Best Quotes About Politics

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. -H. L. Mencken

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato

I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. -Adlai Stevenson I

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important. -Eugene McCarthy

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. -Henry Kissinger

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. -Martin L. Gross

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. -George MacDonald

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

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you. -Ralph Nader

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. -Napoleon Bonaparte

It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear. -Rutherford B. Hayes

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

The bizarre world of cards is a world of pure power politics where rewards and punishments are meted out immediately. -Ely Culbertson

The Liberals are the flying saucers of politics. No one can make head nor tail of them and they never are seen twice in the same place. -John G. Diefenbaker

I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics. -T. S. Eliot

I happen to think that American politics is one of the noblest arts of mankind; and I cannot do anything else but write about it. -Theodore White

With the end of the nominating process, American politics leaves logic behind. -Theodore White

The legions of reporters who cover politics don't want to quit the clash and thunder of electoral combat for the dry duty of analyzing the federal budget. As a consequence, we have created the perpetual presidential campaign. -Hugh Sidey

Politics as battle has given way to politics as spectacle. -Ronald Steel

The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope. -Max Lerner

I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance. -Harold MacMillan

Modern politics today requires a mastery of television. I've never really warmed up to television and, in fairness to television, it's never warmed up to me. -Walter F. Mondale

What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those? -Gilbert Highet

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. -Reinhold Niebuhr

What we won when all of our people united must not be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as president. -Lyndon B. Johnson

Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical. -Margaret Fuller

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign. -George W. Bush

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. -John Adams

The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other. -Will Rogers

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. -R. Buckminster Fuller

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics. -Wendell Phillips

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness. -Anthony de Mello

The movies were custard compared to politics. -Nancy Reagan

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied. -Otto von Bismarck

As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything. -Pierre Beaumarchais

Architecture is politics. -Mitch Kapor

All politics are based on the indifference of the majority. -James Reston

In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn. -Lawrence Summers

Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society. -Pope John Paul II

The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books. -Eldridge Cleaver

The essential ingredient of politics is timing. -Pierre Trudeau

The bedfellows politics made are never strange. It only seems that way to those who have not watched the courtship. -Marcel Achard

I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman. -John Adams

The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt. -Konrad Adenauer

From politics, it was an easy step to silence. -Jane Austen

Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. -Ambrose Bierce

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia. -Otto von Bismarck

No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power. -Jacob Bronowski

I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to make the team. -Art Buchwald

The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. -John Jay Chapman

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory. -Mario Cuomo

Good government is good politics. -Richard J. Daley

In politics nothing is contemptible. -Benjamin Disraeli

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. -Benjamin Disraeli

Finality is not the language of politics. -Benjamin Disraeli

There is no gambling like politics. -Benjamin Disraeli

There are no friends at cards or world politics. -Finley Peter Dunne

There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. -John Kenneth Galbraith

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. -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

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

I have the most reliable friend you can have in American politics, and that is ready money. -Phil Gramm

More things in politics happen by accident or exhaustion than happen by conspiracy. -Jeff Greenfield

I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere. -Belva Lockwood

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at. -Christian Nestell Bovee

In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours. -Willie Brown

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

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. -Winston Churchill

There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water. -Alan Clark

The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. -Hillary Clinton

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. -Mahatma Gandhi

In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme. -Roy Hattersley

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism. -Jim Hightower

When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man. -Herbert Hoover

To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. -Hubert H. Humphrey

I learnt more about politics during one South Dakota dust storm than in seven years at the university. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Good thing we've still got politics in Texas – finest form of free entertainment ever invented. -Molly Ivins

In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. -Jesse Jackson

I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day. -Lyndon B. Johnson

In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves. -R. A. Butler

You can't be in politics unless you can walk in a room and know in a minute who's for you and who's against you. -Samuel Johnson

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

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war. -Maria Montessori

In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy. -Brian Mulroney

Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen. -Peggy Noonan

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. -George Orwell

I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you. -Ann Richards

Let me tell you, sisters, seeing dried egg on a plate in the morning is a lot dirtier than anything I've had to deal with in politics. -Ann Richards

There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail. -Will Rogers

If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics. -Will Rogers

Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little. -Eleanor Roosevelt

A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues. -Theodore Roosevelt

What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car? -George Bernard Shaw

An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics. -Adlai Stevenson I

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it. -Margaret Thatcher

In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table. -H. G. Wells

A week is a long time in politics. -Harold Wilson

First rule of politics: you can't win unless you're on the ballot. Second rule: If you run, you may lose. And, if you tie, you do not win. -Donald Rumsfeld

In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it. -Donald Rumsfeld

Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial. -Erma Bombeck

Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions, many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly? -Lewis H. Lapham

Many who think they are workers in politics are really merely tools. -Lord Salisbury

I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. -Tony Blair

The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews. -Sandy Koufax

I guess you'd call me an independent, since I've never identified myself with one party or another in politics. I always decide my vote by taking as careful a look as I can at the actual candidates and issues themselves, no matter what the party label. -Jackie Robinson

Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there. -Orson Welles

A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both. -Fawn M. Brodie

I have no consistency, except in politics; and that probably arises from my indifference to the subject altogether. -Lord Byron

Talk politics, talk about study and talk positively. -Jiang Zemin

It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics. -Robert Byrd

There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause. -Mao Zedong

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains. -Walt Whitman

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first. -Ronald Reagan

The differences between revolution in art and revolution in politics are enormous. Revolution in art lies not in the will to destroy but in the revelation of what has already been destroyed. Art kills only the dead. -Harold Rosenberg

In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's. -Jean Rostand

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. -Henry Adams

In politics the middle way is none at all. -John Adams

Nothing is irreparable in politics. -Jean Anouilh

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. -Hannah Arendt

When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together. -Edmund Burke

What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride! -William Blake

What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics. -David Lloyd George

In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always. -Walter Savage Landor

Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn't a business. -Malcolm Forbes

Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will. -Mikhail Bakunin

Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium. -John B. S. Haldane

In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships. -Alexis de Tocqueville

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph. -Margaret Thatcher

I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep. -George Borrow

Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society. -E. L. Doctorow

We mean by 'politics' the people's business – the most important business there is. -Adlai Stevenson I

Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics. -Thomas Carlyle

Half a truth is better than no politics. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Without alienation, there can be no politics. -Arthur Miller

In politics the choice is constantly between two evils. -John Morley

Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul – politics does the same thing for the body. -Joyce Cary

Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same – hardihood. Give them raw truth. -John Jay Chapman

Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life. -Saul Alinsky

If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government. -Barry Goldwater

Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion. -Richard M. Nixon

I played by the rules of politics as I found them. -Richard M. Nixon

If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics – a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage – surely that proves that you are in the right? -George Orwell

I think Ralph Nader is the biggest liar in American politics when he said it didn't matter who was president. -James Carville

'Yes' is a far more potent word than 'no' in American politics. By adopting the positions which animate the political agenda for the other side, one can disarm them and leave them sputtering with nothing to say. -Dick Morris

Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators. -Zell Miller

The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics. -Emmeline Pankhurst

If you want to be loved by everyone, don't go into politics. -Teresa Heinz

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. -Mao Zedong

The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy. -Theodore White

It's really very simple, Governor. When people are hungry they die. So spare me your politics and tell me what you need and how you're going to get it to these people. -Bob Geldof

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism. -Bill Moyers

You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain. -Stanley Baldwin

King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner. -Benjamin Disraeli

Real politics are the possession and distribution of power. -Benjamin Disraeli

By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties. -R. Buckminster Fuller

Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship. -James Russell Lowell

I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business. -Richard M. Nixon

The difference between the men and the boys in politics is, and always has been, that the boys want to be something, while the men want to do something. -Eric Sevareid

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing. -John le Carre

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics. -Aristotle

Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique. -James MacGregor Burns

'Beauty' is a currency system like the gold standard. Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West is is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact. -Naomi Wolf

When we talk about safety and security of the American people, politics falls aside pretty quickly. -Bill Frist

For too long, we have focused on our differences – in our politics and backgrounds, in our race and beliefs – rather than cherishing the unity and pride that binds us together. -Bob Riley

There is too much at stake for us to surrender to the politics of polarization. -Brad Henry

Let's clean up the Senate and return to politics of common ground. -Mark Pryor

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

I ask you: turn a deaf ear to the special interests. Let politics stand down for a while. don't waste anytime thinking about future elections until we've done our jobs here. -Bob Riley

This is not the time for partisan bickering. This is not the time for politics as usual. Some of us are Democrats. Some of us are Republicans. Some of us are Independents. Above all, we must be Oklahomans first. -Brad Henry

For my part, I make this pledge to all of you: The politics of division, of pitting east against west, urban versus rural, region against region, and people against people will have no place in my Administration. -Ed Rendell

Too many people, because they were white and poor, black and rich, or just plain busy with something other than politics, have felt they had no voice in our government. -Mark Sanford

I full well realize that politics is a rough and tumble business, but politics should not be reduced to lobbing partisan hand grenades. Politics is not war. Terrorism is. -Pat Roberts

Is there decency left in American politics? -Byron Dorgan

I came into American politics and into this political system proud of politics and the way we make decisions. -Byron Dorgan

The enemy is not just terrorism. It is the threat posed specifically by Islamist terrorism, by Bin Ladin and others who draw on a long tradition of extreme intolerance within a minority strain of Islam that does not distinguish politics from religion, and distorts both. -John Cornyn

But very often in politics we have the experience called up from my father when someone was trying to help him in the campaign: I can take care of my enemies, may the Good Lord save me from my friends. -Robert Foster Bennett

I don't believe in gutter politics. I don't believe in gutter journalism. -Maria Shriver

War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man. -Alfred Adler

War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support. -Colin Powell

America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams. -David Brooks

War is the ultimate tool of politics. -R. Buckminster Fuller

In politics it is necessary to take nothing tragically and everything seriously. -Louis Adolphe Thiers

The best politics is no politics. -Henry M. Jackson

In politics, guts is all. -Barbara Castle

War is the continuation of politics by other means. -Carl von Clausewitz

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government. -Donald Trump

Trying to take money out of politics is like trying to take jumping out of basketball. -Bill Bradley

Be your own politics, grow your own garden, and maybe you can help out more. -Rip Torn

War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means. -Carl von Clausewitz

Do we want an Attorney General who will play politics with the law, play politics with the court and just play politics with international conventions designed to protect our troops? I do not want to play that kind of politics. I am going to vote against Alberto Gonzales. -Barbara Mikulski

One thing I have learned in my time in politics is that if one of the parties is shameless, the other party cannot afford to be spineless. -Frank Lautenberg

What's going on in the Senate is kind of a politics of escalation. We're getting sort of like the Mideast: pay back everybody when you're in charge. -Lindsey Graham

Mercury emissions will continue to harm the environment and to endanger the health of children and pregnant women, until this Administration puts public health before politics. -Mark Dayton

Working together during the past three years, we have confounded the skeptics and the cynics. We've shown that here in Virginia, Democrats and Republicans can come together, put politics aside, and make tough decisions when times demand it. -Mark Warner

Unfortunately, money in politics is an insidious thing – and a loophole in our campaign finance system was taken advantage of with money going to existing or new 527 groups with the sole purpose of influencing the election. -Olympia Snowe

Let's put aside the politics and trust the people. Let's embrace the unique opportunity we all have; take the heat and make the hard and difficult decisions, knowing that we're doing it to make things better for the people of Illinois. -Rod Blagojevich

A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents. -Richard Reeves

In the past 20 years and more since China embarked on the road of reform and opening up, we have moved steadfastly to promote political restructuring and vigorously build democratic politics under socialism. -Hu Jintao

We must remember that politics is more than a power game. The core of politics in my view is to serve our citizens, to serve our fellow human beings. -Kjell Magne Bondevik

One thing I like about boxing is that I will not have to deal with the same kind of politics that I had to in skating. In boxing, it is not about your appearance, or how your costume looks, what color it is, or how much it costs. -Tonya Harding

It's such a beautiful sport, with no politics involved, no color, no class. Only as a youngster can you play and as a pro can you win. The game has kept me young, involved and excited and for me to be up here with gems of baseball. -Jack Buck

The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Until the June 1967 war I was completely caught up in the life of a young professor of English. Beginning in 1968, I started to think, write, and travel as someone who felt himself to be directly involved in the renaissance of Palestinian life and politics. -Edward Said

I never played politics, I was never a party girl, and I never slept with any of the producers. -Ann Miller

It will no longer be war that is the continuation of politics by other means, it will be what I have dubbed 'the integral accident' that is the continuation of politics by other means. -Paul Virilio

Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. 'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn. -Richard Stallman

To go from politics to news, at least the subject matter is the same, even if the view is different. -Jerry Springer

My publicist told me not to talk about politics but, yes, I think we have a president who stole the election. -Liev Schreiber

You should never ask actors about politics. -Liev Schreiber

I read all these stories that I don't know anything about politics. But I must know something. I've had some good victories in Congress, and I've survived this town for four years. -Donald T. Regan

