do a lot of watching TV news so I can know why Americans aren't very smart. Then I can point out the hypocrisy of politicians or the media. -Lizz Winstead

You are more committed to things that you give money to – whether it is a church or a politician. -Roy Blunt

I don't think generally politician come from democratic country. I think not that thinking. But sometimes little bit short-sighted. They are mainly looking for their next vote. -Dalai Lama

I'm not a politician. And I don't want to be. -Dolly Parton

Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake. -Nelson Mandela

Language is a weapon of politicians, but language is a weapon in much of human affairs. -Noam Chomsky

I rarely meet a politician that I don't like personally. They are generally well endowed with charm. Therein lies the danger. -P. J. O'Rourke

Political systems are run by self-selecting politicians. We don't draft people; it's not jury duty. -P. J. O'Rourke

Everything is possible, from angels to demons to economists and politicians. -Paulo Coelho

The people of New Jersey stepped up. They shared in the sacrifice. You know what else they did? They rewarded politicians who lead instead of politicians who pandered. -Chris Christie

I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we – we own this country. We – we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours. -Clint Eastwood

I think that if we don't get these politicians to come together we face the most predictable economic crisis in history. -Erskine Bowles

People are fed up with the career politicians who created this mess or failed to prevent it and neither was acceptable, and the only way we could change that was by sending a different type of person to Washington. -Ted Yoho

Every day things get better because politicians are addressing the fiscal challenges more aggressively. -Meredith Whitney

The web of influence which News Corporation spun in Britain, which effectively bent politicians, police and many others in public life to its will, amounted to a shadow state. -Thomas Watson, Jr.

The last thing we want is politicians running newspapers, but so too we don't want newspapers running the government. -Thomas Watson, Jr.

I get the feeling a lot of politicians are there to help themselves financially, first and foremost. I don't really need to do that, and I thought if I could do something for sport in Scotland, that would be really fulfilling. -Gordon Strachan

I fear some of our leaders today have lost the courage to stand up. What we have now are politicians. They won't offer real plans, and only stand up when they want to blame someone else. -Susana Martinez

I had three points I wanted to make: That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who's not doing a good job. But I didn't make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it. -Clint Eastwood

President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record. But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy as we are living it. -Paul Ryan

The Tea Party doesn't like politicians. -Jim DeMint

I've often heard the complaint from both Democrat and Republican voters alike that they hate the fact that politicians get into office and they – and they're fearful, they're fearful to make tough decisions because they think more about the next election than they do about the next-generation. -Scott Walker

I suspect I'm the only politician in America who won an election in this last cycle with TV ads saying I was going to try to pass the first single-payer system in America. -Peter Shumlin

I think politicians get hamstrung by the nature of politics when the private sector can really do great things. -Henry Rollins

Nothing panics politicians like $4 a gallon gas. -John Sununu

During the 2008 campaign, I strongly endorsed Barack Obama for president. I did so early, when many Democratic leaders – including many prominent African-American politicians – believed the safe bet was to back then-front-runner Hillary Clinton. -Douglas Wilder

We as voters, have long hoped that we would get a businessman instead of a politician in order to help fix America's problems. Well, I am that businessman. -Herman Cain

I am a sportsman and not a politician. I am a sportsman and will always remain one. I am not going to enter politics giving up cricket, which is my life. I will continue to play cricket. -Sachin Tendulkar

I think anybody who wants to be president has to be a politician, but I would like to find somebody who's coming from a loving place instead of a political place. -Ellen DeGeneres

The chance to be seen as a warm, witty guy is too good an opportunity for a politician to miss. -Robert Orben

What drew me to politics in the first place was the fact that I wanted to have a place to take a stand and use my voice to express what I believed in. But I've no longer got any political aspirations. I feel that as a politician, fifty per cent of people would hate you before you even left the house. -Jon Bon Jovi

Look at the way celebrities and politicians are using Facebook already. When Ashton Kutcher posts a video, he gets hundreds of pieces of feedback. Maybe he doesn't have time to read them all or respond to them all, but he's getting good feedback and getting a good sense of how people are thinking about that and maybe can respond to some of it. -Mark Zuckerberg

There's no smarter politician out there than Bill Clinton. -Ed Rollins

So why are we having to fight in 2012 against politicians who want to end access to birth control? It's like we woke up in a bad episode of 'Mad Men.' -Cecile Richards

I'm not a professional politician, I'm a problem solver. -Carly Fiorina

People have decided that career politicians may be part of the problem, not part of the solution. -Carly Fiorina

I think when you've been a career politician for 34 years you have to run on your record. -Carly Fiorina

I can't give political advice to politicians. -Glenn Hubbard

I am not a professional politician. -John Bolton

There is no patriotic obligation to help advance the career of a politician who is otherwise pursuing interests that are fundamentally antithetical to your values. That's not the call of patriotism. -John Bolton

We shouldn't require our politicians to be movie stars. Then again, we're all influenced by charisma. It's hard not to be. We all collectively fall for it. -Julianne Moore

I am a huge admirer of Franklin Roosevelt's, and I believe social security has done untold good in alleviating the once-widespread issue of poverty among the elderly. FDR believed in the greatness and generosity of Americans – but he was also a cold-blooded politician. -Jon Meacham

I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day. -Lewis Black

I don't need politicians doing a 24-hour prayer with Oral Roberts to get our country back on track. -Lewis Black

I have a more direct avenue to expression as an artist than I ever would as a politician. -Serj Tankian

I get the feeling a lot of politicians are there to help themselves financially, first and foremost. -Gordon Strachan

If you put up posters around town for high-school kids, high-school kids will come. If you're casting politicians, you can't put up posters and have politicians come down. -Gus Van Sant

Over the years the political establishment has frowned if a mainstream politician mentions marriage. -Iain Duncan Smith

Attacks on a politician's identity – questioning Romney's religion, say, or Obama's birthplace – tend to come when an opponent is desperate and can't sell himself. -Jon Meacham

We have got to make sure there is proper independent scrutiny and accountability for people in the press, just as there should be in any other industry where things go wrong. But let's not try and think it is for politicians or governments to tell people what they stick in newspapers. That is deeply illiberal. -Nick Clegg

Grown-up politicians talk to each other across party lines. Over the last few weeks I have had lengthy conversations with Ed Miliband, David Miliband, with Tony Blair, with Peter Mandelson… talking about Europe, talking about political reform. -Nick Clegg

I don't want to clip on the armour every morning. I've seen some politicians do this and they get a bit mangled and bitter. I just refuse to do that. I refuse to be angry or bitter or complain, and I remain open. I may sometimes be a bit too open but I'm not going to change that one bit. -Nick Clegg

I don't even pretend we can occupy the Lib Dem holier-than-thou, hands-entirely-clean-and-entirely-empty-type stance. No, we are getting our hands dirty, and inevitably and totally understandably we are being accused of being just like any other politicians. -Nick Clegg

The choices politicians make must be based on values – not an arbitrary, axe-wielding approach to public spending or a dismal exchange between Gordon Brown and David Cameron about percentages that sounds like an argument between different book-keepers. -Nick Clegg

Voters tell politicians what they want through the ballot box. Constantly second-guessing them by speculating whether the parties should gang up on each other misses the point. -Nick Clegg

I would be open about the fact that, clearly, politicians should be able to speak to each other. David Cameron doesn't seem to accept this, but if the British people have voted then of course you have to try and provide good stable government. -Nick Clegg

I worry that some politicians still think we are living in the 1950s where the man is the main breadwinner and the woman works for pin money. Actually, most families where there are two parents depend on two incomes to get by. -Frances O'Grady

The church's teaching on marriage is unequivocal, it is uniquely, the union of a man and a woman and it is wrong that governments, politicians or parliaments should seek to alter or destroy that reality. -Keith O'Brien

Whatever flaws or personal failings afflict them, it remains the case that the overwhelming majority of priests and politicians are honourable and honest – seeking to live out their beliefs and serve society. -Keith O'Brien

I am not a hereditary politician and do not have any substantial asset. -Yoshihiko Noda

Most politicians keep close tabs on what's happening back home and work assiduously to keep lines of communications open with the political players in their states or districts. -Joshua Micah Marshall

Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do. -Wendell Berry

If I was a politician right now I would change just about everything. -David Coverdale

The thing about politicians in Britain is that they are out there, you can lobby them, get close to them, there are loads of ways you can protest against them, and booing is a pretty weak way of doing it. -Alastair Campbell

You know, a statesman is a dead politician. -Arlen Specter

There's a great public disinclination toward politicians. -Arlen Specter

Somehow politicians have become convinced that negative campaigning pays off in elections. -George McGovern

I suppose politicians have always wanted to get re-elected, but there's a kind of a feeling now that if you just discredit your opposition, it makes it easier for you to win. I don't think that's necessarily true. -George McGovern

Black men of integrity cannot make a deal with a politician and leave out the poor of the nation, all God's children. -Jesse Jackson

At least the politicians are accountable to the voters. -Jesse Jackson

We have to judge politicians by their cumulative score. In one innings they make a great catch, in another they drop the ball. In one they score a home run, in another they strike out. But it is their cumulative batting average that we are interested in. -Jesse Jackson

When we have a Deputy Prime Minister who tells people not to drive cars but has two Jags himself, and where the Minister who tells people not to have two homes turns out to have nine himself no wonder the public believe politicians are hypocrites. -William Hague

You can gain in your effectiveness as a politician from a wide acquaintance with the world and from a degree of independence that having some outside interests gives. -William Hague

Well, if you're looking for me to lead a normal representative life, well good luck finding a foreign secretary who'd be like that – totally dependant on the political system and has never earned any money. Then you'll get the politicians you deserve. -William Hague

I didn't plan to be a politician. The founder of our country, David Ben-Gurion, called me from the kibbutz to serve in the underground. We were short of manpower, short of arms. I was 24 years old. I was supposed to serve my country for one or two years. I am 89 years old this year, and I keep going. -Shimon Peres

You can't exactly bake a man to your specifications. Most of all, one shouldn't alienate a candidate. A hybrid of Einstein, Tarzan and Inge Meysel doesn't exist. Besides, the images of politicians in the media aren't always accurate. I've had my share of experiences in that regard. -Peer Steinbruck

I'm in England so often I haven't really left, but Americans aren't at all like they're misrepresented through their politicians. -John Lydon

Politicians are good listeners. Because if they're not, they aren't politicians for very long. -Andrew Cuomo

I am not a politician, and I will never be, and I say that with absolute conviction. -David Petraeus

I offer something very different from the lifelong career politicians who have worked their way up to run for higher office or those who can parachute in with checks for $5 million or $10 million, and that seems to be the definition of credible or legitimate. I'm rejecting that premise. -Elizabeth Emken

Most successful politicians don't let the job swamp their lives. -George Osborne

I mean if you have ever found a politician who says, 'No, no, I would do everything exactly as I did,' then you can tell when he is lying because his lips are moving. -John Major

The sight of allegedly sophisticated politicians parroting complete tripe trivialises and demeans government and it has to be stopped. It's played a significant part in public disillusionment with politics and has led to the absurd situation where more people vote for 'Strictly Come Dancing' than voted in the general election. -John Major

