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Quotes for politics. The singular act of voting makes us citizens of our government. Many of us go beyond that and are involved in the workings of our government at a local, state, national, or even international level. It can really help to have some handy-dandy quotes by persons of influence to illustrate one's point. Caveat: like many politicians, this section is a tad long-winded.

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last.
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Assent -- and you are sane -- , demur -- you're straightway dangerous -- , and handled with a Chain -- .
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
Politics, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, the capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It's only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.
If, in my retirement to the humble station of a private citizen, I am accompanied with the esteem and approbation of my fellow citizens, trophies obtained by the bloodstained steel, or the tattered flags of the tented field, will never be envied. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.
Whether elected or appointed he considers himself the Lord's anointed, and indeed the ointment lingers on him so thick you can't get your fingers on him.
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.
Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act.
Power is poison. It's effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
One set of messages of the society we live in is: Consume. Grow. Do what you want. Amuse yourselves. The very working of this economic system, which has bestowed these unprecedented liberties, most cherished in the form of physical mobility and material prosperity, depends on encouraging people to defy limits.
If every day a man takes orders in silence from an incompetent superior, if every day he solemnly performs ritual acts which he privately finds ridiculous, if he unhesitatingly gives answers to questionnaires which are contrary to his real opinions and is prepared to deny his own self in public, if he sees no difficulty in feigning sympathy or even affection where, in fact, he feels only indifference or aversion, it still does not mean that he has entirely lost the use of one of the basic human senses, namely, the sense of humiliation.
With public sentiment is everything, with it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed.
I prefer an accommodating vice / To an obstinate virtue.
The government has failed us; you can’t deny that. Anytime you live in the twentieth century, 1964, and you walkin’ around here singing “We Shall Overcome,” the government has failed us. This is part of what’s wrong with you—you do too much singing. Today it’s time to stop singing and start swinging.
For our democracy has been marred by imperialism, and it has been enlightened only by individual and sporadic efforts at freedom.
I believe democracy is our greatest export. At least until China figures out a way to stamp it out of plastic for three cents a unit.
One of the strengths of democracy is the ability of the people to regularly demand changes in leadership and to fire a failing leader and hire a new one with the promise of hopeful change.
And what authority even the creases in a suit can convey.
Every time a new nation…advances toward civilization, the human race perfects itself; every time an inferior class emerges from enslavement and degradation, the human race again perfects itself.
In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.
Indeed, the ideal for a well-functioning democratic state is like the ideal for a gentleman’s well-cut suit—it is not noticed.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.
Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.
Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You’ll never get out of the jungle that way.
Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
To tell a voice that’s genuinely good / From one that’s base but merely has succeeded.
There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment—and nothing more corrupting.
The whole notion of loyalty inquisitions is a national characteristic of the police state, not of democracy …. We must not burn down the house to kill the rats.
Leverage is everything,—was what I used to say;—don’t begin to pry till you have got the long arm on your side.
There is a kind of physical pleasure in resisting an iniquitous power.
[Women] are not more moral, we are only less corrupted by power.
There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages.
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied; / And vice sometimes by action dignified.
They were unable to bribe the members of Congress, and on the date stipulated by law the left calmly came to power. And on that date the right began to stockpile hatred.
The wickedness of men is that their power breeds stupidity and blindness.
I said to God, “What are they doing?” // God said, “Making pitfalls into which their fellows may sink.” // I said to God, “Why do they do it?” // God said, “Because each thinks that when his brother falls he will rise.”
We are arrant knaves all; believe none of us.
The Republican Party makes even its young men seem old; the Democratic Party makes even its old men seem young.
Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.
Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.
History, despite its wrenching pain, / Cannot be unlived, and if faced / With courage, need not be lived again.
I don’t believe civilization can do a lot more than educate a person’s senses.
In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity.
We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state.
No nation keeps its word. A nation is a big, blind worm, following what? Fate perhaps. A nation has no honor, it has no word to keep.
Where we can find common ground on the economy, and on other domestic issues, we shall seek it …. Where we cannot find common ground, we must stand our ground.
Most of the stone a nation hammers goes toward its tomb only. It buries itself alive.
I’m seeing there is a new way, the third way. It’s not left or right. It’s not Democrat or Republican. It’s a third way. And the third way to me is a shift in these principles where dominance, occupation, invasion and violence are the tools on which the whole planet turns and operates. The new tools would be cooperation, invitation, dialogue, and care. Care would be fundamental to the principles of the world.
Democracy isn’t just about deducing what the people want. Democracy is leading the people as well.
Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.
Each fool turns politician now, and wears / A formal face, and talks of state-affairs.