The Congress has historically played covert communal politics in order to create what in India we call vote banks where you pit one community against another and so on in order to secure votes. -Arundhati Roy

You begin to realize that hypocrisy is not a terrible thing when you see what overt fascism is compared to sort of covert, you know, communal politics which the Congress has never been shy of indulging in. -Arundhati Roy

In politics, there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight. -Joseph Chamberlain

As I prepare for this next phase in my life, I ask that people continue to offer the prayers that have protected me thus far. I also pray that I will always see those who are not seen and easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of Washington politics. -Artur Davis

Of course there are regrets. I shall regret always that I found my own authentic voice in politics. I was too conservative, too conventional. Too safe, too often. Too defensive. Too reactive. Later, too often on the back foot. -John Major

America's most dangerous diseases have developed an immunity to politics. We suffer not from a failure of political organization or power, but a failure of love. -Cal Thomas

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

They politics like ours profess, the greater prey upon the less. -Matthew Green

In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions. -Catherine the Great

So begins a question which has of late become more and more urgent: what is the relation of aesthetics to politics? -Mark Poster

We aim in the domain of politics at republicanism; in the domain of economics at socialism; in the domain of what is today called religion, at atheism. -August Bebel

Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it's all about what's good for the party and not necessarily what's good for the country. -Ricardo Montalban

To let politics become a cesspool, and then avoid it because it is a cesspool, is a double crime. -Howard Crosby

I think that what went wrong with religion is the same thing that went wrong with politics. Is that it became too money based and too controlling. It's just a weakness that we human beings have for control – we want one thing and then we want more and then we want more. -Dave Davies

I'm not really involved with politics… I'm living in my cocoon with my classical music around. -Eva Green

I'm not ready to give you a clear answer on whether electoral politics holds any particular hope for progressives. It would mean that nothing I did ever mattered. -Tom Hayden

That, sir, depends on whether I embrace your mistress or your politics. -John Wilkes

Apparently God takes reception of Holy Communion seriously. Apparently some things are more sacred than politics. Apparently it's all or nothing when it comes to being Catholic. -Carl Olson

The art of politics is knowing what to do next. -James P. Cannon

I don't think that politics attracts the best and the brightest of America. It doesn't attract the most sincere people. -Dick Murphy

My belief is the majority of people in politics are just interested in pursuing this career in politics, and doing what's necessary to get themselves re-elected. And if that happens to coincide with the public good, great. But if it doesn't, the public good loses out. -Dick Murphy

So you can say whatever you want and quote me however you want about politics and make the next payday, and that's fine because I'm making that deal with you, but just mention the movie along the way, OK? -James Woods

It's like being at the kids' table at Thanksgiving – you can put your elbows on it, you don't have to talk politics… no matter how old I get, there's always a part of me that's sitting there. -John Hughes

There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics. -Paul Wellstone

A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail. -Paul Wellstone

My art will reflect not necessarily conscious politics but the unanalysed politics of my life. -Carl Andre

I felt slightly superior to student politics, for instance. I had no reason to think this, but I thought of myself as slightly more seasoned. I became quite cynical talking to my student friends. -Kazuo Ishiguro

Living in Washington, you can't take politics too seriously. I draw the line at honesty. I have no time for political hacks who say things they don't believe because they get paid to. -Tucker Carlson

Only he has the calling for politics who is sure that he will not crumble when the world from his point of view is too stupid or base for what he wants to offer. Only he who in the face of all this can say In spite of all! has the calling for politics. -Max Weber

With participation in politics so low at the moment I think Christians should ensure their views are represented at all levels and not leave it to others. -Iain Duncan Smith

In almost every country there are elements of opinion which would welcome such a conclusion because they wish to return to the politics of the balance of power, unrestricted and unregulated armaments, international anarchy, and preparation for war. -Arthur Henderson

On the contrary, the characteristic element of the present situation is that economic questions have finally and irrevocably invaded the domain of public life and politics. -Arthur Henderson

My politics are of a practical kind – the integrity of the country, the supremacy of the Federal government, an honorable peace, or none at all. -Winfield Scott Hancock

The great disadvantage of our present electoral system is that it freezes the pattern of politics, and holds together the incompatible because everyone assumes that if a party splits it will be electorally slaughtered. -Roy Jenkins

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act. -Robert Jackson

I know my limitations, and I don't like politics. I was only involved because of my husband. -Corazon Aquino

Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons. -Joseph Cannon

Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals. -Harry Hay

Politics itself is so unsexy, isn't it? But when the politics in creative works are really explored – not used as a vehicle – the results can be really interesting. -Marisa Tomei

Politics is there the way men and women are there, the way the Atlantic Ocean is there. Sometimes I've written about politics specifically, I mean about politics as it's understood on television and in newspapers. -Kenneth Koch

Do you think it's possible to discuss politics without preaching? -Steven Brust

I hate it when politics play too large part in the sport. -Jacques Villeneuve

I have come to realize that Jesse Helms stands for everything in politics that is anathema to me. -William Weld

But we are entitled to look for continuity in politics. -Jonathan Coe

As soon as you start writing about how human beings interact with each other socially, you're into politics, aren't you? -Jonathan Coe

I think especially in a world where you have so little say about what goes on in your life, or in the politics of the world around you, it is wonderful to go into that studio, and tell yourself what to do. -Suzanne Farrell

Educational institutes can no longer be prizes in church politics or furnish berths for failure in other walks of life. -E. Franklin Frazier

I think people are just really disappointed, disappointed with Blair as well, who's just like Bush's lapdog. I think everyone's just disillusioned with politics in our country, and it must be the same in your country. -Paul Weller

On the mountains mistakes are fatal. In politics, mistakes are wounding emotionally, but you recover. Personally, wilderness helps me get back in touch with natural rhythms, helps me reflect and, in the process, restore my creativity. -Mark Udall

I never let politics get personal. You can have the most intense, heated debate on issues, and so long as you keep it on issues, you can go out and have coffee afterwards and you're good friends. -Phil Crane

All politics is local. -Thomas P. O'Neill

Crime does not pay as well as politics. -Alfred Newman

I see it all the time in politics. If a candidate gets caught in a lie, he quickly tries to change the subject by throwing more mud at his opponent. The mud keeps flying until some of the slanderous material sticks. -Joe Scarborough

No. I probably do better not being in politics. They have too much control over you when you are in politics. -Evander Holyfield

It's called political economy because it is has nothing to do with either politics or economy. -Stephen Leacock

Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics. -David Attenborough

I'm not in politics. -David Attenborough

The challenge in working in politics, particularly if you're working for a political party, is that everyone's a messenger. -Frank Luntz

What matters most in politics is personality. It's not issues; it's not image. It's who you are and what you represent. -Frank Luntz

I've done reasonably well over the last 10 years because I took the strategy of language and politics and applied it to the corporate world, which has never been done before. -Frank Luntz

We can play politics, or we can reduce crime. -Bobby Scott

I want to stay away from politics, or else I'll probably end up putting my size fifteen foot into my mouth. -Peter Steele

At least there's a political input, but when you put on the robe, at that point the politics is over. -Stephen Breyer

We, to some degree, are like what we are because we inherited certain things from the Greeks and the Romans. One of them that's so striking is the whole area of politics. -Donald Kagan

I'm not talking ideas, or even presentation. It's like in politics: You have to sell something to become an electric player – like your skin or your heart. -Keith Jarrett

It is necessary to take an active part in politics to observe how often the welfare of the party organization is put before the issues, even before the welfare of the commonwealth. -Charles Edison

In physics, to be in two places at the same time would be a miracle; in politics it seems not merely normal, but natural. -Charles Edison

Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable. -Charles Edison

Ray Charles' revolutionary approach to music was also reflected in his politics and his deep and abiding commitment to Martin Luther King and the plight of African-Americans. Ray Charles may not have been on the front lines, but he put his money where his mouth was. -Diane Watson

I feel at some point that the farm state politics will overwhelm the Florida politics. -Jeff Flake

I think to be in politics you have to have the taste for blood on that. -Moira Kelly

I've always been most interested in the politics of everyday life: your relation to whatever you're doing, or what your ambitions are, where you live, where you find yourself in the social hierarchy. -Richard Linklater

By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that's led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do. -Sydney Pollack

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business. -Sydney Pollack

The decision as to why a show makes it has to do with politics and money. -Ted Shackelford

Amnesty is a terrible policy, and it's terrible politics. It's a terrible policy because you are rewarding people for breaking the law. -Tom Tancredo

The presidents I served under don't have anything to do with my politics. -William Odom

In Pakistan politics is hereditary. -Imran Khan

But I don't need to use politics as a way of making money. -Imran Khan

A Christian high school is just like any other high school in the sense of the politics and all of these levels of who's cool and what to wear. -Jena Malone

I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy, with kings, queens, dukes and court politics, but of course like what I was explaining before, about making the science make sense, you have to make the politics make sense, too. -Kevin J. Anderson

But look, you did not have to be well versed in politics to know that some stupid things were going on. It is the counsel's job to stop them, and instead the coverup was created. -Fred F. Fielding

I think we have a fascinating new and quite dominant input into politics – and it wont go away. From time to time, people articulate a view that we should ban opinion polls, but that's nonsense. -Jim Bolger

So I think that we're in a very heightened and somewhat unusual period of politics and polling around the countries that New Zealanders take close interest in. -Jim Bolger

This is indeed not only relevant to Documentary but is evident is most type of film making. The film often mirrors the experience, understanding and politics of the director. -Ben Edwards

If the planters carry politics into the fields they will find it bad business. -Charles E. Merrill

If he wants their labor, let them go to work, without regard to politics. -Charles E. Merrill

I always figured it was best if I write my songs, take them to my publisher and just lay back. There used to be so many things going on – getting to the artist, getting to the publishers – you know, politics. I just didn't want to get mixed up in all of that. -Otis Blackwell

What is more comforting to the terrorists around the world: the failure to pass the 9/11 legislation because we lacked a majority of the majority,' or putting aside partisan politics to enact tough new legislation with America's security foremost in mind? -Rahm Emanuel

I always enjoyed politics. I worked at the White House recently, primarily for the First Lady. Because of my experience running my travel agency, I was in charge of the files she kept on the Travel Office. -Joseph Force Crater

The Olympics are coming… and it's a big problem in American politics, because the problem with holding the Olympics this fall is that we're all going to be focused on the Olympics, and it makes that window of opportunity for Gore to win the election that much smaller. -Susan Estrich

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

A purely objective viewpoint does not exist in the cosmos or in politics. -Howard Fineman

Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose. -James Ellroy

When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I was 12, interested in politics; my father was from Massachusetts, had an accent like Kennedy. -James Ellroy

Boxing was not the sport that I thought is was due to all the politics. -Gerry Cooney

People are very interested in politics, they just don't like it labelled politics. -Douglas Hurd

You can hardly judge women's effect on politics merely from the action of individual women officeholders. -Florence Ellinwood Allen

It will take a long time for women's effect on politics to register so that we may properly appraise it. -Florence Ellinwood Allen

First, take the government of the Indians out of politics; second, let the laws of the Indians be the same as those of the whites; third, give the Indian the ballot. -George Crook

Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield. -Billy Hughes

I was concerned about the link between crime and politics, and I figured out the only way I could do something about it was to get into politics. -Bill Scott

I think politics is important. It's how we run our society. I think it should be natural to have an interest in the subject, and I almost don't understand why some people don't. -Chester Brown

I try not to spend too much time on partisan politics. Life's too short for that. I don't really believe that there have been many human problems solved by politics. -Dean Koontz

If it weren't the problem of politics for me, it would be another. And yet, sometimes it's so difficult. And I feel sorry for myself. And then hate myself for this feeling of self-pity. -Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Women have more to prove than men when it comes to politics. -Julie Nixon Eisenhower

When something really comes from the soul, I think it has a truth that you cannot find in politics. -Frank Rich

When you're talking with a person at this level of the government, at the very highest level, I think you have to be very discreet because he, President Clinton, is very aware that anything he says publicly can have a profound impact on American politics and on world politics. -Lee H. Hamilton

Protecting Americans from nuclear terrorism rises above politics. -Lee H. Hamilton

If it wasn't for what goes on in the world of politics, we wouldn't really have much of a show. -Samantha Bee

Every person has only so much attention to give, and politics and government takes up only a fraction of what it did 25 years ago. -Robert Teeter

Look at the declining television coverage. Look at the declining voting rate. Economics and economic news is what moves the country now, not politics. -Robert Teeter

There are people who kind of gravitate towards running politics based on new ideas and issues, and that was what the secret was for Clinton. -John Podesta

It seems to be the thing now that young people are getting back into politics. -Susan George

There's people coming in who've never done any politics at all, who've never been in a trade union, they've never been in a political party, they've never done anything, but they do feel a kind of urgency. -Susan George