It is very unusual for a country to ask guys who are not politicians to come and run the country. -Mario Monti

I am definitely not a politician. -Tiger Woods

People don't realize what a brilliant politician Lincoln was. Looking back, we want to ascribe a level of providence to his every decision but he was a cunning and calculating politician; from the cultivation of his image as a hayseed from Illinois, to his ability to keep this country together under dire circumstances. -Henry Louis Gates

I think people feel threatened by homosexuality. The problem isn't about gay people, the problem is about the attitude towards gay people. People think that all gays are Hannibal Lecters. But gay people are sons and daughters, politicians and doctors, American heroes and daughters of American heroes. -Hollis Stacy

The public think the politicians don't know or care about their lives; and the politicians feel misunderstood. -Tony Blair

You know, the media and politicians are always gonna be in a bit of tension with one another and probably most of the time that's healthy and indeed even creative. But it's where – it's really when news organisations are used as kind of instruments of politics that it gets tricky. -Tony Blair

I am not a politician and I have no intention of being one. -Sean Connery

All politicians are to some extent salesmen. -George Will

I'm an actor I'm not a politician. I always kick myself when I talk too much about family, or personal things. -Christian Bale

The more that I know of politics, the more it makes me realize that being a politician is largely useless. -Sophia Bush

It's the way the business works, you're not just an actor, you're a diplomat and a publicist and a politician, and there are certain expectations. -Wentworth Miller

I think there's a suspicion in the South of people putting on airs. You see it in most successful Southern politicians, but you also see it in someone like Richard Petty, who may be a multimillionaire stock car driver, but he's also beloved because he has a nice self-deprecatory way about him. -John Shelton Reed

A Louisiana politician can't afford to let his animosities carry him away, and still less his principles, although there is seldom difficulty in that department. -A. J. Liebling

People are always wondering if I am an artist or political activist or politician. Maybe I'll just clearly tell you: Whatever I do is not art. Let's say it is just objects or materials, movies or writing, but not art, OK? -Ai Weiwei

Over and over, we hear politicians say they can't spend our tax dollars on environmental protection when the economy is so fragile. -David Suzuki

Well, teachers have been profoundly demoralized in recent years and are often treated with contempt by politicians. There's a great deal of reckless rhetoric in Washington about the mediocrity of the teaching profession – and I don't find that to be true at all. -Jonathan Kozol

I am no politician. -Lech Walesa

The politicians always told us that the Cold War stand-off could only change by way of nuclear war. None of them believed that such systemic change was possible. -Lech Walesa

I think there is a break down of trust generally, between people and politicians. I think that's come about for a whole variety of reasons. -Theresa May

It's always an interesting experience for a politician to be heard in silence, I have to say. -Theresa May

It is quite widely known that I like shoes. This is not something that defines me as either a woman or a politician, but it has come to define me in the eyes of the newspapers. I wore a pair of leopard-print kitten heels to a Conservative Party Conference a few years ago and the papers have continued to focus on my feet ever since. -Theresa May

I don't think people maybe think that the government does tell them the truth. I think they expect politicians who are going to tell them one thing and then when they get in office do something else. -Ann Richards

Sometimes you get politicians who dig their feet into the sand and aren't willing to listen to another voice. -Elizabeth Edwards

You know, everybody knows some of what politicians say is malarkey, and having somebody there to call them on it is good. I'd be happy to do that any time and any place. -Elizabeth Edwards

There still is a war on women in terms of politicians in Washington and the state legislatures trying to eliminate any rights we have fought to win and that the Supreme Court has afforded us. -Gloria Allred

One thing I want to do is create something called Ring Around Congress. It would be a state deal and also a national thing, where the kids, as a field trip, will go and join hands around Congress and give the politicians report cards on how they're voting on hunger issues. -Jeff Bridges

The short-term vision is: I research on something which I can use tomorrow, and for some politicians it is even better if it's today. But if you do this, you can only do targeted research. If you only do targeted research, you lose the side-routes. -Rolf-Dieter Heuer

The Labour party has done more than any other to address gender inequalities, through legislation and other means, and to increase women's representation in politics, which has led to recent increases in the number of female politicians. -Lucy Powell

I'm not a politician. I'd make a lousy politician. -Norman Schwarzkopf

Broadcasters or politicians or writers who think that they are respecting Struggle Street, the battlers, by dumbing things down into one-line sound bites are not respecting them, they are treating them with contempt. It's our job above all in politics to tackle the big issues and to explain them. -Malcolm Turnbull

When politicians offer you something for nothing, or something that sounds too good to be true, it's always worth taking a careful second look. -Malcolm Turnbull

I can get along great with the Hispanics. In fact, I sure would like to meet them, even the politicians, maybe in the back room or whatever, have a couple of beers and try to explain. But they need to understand that I enforce the laws. I want to listen to them and hear their problems. I want them to tell me what their problems are. -Joe Arpaio

I'm elected. I don't report to any politician. I report to the people. If I had to report to any politician, I'd quit tomorrow. I'm not tall, dark and handsome. They don't vote for me because I look like a movie star. I can't get that vote. People keep voting for me because they like what I do. -Joe Arpaio

Of course a politician's promise isn't worth the paper it's written on. -Russell Pearce

By nominating Chuck Hagel to be his Defense secretary, President Obama is putting forward an aloof contrarian who doesn't suffer fools – a striving politician who considers himself above politics. -Ron Fournier

You can almost see voters nodding their heads at home: The public's faith in politicians and political institutions has been on a steep and dangerous decline for decades, because elected leaders fail to deliver. -Ron Fournier

Christie led the way – with a bulldozer. The governor is blunt, brash, and self-consciously authentic, the antithesis to what turns off today's voters: flip-flopping politicians who speak in poll-tested platitudes. Yes, he's the anti-Romney. -Ron Fournier

It's been interesting to see how similar audiences in the East and West are, actually, and how it makes you realize that when politicians emphasize the differences between our cultures, it's usually because it benefits them more so than us. -Asghar Farhadi

Putin and his advisers don't understand the power of public opinion in the West. They believe in conspiracy theories and that someone is orchestrating a malicious campaign against Russia. They don't realize that even conservative politicians have to react when newspapers and artists express their concern on such an issue. -Alexei Navalny

People hate politicians. And I can understand why. -Alexei Navalny

I'm only sort of a politician. -Alexei Navalny

I've always seen my campaigns against corruption as political work of a purer form than what opposition leaders usually do. All they do is hold roundtables and release political statements, which is all well and good. But there are concrete things that need to get done in order to achieve the basic goal of every opposition politician. -Alexei Navalny

I'm not a politician. -Phil McGraw

To some, a cap-and-trade system might sound like a neat approach where the market sorts everything out. But in fact, in some ways it is worse than a tax. With a tax, the costs are obvious. With a cap-and-trade system, the costs are hidden and shifted around. For that reason, many politicians tend to like it. But that is dangerous. -Bjorn Lomborg

I know every politician spins the truth a little. -Zach Braff

As a politician, you have to deal with someone wanting you to fail every day. I think I prefer being in a situation where generally people are rooting for me, and if they aren't rooting for me, they aren't out there to see my downfall. I respect the people who have the stomach for it. -John Legend

World War II has always been of great interest to me. I've known for decades that it was just one more war the politicians suckered us into. -Harry Browne

Everything we know about human nature and about government tells us that individuals using their own money will achieve far more good for themselves and far more for others than politicians spending money they didn't have to work to earn. -Harry Browne

I don't like politicians who vacillate. -Eliot Spitzer

As an indigenous leader from Bolivia, I know what exclusion looks like. Before 1952, my people were not allowed to even enter the main squares of Bolivia's cities, and there were almost no indigenous politicians in government until the late 1990s. -Evo Morales

If I say I am not a politician, it is because I did not go to school to do political science. But at the end of the day, I think we are all born politicians. It's practical. All you gotta do is practice. -George Weah

Its easy to view politicians as corrupt and voting essentially an act of picking the lesser of two evils. I understand that perspective and feel it's valid. -Macklemore

I think politicians know how to misrepresent data in order to support a political agenda. Politicians and the people that work for them – I should say – are expert at that. -Seth Gordon

There's a dangerous bottom-lining, and super-summarizing that happens in a lot of our press and our media, and sort of our politicians' talking points, that's dangerously simple. I don't know a better way to say it. And there's usually a lot more complicated facts going on than what is quoted and quotable. -Seth Gordon

I think having a vision can make someone an influential man. I'm not talking about acting or anything like that, I'm talking about people I admire, whether it's a writer or a musician or a sports figure or a politician, whatever. -Benicio Del Toro

Above all else stands the burning question of bipartisanship. Whatever else the politicians might say they're about, our news analysts know that this is the true object of the nation's desire, the topic to which those slippery presidential spokesmen need always to be dragged back. -Thomas Frank

Barack Obama is one of the greatest politicians in American history. -John Podhoretz

Political folk talk a lot these days about 'messaging' – a neologism designed to describe the way in which parties and politicians consciously characterize their efforts. It is only intended to be positive – i.e., 'Our messaging is designed to show we care.' -John Podhoretz

The most passionately anti-Obama Republican politicians and activists consider themselves the truest and purest of conservatives, and often unleash their scorn and fury on others who also call themselves conservative but differ on strategy and tactics. -John Podhoretz

I've been a politician long enough to know that every year will find us living in a situation that one couldn't have imagined a year previously. Sometimes it's better than we imagined, sometimes it's not as good. -Wolfgang Schauble

The faith religious believers have in God is small compared to the faith people put in politicians, knowing how many times they have been disappointed in the past but still insisting that this time it will be different. -Jonathan Sacks

Volunteering has been undervalued in Britain for a long time. Often it has been seen as a kind of cut-price, amateur version of work that would be better done by the state. When politicians speak about it, people hear in the background the sound of budgets being cut. -Jonathan Sacks

I think a lot of politicians, rightfully so, understand that their political futures are tied to how many times people see their names in print. The press is so accustomed to politicians wanting those things, it's a surprise when somebody's like, 'Whatever, I'm not really worried about those things.' -Matt Gonzalez

I have a political attitude, but I'm certainly not a politician. -Kgalema Motlanthe

People are even more wary of politicians and they are realizing that democracy isn't just about putting a cross on a ballot every four years, it's about deciding what you want and fighting for it. -Mark Thomas

We tend to think of politicians as time-servers and slackers. But on those committees they usually have an interest in the subject. And they're quite clever. I've seen them pick people apart. -Mark Thomas

I'm a comedian, not a politician. -Adam Carolla

It seems that our politicians see the world in black and white, so why not our artists? Did Woody Allen's 'Manhattan' have to be in black and white? No. But is it fantastic that it was? To see New York like that? Yes! -Alexander Payne

When you become famous, you start getting invites to parties where there are famous athletes and famous rock stars, politicians, people who have tremendous power and affluence. It's not in my DNA, but certainly I have been exposed to it. -William Baldwin

Mental illness can happen to anybody. You can be a dustman, a politician, a Tesco worker… anyone. It could be your dad, your brother or your aunt. -Frank Bruno

Politics is a game and a profession. It doesn't really serve the people the politicians are supposed to serve. -Kit Harington

I think all politicians lie. -Nancy Grace

It would not be a bad idea if bankers were to go and sit occasionally with politicians in their political surgeries, where they might get a sense of the injustice that some of the community feel about the banks. -Prince Andrew

I have experienced failure as a politician and for that very reason, I am ready to give everything for Japan. -Shinzo Abe

There's good and bad everywhere in any aspect in life. The only people who we can't really trust are politicians. Because those guys lie to everybody and constantly. -Demian Bichir

My biggest ambition is to bring together what happens in the real world with what politicians talk about. -Johann Lamont

It would be refreshing to have a politician try to defend guns without any reference to the Second Amendment, but on the merits of guns. -Jonathan Safran Foer

Well, I'm not that popular with the politicians, I have to say. -Jose Padilha

I wake up most days with a vague feeling of doom – 'Dear God. Here I am again.' Then, when I read about politicians in the newspaper, the vengefulness starts. By mid-morning, the anxiety is kicking in. -Bruce Robinson

Indians mock their corrupt politicians relentlessly, but they regard their honest politicians with silent suspicion. The first thing they do when they hear of a supposedly 'clean' politician is to grin. It is a cliche that honest politicians in India tend to have dishonest sons, who collect money from people seeking an audience with Dad. -Aravind Adiga

An honest politician has no goodies to toss around. This limits his effectiveness profoundly, because political power in India is dispersed throughout a multi-tiered federal structure; a local official who has not been paid off can sometimes stop a billion-dollar project. -Aravind Adiga

I want to use my music to deliver a political message and sometimes to denounce, but I don't want to be a politician. -Youssou N'Dour

I was a political reporter for quite some time, so I followed around all sorts of different politicians. -Jim Lynch

I am still a socialist. I am a left-of-center politician. I believe that in Africa, if you see the poverty around us, you can't afford to be anything else. -John Dramani Mahama

Be honest. Be honest with yourself, be honest with, you know, your fellow politicians. This is a rare quality of politicians. -Ma Ying-jeou

I liked it when we had ugly politicians who droned on about issues. -Ken Livingstone

As film-makers, it is very important for us to find common ground between cultures, and maybe that's less the case for politicians who benefit more from finding the conflicts and differences between us. -Abbas Kiarostami

If you are a businessman or a politician in Iran, you can get a visa as quickly as you ask for it. -Abbas Kiarostami

I'm a member of the Academy, but I don't know who all the other Academy members are. It's not like a politician who knows who is in the Iowa caucus. -Albert Brooks

A lot of people who voted for Barack Obama expected and were led to expect something new in politics: a new tone of political discourse in Washington. And I think – I think they're disappointed, because Barack Obama is not a new kind of politician. In fact, he's an old Chicago politician. -Bernard Goldberg

The most meaningless term in the English language is 'I take full responsibility.' When a politician utters those words it means absolutely nothing. -Bernard Goldberg

I don't want to associate myself with any specific group of politicians. -Bill Nighy

I just think, you know, when we talk about a politician, I think a person has to be themselves. Let the voters see the real you. -Joe Manchin

I would make a horrible politician, because I wouldn't enjoy my work. -Billy Campbell

I tend to get comfortable with the dialogue and find out who the person is in the script and try to hit that. People are sort of independent of their occupations and their pastimes. You don't play a politician or a fireman or a cowboy – you just play a person. -Billy Campbell

It takes a very strong brain to resist the absolutes, the myths that the media and the politicians peddle – the idea that if you are too kind, where does it all end? That not to help someone is somehow a good idea. -Peter Mullan

I'm inclined to think that, because it's such an awful life, that politicians do go into it for the best reasons. I mean, some may love the sound of their own voice. But it's such a wearying life, you've got to be impelled by some desire to leave the world a better place than when you came into it. -Richard Eyre

I believe there is a relationship between having an interest in the arts and the behaviour of society as a whole. Some politicians find it difficult that the arts is a weapon of happiness… Politics is often about deprivation rather than the opening up of ideas and nourishing creative endeavour. -Richard Eyre

Democratic politicians, liberal activists and liberal news outlets routinely deploy incendiary rhetoric and wicked accusations to marginalize Republicans. -Gary Bauer

More and more political analysts and weak-kneed politicians are advising the historically pro-life Republican Party to abandon its pro-life stance for political gain. My first response is that if you cannot trust a party on the value of defending human life, how can you trust it on issues like marginal tax rates? -Gary Bauer

It's important to ask candidates about their beliefs, in part because politicians frequently exploit religious faith – often with the idea that voters will be more likely to unthinkingly accept certain political positions so long as they arise from religious belief. -Gary Bauer

I'm such a failed politician that all of my rivals have disappeared, on both sides. -Ehud Barak

As the First World War made painfully clear, when politicians and generals lead nations into war, they almost invariably assume swift victory, and have a remarkably enduring tendency not to foresee problems that, in hindsight, seem obvious. -Adam Hochschild

Someday, I have no doubt, the dead from today's wars will be seen with a similar sense of sorrow at needless loss and folly as those millions of men who lie in the cemeteries of France and Belgium – and tens of millions of Americans will feel a similar revulsion for the politicians and generals who were so spendthrift with others' lives. -Adam Hochschild

Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation. -Emanuel Cleaver

In today's politics, it would be good to have politicians who are more upfront about what they felt and actually not trying to bend with every breeze. They're infuriating, all of them. -Jim Broadbent

Most politicians aren't allowed to express themselves any more. -Ken Livingstone

I can't understand why anyone would want to live the life of a politician if you can't say pretty much what you think. You are not in it for the money: there's unremitting pressure on your life, you give up so much of your privacy. It can only be because of the things you want to do and the things you want to say. -Ken Livingstone

Most people wouldn't want to marry a politician. -Ken Livingstone

I'm more interested in politicians who deal with human rights in their own country rather than lecture the rest of the world. -Ken Livingstone

The disaster in the Gulf was no accident. It was the result of years of oil money buying off politicians to lead to an unregulated and ill focused addiction to oil and drilling. The doomed fate of the local fisherman and the environment were foretold in the infamous chants of 'Drill, Baby, Drill.' -Robert Greenwald

As women politicians, we talk about the most difficult themes of state security, foreign relations and development models, then ask, 'How do you make it work with your husband?' The interesting thing is that these women – most of them – don't lose the perspective that the focus is not the position but the job at hand. -Michelle Bachelet

I think we need politicians; we need people who want to serve. -Iain Banks

Slapping a catchy acronym like the JOBS Act on a piece of legislation makes it more difficult for politicians to oppose it – and indeed that's what happened with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. -Steven Rattner

I think too many of the politicians in Washington have forgotten simple ideals like solving problems and helping neighbors. The Washington game is more about scoring points or sticking it to the other guy. -Charlie Melancon

At least in the West, politicians, corporations and media moguls can no longer take for granted their power to control the public discourse – and have it go unchallenged. -David Puttnam

There's a tendency in many politicians to become inward-looking, more protectionist, more nationalistic and more defensive, in the bad sense of the word. -Jose Manuel Barroso

There is a temptation in politics to look for simplistic slogans and to play the game in a way that looks like you're a savvy politician. -Kathleen Wynne

We have no control over the outcome of anything. Like the planet and global warming, we don't control that. If politicians want a war we don't control that. Acts of terrorism, we can't control them. -will.i.am

Politicians all over the world cater to domestic vote banks. They will spend only on what their constituents want. So unless there is a grass root green movement in a nation the politicians will not be willing to spend money on curbing emissions. More awareness is needed amongst the people to effect the real change in how governments spend. -Wilbur Smith

Barack Obama isn't the first politician to break a promise, torture the truth or outright lie to the American people. But, he certainly is among the most accomplished at it. -Bob Beauprez

Well, I, you know, I think at PIMCO we always try and be open with the press and the public. I mean, isn't that what voters want from their politicians? Mohamed El-Erian, our CEO, writes several op-eds a week. -Bill Gross

About 3 million IVF babies have been born since Louise Brown's birth in 1978. Bizarrely, when this life-giving treatment was first considered, it was massively controversial. A storm of vitriolic protest came from many religious leaders, journalists, politicians, regrettably even other scientists and doctors. -Robert Winston

How is it that, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence, there are still some who would deny the dangers of climate change? Not surprisingly, the loudest voices are not scientific, and it is remarkable how many economists, lawyers, journalists and politicians set themselves up as experts on the science. -Nicholas Stern

I said that if I hadn't been a politician, I'd have liked to be a barrister, or an academic. My beloved wife said: 'You'd be a very good barrister and a hopeless academic.' I said 'Why?' She said: 'Because you're not an original thinker.' -John Bercow

I'm fascinated by politicians, because I suspect the huge majority of them go into it full of ideas and for the best possible reasons but end up being hijacked. -Kevin Whately

I believe that a politician needs to be with people. -Rahul Gandhi

The problem with politicians getting to know the issues in indigenous townships is that we tend to suffer from what Aboriginal people call the 'seagull syndrome' – we fly in, scratch around and fly out. -Tony Abbott

I'm a politician. I'm not going to get into a whole range of scientific argument with scientists. -Tony Abbott

I would have been a disaster as a career politician. I would never have toed a party line. -Hilary Mantel

I have never declared myself an Indigenous politician; I am not an Indigenous Chief Minister. -Adam Giles

You've got Washington picking winners and losers. And so, all of a sudden, decisions are being made on what helps politicians, not what helps the economy. Some will call it socialism. Some will call it a command and control economy. Whatever it is, it's antithetical to the American experience. -Jeb Hensarling

Once elected, the Pope is by virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error. God would change any spend thrift politician into a responsible Pope. -Pope Francis

It's always been the case that politicians want different things from children than good educators do. Good educators want imaginative, exploratory beings, but politicians just want economic units. -David Almond

Everybody has an idea of the kind of society they'd like to live in, and I would like to live in one where our senior politicians were spirited and original and possibly even good at what they do. -Andrew O'Hagan

I probably owe my political dismay to New Labour, but also my growing sense that the satirical shape of human affairs is international and historical, not glued to the tawdry ambitions of a team of politicians who represent nothing but themselves. -Andrew O'Hagan

Americans are less selfish than some of our politicians believe and will respond with reason and resilience to passionate clarity. -Jennifer Egan

I've never met a politician I haven't wanted to walk away from, and I've yet to hear a politician speak and actually believe the words coming out of his mouth. -Ray Winstone

EMILY's List has worked a lot with swing women voters over the years, and one thing we've learned is that they are very cynical about politics and politicians. They very much want help with the challenges facing them and their families, and they feel like most politicians don't understand or want to lift a finger to help them out. -Ellen Malcolm

Jim Sheridan, the MP who wants to ban sketchwriters from the Commons for being rude about politicians, is a blithering idiot. Sorry, scrub that – clearly a very thoughtful person with whom I might conceivably disagree on some marginal issues. A blithering savant, perhaps. -Simon Hoggart

Most successful American politicians look well-fed on endorsements, campaign contributions and chicken dinners. -Simon Hoggart

In London – and forget those extra public pressures on politicians – the lovely old Sloane world of manor houses simply hasn't cut it since Big Bang in 1986, the point at which Mrs. Thatcher really started to achieve her ambition to make this country more like America – its ambition, economy, it's very tangible measures of success. -Peter York