Love is blind. My politics has been, too. I think you can fall in love with ideas, and you can fall in love with people. It's a very subjective experience. And I'm loyal to that experience. -Robert Wyatt

Allen Ginsberg was a world authority on the writing of William Blake, and had an incredible knowledge of classic literature and world politics. -David Amram

Yeah, I don't deal with current events or pop culture, and I avoid politics like the plague. -Max Cannon

Now interpersonal politics… that's what it's all about. -Max Cannon

I am involved with politics today because of the inspiration I received from Ronald Reagan. -Mike Simpson

I came at age in the '60s, and initially my hopes and dreams were invested in politics and the movements of the time – the anti-war movement, the civil rights movement. I worked on Bobby Kennedy's campaign for president as a teenager in California and the night he was killed. -David Talbot

In addition to the decline in competition, American politics today is characterized by a growing ideological polarization between the two major political parties. -Thomas E. Mann

In my right-wing politics of the time, I held that unemployment was usually the fault of the unemployed. -Luke Ford

I hate politics, hate deals, and deal-making, hate meeting with attorneys and agents. -Kathie Lee Gifford

We're in such a volatile climate right now politically. I think they didn't want Assassins to not succeed due to popular opinion and politics, versus on its own merits. I can respect that. -Neil Patrick Harris

I think politics can no longer be assigned to parliamentary activity and it probably never could be. But politics with a small p and the history of trade union movement really interests me. -Saffron Burrows

My parents were political, so it's definitely in my bones. Wherever I am, I always seem to get involved with politics. I think, once it's in your bloodstream, it's always there. I love it. -Saffron Burrows

Many people don't give a rip about politics and know as much about public affairs as they know about the topography of Pluto. -Tony Snow

Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally occupies a higher plane that mere politics. Great writers can express moods through melody and capture experiences we share most powerfully – love, lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph, yearning and confusion. -Tony Snow

If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today, then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it. If they think that there's a lot of racism going on then there's another Hip Hop artist who's gonna come out and speak their mind. -Afrika Bambaataa

I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be. -Rainer Werner Fassbinder

There seem to me to be very few facts, at least ascertainable facts, in politics. -Robert Peel

Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare. He's the greatest playwright in the English language, but his politics are fairly square. -Alex Cox

That's my curse, I see the politics within these things and so I don't say yes to them. -Alex Cox

Living gives you a better understanding of life. I would hope that my characters have become deeper and more rounded personalities. Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight into how cultural differences affect not only people, but politics and art. -Alan Dean Foster

I was raised to speak out about politics and the world around me. I would do it whether I was in the public or not. It is the way I was taught. The American way. -Judy Collins

Politicians… talk in generalities and lies, and I think they've caused all our grief. They're so awful, they're really funny. I hate thinking this because my dad loved politics. -Paul Lynde

If politics and business fail us, of course the military will be called in. In the developing world, the massive and repeated ecological disasters are quite commonly met by the military. -Bruce Sterling

We discussed politics, but we also talked about the importance of hard work, personal responsibility, living within your means, keeping your word. Those lessons stay with you throughout your life. -Bob Ehrlich

As I grew up in that world and saw how much it affected her world and how much it affected our childhood, it made me very aware of politics. Of course, I have my own private feelings and thoughts, but I don't care to share them. -Natasha Richardson

I believe people who go into politics want to do the right thing. And then they hit a big wall of re-election and the pettiness of politics. In the end, politics gets in the way of the business of people. -Kevin Costner

I love the ACLU and I'm concerned now, especially when it comes to our rights, with current politics and the religious community and the Conservative majority or minority – I don't know who they are. -Debbie Harry

Liberalism is Rationalism in politics. -Francis Parker Yockey

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

The way politics divides the world is into friend and enemy. -Francis Parker Yockey

There was a widespread indignation in the American media. They were saying, 'How can you make a movie during an election that's about politics? What are you doing? Are you trying to influence people's lives?' To which my response was, 'Well, I hope so.' -John Sayles

It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe. -Hedy Lamarr

My style has been pretty much like a newspaper. It's got politics in it, it's got media, sports, family relations, you know, all the sections you would expect, and wonderful religion things. -Kate Clinton

What goes for sex goes double for politics. -Kate Clinton

I just simply write as it moves me. I may be writing about a book or a movie or a person, places where I've been or something I've done. Or politics. It's going to what's on my mind at the moment. -Tina Brown

A lot of young poets today, from what I've heard and experienced, can't get their heads past George W. Bush, and I've heard so many poems about this democracy and this era of politics that I'm kind of bored by it. -Amber Tamblyn

On the other side, I do believe that the rhetoric we are seeing from the Democrats today is unprecedented, is a new low in presidential politics and goes beyond political discourse and amounts to political hate speech. -Ed Gillespie

People like passion in politics. -Ed Gillespie

I think Karl Rove saw that in George W. Bush early on and understood the impact that he could have on Texas politics and probably on national politics. -Ed Gillespie

History is the key to everything: politics, religion, even fashion. -Eva Herzigova

All along we find that social life – religion, politics, art – reflects the stages reached in the development of the knowledge of self; it shows the social uses made of this knowledge. -James Mark Baldwin

Take the time to discover how African-Americans have had a great impact on this country. In science, education, literature, art, and politics. -Lynn Swann

Sometimes things just click. The one contribution I tried to do, was shield the staff from the corporate politics that occur on any show. But yes, we all got along very well. -Joe Murray

All they expected me to do was rip and read the wire 'leads,' without doing any original reporting. It was pretty basic, but gave me a taste of how to combine my love of politics and broadcasting. -Andrea Mitchell

We're also far enough from the publishing power that we have no access to the politics of publishing, although there are interpersonal politics, of course. -Katherine Dunn

There will be no politics, no ifs and buts; if we see something and feel that work needs to be done, we will get people here we can rely on and ensure it is done in the same thorough way as our other projects. -Ian Botham

I'm not really interested in politics, because I think it's just too removed from my own life. If there's a war, though, or a disaster, I want to know what's happening. -Zhang Ziyi

We would not have our politics distracted and embittered by the dissensions of other lands. -Henry Cabot Lodge

I have always been interested in politics. I was in the student union before, very active. -Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

I don't for the life of me understand how anybody could contemplate the results of the 2000 election in the US and say that electoral politics doesn't matter any more, and that Ralph Nader was right when he said there is no difference between the two parties. -Todd Gitlin

I first came to think about media and politics in the late 1960s, having observed some distortions up close, but since then I wouldn't say that my personal experience has remained an important motive for my writing about media. -Todd Gitlin

My position is not that John Kerry is either Jesus Christ or the prophet Mohammad. My position is that John Kerry is the possibility of restarting politics. -Todd Gitlin

Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state. -Todd Gitlin

I suppose I've always carried what is regarded as a bit of unnecessary baggage in Britain. I've always carried the charge that I am an intellectual in politics. -Chris Patten

I think that if politics is just about getting your backside on important seats, then it's a pretty worthless endeavor. -Chris Patten

I think that what most surprises anybody who goes into politics from even a modestly cerebral background is the vulgarity of much of the cut and thrust of politics. -Chris Patten

So, what I say to people is that politics has got to be about principle and values above all. Of course, there are times when you have to make accommodations. -Chris Patten

Yeah, exactly, you can talk about politics in music, you can talk about something else, but that's always going to change, and love is never going to change. -Enrique Iglesias

Please don't ask me any questions about the politics of 30 years ago. -Helen Reddy

Music shouldn't be based around money or politics. Music should be a bunch of people that really do great songs together doing them together for the pursuit of having a good time. -Jerry Only

The more film I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant. His politics aren't so good, and you have to learn to accept John Wayne as an actor, but he's a poet in black and white. -Jonathan Lethem

I was surprised by the response of young people because there is a perception that those younger than the 1988 generation are not interested in politics. -Aung San Suu Kyi

In Washington, DC, politics dominate even the most casual conversations. -Armstrong Williams

But I don't believe in organised politics, organised religion, organised music, organised anything. -Link Wray

I met my wife Anne who was a sociology student, and her influence together with activities associated with the student movement of the time opened up my interests amongst other things into the theatre, art, music, politics and philosophy. -Paul Nurse

The thing about American politics, as I've learned, is there is no choice. -Rob Walton

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

The intellectual architecture means focusing on doing great work instead of focusing on agency politics. -Jay Chiat

The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists simply cannot talk about things that the two parties agree on; this is the black hole of American politics. -Michael Pollan

If there is a ground zero in the cultural wars, it is Missouri, a state where pro-life groups are strong and well organized and their agenda dominates local politics. -Eleanor Clift

I became active in politics because I saw the possibility, if we all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which there would no longer be any stages for actors to act on. -Helen Gahagan

I follow politics, but I don't like to discuss it. -Tom Araya

Satire is fascinating stuff. It's deadly serious, and when politics begin to break down, there is a drift towards satire, because it's the only thing that makes any sense. -Ben Nicholson

Things move very slowly in politics. We seem to fight the same wars over and over again. -Pete du Pont

The idea of being in the State Department was exciting. On the other hand, I always had in the back of my mind going into politics. If I stayed in Washington, I might end up a government hack. -Elliot Richardson

My shows aren't about trying to save some place, because I don't feel that's the right venue for it. That's my politics right there: Don't bring politics to my shows. -Kid Rock

We're in an illusion about what our role is in world politics and foreign affairs, and our policies are killing and destroying and doing a lot of things that we are not aware of. -Talib Kweli

In the 19th century, you had bourgeois art without politics – an almost frozen idea of what beauty is. -Douglas Sirk

There arose a belief in style – and in banality. Banality encompassed politics, too, because it was a common belief that politics were not worthy of art. -Douglas Sirk

Sports and politics don't mix. -Eric Heiden

Although as a sailor I despised politics – for I loved my sailor's life and still love it today – conditions forced me to take up a definite attitude towards political problems. -Fritz Sauckel

The modern form of things had begun to appeal to me, also (as material for satire) politics, and the lives of the great and little, high up in the social scale. -Laurence Housman

The writing is all done, so it's all about verbalizing everything from point A to point B, and certainly there's a bit of politics involved, so it's a different thing. -Lindsey Buckingham

The election before us will be the Austerlitz of American politics. -Roscoe Conkling

Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics. -George J. Mitchell

I think things changed as a result of a certain perception of our politics. When we went through our zealous, self-righteous period it didn't exactly win us any friends. -Fred Frith

As you see the political problems are closely connected with the economical problems. With the help of politics, we will open the way for the economy and this is why all these problems are included in the program of the newly elected government. -Ibrahim Rugova

I've been worked over by the English press because there's an assumption that my politics are identical with my wife's, and for that matter that my wife's politics are identical with her politics of 20 years ago. -Stephen Rea

No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy. -Lyman Beecher

These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up. Television became the new religion a long time back and the media has taken over. -Van Morrison

I don't like to talk about things where you're going to gt one side or the other unhappy. My music has no politics. -Loretta Lynn

I'd just as soon not get into a discussion about Jane and her politics. I'd just as soon stick to what we're here for, the picture. -Henry Fonda

Lenin said that people vote with their feet. Well, that's what's happening. They either go, or they don't go. It's all politics. It's all demographics. -Warren Beatty

Globalisation has made us more vulnerable. It creates a world without borders, and makes us painfully aware of the limitations of our present instruments, and of politics, to meet its challenges. -Anna Lindh

Even with politics, stuff comes around again. Woody Guthrie would recognize America today. -Billy Bragg

I'm still batting away on my politics for the Labour Party. I'm much further to the left of them than I used to be, but that's because they've moved, not me. -Billy Bragg

I'm not really one of those people who believes that if you're a musician you can just leave that behind and start getting into politics. -Damon Albarn

It is important to recognize and politics positive thinking is often the slaves' virtue – something that people do to con themselves about the burden and change being placed upon them. -James Bovard

I never had a single conversation about politics with Ross Perot in my life; still haven't. -James Stockdale

As I became very defined in my personal politics, I turned down some films that I slightly regret now; I'm not going to say what they were. -Julie Christie

I'm not very active politically. The causes I work on offer immediate, practical, accessible help, and politics has never meant that to me. -Kathleen Turner

What my future will not be is active politics in the Liberal Democrat party. -Paddy Ashdown

British politics is more nuanced. Part of the problem with New Labour is that they are a moving target. -Rory Bremner

Does politics have to be injected into everything? -Sargent Shriver

The generous way of putting it is that we were not ready for this. The less generous way is to say: How was it possible to return to the politics of appeasement of the 1930s? -Paddy Ashdown

People meet in bars after work all over the world and talk about the great problems of life and death and the world and politics and they don't take themselves seriously. They can do nothing else except chat about these things in bars after work. -Whitfield Diffie

History is more interesting than politics. -Lennart Meri

Campaigning in Wyoming is politics at its most retail level. It's done one voter at a time. -Mary Cheney

John Glenn craved the publicity. I think even John would admit that. When he went into politics, that became pretty obvious! He knew how to do public relations. -Wally Schirra