That was the miracle of Abraham Lincoln, politician. He pursued the high purpose of moving justice forward via the low arts of patronage and patronization. Indeed, in a democracy, it is usually the only way great deeds are done. -Joe Klein

You know, larger-than-life politicians have larger-than-life strengths and larger-than-life weaknesses. -Joe Klein

I'm in favour of politicians having extra-marital relationships. Oh yeah. It makes them more understanding of the flaws that the rest of us have. -Joe Klein

When politicians began to see that every last thing that they did in public could be broadcast to a mass audience, the fact that the stakes were so much higher now that every moment became fraught caused them to become more cautious, and the consultants very gradually but inevitably became literal reactionaries. -Joe Klein

You know, larger than life is always better than smaller than life in politicians. And, you know, God save us from mediocrities. -Joe Klein

I have to tell you as a doctor, 25 years of practice, not as a politician using talking points, as somebody who has taken care of Medicare patients, we can make it a lot better. -John Barrasso

I believe when hard-working citizens have earned their pension, it's wrong for Washington bureaucrats and politicians to take their pensions away. -Josh Mandel

People in Indiana like to see their politicians at the county fair or the Rotary Club. -Richard Mourdock

The issue of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals has vexed politicians for decades. I have my own cloudy history with the issue, having supported a law in Mississippi that made it illegal for LGBT couples to adopt children. I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith. -Ronnie Musgrove

Look, Orrin Hatch is not a bad guy. But he is an old guy, and he's a lifer politician. -Scott Howell

There's no doubt that what has emerged in the years after 9/11, unlike the situation in Britain, there were practices sanctioned in the U.S. that fall far below the standard of conduct that should have taken place. It is for the American system of government, in all of its branches, to address that. It is not for a British politician. -Douglas Alexander

Workers who come to the U.S. see their wages and their standard of living boosted sharply simply by crossing the border. That's a good thing, and one of the best arguments for immigration reform, even if you'll rarely hear a politician make it. -James Surowiecki

Of course, politicians always say they're just describing their opponents' positions, even if they are in fact offering absurd caricatures, if not outright lies. -James Surowiecki

'Socialist' is the nastiest thing you can say about an American politician in some quarters. -Jay McInerney

I've had great pleasure meeting the likes of Newt Gingrich and having a chat with the fellow on a staircase. I found him completely dishonest and totally likeable, because he doesn't care! He knows what a politician is, and he's a perfect embodiment of one. -John Lydon

We talk about politicians being in public life, but they seldom appear in the public space where everyone is free to appear as a citizen. -Rebecca Solnit

When a politician bends the truth or a CEO breaks a promise, trust takes a beating. -Gary Hamel

I'm not a detail guy. I depend on accountants and administrators to do my detail stuff for me, but I do know the overall picture and I know that if you put business people together in a room, not just politicians, they could shrink the deficit tremendously by good business tactics. -John Paul DeJoria

Natural Texas politicians make terrible, terrible presidential candidates. Phil Gramm, I remember the 'Phil Gramm for President' campaign. I thought that was the worst thing in the history of the world, but Rick Perry was possibly worse. -Gail Collins

The Bushes were certainly part of Texas in their mind, but they didn't have the kind of political flavor that you normally find in Texas politicians. It's just Texas is such a unique place to itself that politically, at least so far, they haven't found anybody to play nationally. -Gail Collins

I can't tell you how many times I've had conversations with politicians who've done something morally reprehensible but not indictable, yet still think they should be able to stay in office. The office isn't a 'right.' It's a kind of loan. -Gail Collins

There have been tons of politicians who were slow to accept equal rights when it meant changes in the established social order. Many eventually came around, admitted they were wrong, and were forgiven. But the ones who actively choose hate-mongering don't ever get a pass. -Gail Collins

I don't really try to get involved politically by giving money to politicians or by saying I'm a Democrat or Republican. Right now, I just view myself as an American. -David Rubenstein

What we have now is a situation where politicians get a whole bunch of money from mainly business interests. Then once they hold that office, they spend all their time in office paying back over and over again those campaign contributions through various favors and contracts and that sort of thing. -Matt Taibbi

I actually never thought that Barack Obama was anything but a typical Democratic party politician, which to me meant that he was probably in bed with Wall Street. -Matt Taibbi

You win the modern financial-regulation game by filing the most motions, attending the most hearings, giving the most money to the most politicians and, above all, by keeping at it, day after day, year after fiscal year, until stealing is legal again. -Matt Taibbi

This idea that you can't be an honest man and a Washington politician is a myth, a crock made up by sellouts and careerist hacks who don't stand for anything and are impatient with people who do. It's possible to do this job with honor and dignity. -Matt Taibbi

Yeah, I probably got in too much trouble as a youth to be a politician. -Michael Kelly

You can't have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That's a recipe for disaster. And I don't mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate, but people who vote politicians into office. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

The work of community, love, reconciliation, restoration is the work we cannot leave up to politicians. This is the work we are all called to do. -Shane Claiborne

There are a lot of politicians who are just obstructionists. -Marc Benioff

History shows that there is no more potent engine for reform than the passion of voters who feel betrayed by the politicians they hoped would do the right thing. -Michael Moritz

If you watch the news, you see politicians use human vulnerabilities to get in and earn people's trust. -Morena Baccarin

Further devastation of the air, land and sea is obviously a very real possibility, unless the attitudes of politicians and all who irresponsibly exploit our natural resources change significantly in the very near future and all collaborate and sacrifice for the good of the planet. -Viggo Mortensen

In any country, in any city, there will be political influence on what is said, what kind of images are to be projected and, yes, of course artists can be and are influenced by politicians. -Cai Guo-Qiang

Any artist who aligns themselves with a politician is making a category error because what politicians do is not on a human scale, it is on a geopolitical scale. -Zadie Smith

What I'm very upset about is the attempt to dictate to museums what they show, and the statements made by politicians in Washington that have curtailed the freedom of the National Endowment for the Arts. The attention to those issues is deflected by the spin of my supposedly having trivialized the Holocaust. -Hans Haacke

Jay-Z is as politically correct as some of the politicians. He's safe. There's points when you're acquiring financing, you make adjustments. He's made those adjustments. It's his choice. For me, it's not a necessity. -Curtis Jackson

If you're a politician, you might want to learn the Buddhist way of negotiation. Restoring communication and bringing back reconciliation is clear and concrete in Buddhism. -Thich Nhat Hanh

If you tell the truth you get into trouble, and that's why politicians are extremely dull. -Rachel Johnson

You don't support politicians in their elections if whoever's seeking money only has a goal to stay in office or get in office. You have to pick the people who are going to do the best job. -Eli Broad

The career of politics grants a feeling of power. The knowledge of influencing men, of participating in power over them, and above all, the feeling of holding in one's hands a nerve fiber of historically important events can elevate the professional politician above everyday routine even when he is placed in formally modest positions. -Max Weber

Politicians love power. I love freedom. That is why I am not a politician. -Victor Pinchuk

My father was a politician, and a very important politician, and one of the leaders of the Iraqi Democratic Party, who believed in progress. -Zaha Hadid

Only a cheap politician, greedy for political gain, would try to single out one individual for blame. The fault lies not with the individual but with the system, and that system is Richard Nixon. -Pat Paulsen

The web presents an opportunity to showcase any character your sick mind desires. Want to create a cross-dressing, deaf/mute, corrupt politician who has a soft spot for saving children? Go for it! -Issa Rae

The business of funding digging journalists is important to encourage. It cannot be replaced by bloggers who don't have access to politicians, who don't have easy access to official documents, who aren't able to buttonhole people in power. -Andrew Marr

Rude interviewers are ten a penny, and politicians have long since learned how to cope. -Andrew Marr

Unlike the general public, I rather like most politicians. -Andrew Marr

If we would leave parties to the politicians, and would vote not for the party, not even for men, but for the city, and the State, and the nation, we should rule parties, and cities, and States, and nation. -Lincoln Steffens

If we would vote in mass on the more promising ticket, or, if the two are equally bad, would throw out the party that is in, and wait till the next election and then throw out the other party that is in – then, I say, the commercial politician would feel a demand for good government and he would supply it. -Lincoln Steffens

I want to have fun. Life ain't no dress rehearsal. I want to have fun. I'm a comedian; I ain't no politician. So everything I do is with humor, with love. -Bernie Mac

Global poverty is the product of reversible policy failures overseen by politicians, past and present. The poorest of the poor don't vote in American or European elections. They don't make donations to political parties or hire lobbyists in D.C., London or Canberra. -Hugh Evans

The real truth is, I just want to keep the voice of dissent alive in all of our elections. I don't really want to hang out with politicians. -Roseanne Barr

I'm not a politician. I think that uniquely qualifies me to become president of the U.S. -Roseanne Barr

No British politician has ever been more despised by the British people than Margaret Thatcher. -Morrissey

The thing that happens is that politicians run on tough-on-crime rhetoric. You appeal to the public and say, 'Let's put more money into taller fences, tougher laws, tougher sentencing, handcuffs,' and where does that money come from? Well, immediately, it comes out of all the money needed for corrections. -Eugene Jarecki

The prison industrial complex, to put it in its crassest term, is a system of industrial mass incarceration. So there's what you call bureaucratic thrust behind it. It's hard to shut off because politicians rely upon the steady flow of jobs to their district that the prison system and its related industries promise. -Eugene Jarecki

My mother always taught me that two wrongs don't make a right. We shouldn't bail out Wall Street. We shouldn't bail out Detroit. It will cost the economy more than the cost of the bailout which is more than the politicians think. We'll run into the hundred of millions to prop these companies up. -Peter Schiff

I'm a politician. What I say is not holy writ. -Jacob K. Javits

One can say all they want about politicians, but politicians to other politicians, their word is almost always good. -John Sharp

I think Barack Obama is one of the most exciting politicians to come along in a long time. -Mark McKinnon

Weary of wily politicians who say one thing and do another, voters and advocacy groups insist presidential contenders commit to the cause du jour in writing, but candidates are foolish to comply. Words matter. -Mark McKinnon

Advocacy groups and voters are not wrong to push candidates to declare their position clearly on policy issues. That is good citizenship. Hard questions should be asked of every candidate, every politician. And those public servants should be prepared to answer, but in their own words. -Mark McKinnon

Normally, when politicians talk about 'cutting the budget,' they really mean reducing the amount of increase. Actual spending goes up while the politicians claim to have 'cut the budget.' -Mark McKinnon

We do all, myself included, we tend to hold ourselves to pretty low standards. But when it comes to judging public figures or politicians or people we've never met, we tend to hold people to very high standards, and, if we held ourselves to those standards, we'd always fall short. -Moby

The progressive movement needs more crazy and amoral/immoral right-wing politicians and pundits like Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity. -Moby

I don't think I have the demeanor to be a politician. I'm used to making decisions and to a certain extent being in charge. -Raymond Kelly

You know, there's a difference between politicians and leaders. Politicians read poll numbers and compromise. Leaders do what's morally right. -Josh Fox

When facing the public, politicians constantly filter their ideas through a political sieve. 'How will this affect the environmentalists, labor, management?' Sometimes the sieve gets so clogged by political taboos that no new ideas pass through. -Madeleine M. Kunin

It is the future, of course, which politicians grapple with, and that is why politics is so disorderly. Only history clears away some of the debris. -Madeleine M. Kunin

To win elections, politicians have promised practically endless government spending and covered up the cost, leaving generations of taxpayers obligated to pay off the debt. That's wrong, but neither the U.S. nor Europe has a plan to stop it. -David Malpass

We're in a kind of vicious cycle where the media tell the politicians, and the politicians tell the people, that perception is reality, and the perception of saving dooms a politician. I don't believe perception is reality, or that all Americans think that. -Amity Shlaes

We could solve all our problems if only we were the efficient, rational human beings of standard economic theory and had politicians willing to think in the long-term interest of their people rather than their own. -Jeremy Grantham

I have more fun hanging out with my friends who are musicians and rock stars. You know politicians by and large are pretty stiff, pretty rehearsed. -Jann Wenner

American democracy is spoiled by people buying everything in sight and then selling and buying everything in sight, including our politicians. -Russell Simmons

Perhaps we should worry less about judging people for being Mormon or Baptist or Muslim or gay or straight or black or white or Latino or by their religious or political brands and worry more about electing thoughtful, serious and ethical politicians on both sides of the political isle who are willing to work together for progress. -Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

Tony Blair is a brilliant politician. Unfortunately, his legacy is entwined with George W. Bush because of Iraq. -Noel Gallagher

Politicians are very experienced – maybe too experienced – at using body language to signal power and competence. But what these politicians are much more likely to struggle with, or just neglect to do altogether, is communicate warmth and trustworthiness. -Amy Cuddy

A lot of politicians, not surprisingly, hire consultants to help them with their nonverbals, presence, generally how they come across. -Amy Cuddy

Business is a useful tool in politics, but it's not enough. You need much more than to be a good businessman, to be a good politician. -Sebastian Pinera

It is unfortunate that people believe that in order to democratise something you have to get politicians out of the system. -Roosevelt Skerrit

There is no reason why one should believe you should leave out politicians in cricket or any sport for that matter. There are ways and means in which government can assist in the management and development of players. -Roosevelt Skerrit

Any politician is to a certain degree a mentor. They preach something. -Dmitry Medvedev

You can be a sex symbol through music or film. Hey, there are some politicians that are sex symbols. Is that something you should fight? No. Sex is very natural. -Ricky Martin

'The Week' is my favourite magazine. Everyone from presidents to CEOs of companies love it, politicians, people in the massive charity business in America, in the arts and even more especially in the media. -Felix Dennis

Religion looms as large as an elephant in the United States, to the point that being nonreligious is about the biggest handicap a politician running for office can have, bigger than being gay, unmarried, thrice married, or black. -Frans de Waal

The giant industries that are polluting our planet as well as violating human rights worldwide are the ones nearest and dearest to the hearts of American politicians. -Woody Harrelson

Generally speaking, politicians are an odd bunch. They seem to have very thick skins and genuinely don't care what people think. And charm is a very important part of the politician's armoury. I try to resist that kind of charm. -Paul Merton

November is Hip-Hop History Month, where we give celebration to what hip hop has done to bring together people of the world, people of all nationalities, young people, all the political systems and politicians on the planet. -Afrika Bambaataa

I'm not a politician or a political expert, but I believe that there are many ways to look at peace. -Liza Donnelly

When I was young, all the politicians looked like ancient Latin teachers or greengrocers. They were mumbly, stumbly men with their hair blowing in their eyes, walking into trees, opening the wrong door. They had no idea how to present themselves. -Dylan Moran

I'm not a politician because I'm an artist. Politicians have a very easy answer for a very complicated question. I have a very complicated question for what you consider very easy situations. -Marjane Satrapi

I'm not a politician. I don't know how to solve the problems of the world. But as an artist, I have one duty: to ask questions. -Marjane Satrapi

Distracting a politician from governing is like distracting a bear from eating your baby. -P. J. O'Rourke

The old adage about giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish has been updated by a reader: Give a man a fish and he will ask for tartar sauce and French fries! Moreover, some politician who wants his vote will declare all these things to be among his 'basic rights.' -Thomas Sowell

I'm Dan Gelber. As a federal prosecutor, I helped put away corporate criminals, corrupt politicians and violent gangs. -Dan Gelber

There are hardly any apprenticeships in care; hardly any schools preparing teenagers for jobs in care; and few signs that politicians know what to do to raise the status and rewards for what will soon be one of our most important industries. -Geoff Mulgan

Many people leave government disillusioned about its ability to achieve change and cynical about politicians. I left with rather opposite lessons. -Geoff Mulgan

Scientists are always the ones who head into the ocean, but I want to take writers and politicians, people who can convey the beauty that is there and perhaps do something to take care of it. -Graham Hawkes

The only people you and I are likely to know in common are people in the news – politicians, journalists and celebrities. -Helen Fisher

No politician was more maligned than Ronald Reagan. -Michele Bachmann

Though I'm a congresswoman by title, a politician I've never been. -Michele Bachmann

The problem is there is no such thing as a viable democracy made up of experts, zealots, politicians and spectators. -Elizabeth Coleman

I wish politicians would put the environment at the centre of every agenda. -Lewis Gordon Pugh

I've been drawing authors and politicians for newspapers for many years. I try to read up on the person; in the case of authors, read one of their books. I watch interviews via YouTube and collect pictures via the Internet. -Siegfried Woldhek

I don't use names or captions for my many portraits of politicians and authors for newspapers. The drawing has to be self-explanatory, so I spend a lot of time sketching to find an idea and an angle that is clear. -Siegfried Woldhek

I think I went into poli-sci because I knew there was a stage, plus I thought I wanted to help people, and I realized in poli-sci that if you want to be a politician you're either born into it, or you've got an amazing brain, which those are rare – and I don't have one. -David Koechner

I know I'd be an absolutely horrendous politician. -John Oliver

I think a politician would be very, very cool to play. Or an American musician of some sort, or like an American pioneer like the Dohenys or the Rockefellers or something. -Jake Abel

To be honest, I find most politicians very untrustworthy. When I listen to them talking – or rather, lying – I just feel there are very few politicians with integrity, so I never know who to bat for. -Jamie Sives

One reason citizens, politicians and university donors sometimes lack confidence in the social sciences is that social scientists too often miss the chance to declare victory and move on to new frontiers. -Nicholas A. Christakis

Unsurprisingly, the poll-takers don't talk a lot in public about the ignorance of the electorate on political and public policy matters. And the politicians are not going to disclose the, let's say, limited body of knowledge in their constituencies. You don't get elected calling your voters airheads. -Jack Germond

I loved politics and, I confess, I enjoyed politicians immensely. -Jack Germond

Attack politics costs us dearly in terms of insight into the candidates. In a presidential campaign, the focus is so tight that the politicians are afraid to say anything that hasn't been scripted. -Jack Germond

We believe in honoring our mothers and fathers and keeping our smallest residents – our children – healthy. The politicians in charge of Texas now clearly don't. Perry has refused to even consider expanding health care coverage in Texas because he cares more about scoring political points than he does about our Texas families. -Wendy Davis

People will never know how hard it is to get information, especially if it's locked up behind official doors where, if politicians had their way, they'd stamp 'top secret' on the color of the walls. -Helen Thomas

I think there are more politicians in favor of electric cars than against. There are still some that are against, and I think the reasoning for that varies depending on the person, but in some cases, they just don't believe in climate change – they think oil will last forever. -Elon Musk

Most politicians are not authentic. -Simon Sinek

I spread the message of hope and of unity. That's what gets me up in the morning. I can tell you what is wrong, but I can't tell you how to fix it. I'm a raptivist, not a politician. I deal in hope. -Chuck D

I think hip-hop could help rebuild America, once hip-hoppers own hip-hop… We are our own politicians, our own government, we have something to say. We're warriors. Soldiers. -Nas

Pakistanis can't trust. They've seen in history that people, particularly politicians, are corrupt. And they're misguided by people in the name of Islam. They're told: 'Malala is not a Muslim, she's not in purdah, she's working for America.' -Malala Yousafzai

Hanging out with politicians and corporations is very unhip work. But I think that the U2 audience have turned out to be incredibly subtle in their understanding. -Bono

I'm a singer, not a politician, and I think you don't want the two to get confused. It's not OK to be on CNN talking about people starving and then tell the interviewer that your new album is coming out in six months. -Bono

I have so much respect for policy makers and diplomats, but I could never be a politician because of the way they dress! -Azita Ghanizada

I should learn the language of a politician – give away as little and keep the rest to yourself. Not lie, I just want to be more guarded. -Farooq Abdullah

The tradition of classical music and the opera is such that it used to be the place where social intercourse could take place between all parts of society: politicians, industrialists, artists, citizens, etc. That tradition, I think, still exists, but it's much, much more diluted. -Yo-Yo Ma

President Bush gave me a tremendous opportunity to serve as the vice president. I enjoyed very much having the opportunity to be a part of his team. He told me at the outset, he wanted me to sign on to be a part of his team – and he was true to his word, kept it. He was tough. He was decisive. He was also a pretty good politician. -Dick Cheney

In the course of his presidency, Obama has gone from an almost magical charismatic figure to an ordinary politician. Ordinary. Average. -Charles Krauthammer

There used to be a cruel joke that said Brazil is the country of the future, and always will be; Obama is the Brazil of today's politicians. He has obviously achieved nothing. -Charles Krauthammer

Our politicians may fail us, but Status Quo always delivers on the promise. -Ian Anderson

Politics will take care of itself. I'm interested in people who are involved in the situations that politicians create. Politics is taken care of by politicians – they're not filmmakers. -Steven Rodney McQueen

Culturally, I have always been part of the proletariat. I lived side by side with the sons of glassblowers, fishermen and smugglers. The stories they told were shaper satires about the hypocrisy of authority and the middle classes, the two-facedness of teachers and lawyers and politicians. I was born politicized. -Dario Fo

Public service is a part of who I am, having grown up in a family of politicians. -Harold Ford, Jr.