On the one hand, the financial projection is on the agenda – we will see if this problem can be resolved or not. I think it is a right idea to stage a special summit, which would deal with the question of priorities of European politics. -Angela Merkel

That is why everyone in politics, and we do it, must make sure that they do not depend on one single interest group. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution. -Angela Merkel

Thus, the focus on this main political goal must become more visible in EU politics and to achieve this, we need a political impulse. It must be clear what the priorities on the agenda are. -Angela Merkel

Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority. -Angela Merkel

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

After all is said that can be said upon the liquor traffic, its influence is degrading upon the individual, the family, politics and business, and upon everything that you touch in this old world. -Billy Sunday

The politics of the Cape Town Metro, which allows an executive Mayoral committee to make secret decisions which affect you, behind closed doors, is wrong! -Mangosuthu Buthelezi

First and foremost, The Quiet Invasion is a first contact story. What would we do if we actually found evidence of alien life out there? It's also about politics. -Sarah Zettel

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

When applied to politics and taken to its extreme, kitsch is the mask of death. Fascism was all aesthetics. There was no core principle to it. There was no truth to it. -John Cusack

What's gratifying about West Wing is that everybody told us that it couldn't be done – that the man or woman on the street didn't care about politics. But if you set things up correctly, people don't have a problem with it. -Rob Lowe

This match is about sport and I separate that completely from politics. -Oliver Kahn

We thought the church had withdrawn from interfering in Italian politics… but instead there is a terrible resurgence. These are ugly signs for freedom of expression. -Dario Fo

Every artistic expression is either influenced by or adds something to politics. -Dario Fo

Is anyone serious about the politics of happiness? David Cameron dipped a toe in the water, using the word lightly, but denying the hard policies it implies. Labour shies away from it, but should take up the challenge. -Polly Toynbee

Hope springs eternal, even in politics. -Gwen Ifill

I've always looked upon politics as a very boring thing. Politics never interested me as much as the people involved in it. -Pat Oliphant

I have a real sense of optimism that we are revolutionizing the way we do politics in this country. -Joan Blades

Partisan politics has no place in the classroom. -Juan Cole

I'm not involved in politics any more and they're quite right. -Jeffrey Archer

I'm not taking any interest in politics. I'm not involved in politics in any way. My life is in writing now. -Jeffrey Archer

I like politics. I like traveling in the United States. -Laura Bush

I mean, the part you don't like, I mean, that's the only part. That's the part no one likes, and that is the criticisms, and the unfair criticisms, I might add, of my husband. But that's also just a fact of life in politics. -Laura Bush

I don't want to pass a punitive law, or use politics as a vendetta. -Romano Prodi

Democracies must have equilibrium… and the entanglement of politics and information must be minimized. -Romano Prodi

I cry, sometimes, because I'm not 20 years younger, and I'm not healthy. But if I were, I would even sacrifice my writing to enter politics. -Oriana Fallaci

I have strong views about South African politics and I still don't feel I need to make public statements. -Zola Budd

I was totally absorbed in the real world, the politics, the history, the news, and I just couldn't find my way into the fictional world… When I finally could return to writing the novel, it was in fits and starts. -David Guterson

It's much easier to wear a Chairman Mao button and shake your fists in the air and all that, then to actually read the Communist manifesto and things like that and actually become involved in politics. -Lester Bangs

I have absolutely zero interest in politics. -Jerry Hall

Yes, politics IS war without bloodshed; and war is an extension of those politics. -H. Rap Brown

The only politics in this country that's relevant to black people today is the politics of revolution… none other. -H. Rap Brown

I got a job with a law firm in Portland after a couple of years with Senator Muskie. But by then, my interest in politics had been sparked, through meeting Senator Muskie, through seeing what he did. -George J. Mitchell

Music is what I must do, business is what I need to do and politics is what I have to do. -Bob Geldof

I was really lucky that I came to puberty at a time when music and politics were completely intertwined. -Bob Geldof

We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life – in culture, in economy and in politics. -Andrzej Wajda

But transitions from the politics of violence to democratic compromise are always messy. -Timothy Garton Ash

So my degree was in political science, which I think was – the closest I could come to marketing is politics. -Steve Case

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

So that's my main role right now and really the politics also includes going out and communicating to the world why Apache is a good thing, why companies should be involved in it, and why individuals should be involved in it too. -Brian Behlendorf

I deliberately did not read anything about the Vietnam War because I felt the politics of the war eclipsed what happened to the veterans. The politics were irrelevant to what this memorial was. -Maya Lin

Neither science, nor the politics in power, nor the mass media, nor business, nor the law nor even the military are in a position to define or control risks rationally. -Ulrich Beck

And new people come in, and it doesn't go along with their politics, and they fire me, end the column, silence a voice in Los Angeles. They can't silence it nationally, but they are able to do it there. -Robert Scheer

Well, Judy, I would hope in the new year, we could start thinking about politics not like it was the Super Bowl, where you always have to have one team that wins and the other team has to be a loser. -John Breaux

Meanwhile, politics is about getting a candidate in front of the public as a star, politics as rock'n'roll, politics as a movie. -Joe Eszterhas

So the major obstacle to the development of new supplies is not geology but what happens above ground: international affairs, politics, investment and technology. -Daniel Yergin

And the inner dynamics of Hollywood are like politics. Say you give a script to a group of executives – they all sit around, afraid to voice an opinion, saying nothing, waiting to know what the consensus is. Just like focus groups, opinion polls or a cabinet. -Joe Eszterhas

I don't find music being less important than, like, politics. -Kurt Loder

About 25 years ago, I started out as a reporter covering politics. And that sort of just evolved into organized crime, because organized crime and politics were the same thing in Boston. -Howie Carr

Democrats always like to brag that their guys are smarter than the opponents and Republicans always like to brag that their guys are more moral than the opponents. But if you're looking for morals in politics you're looking for bananas in the cheese department. -Harry Shearer

Tact and diplomacy are fine in international relations, in politics, perhaps even in business; in science only one thing matters, and that is the facts. -Hans Eysenck

Oh, that all the things my father had told me about how disgusting Washington is are true. And again it's the system – there are lots of nice, well-meaning people there. But it's a sleazy place. And politics is all about doing favors. -Esther Dyson

I never wanted to separate from either wife. It was accumulated stress. We had virtually no time to ourselves. After politics we were both working very hard to establish new careers. -John Hewson

In politics, you must let the other person have your way. -Claiborne Pell

All tools have intrinsic politics and technology is the tool of now. -Godfrey Reggio

It's not just the effect of technology on the environment, on religion, on the economic structure, on society, on politics, etc. It's that everything now exists in technology to the point where technology is the new and comprehensive host of nature of life. -Godfrey Reggio

When you look at our world, the truth is that we're all under the influence of politics. -Roland Joffe

Even if we don't know it or aren't aware of it, politics and philosophy are really what make our up lives. -Roland Joffe

I'm going to be looking forward, asked to be judged on my record, not taken back as has been the – in a sense, the tendency throughout politics in Northern Ireland, is to always look back, always look at what was said a long time ago, instead of looking forward. -Peter Hain

What my job is, is to get on with getting the process of democratic politics, back on the road, entrenching the peace settlement, and I ask you to judge me on my record. -Peter Hain

Activity in politics also produces eager competition and sharp rivalry. -John George Nicolay

In the early West, law and politics were parallel roads to usefulness as well as distinction. -John George Nicolay

Nobody understood better than Mr. Lincoln the obvious truth that in politics it does not suffice merely to nominate candidates. Something must also be done to elect them. -John George Nicolay

I pretty much ignored politics all through my 20's and 30's… I had other things on my mind… the band, finding a meaningful relationship, getting enough money to eat and pay the rent. -Mark Edwards

The West Wing seems to be feeding the myth about how presidential politics are. -William Devane

Alan was always interested in politics in a major way. He actually believes that anarchy is a politically viable system, but I don't. I was always interested in putting forward the ideas that represented my viewpoint. I feel the same about anything I'm doing. -David Lloyd

I have a certain pool of subject matter that I like to write about, things that interest me: politics, religion, ecology, and relationships between men and women. And that's usually what I focus on. -Don Henley

On the show, we are not trying to get people to eat their vegetables; we are not trying to get people to become Democrats. We are basically trying to encourage people to get involved with public life so that politics isn't left to the wealthy and privileged. -Martin Sheen

I don't think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people. -Paul Wellstone

It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics. -Paul Wellstone

Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future. -Paul Wellstone

Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine. -Paul Wellstone

We can and must move U.S. politics forward by means of committed participation. -Paul Wellstone

I don't believe your soul mate has to share your politics. -Rachel Weisz

It's a good question, because a movie isn't good or bad based on its politics. It's usually good or bad for other reasons, though you might agree or disagree with its politics. -Roger Ebert

Well, you know what, I'm 60 years old, and I've been interested in politics since I was on my daddy's knee. During the 1948 election, we were praying for Truman. I know a lot about politics. -Roger Ebert

I don't want to spend the rest of my life in politics. When I'm finished with my term as governor, I'm going back to the life that's waiting for me in the private sector. -Jesse Ventura

It's an honor putting art above politics. Politics can be seductive in terms of things reductive to the soul. -Robert Redford

For us, sons of France, political sentiment is a passion; while, for the Englishmen, politics are a question of business. -Wilfrid Laurier

I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party. -Naguib Mahfouz

A couple of weeks is a long time in American politics. -Peter Jennings

I realize it's probably best to keep my politics to myself. -Shannen Doherty

Gossip is easy, politics is hard. -Tabitha Soren

If the breaking news story had to do with hard news, politics specifically, I had a lot to do with it. If it had to do with music, Kurt Loder was more involved. -Tabitha Soren

Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation of politics and religion, but they bring no spiritual insights to politics. -Christopher Lasch

Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice. -Christopher Lasch

The hope of a new politics does not lie in formulating a left-wing reply to the right-it lies in rejecting conventional political categories. -Christopher Lasch

The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to insist that politics and religion don't mix. This is the stock response of the left. -Christopher Lasch

There's a tradition in British intellectual life of mocking any non-political force that gets involved in politics, especially within the sphere of the arts and the theatre. -Harold Pinter

I was supposed to be women's lib, and now I'd exceeded it and gone over into international politics. -Kate Millett

It's true that it's within the realm of cultural politics that young people tend to work through political issues, which I think is good, although it's not going to solve the problems. -Angela Davis

Well, a lot of politics is communicating with people, and obviously comedy has something to do with that. I've been a producer and led people. Also, being a comedian, you're under pressure. -Al Franken

The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved in politics. I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008, but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together the progressive network in the upper Midwest. -Al Franken

It was hard to figure out what were the good causes, the bad causes, even the good politics and the bad politics. So we started taking requests and figuring it out. -Jeff Ament

Well, I think any time you delve into this sort of religion, politics, as you well know, you're going to, you know, touch a few nerves. I wasn't – now – and this is the honest truth. -Mel Gibson

The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. -Thomas Sowell

My mother's studies stopped with the third year of primary school, my father with the first. They taught me a deep sense of duty. But nobody was involved in politics in my family. -Emma Bonino

I was on leave from local and regional politics, as long as I was a Minister. -Emma Bonino

Religion has to stay in the heart, not in politics. It is private. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

Abortion politics have distracted all sides from what is really essential: a major aid campaign to improve midwifery, prenatal care and emergency obstetric services in poor countries. -Nicholas Kristof

We can't make any statements here. We can't talk about the internal politics of Paraguay. -Alfredo Stroessner

That's possible, and in fact the legislation, the politics should graduate the advantages towards those who have children and give less to those who don't have children. -Rocco Buttiglione

Still I was concerned that politics would get between us and our POWs. -Bo Gritz

Fear is the main factor in Arab politics… There is no Arab who is not harmed by Jews' entry into Palestine. -Moshe Sharett

I think he was absolutely right not to go to UN last week… First things first – that is, values and people here in their local communities, and remembering all politics is local, and trusting people more. -Patricia Hewitt

We're seeing quite a lot of people who really would like a return to class-based politics. -Patricia Hewitt

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

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

We need real campaign finance reform to loosen the grip of special interests on politics. -Tom Daschle

I'm not going to talk like I know about politics, because I'm a total amateur, but maybe I can be a spokesperson for people who aren't normally interested in politics. -Bjork

Ninety percent of politics is deciding whom to blame. -Meg Greenfield

In a confrontation with the politics of power, the soft center has always melted away. -Lord Hailsham

You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to. -Molly Ivins

Is there in all the history of human folly a greater fool than a clergymen in politics? -Pat Robertson

A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life. -Robert Byrne

There is a thin line between politics and theatricals. -Julian Bond

I got politics and economics moving and then others took over. -Lech Walesa

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency. -Theodore Roosevelt

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules. -Ross Perot

In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake. -Napoleon Bonaparte

Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married. -C. Northcote Parkinson

I don't know if anybody wants to mix their politics with their entertainment. -Fiona Apple

Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything. -Peggy Noonan

I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest. -Aneurin Bevan

In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want. -C. Northcote Parkinson