I don't like politicians, and I don't like politics. I definitely don't want to be associated with any of them. -Steven Wright

Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. Me just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me. -Bob Marley

Nobody has been arrested on Wall Street for the crash of 2008. They're not paying their fair share of the taxes. And now with the Citizens United case of the Supreme Court, they get to buy politicians up out in the open. -Michael Moore

Stand-up comedy and comedy in general is the ultimate form of free speech, because you get to poke holes in all the pretentious bubbles politicians and pundits and popes and pretenders try to float over our heads. -Denis Leary

I've always been really uninterested in politicians and the acts of the Houses of Parliament, or government as an idea. But I'm interested in politics in that I'm a member of the world, and I have strong feelings of right and wrong, but I can't get into the ins and outs of it. -Ewan McGregor

I find politicians so desperately boring. I don't trust them and don't believe in them. -Ewan McGregor

I know that it's probably not a good idea for a comedian, especially a satirist, to support a public policy group or a politician. This is something I learned only too well years ago when I did a fundraiser for Pol Pot. A few years later I saw 'The Killing Fields,' and I've got to tell you, I just felt like a schmuck. -Al Franken

If money is not maintained, it can collapse like a bridge along Interstate 5 and fixing it, even with determined politicians, will take ages, during which time God only knows how much human damage will occur. -Douglas Coupland

The SuperPACs and the Citizens United ruling that gives corporations a voice in the political process are all bad news. They made it so you can now lie, and the politician being promoted on that lie will not be held responsible for it. -Jesse Ventura

I could never be a career politician, because I believe in telling the truth. -Jesse Ventura

People don't like politicians. -Jesse Ventura

To me, a politician's job is to listen to constituents' problems and try to sort them out. -Jo Brand

I suspect most politicians feel overwhelmed because people's lives are a real struggle, full of unhappiness, and you would probably feel powerless to do anything about it. -Jo Brand

I think celebrity endorsements hurt politicians. -Kid Rock

I don't think I'm made of the right stuff to be a politician. I think I'm made to be a loose cannon. -Penn Jillette

When I was a kid, politicians wanted to avoid talking about religion if they could. John F. Kennedy couldn't duck the issue, being Catholic and all. So how did he address it? By reminding Americans that religion shouldn't be an issue, that he was concentrating on big things like poverty and hunger and leading the space race. -Penn Jillette

Media populism means appealing to people directly through media. A politician who can master the media can shape political affairs outside of parliament and even eliminate the mediation of parliament. -Umberto Eco

How can a bureaucrat or a politician be trusted if he says loud words for the sake of Russia's good while trying to take his funds, his money abroad? -Vladimir Putin

We artists have the dignity to tell the truth to the people, unlike politicians. -Yoko Ono

In the '60s we fought for peace, when the Vietnam war was on. We were against the cops and against the politicians, and there was a lot of waving banners and all that. And I think in a way, just as they were enjoying that machoism of war, we were enjoying the machismo of being anti-war, you know? -Yoko Ono

Life itself has so much politics, why should I make it my profession? I'm just a politician's son, not a politician myself. Two politicians, that's my dad and elder brother, in the family are enough. I'm happy doing my own stuff in Bollywood. -Riteish Deshmukh

I would be an activist but never a politician. As an activist, nobody owns you. -Sinbad

I spent a weekend in the White House with President Clinton, back in '99, I guess. We played golf and just hung out and talked on many subjects. I saw him several times subsequently in L.A. He's the smartest man I ever met, a great politician. Everybody was star struck around him. -Dennis Quaid

There are some tremendous actors in the U.K. who have been knighted, and I've spent much of my life admiring many of them, like Laurence Olivier. So it's very flattering to be in their company. But you also end up in the company of people you don't admire, including some rather dodgy politicians. -Ian Mckellen

I happen to think it's the politics that makes you electable, but the reason for that is politicians sometimes talk about electability as if it's just a matter of conning the public. Actually, it's a matter of persuading the public, and in my experience, usually, the public gets it right. -Tony Blair

Political ignorance helps explain Americans' perpetual disappointment with politicians generally, and presidents especially, to whom voters unrealistically attribute abilities to control events. -George Will

This is the way I think about politics: We want two diametrically opposed things from a politician. On one hand we want them to be bastions of moral integrity, perfect people, saints. And on the other hand, we want them to be effective leaders. -Beau Willimon

The reality is that politicians, in terms of the amount of power they wield and the amount that they work, don't actually make that much money. -Beau Willimon

We all experience power struggles in our lives – at the workplace, with our friends, in our love lives. In a way, we're all politicians. -Beau Willimon

The press don't wake up in the morning simply to be a mouthpiece for pols – they're out to uncover and expose news. That often is at odds with what politicians are setting out to do – it's both symbiotic and antagonistic. They need each other, they work in concert with one another, they work against one another. -Beau Willimon

The way I see politics is, I don't think it's cynical to accept the fact politicians are human beings, that they're flawed, and they represent the best and the worst of us. -Beau Willimon

Making mistakes is part of life. The only things I would feel ashamed of would be if I had said things I hadn't believed in order to get on. Some politicians do do that. -Tony Benn

People often ask me how I feel about my invention being used to kill people every day and the AK being a common weapon of ethnic conflicts. I want to make it clear that I created my assault rifle to protect my country. You can blame politicians for its spreading out of control on a global scale. -Mikhail Kalashnikov

People who are disenfranchised politically and people who are poor often don't vote. They often don't elect politicians, so the politicians who are supporting them are really being very charitable, because they're not going to give them billions of dollars in campaign funds. -Joyce Carol Oates

I submit that President Obama and all the democrat politicians that voted for Obamacare never even read the proposed law. Nancy Pelosi admitted it. So, now, when chaos reigns, they act surprised that things aren't working. -Bill O'Reilly

When a politician like Marco Rubio is willing to sacrifice his career defining immigration reform legislation solely to insure that gays and lesbians are denied equal protection under the law, we have to admit that we're under attack. This is not pragmatic politics at work. These are the policies of bias, exclusion and unfairness. -Harvey Fierstein

I think that I am seeing the Internet and seeing technology take and seeing how the work I do through music directly affects people's lives better than any politician I've ever met. -Talib Kweli

I really don't like women who try to be men. All these politicians, I think they're horrendous. We could have a brilliant future, but we have this terrible male vision of destroying everything. They'd better sort themselves out and become more womanly. -Vivienne Westwood

Nowadays, people in the entertainment industry can have a louder voice than politicians, and I think it's important that they use that voice to say something positive or to give a voice to somebody that's had theirs taken away. -Serinda Swan

Cats and dogs believe politicians are like cemetery caregivers; they are on top of everyone, but nobody listens. -Rita Mae Brown

We animals live life in all its glorious uncertainty. Why do politicians think they can control events? -Rita Mae Brown

Obama is not the messiah any longer. He is now your standard, ordinary, everyday politician who lies, who breaks promises, who's in it for himself, who can't do anything on his own. He's not qualified. All of this is becoming known, sadly, too late. -Rush Limbaugh

I do not believe that Obama is smarter than anybody else. I do not believe he has cut a new path and is a politician unlike any we've ever seen regarding his intellect. I don't believe any of this hocus-pocus. I didn't believe it when they said it about Hillary, Smartest Woman in the World. -Rush Limbaugh

I will be the first to admit that getting votes and getting an audience are two different things. For example, a politician really can't be elected if he's hated by half the people. A talk show host, however, can be an overwhelming national phenomenon while being hated by half the people. -Rush Limbaugh

My father was a professor of political science and also a young politician fighting for democracy in Kenya, and when things got ugly, he went into political exile in Mexico. Then I moved back to Kenya shortly after I turned one, and I grew up in Kenya. -Lupita Nyong'o

Modern candidates seem to have to live with political matters all the time. In my father's time, a politician's home was still his castle. -Rose Kennedy

Most people don't realize, I really have no faith in politics. I'm not a politician. If I thought you could change human hearts by laws, I would, but I don't. -Rick Warren

The worst thing for a politician is to try and cling to power by every possible means, and focus only on that. -Vladimir Putin

A figure who receives money from abroad for his political work, and thus serves some foreign interest, cannot be a politician in Russia. -Vladimir Putin

My father was a professor of political science and also a young politician fighting for democracy in Kenya, and when things got ugly, he went into political exile in Mexico. -Lupita Nyong'o

I am not, never have been, and never will be a politician. But I want to tell you the United States has always been proud of having the support of the United Kingdom, of keeping Britain in Europe. We need Britain in Europe. -Evel Knievel

The honest man might observe… that no one gets something for nothing; that politicians go in poor and go out rich; that the Government screws up everything it touches; and that the Will to Believe is best confined to the Religious Venue, as to practice it elsewhere is just too damned expensive. -David Mamet

As a registered Democrat, I am praying for a credible presidential candidate to emerge from the younger tier of politicians in their late 40s. A governor with executive experience would be ideal. -Camille Paglia

Too many politicians are shifting the critical themes of our national conversations from a 'big ideas' American Brand Platform to narrowly focused, polarizing sound bites that put party philosophy before what used to be heralded as the common good. These ideas, more often than not, divide us rather than serve to bind us. -Alan Siegel

It's always fun to put fake celebrities in unlikely situations, but somehow it's even more fun when politicians are involved. -Alison Jackson

I'm really interested in how we view the public figure, what makes a public figure, what makes a celebrity, and how images make politicians, so I take an interest in politics, but it's really an interest in the image. -Alison Jackson

You have to keep a strong sense of who you really are – and I have a pretty strong sense of myself. It gets me in trouble when I say this, but I don't think of myself as a politician. I've always tried to be honest when communicating with people. -Rudy Giuliani

We have too many politicians who are poll-driven to excess. Polls are important. You've got to know what the public is thinking, but you can't let them drive you completely. -Rudy Giuliani

In all the things I've gone through as a politician, I have seen that in this system it is really very difficult to make any headway without being somehow tainted. And let me say, 'Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.' -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Ever since economists revealed how much universities contribute to economic growth, politicians have paid close attention to higher education. -Derek Bok

Society and the system and politicians don't want people to be aware of things. They want people to believe what they have to show 'em. -Ziggy Marley

Hey, I'm not a politician. I'm a ham. I love to give speeches. -Norman Schwarzkopf

I think people are distrustful of politicians and are looking for someone who is telling the truth with no hidden agenda. -Mohamed ElBaradei

I am not in politics. 'President Mutombo?' No, no, no. There has never been a politician in my family, and I am not going to try to be the first one. -Dikembe Mutombo

The symbolic significance of individual athletes' achievements has sometimes proved more productive than the negotiations of diplomats or politicians. -Richard Attias

You often see politicians who try to put on a different persona; they think they should be more jolly or serious. Invariably, the persona they choose is worse than their own. -David Frost

I've worked as a diplomat before I became a politician. -David Cunliffe

Character is destiny, and politicians usually get the scandals they deserve, with a sense of inevitability about them. -George Packer

Too many talented and supremely calculating politicians, including Nixon and Clinton, have destroyed their careers, or come close, by acting in ways that were obviously against their own interests. -George Packer

When in doubt, wear a suit. Look at male politicians: you see them in a suit, and they look fine. But if you see a picture of them on the weekend or on vacation, there's a good chance they look terrible and unstylish. -Carine Roitfeld

Anna Wintour is the most powerful woman in the global fashion industry, the first lady of fashion. She's a politician; I'm a stylist. They are two very different jobs. -Carine Roitfeld

The Saudi government uses a lot of British equipment to suppress their own people. But we're happy for our politicians to go on advertising trips to Saudi, selling our weapons at the trade conventions. -Paul Conroy

Obama does look good, but he could look better. The most important thing for politicians is to keep their clothes really simple and make sure their clothing actually fits. -Thom Browne

The purpose of a politician is to be a leader. A politician has to lead. Otherwise he's just a follower. -Alan Greenspan

Spending is not caring. Spending is what politicians do instead of caring. Spending more does not guarantee success. Politicians like to measure spending because it is easier than measuring actual metrics of accomplishment. -Grover Norquist

The problem is government spends too much. So raising taxes is what politicians do, instead of reducing spending. -Grover Norquist

I hate the idea of labels and saying you are member of one party or another and signing up to all sorts of policies that you don't have a view on or don't believe in. Because I'm not a politician, I don't have to be consistent in what I say and how I behave. -Armando Iannucci

I'm a big believer that we get the politicians we deserve. -Fergus Henderson

So, is Hollywood anti-religion? Not in my opinion. But unlike, say, politicians and preachers who talk faith before going off to speak in tongues to their mistresses, Hollywood just doesn't wear its faith on its sleeve. -John Ridley

One problem with politics is that it is a zero sum game, i.e. politicians argue how to cut the pie smaller and smaller, by reshuffling pieces of the pie. I think this is destructive. Instead, we should be creating a bigger pie, i.e. funding the science that is the source of all our prosperity. Science is not a zero sum game. -Michio Kaku

We immerse ourselves in escapist mass entertainment, such as 'reality T.V.' programs. We support fanatical politicians and preachers. Our politicians, in turn, support dictators and tyrants in other countries, all in the name of 'security' and 'stability'. And we arm ourselves to the teeth, and pray to God to be saved. -Brendan Myers

The John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics was originally intended to bring scholars and politicians into closer contact, on the assumption that other office-holders can use academics as profitably as Kennedy did during his political career. -Donald E. Graham

If Albert Einstein was right, Cal Ripken should have been a CEO or politician rather than a shortstop, because Ripken led by example over and over… and over again. -Don Yaeger

Voting is completely important. People in America think democracy is a given. I think of it as an ecosystem, and what gets in the way of it is politicians and apathy. -Henry Rollins

Every politician, every president gets votes by getting people that don't like him to like him. That's why politicians are slippery: because they talk out of both sides of their mouth. -Henry Rollins

There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as 'caring' and 'sensitive' because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. -P. J. O'Rourke

Even the most left-wing politicians worship wealth creation – as the political-action-committee collection plate is passed. -P. J. O'Rourke

Neither liberal nor conservative politicians can resist the temptation to stand as mighty sequoias of rectitude amid the lowly underbrush of fundraising. -P. J. O'Rourke

Is Bill Clinton so good at politics, or are other politicians so bad? -P. J. O'Rourke

What is obnoxious about the motives of politicians – whatever those motives may be – is that politicians must announce their motives as visionary and grand. -P. J. O'Rourke

No doubt the ridiculous politicians are right to like politics. They have found careers in which success can be achieved by being ridiculous. Imagine Jimmy Carter or George W. Bush rising to the top of any other profession. -P. J. O'Rourke

I understand Twitter has become popular among politicians. This technology allows them to stay in perpetual contact with their constituents. The electorate now has instant information about what politicians have been up to. -P. J. O'Rourke

Raining on parades requires no skill or effort on the part of a politician. -P. J. O'Rourke

America is not doctrinaire. It's hard for an American politician to come up with an ideological position that is permanently unforgivable. -P. J. O'Rourke

The truth is that politicians are basically tied to trying to get reelected, so they can't really make landmark changes. -Jim Brown

I would suggest that faith is everyone's business. The advance or decline of faith is so intimately connected to the welfare of a society that it should be of particular interest to a politician. -William Wilberforce

A herd of prairie-wolves will enter a field of melons and quarrel about the division of the spoils as fiercely and noisily as so many politicians. -William Cullen Bryant

Politicians usually get the blame for dragging their feet on environmental issues. And fair enough. Most of them do just that. But the blame isn't theirs alone. For politicians afraid of losing votes, a bristling media waiting to transform good green ideas into monsters is a colossal disincentive. -Zac Goldsmith

You know I don't really have faith in politicians – this is quite a sleazy business. But there is no law which says that all politicians will turn out to be scumbags. -Zac Goldsmith

There are clearly many good politicians who are guided by religious belief, so the mix can work. But there's a line to be drawn. It would be hugely dangerous for a country's laws to be set by the scriptures, and particularly those of the expansionist religions. -Zac Goldsmith

I am cynical about politicians. My experience of politicians has been thoroughly negative. I have found that politicians are people that can not be taken at face value. There are very few politicians I have been impressed with. -Zac Goldsmith

When we go to war, our politicians will be guided by our popular will. And if we believe that torture 'got' bin Laden, then we will be more prone to accept the view that a good 'end' can justify brutal 'means.' -Alex Gibney

I've developed a much greater respect for our politicians and every high-tech CEO. It's very easy to read about the things they did that you, of course, would have avoided in hindsight. -Michael J. Saylor

The experience of opposing mass movements was acquired by the KGB during perestroika. It was then that the politicians decided to develop and nourish mass movements for their purposes. -Vladimir Bukovsky

Acting is not the noblest profession in the world, but there are things lower than acting. Not many, mind you – but politicians give you something to look down on from time to time. -Spencer Tracy

Democracy allows rhetoric, false empathy and emotion to pummel rational thinking – so it's no wonder so many politicians thrive in it. -David Harsanyi

It would probably strike the average politician as absurd to argue that the best way to fix the economy is to stop trying to 'fix it.' -David Harsanyi

For too many years, politicians in Washington have been eager to pledge more hard-earned taxpayer dollars to help deal with the student debt load. But this doesn't sit right with the many Americans who take pride in making fiscally responsible choices and paying off their loans on time. -John Kline

Protectionist politicians cannot stand the notion of a fossil-fuel-rich America maintaining record levels of production through exports. -Mike Pompeo

I'm always amazed how many politicians have a very unlikely story, and when I talk to groups of students, I remind them that not everybody who gets into politics is a lawyer or went to school to study it. We all come to it for different reasons. -Chellie Pingree

While it may be difficult to understand why cities and even entire states would doom themselves to insolvency by undertaking these obligations, the answer is simple: Democratic politicians, who have near-total political control of California and of America's biggest cities, support this massive transfer of wealth to public employees. -Devin Nunes

After a point of time, when you get success and fame, money and everything, the purpose of life has to be redefined. For me, I think that purpose is to build bridges. Artists can do that very easily, more than politicians. -A. R. Rahman

There are actually no political aspirations. I think you need to have the right attitude and aptitude for it. I don't think I have the right aptitude for it. I think it is unfair to push somebody in that direction just because my father happens to be a politician. -Sonakshi Sinha

We can do better, and we must hold the politicians accountable to do better. -Ami Bera

I'm not a career politician, so the ways of Washington may be a little obscure to me. -Michael Bennet

Early education is the type of issue politicians nod their heads at, and then when it comes time to make a tough decision, a financial trade-off, inevitably it's about the first item tossed from the table. -J. B. Pritzker

Almost all politicians are able to have a great one-on-one meeting. But I'm not interested in the candidate who can have a great meeting. I'm interested in the person who can make the right decisions. -Kenneth C. Griffin

A lot of folks feel like my brother and me or other politicians chart out their careers from Day 1 until the end. I've never been like that. -Joaquin Castro

The Philippines is a country in which a man of morals can't be president, in which a politician who hasn't been linked to any wrongdoing isn't assumed to be honest, but merely better at hiding his corruption. -Raymond Bonner

I grew up in Ireland, so I do not have a lot of respect for most politicians. -Jasmine Guinness

Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores. -Ray Bradbury

I sympathize with politicians who have to watch every syllable they utter for fear it will be misused by somebody with an agenda. -Richard Dawkins

Every time I hear a politician mention the word 'stimulus,' my mind flashes back to high school biology class, when I touched battery wires to a dead frog to make it twitch. -Robert Kiyosaki

As capitalism falters, the rich move their money out of the country, violence increases, and politicians promising prosperity are elected. -Robert Kiyosaki

As an Indian, and now as a politician and a government minister, I've become rather concerned about the hype we're hearing about our own country, all this talk about India becoming a world leader, even the next superpower. -Shashi Tharoor

Politics has come to resemble a cynical team game played by politicians, while the public has been pushed aside as if sitting on the seats of a stadium in which passion for politics is gradually making room for blindness and desperation. -Edi Rama

When people say all politicians are the same, ask yourself if Obama was the same as Bush, if Francois Hollande is the same as Sarkozy. They are not. They are human beings with different views and different visions for the world. -Edi Rama

I'm not sure I am a politician. I would say that I am still an artist, and I'm trying to use politics as an instrument for change. -Edi Rama

We know Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin as politicians, but they felt that science was something everyone should have a knowledge of. -Rush D. Holt, Jr.

This whole controversy about global warming or even evolution – politicians just don't want to take the time to educate themselves. -Rush D. Holt, Jr.

Because Social Security has not contributed to our debt, Americans should be skeptical of any politician who says that benefits Americans have earned must be reduced in order to address our national debt. -Hank Johnson

I have got everything which a politician needs. -Tariq Anwar

People change their opinion according to your position. And both politicians and bureaucrats begin to take you more seriously, as they suddenly feel you have become more important. -Rajeev Shukla

Having been a journalist for almost 20 years and then becoming a politician has definitely been an interesting and enriching experience for me. -Rajeev Shukla

I realise that, strutting around in power corridors for political coverage, a journalist becomes half a politician. -Rajeev Shukla

President Obama is the best-known politician to be exploring the possibilities of new technologies to converse with the people. Others must follow his lead and innovate. It is inevitable. -Eduardo Paes

For politicians to be honest, the public needs to allow them to be honest, and the media, which mediates between the politicians and the public, needs to allow those politicians to be honest. If local democracy is to flourish, it is about the active and informed engagement of every citizen. -Rory Stewart

The politicians think the journalists have power, the journalists think bankers have power, bankers think lawyers have power. The truth is, nobody has power. -Rory Stewart

The Chinese public is deeply nationalist, which matters to China's unelected political leadership as much as U.S. nationalism does to American politicians. As China becomes the world's largest economy, there is meaningful public pressure for its power status to advance in parallel. Any alternative would be humiliating. -Noah Feldman

We are beginning to see a fundamental outrage at the whole interconnected mess of a system: at energy companies who record massive profits, yet allow pensioners to struggle to stay warm in winter; at CEOs who can earn up to a 1,000 times the salary of their average worker; and soon, any day now, at those politicians who allowed this to happen. -Noreena Hertz

The term 'glass ceiling' was coined in 1984. More than 20 years later, the ceiling has barely cracked. There isn't a single country in the world that has as many female as male politicians. In business, the situation is even worse. Its highest echelon – the board – remains a chauvinist's dream. -Noreena Hertz

When it comes to getting more women into parliament, politicians have at least started to take active measures. The British Labour Party introduced all-female shortlists in 1997. -Noreena Hertz

Enough to using Texas as a political laboratory for testing far-right ideas. Enough to using Texas as a workshop for fattening the wallets of their special interest friends and supporters. And enough of politicians listening only to each other, rather than real Texans. -Wendy Davis

Real Texans want their kids to have the best education possible, not the one politicians looking to brag about budget cuts have left us with. -Wendy Davis

I'm looking for leaders who are going to go to Washington for a season, not career politicians. People who understand that the strength of America comes from the private sector, not Washington, D.C. -Keith Rothfus

The idea that Americans favor politicians who either remind them of themselves or can imagine what their selves are like because they too have struggled and sung the blues, is, like very best theories of human behavior, immune to falsification by mere evidence. -Walter Kirn

Sadly, far too many politicians in Washington lack the courage to do something to fix our problems. They are worried about the political implications of making the hard choices we so desperately need to cut spending and shrink government. -Matt Salmon