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

At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else. -Shirley Chisholm

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. -Thomas Jefferson

I think the American people have been surprised by the enthusiasm with which the Iraqis have taken to elections and politics. -Duncan Hunter

The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country. -Jerry Falwell

My own early crusade for same-sex marriage, for example, is now mainstream gay politics. It wasn't when I started. -Andrew Sullivan

My friend told me later he got the chicken pox. I told him I caught politics and never got over it. -Jack Johnson

There are no generalizations in American politics that vested selfishness cannot cut through. -John Gunther

One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President. -Lyndon B. Johnson

In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected. -Clare Boothe Luce

Here's a very good rule of thumb in politics: losing begets losing. -John Podhoretz

Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed. -Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Good policy makes good politics and what I've done has been good politics. -J. C. Watts

I don't really wanna talk about politics, I'm not clever enough. -Paul Weller

Human nature doesn't include all human beings. There are human beings who are indifferent to politics, religion, virtually anything. -Conor Cruise O'Brien

In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons. -Mary McCarthy

At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence. -Booker T. Washington

The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare. -John Major

It's time to let science and medicine, not politics and rhetoric, lead us to good, sound policy. -Eliot Spitzer

To balance China, the democracies will need new friends – and India with its fast-growing economy, youthful population, and democratic politics seems the obvious candidate. -David Frum

I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known. -Abraham Lincoln

There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics none in which there is more need of good pilotage and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high. -Thomas Huxley

Because liberalism typically doesn't sell in American presidential politics, liberal candidates tend to run as culturally conservative centrists. -Rich Lowry

I wish it were simply a nightmare, but I think that any reasonable person watching American politics would come to the conclusion that a second Bush administration would in fact incorporate a more radicalized version of what we've seen in the first administration. -Robert Reich

It is not so much that women have a different point of view in politics as that they give a different emphasis. And this is vastly important, for politics is so largely a matter of emphasis. -Crystal Eastman

Office politics are bloody-minded, but weak on content. -Mason Cooley

If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, there's something wrong with American politics. -Edna Ferber

Everything is politics. -Thomas Mann

To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought. -Honore de Balzac

Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics. -Emma Goldman

You do the policy, I'll do the politics. -Dan Quayle

In politics, victory is never total. -Donald Freed

The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation. -Benjamin Disraeli

Green politics at its worst amounts to a sort of Zen fascism; less extreme, it denounces growth and seeks to stop the world so that we can all get off. -Chris Patten

We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight. -Calvin Coolidge

We are all encouraged that Bush appears, really for the first time in his experience on the stage of presidential politics, relaxed. His comfort is our comfort. -John Dean

Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future. -Dick Morris

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics. -Charles Bukowski

We're allowed to have had a private life before politics in which we make mistakes and do things we should not. -David Dimbleby

My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business, that it is something we owe to each other to understand and discuss with absolute frankness. -Woodrow Wilson

Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin. -Vladimir Lenin

One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex. -Margaret Thatcher

Consul – in American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country. -Ambrose Bierce

I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist. -Henry Adams

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

Alliance – in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third. -Ambrose Bierce

In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the whole of it. -Charles Caleb Colton

Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out. -G. M. Trevelyan

We are naive and moralistic women. We are human beings who find politics a blight upon the human condition. And do not know how one copes with it except through politics. -Kate Millett

Politics is repetition. It is not change. Change is something beyond what we call politics. Change is the essence politics is supposed to be the means to bring into being. -Kate Millett

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. -Alexander Hamilton

We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement. -William Howard Taft

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

I do not know much about politics, but I am trying to do the best I can with this administration until the time shall come for me to turn it over to somebody else. -William Howard Taft

When you cover politics, you realize that knowing how to talk about character matters more and more. The way we hold ideas is more important than the ideas. -David Brooks

The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie. He's totally hooked and like any other junkie, he's a bummer to have around, especially as President. -Hunter S. Thompson

Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy. -P. J. O'Rourke

To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics. -Vladimir Lenin

Four years in the White House and two presidential campaigns is an awful long time. In politics, every year in the White House is like dog years, six years off your life. -George Stephanopoulos

The gun is not out of Irish politics. -Ian Paisley

Macroeconomic policy can never be devoid of politics: it involves fundamental trade-offs and affects different groups differently. -Joseph Stiglitz

Some of the FDA's own scientists have charged that politics, not science, is behind the FDA's actions. -Joseph Crowley

We have drained common sense out of our politics. The more we focus on tactics and games, the more good people check out and give up. -Deval Patrick

Religion and morality are critical to how students think about politics and form opinions on political issues. -Jeanne Shaheen

I do not understand how anyone can, in good conscience, tell a family whose child is suffering from a life-threatening disease that politics is more important than finding a cure. -Jim Doyle

There is a holy, mistaken zeal in politics, as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves. -Junius

I don't think at my age… you can start ruling people out in politics. -Kenneth Clarke

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

The politics of judges is getting to be red hot. -Lindsey Graham

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

I call it people-to-people politics and that's what politics should be about, reaching out and helping one another and touching one another about what we're going to do. -Sonny Perdue

The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion. -Lord Hailsham

I think that politics needs a bit of spicing up. -Nigel Farage

Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics. -Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

Since the governments are in the pockets of businesses, who's going to control this most powerful institution? Business is more powerful than politics, and it's more powerful than religion. So it's going to have to be the vigilante consumer. -Anita Roddick

The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own. -Aldous Huxley

Basically, I have no place in organized politics. By coming to the British Parliament, I've allowed the people to sacrifice me at the top and let go the more effective job I should be doing at the bottom. -Bernadette Devlin

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles. -Benjamin Disraeli

For a person who promised hope and civility in politics, Mr. Obama has shown a borderline obsessiveness in blaming Mr. Bush. -Karl Rove

Clinton and Obama practice this politics known quaintly as the Richard Speck strategy: if you cannot take on everyone in the room at once, take them out of the room one at a time. -Grover Norquist

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

The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future. -John Dalberg-Acton

As I've gotten older, I've gotten more liberal, and my father is increasingly conservative. It's so shocking to me because I always thought we had the same politics. The day I realized we voted for different presidents, I practically fell out of my chair. -Lauren Graham

Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room. -Douglas Coupland

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 lesson of the last year is this: foreign policy can't be managed through the politics of personality, and our President would do well to take note of an observation John F. Kennedy made once he was in office – that all of the world's problems aren't his predecessor's fault. -Sarah Palin

In politics there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those like John McCain who use their careers to promote change. -Sarah Palin

In politics almost all of us are nerds, so that's just a given… but we're cool nerds. -Jonathan Krohn

Things happen in American politics in the political center. If the President will meet us in the center, there are things we can accomplish. -Mitch McConnell

The 2008 election settled nothing, not even for a while. Our national politics are reflecting what appears to be going on geologically, on the bottom of the oceans and beneath the crust of the Earth: the tectonic plates are moving. -Peggy Noonan

American politics used to be an amateur sport. But somewhere along the way, we handed over to professionals all the things people used to do for free. -Bob Schieffer

If you really want to diminish a candidate, depict him as the foil of his handler. This is as old in American politics as politics itself. -Karl Rove

I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics. So forgive me. But I am passionate about this country. I am equally passionate about the potential of the people who live here. -Simon Cowell

And it turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world, that can change politics, that can align large numbers of people. Not because you force them to do something against their will. But because they wanted to connect. -Seth Godin

The message that I gave on the – on the steps today was that you need to stand for those things that are right and empower the individual. Believe in the power of one person. Don't believe that you can't do it. Everybody wants – everybody wants a shot. That we can all agree on. Beyond that, it becomes politics. I'm not talking politics. -Glenn Beck

I think Barack Obama has brought a new level of ethical standards to Washington. Has he changed some basic hard-knuckle politics? No. You need hard-knuckle politics to succeed. -Ed Rendell

It's very simple. If the American people care about a lot of things including corruption in government, then, in fact, if you use the power to appoint in order to do political business, to clear fields, to save your party money and so on, if it's not a crime – and I believe it is – it certainly is business as usual, politics of corruption. -Darrell Issa

But only 'rich' people by definition have the 'extra' money to buy things and invest to create economic growth. Do we really want to tax that 'extra' money away – and give it to the government to spend? Does that make any economic sense outside of politics and our emotional desire to make everyone suffer equally through these tough times? -Terry Savage

I'm in politics. I'm in government, so nothing surprises me. -Andrew Cuomo

Let the message go out – a new generation has taken charge of Labour which is optimistic about our country, optimistic about our world, optimistic about the power of politics. We are optimistic and together we will change Britain. -Ed Miliband

Freedom and opportunity are precious gifts and the purpose of our politics is to expand them, for all our people. -Ed Miliband

The new generation of Labour is different. Different attitudes, different ideas, different ways of doing politics. -Ed Miliband

Frankly, my politics are pretty left of left. -Chris Cooper

There is probably a perverse pride in my administration… that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who's occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion. -Barack Obama

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country's scared. -Barack Obama

I think one of the things that we are facing right now is that we've stopped listening to each other in our politics. -Michael Bennet

I was in the room with, you know, more than a dozen Republicans trying to negotiate the stimulus. Most of them decided the politics of the situation meant they should walk away, even if it wasn't responsible in terms of what our country needed right then. -Claire McCaskill

Let's just do what is right for the American people. And those of us who are involved in politics and government know that our responsibility is to the American people, that we have a responsibility to find our common ground, to seek it and to find it. -Nancy Pelosi

We need leadership. We don't need a doubling down on the failed politics of the past. -Paul Ryan

And I'm not apolitical – I'm very specific in my politics. But a lot of the time it's nobody's business unless you're over at my house having dinner. -Tom Hanks

What's different now is that while political leaders used to give talking points to talk radio, now talk-radio hosts are giving talking points to political leaders. It's all part of the suffocating spin cycle we're in. In media, politics and publishing, the conventional wisdom is to play to this base. -John Avlon

Right now, politics follows the rules of talk radio – using conflict, tension, fear, and resentment to find new recruits. -John Avlon

I'm an independent. I'm a centrist. A new generation is arriving that has grown up with a multiplicity of choice in every aspect of their lives, and yet politics is the last place that they are told that they should be satisfied with a choice between brand A and brand B. It doesn't fit the way they think. It doesn't fit the way they live. -John Avlon

When people tap into this politics of resentment, it usually ends ugly. -John Avlon

First, I think more Americans need to declare their independence from partisan politics on both sides. The more that Americans declare their independence, the more the parties will have to compete for their votes using reason rather than the hateful appeals. -John Avlon

But the – look, I think that this – the United States of America is still the most powerful economy in the world. It is an incredible engine for creativity and innovation. And it has the most – smartest, most effective workforce in the world. So we have a lot going for us, in spite of the fractiousness of our politics. -Jay Carney

Growing up, politics never trickled down to the areas we come from. But people from Obama's camp, and Obama himself, reached out to me and asked for my help on the campaign. We've sat and had dinner, and we've spoken on the phone. He's a very sharp guy. Very charming. Very cool. -Jay-Z

I don't see politics as one or two people just making or delivering announcements – it's also about winning public support and the public enthusiasm. You've got to win public support. -Gordon Brown

This is a basic function of Congress to keep the government running. And so, what we ought not to do is play politics with those who have been affected by disasters. -David Plouffe

What we ought not do is play politics with those who've been afflicted by disasters. This should not be controversial. Stop playing politics, do the right thing for the country and let's make sure we're not making politics with disaster relief. -David Plouffe

You have to take away some of tax breaks for the wealthy, and you have to cut back on some entitlements. Because, unless we do all of these things, it just doesn't work. And what's good theater and what's good politics isn't necessarily good economic policy. -Michael Bloomberg

Everyone wants to demagogue everyone else. That may be good politics, but it's awful policy. -Chris Christie

It's not that I'm universally loved. We know I'm not in New Jersey. But what they do say in New Jersey is, 'We like him, and we think he's telling us the truth.' I think we need to have that type of politics on the national level. -Chris Christie

Broadway is such a diverse community. Everybody knows how I believe, and everyone believes, and it's not a big deal. But in Hollywood, if you talk about politics – especially if you're a Republican – or spirituality, it's just not something people want to hear about. -Kristin Chenoweth

I hate politics. It's slimy. Any job where people pander for votes, I don't like. The country has gotten so partisan that if you're not on my side, you're the enemy. The only thing I ever try to support is a third party, like Unity08. We need more parties and more choice. -Mark Cuban

To my great disappointment, it appears that the politics of division are making a big comeback. Many Americans share my disappointment – especially those who were filled with great hope a few years ago, when then-Senator Obama announced his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois. -Paul Ryan

As a matter of fact I don't like politics. I really don't. I think it's so jaded now and everybody has to follow the party line. -Regis Philbin

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

I don't really like politics that much. And I like the order and simplicity of sports. They have an ending. You can argue with your friends about it, but in the end you still like sports. I almost love the fantasy world of sports more than the real world. -Norm MacDonald

I don't want to force my politics on my readers. -John Grisham

In F1 too many things overshadow the racing. There is too much politics. -Kimi Raikkonen

If Greece had gone through a very normal political life, I may have not been in politics. But just the fact that I lived through huge upheavals and very difficult struggles and polarization and the barbarism of dictatorships – that made me feel that we had to change this country. -George Papandreou

There is this concept of politics as a dirty game. -George Papandreou

I never thought of politics as a profession. -George Papandreou

I don't really like labels in politics, but I will gladly accept the label of conservatism. -Marco Rubio

And yet, there are still people in American politics who, for some reason, cling to this belief that America is better off adopting the economic policies of nations whose people who immigrate here from there. -Marco Rubio

America wants solutions. America wants a leader. No more tabloid politics. -Alveda King

African-Americans who might have disagreed with candidate Obama's left-of-center politics voted for him in 2008 because electing a candidate with brown skin was too historic an opportunity to miss. -Alveda King

I think the fact is that anybody who goes into politics feels like 'I can make a difference'. But it's not one person, you need so many others. -Drew Brees

As women have played an increasingly important role in politics, there is no question that they've brought a different perspective, focusing attention on a broader set of issues and building alliances with other women. -Dee Dee Myers

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

Local politics, like everything else, are not what they used to be. But the fact is that our political system – like our physical existence – still breaks down along geographical lines. -Eric Alterman

Talk of citizenship today is often thin and tinny. The word has a faintly old-fashioned feel to it when used in everyday conversation. When evoked in national politics, it's usually accompanied by the shrill whine of a descending culture-war mortar. -Eric Liu

Sometimes when I listen to fellow progressives, I wonder if the only lesson we took away from the '04 elections is that politics is a word game. -Eric Liu

We tend to think of politics as bad, full of dirty tricks, negative ads, big campaigns, but I am here to explore the original meaning of politics, which is positive and has to do with balancing competing interests and looking for solutions. -Eric Liu

I don't think I can remember a moment in my life where people didn't discuss politics. People discuss politics at the table. -Connie Nielsen

I don't do politics. I just like to laugh. -Billy Bush

You can unite behind a candidate and a vision for America without rejecting another candidate and their vision, because in real life, opposed to party politics, we Democrats are on the same side. -Joe Andrew

I hope that young people will also look to politics as a vehicle to not only have their voices heard, but actually to be the change makers that they want to see. They are disaffected, understandably, but I hope that young people will not only turn out to vote but also run for office. -Chelsea Clinton

I'm interested in current affairs and social policy as a whole, but I don't watch politics for sport. -Anna Chlumsky

I never took that stuff personally when people said I was too young, too inexperienced. I get politics. I get attack ads. But they said 'mobbed up family.' That we were criminals. That kills me. -Alexi Giannoulias

There are so many people who are so much better qualified to write about politics than I am. -Curtis Sittenfeld

Political correctness? In my humor, I never talk about politics. I was never much into all that. -Don Rickles

Anyone who seeks to be involved in politics should join hands with America. -Muqtada al Sadr

I could have made a fortune in cheeseburgers, but I finally chose politics. -Francois Hollande

I did not resign from politics because of Bofors. I resigned because I do not know how to play petty politics. I did not know back then and I don't know now either. -Amitabh Bachchan

I voted for Barack because he was black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people – because they look like them… That's American politics, pure and simple. -Samuel L. Jackson

I doubt that I will get involved with politics. That's something I don't have in me. -Pedro Martinez

Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn't know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about. -Gerard Way

We've switched from a culture that was interested in manufacturing, economics, politics – trying to play a serious part in the world – to a culture that's really entertainment-based. -Stephen King

I got into acting to avoid politics of any sort so I could remain in a fantasy world. -Mary Lynn Rajskub

Before I got into politics, I wanted to be a missionary to people in the Middle East. I thought it would be better to speak with them in their own language. -Jonathan Krohn

I got into politics when I was eight years old. -Jonathan Krohn

I listened to Bill Bennett and tons of other talk show hosts who talked about that and other policies and started branching out and caring about other issues in regards to politics. -Jonathan Krohn

I have always stayed out of politics, I don't believe it would be appropriate to talk about it. -Kirsty Coventry

I could pose in fashion commercials as a high society star but politics is a new way of life. -Marat Safin

By dismantling the narrow politics of racial identity and selective self-interest, by going beyond 'black' and 'white,' we may construct new values, new institutions and new visions of an America beyond traditional racial categories and racial oppression. -Manning Marable

The crisis of black politics can only be resolved through the development of multiclass, multiracial, progressive political structures. -Manning Marable

No one wants to hear my perspective on politics, but I think honestly as you get older, you get more interested in it. -Danica Patrick

I love this sport and I don't want to get involved in politics. -Sete Gibernau

The good thing about the IMF is there is no European politics involved. -Mark Rutte

Before I had decided to get into politics, I was laying the groundwork to have a career in the law, but that was really to lay the foundation to teach, either at the college level or law school level after my federal clerkships. -Stephanie Herseth

I mean that I think I find the psychology of people more interesting than politics. I think the psychology of politics is more interesting than straight politics. -Joan Cusack

I was always fascinated by politics, and I did not like the direction the country was going under Bill Clinton. -Joe Scarborough

Sometimes in politics, you think you've seen it all. Turns out I was wrong. -Eliot Spitzer

I can't see why anyone would want to be in politics because you get so much criticism. -David Walliams

Growing up in politics I know that women decide all elections because we do all the work. -Caroline Kennedy

Going into politics is something people have asked me about forever. -Caroline Kennedy

Well there's nobody who has a more supportive husband than I do, and he has a business that he runs, and it's his own business, so he has work to do, my kids have school to do, I mean, people have – there are other things in life besides politics. -Caroline Kennedy

Well, the role of money in politics is pretty corrupting right now. -Caroline Kennedy

The one thing we can all be sure about in politics is you are as well to expect the unexpected. -Charles Kennedy

I am genuinely not an over-the-top kind of person about politics or anything else. -Charles Kennedy

Yes, you need substance in politics – but I think your style also says something about how you arrive at some of your conclusions. -Charles Kennedy

You never know what'll happen in politics. -Claire McCaskill

Whenever you discuss politics, it is always better to use individual names rather then the term neocon. -David Frum

I think that what I'm doing is right. And election-year politics, which intensifies everything, is not going to drive me off that course. -Eric Holder

The '90s were extremely diverse, almost like a laboratory of the new century. There was much experimenting around, in politics, economics, gender and family structures, and also in fashion. There was a cloud of possibilities which kept us all dizzy. -Jil Sander

We can't afford to sacrifice another generation of American children to bureaucratic politics. We've got to get it done. The future, the health, the life – our nation depends on it and it's just foolish to think or act otherwise. -LeVar Burton

It's not about division. It's not about politics. My concern is how do we come together? -LeVar Burton

The Obamas, especially Michelle, have radiated the sense that Americans do not appreciate what they sacrifice by living in a gilded cage. They've forgotten Rule No. 1 of politics: No one sheds tears for anyone lucky enough to live at the White House. -Maureen Dowd

My dad told me something long before I was in politics, and when your dad gives you advice every single day, eventually one or two of the things stick in your mind. And he said, don't believe what people say, believe what they do. -Mick Mulvaney

I don't think I've had any great success in predicting politics or social change, nor have I really tried. -Paul Krugman

I could write songs about politics, but I'm conscious of not writing songs that sound the same as the ones I wrote 30 years ago. -Paul Weller

I have a lot of nice Italian winter clothes that make me look like a sophisticated Lebanese professor, so my friend Robert and I go around pretending to be experts in Arabic politics. It doesn't work in the summer though. I don't have the right clothes. -Alexei Sayle

I don't care what you do – baseball or politics – George W. Bush is always going to be compared to his father. I just want it to be an easy answer in 50 years – Who was the better player, me, or my kids? I want it to be my kids. -Andy Van Slyke

Freedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that 'Oh, I don't get involved in politics,' as if that makes someone cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable. -Bill Maher

I didn't run for student council president. I don't see myself in any way in elected office. I love policy. I'm not particularly fond of politics. -Condoleezza Rice

The country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We have to offer an alternative vision. -Mitt Romney

I haven't been in politics too long so that's a good thing. -Justin Amash

This idea that a book can either be about character and feeling, or about politics and idea, is just a false binary. Ideas are an expression of the feelings and the intense emotions we hold about the world. -Richard Powers

A 527 doesn't have a wife. It doesn't have a brother-in-law who knows a lot about politics, or a union president who calls and doesn't like the color of the suit, or bimbo eruptions. It's the perfect candidate, because it has no personal characteristics. -Roger Stone

I grew up in a strongly socialist family. While I was at school, I worked in party politics and with organizations like the Anti-Nazi League. Everywhere I saw it, I fought prejudice. -Saffron Burrows

You look at the pillars of the state: politics, the media, police, lawyers – they've all got their formal role, and then nestling above that is that power elite who are networked in through soft, social links, that are actually running the show. Why didn't I know that 10 years ago, and why didn't I rail against it? Why did I become part of it? -Tom A. Watson

In all the poems I've written I've not really engaged in politics, and when I've found myself moving in that direction I've always stopped myself. -Simon Armitage

Music and politics are in essence about communication. Without over-stretching the analogy I do feel a sense of rhythm is important in getting your message across. -Charles Kennedy

Politics disappears; it vanishes. What remains constant is human life. So I try to develop a perspective in my writing where politics is just one of the pieces of furniture in this furnished world. It is not the purpose. It is not the goal. -Tatyana Tolstaya

Art has nothing to do with politics. It is the freest thing in the world. -Tatyana Tolstaya

I've done business with people I've met in politics, who I went to law school with, who I grew up with. Who do you do business with? People you meet in life. -Terry McAuliffe

You help me, I'll help you. That's politics. -Terry McAuliffe

People like to do politics with me, and they like to do business. -Terry McAuliffe

Anyone in politics would like to have great economic numbers. -Terry McAuliffe

It is no longer acceptable in British politics to be fat or eccentric or religious. -Ian Hislop

I never got into politics for it to be a career. -J. C. Watts

I'm not involved in the politics of religion, but I love what the message is. -Jane Seymour

All I know is politics. Really, politics takes up most of my time; it's nonstop. -Jean-Claude Duvalier

Rush Limbaugh, we expect nonsense from him. But the Vatican, that's another story. When the Vatican is so threatened that it launches attacks on nuns, well, you know what they say in politics, a hit dog hollers. -Jennifer Granholm

After graduating from college I worked at a variety of jobs, from banking to politics. I enjoyed whatever I was doing at the time but I didn't love my work. -Joe Flanigan

I am interested in politics. -Dave Mustaine

In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values. -Diane Abbott

With respect to Barack Obama, let's face it; Barack Obama is an iconic figure in the African-American community. We respect that. We understand that. African-Americans are going to vote for the first black president, especially when he happens to share the liberal politics on economic issues that many in that community hold. -Artur Davis

The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime. -Chuck Palahniuk

I haven't been very active in politics. -Clint Eastwood

The advantage of the internet is that it has taken away the charade of politics. China has heard of democracy and people know about certain concepts they wouldn't have previously. -Marilyn Manson

Before I went to jail, I was active in politics as a member of South Africa's leading organization – and I was generally busy from 7 A.M. until midnight. I never had time to sit and think. -Nelson Mandela

Fiscal conservatism is just an easy way to express something that is a bit more difficult, which is that the size and scope of government, and really the size and scope of politics in our lives, has grown uncomfortable, unwieldy, intrusive and inefficient. -P. J. O'Rourke

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

I try not to tune in to politics until it's two or three months before the election. Till then, it's like watching preseason football. -Trey Parker

They said it was impossible to touch the third rail of politics, to take on public-sector unions and to reform a pension and health benefits system that was headed to bankruptcy. But with bipartisan leadership, we saved taxpayers $132 billion dollars over 30 years and saved retirees their pensions. We did it. -Chris Christie

I don't compromise my principles for politics. -Chris Christie

I think Daily Kos is a really great example of where it's really worked in terms of putting the opinions of a larger group of people forward. And Kos has obviously had a huge impact on politics. -John Byrne

My close proximity to many of the newsmakers can give me a different perspective about people in politics and what they might say than others who don't know them. -Greta Van Susteren

George Clooney's 'Ides of March' could be the most under-appreciated movie of the year. In 20 years they're gonna go back and say, 'Oh, that was American politics in that time period.' I follow politics, I love it, and that movie is so authentic. -Harvey Weinstein

Friends, I'm angry about what's happening in politics today! Why is it wrong to ask the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations to pay their fair share? -Richard Trumka

We're building an independent political program that can run electoral politics and then turn on a dime to hold our leaders to task, in case they suddenly develop that old case of amnesia! We'll be there to remind them what they promised and who they promised to work for! -Richard Trumka

I'm very literate on policy. I'm very literate on the issues, and I'm an American first. I've been involved in politics long before I was an actress. I just happen to have a platform now. I just happen to have a voice. -Eva Longoria