I'm not a politician, I'm not an ideologue, I'm not an organizer anymore. I'm a human being sharing ideas, and those ideas have to feel fresh and from my heart and my head, and I have to feel it. You can't force that feeling. -Hari Kondabolu

I've come to see that these politicians that release books – no way are they actually writing those books. Not when they are working fulltime, too. There's no way. That's their name on the book, but it's not their work. I'm sure of that. There's no way. -Dean Wareham

Judges wear legal professionalism and precedent as a mantel that secures legitimacy for their decisions. It's how they distinguish themselves from politicians or administrative agencies, while wielding power that is sometimes much greater than those democratically accountable actors. -Yochai Benkler

I think our politicians could learn a lot from Mandela. -Clint Eastwood

When a politician uses the word 'folks,' we should brace ourselves for the deceit, or worse, that is coming. -Noam Chomsky

Primarily affecting low-information voters and members of the mainstream media, Obama Worship Syndrome attributes impossible capabilities to Obama's political opponents, finds excuses for every Obama failure in everyone around him and praises the president as the finest politician – nay, human being – of our time. -Ben Shapiro

President Obama is a gifted politician. He is gifted with rhetoric virtuosity. He is gifted with the ability to lie directly to camera without blinking. And he is gifted with some of the most incompetent conservative opposition in the history of the country. -Ben Shapiro

Developing compassion for Congress and politicians is a good way to begin practicing the new social activism if you want to make effective changes in the world. Perhaps the most startling new insight of all is that there is no other way to effectively change the world. -Gary Zukav

I'm not a politician. I'm not running for office. I can say what I think. -Art Alexakis

If people don't know who you are, they're not going to listen to your message. And not everybody pays attention to politicians by watching Fox News and CNN. -Aaron Schock

When you're a politician, someone always wants something from you, so they're constantly telling you how smart or great you are, and that can warp people! Exercising humility is important to me. My friends back home treat me like the same person I was when I was waiting tables. -Aaron Schock

Thank you to the readers of the 'Huffington Post' for voting me the 'Hottest Freshman' of the 111th Congress. It's about time politicians from Illinois were known for something other than bad haircuts or having the ability to walk on water. -Aaron Schock

The number one thing I will take with me is my experience as a social worker who saw what happened to families who couldn't find jobs, struggled to take care of their health and saw opportunity slipping away for their kids. I ran for Congress because politicians were fighting with each other instead of looking out for these families. -Kyrsten Sinema

The passage of time is likely to make high-speed rail more and more desirable, making it critical that politicians of today think ahead to tomorrow. -Anthony Albanese

Whether politicians are dealing with complex policy problems or trying to communicate with the electorate, it makes sense to establish a clear, long term narrative underpinned by forward-looking policies to deliver on its vision. -Anthony Albanese

I'm not a historian. I'm a politician. What is important for us is that the countries of the region and the people grow closer to each other, and that they are able to prevent aggression and injustice. -Hassan Rouhani

I've had a lot of disappointments. I think my biggest disappointment is the failure of elected officials to make good on their promises in regards to the environment or anything else, really. I have very little faith in politicians. -Paul Watson

I'm not really into the political game as far as paying politicians and stuff like that, I'm not into that. You do your job, and I'll do mine. -Ice Cube

Our demand for good looks, expressed in the biting comments that ensue when public figures fall short of perfection, puts enormous pressures on these individuals and may screen out the otherwise qualified. If video killed the radio star, it may also be doing away with the homely politician. -Virginia Postrel

The history of the Internet is not, as some people have tried to make it, a libertarian just-so story. It is a messy tale in which the government played a significant role. That role was, however, far more subtle than the plans of industrial policy gurus or techno-boosting politicians. -Virginia Postrel

We are not a TV station that only concentrate on those who are always under light. We are not a TV station for celebrities and for grand politicians and superstars. We are a TV station for the ordinary person. The normal people, ordinary people in the Arab world sees Al Jazeera as their voice. -Wadah Khanfar

When you start learning how to give when you're young, when you get older it is second nature. Just like stealing. Start young and you keep on stealing forever. Ask my politicians. -Mechai Viravaidya

Crafty politician that he is, Obama was smart enough to set low enough standards for his administration to claim 'victory' by the summer of 2011 or so. -Thomas P.M. Barnett

When you start to think about politicians, you've got to realize these are strange creatures. Other than the fact that they can't tell directions, and they have very strange breeding habits, how do you actually work with these things? -Omar Ahmad

I don't look forward to a time when every politician, every legislator goes to Washington absolutely committed to an extreme point of view. Elected representatives are sent to Washington to compromise, not to never compromise. -Lloyd Blankfein

Washington politicians should not be treated any differently than any other American. That's what people are fed up with. -Jason T. Smith

I'm an unambitious politician. -Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

Women politicians take their job seriously and accomplish their duties diligently and sensitively. Only they can understand the problems of women and act as a sounding board for their concerns. -Preneet Kaur

Women are as much politicians as men, and I hope that more and more women will enter public life through politics, as this would not only increase participation of women in public life but also have a salutary effect for the amelioration of women's status in India. -Preneet Kaur

I look forward to the day when there are more women politicians accepted in their own right and not as 'women politicians.' -Preneet Kaur

Jason McDermott can be the most ingratiating young man: a born politician. -Bill Dedman

In Illinois, where legislators are paid $45,000, plus as much as $10,000 for leadership work, about half are full-time politicians. -Bill Dedman

I'm not interested in showing a politician falling over; it's about the issue and making people think differently about that. -Judy Horacek

Am I a liberal or conservative? I'm neither. Like most Americans, I find politics very frustrating. Like most Americans, I'd like to hear from politicians the facts. That is what drives me. -Soledad O'Brien

In the end, Ted Kennedy was a politician, plain and simple. Yet he embodied how politics and public service can be successfully intertwined. You can't be a good public servant without being a good politician. Kennedy was both. -Chuck Todd

The most successful politicians are the ones who embrace their best traits while turning their liabilities into loveable attributes. And yet, many a candidate tries to run as something they aren't simply because the strategy dictates it. -Chuck Todd

I know politics and politicians are hated, but I still believe in goodness of a heart that has selfless intentions. With the grace of God, I will make a difference. -Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

I think my message to the politicians who have within their power the ability to make change is, 'Do you really, really not care about the future of your great-grandchildren? Because if we let the world continue to be destroyed the way we are now, what's the world going to be like for your great-grandchildren?' -Jane Goodall

No day passes without a Democratic politician, a left-wing commentator, or, if I may be excused a redundancy, a left-wing academic labeling Republicans and conservatives racist. -Dennis Prager

You ask politicians a question, and they have an answer. It's almost like the more articulate the answer, the more something feels wrong because that question takes thought. -Ken Leung

We don't need more of the same, typical politicians fighting for themselves and for special interests. We need someone to believe in our small-business owners again and someone to champion those folks who play by the rules. -Tim Walz

Every time I would give a talk, someone would say, 'You ought to go into politics.' I prefer to call it government leadership. My life has taken me to places where I have experiences that I think I can share. A lot of times, we see people who are career politicians. I'm not the conventional candidate, nor do I want to be. -Brad Wenstrup

Washington politicians think that government can make better decisions than you and me. But we know better. We know it's smaller, less intrusive government that will lead to real economic prosperity. We know it's business-friendly policies, not more red tape, that will create real growth. -Brad Wenstrup

The American people don't believe politicians. They don't believe business leaders or Hollywood celebrities or athletes or other supposed role models. And they certainly don't believe the news media. -John Yarmuth

I know that in the battle of ideas, Republican politicians are at a distinct disadvantage. Their fundamental philosophy – which I characterize as survival of the fittest, richest and whitest – is too callous for most Americans. -John Yarmuth

What people want out of their politicians is exactly the same thing that I want – somebody who is approachable, willing to work, and tells me the truth as they see it. -John Yarmuth

For any politician who didn't enter office a wealthy man, nothing says 'I take bribes' like a Rolex watch. -Timothy Noah

The Supreme Court needs jurists, not politicians. -Timothy Noah

It never fails to astonish me how cheaply a politician can be bought. -Timothy Noah

There's a certain clubbiness to the idea that you're an ex-president. You're no longer a politician. You're a statesman. -Robert Dallek

McGeorge Bundy was a brilliant man who'd had a meteoric academic career and was the youngest man ever to be dean of the Harvard faculty. But he was also arrogant and looked upon all sorts of people and politicians as not to be taken all that seriously. -Robert Dallek

As a young man, Dickens worked as a reporter in the House of Commons and hated it. He felt that all politicians spoke with the same voice. -Claire Tomalin

Even today with the public's growing interest in food and diet issues, politicians rarely include food as part of their political platforms. -Jose Andres

I'd never compromise my position as a journalist by having a friendly relationship with a politician. -Rebekah Brooks

Debt, we've learned, is the match that lights the fire of every crisis. Every crisis has its own set of villains – pick your favorite: bankers, regulators, central bankers, politicians, overzealous consumers, credit rating agencies – but all require one similar ingredient to create a true crisis: too much leverage. -Andrew Ross Sorkin

Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a company is not allowed to provide a personal benefit to a decision maker in return for business. But hiring the sons and daughters of powerful executives and politicians is hardly just the province of banks doing business in China: it has been a time-tested practice here in the United States. -Andrew Ross Sorkin

What was I qualified to do to make a living? Nothing. You don't need qualifications as an actor or a politician. And I didn't want to be a politician. -James Garner

In the end, I think part of my problem was that I was a better legislator than I was a politician. -Dan Maffei

It is weird. A lot of people try to ask me political questions. I'm not a politician. -Barkhad Abdi

I'm not a politician. I'm a businessperson. -Angela Braly

The first step into justice begins with the politicians. You have to demand from yourself what you demand from people. -Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

People are not really interested in what politicians talk about, but what they are really interested in is how their hard-earned tax money is spent. -Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

I realized that becoming a doctor, I can only help a small community. But by becoming a politician, I can help my whole country. -Malala Yousafzai

A doctor can only treat patients. A doctor can only help the people who are shot or who are injured. But a politician can stop people from injuries. A politician can take a step so that no person is scared tomorrow. -Malala Yousafzai

All sensible politicians favor growth, just as we all favor sound public finances. Both can be achieved if we rationalize spending, invest available resources wisely, and clamp down on tax evasion. -Victor Ponta

In a democratic society, we politicians have to accept criticism, especially when it is founded. -Enrique Pena Nieto

U.S. politicians are increasingly recognizing the relevance of the Hispanic vote in U.S. politics. -Enrique Pena Nieto

Public employee unions, in their defense, say politicians have unfairly made them into simplistic bogeymen, responsible for problems that have myriad causes. Not all government workers receive generous pensions, they note. -Charles Duhigg

Professional politicians are busy looking out for their jobs. Send me to Congress so I can look out for your job. -Robert J. Garagiola

I was distressed by the poor quality of the debate surrounding energy. I was also noticing so much green wash from politicians and big business. I was tired of the debate – the extremism, the nimbyism, the hair shirt. We need a constructive conversation about energy, not a Punch and Judy show. I just wanted to try to reboot the whole debate. -David J. C. MacKay

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