My passion for ideas is not matched with a passion for partisan or electoral politics. -Jack Kemp

Pro football gave me a good sense of perspective to enter politics: I'd already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded and hung in effigy. -Jack Kemp

There are a lot of grotesqueries in politics, not the least of which is the fund-raising side. -Jack Kemp

I don't miss politics. -Jeb Bush

Well, purity – there's no purity in politics. -Jim DeMint

Today, I think the attitude is that governing is not necessarily good politics, and the result is that it's much more partisan and much more divided. -Leon Panetta

The politics of partisanship and the resulting inaction and excuses have paralyzed decision-making, primarily at the federal level, and the big issues of the day are not being addressed, leaving our future in jeopardy. -Michael Bloomberg

Most people don't want to talk about politics and religion. They say, 'Let's talk about something else.' -Prince

I've had an interest in politics since I was a little kid. -Rand Paul

You don't go into politics unless you want to win. -Rand Paul

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

I understand the process of politics and the game of television. -John Sununu

The precise point at which a tax deduction becomes a 'loophole' or a tax incentive becomes a 'subsidy for special interests' is one of the great mysteries of politics. -John Sununu

Government or politics in America today is big business. Everybody makes money involving themselves in one way or the other, whether it's pollsters, whether they are policy wonks, whether they are pundits, whether they are those who believe that they must call it as they see it and then to be fair about it. -Douglas Wilder

My experience politically has always been that one-word definition of politics: money. Keep your eye on the buck. And that tells you where the American people are going to be. -Douglas Wilder

I honestly believe that there's an element in this country, in our politics, that does not want to see a businessman succeed at getting the nomination for the Republican party, and does not want me to succeed at becoming President of the United States of America. -Herman Cain

I don't fancy myself a political commentator. I hate politics. I hate it. -Glenn Beck

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

Ferdinand was a gold trader. He was a lawyer for mining companies. When he entered politics in l949, he had tons and tons of gold. When Bill Gates was a college dropout, Ferdinand already possessed billions of dollars and tons of gold. It wasn't stolen. -Imelda Marcos

A lot of women these days, a lot of young women don't want to call themselves feminists. You have this cheap, hideous 'girl power' sort of fad, which I think is pretty benign at best, but at worst, I think it's a way of taking the politics out of feminism and making it some kind of fashion. -Ani DiFranco

I have some very personal feelings about politics, but I don't get into it because I do comedy already. -Jerry Lewis

I know I'm not supposed to have any opinions about politics, because I'm famous. -Cher

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

If I cry, it's about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics – no, I don't cry. -Nancy Pelosi

I think that people are tired. They're tired of the same old kind of politics. People want a new tone to politics. -Michelle Obama

I didn't know my Dad – he moved out early. And my mom's politics were kind of hardscrabble. She didn't think about Democrats or Republicans. She thought about who made sense. I've been both in my life. -Dennis Miller

The journey for women, no matter what venue it is – politics, business, film – it's, it's a long journey. -Kathryn Bigelow

If you want to know about my politics, the only way to do that is to look at my work. -Tommy Lee Jones

I just worry a lot. I'm a worrier. Michelle and Barack are really dear to me. I mean, I love them. And I don't want to see them get hurt. Just the nature of politics is hurtful. So every time they are hurt, I get hurt. It's a lot to ask of people, and it's a lot to see your friends go through. It's hard not to get emotional. -Valerie Jarrett

Fracking is doable if there's full disclosure of all chemicals used. Secondly, science dictates the policy rather than politics. Third, there's collaboration between environmental groups and the natural gas industry. -Bill Richardson

If one of my boys was asking me if they should go into politics, I'd say there's only one reason to go into public life and that's to help people. -Evan Bayh

My first meeting as a senator, my first day, they were already talking about the next election. Part of that's the permanent campaign, part of that's a word I've been using more frequently, 'tribal.' Our politics has become tribal: It's us versus them. -Evan Bayh

I'm pleased to offer analysis of public policy and politics to the millions of Americans who get their news from Fox. -Evan Bayh

You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you. -Kerry Washington

I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. -Ed Rollins

Half a century ago, Ronald Reagan, the man whose relentless optimism inspired me to enter politics, famously said that he didn't leave the Democratic Party; the party left him. I can certainly relate. I didn't leave the Republican Party; it left me. -Charlie Crist

When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody's right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. -William J. Clinton

The tax issue is the most powerful issue in American politics going back to the Tea Party. People say, 'Oh, Grover Norquist has power.' No. Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform focus on the tax issue. The tax issue is a powerful issue. -Grover Norquist

Look, the center right coalition in American politics today is best understood as a coalition of groups and individuals that on the issue that brings them to politics what they want from the government is to be left alone. -Grover Norquist

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns said they pulled all their political ads today in observance of the September 11th anniversary. But politics wasn't very far offstage. The Obama campaign sees foreign policy as an advantage this year. -Mara Liasson

I have never taken a job or done a job where I felt I needed to leave my conscience at the door. One of the the great things about not being in politics as a career is that I can do this job without thinking about my career. I can think about what we're trying to do, what we're trying to accomplish and what we're trying to leave. -Deval Patrick

You've got to watch the politics of AIDS. The politics of AIDS can work both for and against the victims of AIDS. -Bono

And you don't want to always write about politics just for the sake of writing about politics. -Billie Joe Armstrong

I've been watching politics for 35 or 40 years and you just never know. You can have one person win the Iowa caucus and then the whole picture changes ten minutes later. The same thing can happen again after New Hampshire. I have no idea what's going to happen with our country in the future. -Jackie Mason

The 'democracy gap' in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the 'least worst' every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the 'least worst' gets worse. -Ralph Nader

I care about politics just like any other citizen. I'm against the war in Iraq, or any type of war. -Enrique Iglesias

The only thing I have no control over is the politics that goes on within the record company. It's always been the same, but it's far tougher now, because record companies are run by financial people; before, they were run by creative people. -Enrique Iglesias

When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good, but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation. -William J. Clinton

You know, I'm just not going to get into American politics. -Benjamin Netanyahu

I think what's fascinating is how many people are playing in politics who maybe haven't played before. -Carly Fiorina

I don't think there is anything more bitter in American politics than a close election. -Danny Strong

Whenever I look at pictures of horrific things that soldiers do or that have been done to soldiers I always feel sorry for everybody involved because politics throws them into these horrific situations where really it's just 18-year-old kids. -Gideon Raff

It's very personal in its politics, very bitter and very negative. -John Bolton

When I turned 18, was the first time that I really started concentrating on politics. And I started doing so because I realized that in order to really create and generate change, it has to come from changing laws… so I started campaigning for Norman Lear's foundation, which was Declare Yourself. -Hayden Panettiere

I lived on the Greek side of Cypress, and I think that's also where my interest in politics really started to come alive. It was the first time that I was told I couldn't go somewhere: My grandfather's house is on the Turkish side, but we were not allowed to go there. -Hannah Simone

It isn't fate but fecklessness that has shoved Sarah Palin to the sidelines of national politics. The real tragedy is that she's taken a lot of other serious Republican women with her. -Dee Dee Myers

After I left the White House, I kept a foothold in the business of American politics; as a talk-show host, analyst, commentator, speechmaker, and occasional writer. I was no longer a practitioner, but I was still a partisan, a Democrat, a blue-stater through and through. -Dee Dee Myers

Obama seemed poised to realign American politics after his stunning 2008 victory. But the economy remains worse than even the administration's worst-case scenarios, and the long legislative battles over health care reform, financial services reform and the national debt and deficit have taken their toll. Obama no longer looks invincible. -Dee Dee Myers

I tend to avoid televisions, politics, and places with velvet ropes. -Demetri Martin

I never have been involved in politics. -Rick Warren

I believe in the separation of church and state, but I do not believe in the separation of politics from religion. -Rick Warren

I do not believe that artists or actors and people should be out there like voicing their full-blown opinions on politics because, let's face it, at the end of the day, I'm not that smart of a guy. -Kid Rock

You realize that for all the shenanigans that go on in the big circus of politics, everybody wakes up and goes to work. -Lewis Black

I hate injustice, and I can't help but speak against it. But I don't want to get involved in politics. -Serj Tankian

When I started 'CNN,' I made the decision to stay out of endorsing candidates, and let the doers make up their own minds about politics, that it wasn't going to come from me. -Ted Turner

I get asked a lot about getting into politics. I say, 'Take a look at politics. You tell me what seems appealing about that.' -George Clooney

If you give a good performance, something that gets some feeling across to people, that's such a rare gift. It's underestimated at this point in history, when the music biz is inevitably turning into a kind of politics. -Iggy Pop

I was in elective politics for 24 years. I've made four national races, two for President, two for Vice President. I have found there are other ways to serve, and I'm enjoying them. -Al Gore

In an era ruled by materialism and unstable geopolitics, art must be restored to the center of public education. -Camille Paglia

I'm so unhappy with electoral politics that I switched to sports radio. -Bernadine Dohrn

I… grew up in politics and I used to work for the Democratic Party. -Harvey Weinstein

In every country today, there is politics. It may be authoritarian politics, but there is politics. -Hillary Clinton

No one out there is interested in who did what to whom in Westminster politics. -Iain Duncan Smith

In my case, I was covering politics in Texas as a newspaper man in the 1960's. -Jim Lehrer

Once the cry and the cause of a generation of progressives to make America safer, fairer and cleaner, 'regulation' is now a dirty word in our politics. Even Democrats are quick to talk about cutting regulations; Republicans hate them with – how to put it? – evangelical fervor. -Jon Meacham

Whether one believes or not, religion is as real a force in the life of the world as economics or politics, and it demands fair-minded attention. Even if you think the entire religious enterprise is at best misguided and at worst counterproductive, it remains vital, inspiring great good and, sometimes, great evil. -Jon Meacham

While we remain a nation decisively shaped by religious faith, our politics and our culture are, in the main, less influenced by movements and arguments of an explicitly Christian character than they were even five years ago. I think this is a good thing – good for our political culture. -Jon Meacham

A wise nation should cultivate a political spirit that allows opponents to cooperate without fearing an automatic execution from their core supporters. Who knew that the real rogues in American politics would be the ones who dare to get along? -Jon Meacham

It would be great if politics were fact-based, but it is not, and it is surely not nuance-based. What works in a classroom or a think tank does not work on Capitol Hill or in the White House. Obama sometimes seems to be running the Brookings Institution, not the country. -Jon Meacham

In the business of politics, emotions and productive dissatisfaction with the world in which we live today are gradually being covered up by the minutiae of ordinary life. -Sigmar Gabriel

One thing I have frankly decided is that when it comes to political reform we have two conservative parties in British politics. Both the Labour and Conservative parties have constantly and repeatedly failed to honour promises they have made about reforming, cleaning, modernising our clapped-out system. -Nick Clegg

When I became leader, I made very clear I was not going to choose the easy life. I have always taken risks. I don't like comfort-zone politics. -Nick Clegg

You have a political and media elite who have an idiom by which they describe politics. It's highly, highly polarised. It's right, left, red, blue, up, down, victorious, crushed. -Nick Clegg

I didn't become leader to transform the Liberal Democrats into an enlarged form of the Electoral Reform Society. It's not the be all and end all for us. There are other very, very key ambitions in politics, not least social mobility and life chances, that I care about as passionately if not more. -Nick Clegg

I have got instincts that, I think, are very much in tune with people's very keen sense to see something different. I did not dream of being in politics since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I was not involved in student politics, or not in that partisan way. -Nick Clegg

One of the big changes in politics has been because families, individuals, have felt worried, insecure… worried about the economy, worried about their jobs, worried about their kids' futures… actually the disconnect between the public and media discourse and people's everyday concerns has become bigger not smaller. -Nick Clegg

What I hope is in five years' time, I can go to the British people in the election and say: Lots of you doubted that coalition politics worked, but it has worked. -Nick Clegg

The British political system and the whole clapped out Westminster architecture, and the language that we use about politics, it's completely unsustainable. You either decide to be part of that transition to do something different. Or you cling to old certainties. -Nick Clegg

My suspension was a long-planned move… and was done to protect would-be convicts in Romanian politics. -Traian Basescu

The TUC's new slogan 'a future that works' sets a profound challenge. Austerity and rapid deficit reduction is failing in its own terms, but even at its best it is short-sighted, muddle-through politics with no vision of a new economic model. -Frances O'Grady

I come from a political family. My father was a freedom fighter. He was a prominent leader of the locality and member of the Congress party. He spent 10 years in British prisons. In the evening, in our living room, the only subject we used to discuss was politics. So politics was not unfamiliar to me. -Pranab Mukherjee

I fundamentally believe that politics is counterintuitive. The left think they're helping working people by providing more rights, but all that actually happens is you create poverty and despair, because jobs go to your competitors who have fewer rights for workers. -Louise Mensch

In my view, the future of politics is, without a doubt, social liberalism married to economic conservatism. Which means we have to make an economic argument to social liberals, that it's OK to vote for us. But we won't run the economy into the ground at the same time. -Louise Mensch

The greatest problem in Japanese politics over the last two decades is that we put off what needed to be done. We have to overcome that. -Yoshihiko Noda

The real reform Japan needs is decisive politics when we face issues that need to be decided. -Yoshihiko Noda

When I became prime minister last September, I promised the Japanese people that I would not tolerate the politics of indecision. A propensity to delay difficult and weighty decisions has been hurting our country. It is detrimental to our economy, society and future, and it cannot be allowed to continue. -Yoshihiko Noda

Absolutely. I think that this is – politics is a tough business. I describe it as a full contact sport. You have to be prepared to get in there and mix it up. -John Thune

Republican politics have been off-kilter for several years now because a large segment of the conservative base does not look back fondly on the Bush presidency. -Jonah Goldberg

We all live in the moment, and we often mistakenly believe that what is true today was true always. Not so in politics, and especially in Congressional elections. -Larry J. Sabato

The presidential candidates are offering prescriptions for everything from Iraq to healthcare, but listen closely. Their fixes are situational and incremental. Meanwhile, the underlying structural problems in American politics and government are systemic and prevent us from solving our most intractable challenges. -Larry J. Sabato

There's a rule of thumb in politics. If you're at a point where you're complaining about the other guy being mean and unfair and uncivil, that's probably a sign that you're losing. -Laura Ingraham

I am not interested in politics at all. At home, around the dinner table, we never discuss politics. -Columba Bush

There's politics in all aspects of our daily lives. -Michael Moore

I mean if politics was my main motivation I would be doing politics. But I'm a filmmaker. -Michael Moore

When I came into politics I always thought there was a possibility I would be killed. -Imran Khan

I think politics come out of psychology. -Bruce Springsteen

One of the things that's great about New York is that it is not a one-industry town. It has education, academia, the service industry, arts, publishing, theater, politics, fashion, finance, as well as movie-making. -Sarah Jessica Parker

Every week I read about myself in a magazine, about something that I haven't done or some place that I've never been or don't even know. It's just gossip, rumors, egos, and politics. -Hilary Duff

If we tried to write about politics, you'd realize that we're all a bunch of idiots. -Mark Hoppus

Community organizing is all about building grassroots support. It's about identifying the people around you with whom you can create a common, passionate cause. And it's about ignoring the conventional wisdom of company politics and instead playing the game by very different rules. -Tom Peters

I think the rules are going to have to change for me to ever run for public office. My checkered past will always keep me out of politics. -Bruce Willis

I'm into politics, and I love watching the heavier news magazine shows. -Chelsea Handler

Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction. -Talib Kweli

By asking the question 'Am I happy?,' and via the answer setting out what I mean by happiness, there is a political route that can be taken, by asking another question – 'Can politics deliver happiness, and should it try?' -Alastair Campbell

So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died, I felt like I had lost a limb. -Alastair Campbell

There has been a shift to what may be defined as a culture of negativity which goes well beyond coverage of politics. -Alastair Campbell

I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision. -Haruki Murakami

My mother, Lillie Specter, was an angel and totally uninterested in politics. -Arlen Specter

Pennsylvania is a very tough state; people don't last long in Pennsylvania politics. -Arlen Specter

People, not just reporters, are more interested in politics than in government, so the actual issues wouldn't be something that interested them. -Calvin Trillin

What I'm passionate about is History, and politics interest me only insofar as it is the cross-section of History in the present. -Chris Marker

I was in civil society long before I was ever in politics or my husband was ever even elected president. -Hillary Clinton

I think that you can disagree with people and debate over their positions with issues without engaging in the politics of personal destruction. -Hillary Clinton

Those who write the editorials and those who write the columns, they simply are unaccountable. They're free to impose their cultural politics in the name of freedom of the press. -Jesse Jackson

Anything's possible in politics. -Pat Robertson

When a Cabinet Minister who is sacked for telling lies is re-appointed, in the face of every constitutional convention, only for the same man to be sacked again from the same Cabinet for the same offence by the same Prime Minister no wonder the public are cynical about politics. -William Hague

There's a tendency in politics to attribute bad motivation much too quickly, and the sooner you attribute bad motivation to someone you disagree with, the harder it is to find some common ground to make some progress that would give people confidence that you got it more right than wrong. -Peter Welch

There's no conscious plan here; my whole life in politics as a state legislator and in Congress has been about strengthening the middle class. -Peter Welch

The problem of the Middle East is poverty more than politics. -Shimon Peres

I will say that I think Israel enjoys strong bipartisan support in the United States. It's really above and beyond American politics. -Benjamin Netanyahu

But I'm not interested in politics. I lose interest the microsecond it ceases to be emotional, when something becomes a political movement. What I'm interested in is emotions. -Bjork

In politics, there are no friends. -Marian Wright Edelman

When you come from desperate poverty, and that's exactly what I come from, you know that nonsenses are not to be tolerated. I'm not sure who gains from chaos, but I know it's not the poor folks in the council flats. The politics of vindictiveness is never, ever anything like a solution. -John Lydon

We have this idea in our minds that there's this separation of church and state in America, which I think is a good thing. And we extend that to our politics – not just church and state, but it's also there's a separation of religion and politics. But of course there isn't. -Stephen Colbert

I don't know why that is, but English politics is just so overly white. It's very much about the class structure. -Daniel Radcliffe

Very few people go into politics to be reviled. -Andrew Cuomo

People go into politics because they want the affirmation, and they want the applause. -Andrew Cuomo

Once you start saying, 'Let's talk political, my own politics, my own aspirations,' it can become not just distracting in that it takes time, but it can become confusing and frustrating, and is this now a political agenda or a governmental agenda. -Andrew Cuomo

If I weren't doing the politics, I wouldn't be doing my job. -Andrew Cuomo

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

Frankly, if you do politics, you should not be thinking about your dignity. -Aung San Suu Kyi

In politics, you also have to be cautiously optimistic. -Aung San Suu Kyi

In general people feel more relaxed about participating in politics. They aren't frightened as they used to be. -Aung San Suu Kyi

I don't think you can work on feelings in politics, apart from anything else, political change can come very unexpectedly, sometimes overnight when you least expect it. -Aung San Suu Kyi

I understand the damage the expenses crisis has done to Parliament, and the paramount importance of restoring trust in our politics. -George Osborne

You cannot mix sports with politics. -Jackie Chan

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

Look how many millions of people are underemployed or have lost their jobs. The last thing I'm going to do is play politics with their future. -Lindsey Graham

President Obama chose politics over leadership. 'Hope' and 'Change' have become bait-and-switch. -Lindsey Graham

I reiterate that I am strongly committed to working with those on all sides of politics to improve how Parliament operates. -Peter Slipper

It's a big deal for me to say I'm over politics. -Shirley MacLaine

I guess probably in my time in politics, it continued to be affirmed to me that the African-American community, despite being subscription television's most valuable customers, they are very underserved by cable and satellite television programming options. -J. C. Watts

I think in politics, in Congress, you often do things that are Republican, or you do things because you're a Democrat. Sometimes that's good, obviously, and sometimes that's obviously bad. But in the news business, there's no such thing as Republican or Democratic news. News is news. -J. C. Watts

I'm looking forward to the day when America will mature to the point that we are a color-blind society. I'm not so sure that in politics that will ever be reality, because politics has a way of separating us based on skin color. -J. C. Watts

I'm not driven to get back into politics. It's not on my top five things to do before I die, but saying that, I may be in politics in the next year or the next ten years. I've been on the front line for 12 years, four in state government, eight on the national level. -J. C. Watts

I never got into politics for it to be a career. It doesn't take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go. -J. C. Watts

We need to remember that politics is all about people, not programs. We shouldn't want to take the humanness out of the political arena. -J. C. Watts

I don't follow politics much. -Vivienne Westwood

I still love following and thinking about politics. I enjoy recommending important journalism I read or see from other sources. -Dan Rather

In government you carry each hope; each disillusion. And in politics it's always about the next challenge. -Tony Blair

In no relationship at the top of any walk of life is it always easy, least of all in politics which matters so much and which is conducted in such a piercing spotlight. -Tony Blair

I mean, I went to a church school when I was younger and imbibed a certain amount of religion then but it was really in university that I got interested in religion and politics at the same time. I don't think as if it were one moment of conversion but my spiritual journey really began then. -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

First of all, I think it's odd that people who cover politics wouldn't have any political views. -Nate Silver

I guess I don't like the people in politics very much, to be blunt. -Nate Silver

In politics people build whole reputations off of getting one thing right. -Nate Silver

I was looking for something like baseball, where there's a lot of data and the competition was pretty low. That's when I discovered politics. -Nate Silver

Unfortunately the global warming hysteria, as I see it, is driven by politics more than by science. -Freeman Dyson

It's about time we make the well-being of our young people more important than ideology and politics. As a country, we benefit from investing in their future by investing in teen pregnancy prevention. -Jane Fonda

Except for politics, no business is scrutinized more exhaustively than journalism. -Russell Baker

We read too much Shakespeare at school, and view our parliamentary politics as dynastic drama, in which an impatient crown prince frets at his long subordination and begins to scheme for the throne he knows he merits, was promised and has earned. -James Buchan

Inauthenticity is endemic in American politics today. The political backrooms where I spent much of my career were just as benighted as my personal life, equally crowded with shadowy strangers and compromises, truths I hoped to deny. I lived not in one closet but in many. -James McGreevey

I kept a steel wall around my moral and sexual instincts – protecting them, I thought, from the threats of the real world. This gave me a tremendous advantage in politics, if not in my soul. The true me, my spiritual core, slipped further and further from reach. -James McGreevey

But being in the closet uniquely assisted me in politics. From my first run for the state legislature until my election as governor, all too often I was not leading but following my best guess at public opinion. -James McGreevey

We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views. -James McGreevey

The days when the words 'Hollywood actor' framed Ronald Reagan like bunny fingers as an ID tag and an implied insult seem far-off and quaint: nearly everybody in politics – candidate, consultant, pundit, and Tea Party crowd extra alike – is an actor now, a shameless ham in a hoked-up reality series that never stops. -James Wolcott

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

I'm not a political person. When I start to get into it, it just upsets me. I feel so powerless when it comes to politics. So I've just decided to be non-political and very, very pro-soldier. -Channing Tatum

Barbecue is the third rail of North Carolina politics. -John Shelton Reed

The foreign policy of this government is driven by politics – to extend a revolution worldwide. My objective with regards to foreign relations is to benefit all Venezuelans. -Henrique Capriles Radonski

To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It's a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works. -Ai Weiwei

Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics. -Barbara Bush

I'm highly political. I spend an awful lot of time in the U.S. trying to influence decision-makers. But I don't feel in tune with British politics. -Jane Goodall

The new freedom of expression brought by the Internet goes far beyond politics. People relate to each other in new ways, posing questions about how we should respond to people when all that we know about them is what we have learned through a medium that permits all kinds of anonymity and deception. -Peter Singer

I can tell you that too much money is corrupting American politics. Don't blame the American public. The U.S. Supreme Court has a lot to answer for, because it has made it impossible for Congress to reduce the corrupting influence of money on American political life. -Peter Singer

Flipping the dial through available radio stations there will blare out to any listener an array of broadcasts, 24/7, propagating Religious Right politics, along with what they deem to be 'old-time gospel preaching.' This is especially true of what comes over the airwaves in Bible Belt southern states. -Tony Campolo

The advice I've been giving to people all my life – that you may not be interested in the dialectic but the dialectic is interested in you; you can't give up politics, it won't give you up – was the advice I should have been taking myself. -Christopher Hitchens

The term 'the American Left' is as near to being meaningless or nonsensical as any term could really be in politics. It isn't really a force in politics anymore. And it would do well to ask itself why that is. -Christopher Hitchens

I don't think consensus-building politics is what I'm meant to be doing. -Christopher Hitchens

Like Indiana Jones, I don't like snakes – though that might lead some to ask why I'm in politics. -Theresa May

My mom is like this hard-core, liberal feminist. She's a professor in Boston, and she's been teaching women's studies for 30 years and international politics. -Eliza Dushku

I'll never get out of politics. I have friends in public office. I have things that I want to do. You can't go back in life. I won't go back to the existence I had before of running a political consulting firm and signing up clients and advising campaigns in exactly that way. -Karl Rove

Look, there ought to be politics in politics. -Karl Rove

The fallback position in politics is if you don't know what you want to be about, and if you don't know what your vision is, go at somebody else. -Karl Rove

I know enough about European politics to know you've got a lot of crazy people who make their way onto the ballot. -Karl Rove

Negative politics have always been around. -Karl Rove

People are fed up with the politics where candidates just rip each other apart and then the voters lose in the end because no one really knows what anybody stands for. -Dennis Kucinich

You know, I started my career in politics in 1967. I'm not new to this. I did not just fall off the Christmas tree. I understand the world is complex. I know that there are people out there who want to hurt other people. -Dennis Kucinich

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