Well, there are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. And other people who stand around and watch them eat it.
Treat bad men exactly as if they were insane.
You can bind my body, tie my hands, govern my actions: you are the strongest, and society adds to your power; but with my will, sir, you can do nothing. God alone can restrain it and curb it. Seek then a law, a dungeon, an instrument of torture, by which you can hold it, it is as if you wished to grasp the air, and seize vacancy.
I’ve always thought the American eagle needed a left wing and a right wing. The right wing would see to it that economic interests had their legitimate concerns addressed. The left wing would see to it that ordinary people were included in the bargain. Both would keep the great bird on course. But with two right wings or two left wings, it’s no longer an eagle and it’s going to crash.
Compassionate Conservative … I don’t know what that is really. Kinda sounds like a Volvo with a gun rack.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.
What is needed in politics is not the ability to lie but rather the sensibility to know when, where, how and to whom to say things.
For me party discipline is a sacred matter, not just lust for power as some people claim ….
There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
Conservative, n. A statesman enamored of existing evils, as opposed to a Liberal, who wants to replace them with new ones.
We shouldn’t leave the work of politics to people who run for public office.
If we could harness the destructive energy of disagreements over politics, we wouldn’t need the bomb.
No man should be in politics unless he would honestly rather not be there.
Will Rogers … used to come out with a newspaper and pretend he was a yokel criticizing the intellectuals who ran the government. I come out with a newspaper and pretend I’m an intellectual making fun of the yokels running the government.
Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
The Senate seems like the place where smart people go to die.
We mean by “politics” the people’s business —the most important business there is.
If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, there’s something wrong with American politics.
Without freedom there can be no morality.
The highest moral law is that we should unremittingly work for the good of mankind.
The ruling class isn’t dissatisfied: they are healthy, well-fed, live in beauty, enjoy their own importance: fun-loving cannibals.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.
The pursuit of politics is religion, morality, and poetry all in one.
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter, / And when he cried the little children died in the streets.
Politics is about power: about who has it, how it is defined, and how it is exercised.
The ability of a special interest group to secretly insert provisions into law for its own narrow benefit and to the detriment of the public interest raises fundamental questions about the integrity of our government.
To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.
A soldier is a yahoo hired to kill in cold blood as many of his own species, who have never offended him, as possibly he can.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders … institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.
When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.
I was never so naïve or foolish as to think that if you merely believe in something it happens. You must struggle for it.
As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy [sic].
Den dat little man in black dar, he say women can’t have as much rights as men, ‘cause Christ wasn’t a woman! … Whar did your Christ come from? From God and a woman. Man had notin’ to do wid Him.
Declaration of Sentiments: Resolved: That the same amount of virtue, delicacy, and refinement of behavior that is required of woman in the social station, should also be required of man, and the same transgressions should be visited with equal severity on both man and woman.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights … is the first code of ethical conduct that was not a product of one culture, or one sphere of civilization only, but a universal creation, shaped and subscribed to by representatives of all humankind.
You think we build a world; I think we leave / Only these tools, wherewith to strain and grieve.
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
… another existence swallowed up in the fearful rush of what is called civilization, but is very like chaos.
Primitiveness and civilization are degrees of the same thing. If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of these two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both.
It is impossible for one class to appreciate the wrongs of another.
Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos.
The victories that the 60’s generation brought about … have made America a far better place for all its citizens. But what has been lost in the process, and has yet to be replaced, are those shared assumptions—that quality of trust and fellow feeling—that bring us together as Americans.
Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.
Each of us is a citizen of a common planet, bound to a common destiny. So connected are we, that each of us has the power to be the eyes of the world, the voice of the world, the conscience of the world, or the end of the world. And as each one of us chooses, so becomes the world.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
It requires philosophy and heroism to rise above the opinion of the wise men of all nations and races ….
The virtue of patriotism has been extolled most loudly and publicly by nations that are in the process of conquering others….
The fate of the country does not depend on … what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.
Wall, childern, whar dar is so much racket dar must be somethin’ out o’ kilter.
Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind.
A society which is clamouring for choice, which is filled with many articulate groups, each urging its own brand of salvation, its own variety of economic philosophy, will give each new generation no peace until all have chosen or gone under, unable to bear the conditions of choice.
Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring. Because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again.
Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilisation.
… one of the most important developments in modern politics has been the unprecedented phenomenon of masses of people organizing, not just against those who violently oppress them, but against the oppression of others—and even against the use of violence itself.
If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.
I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poets, the writers, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poets voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.
We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others
The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good. Almost every thing, especially of governmental policy, is an inseparable compound of the two; so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal …. // The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her.
For years—decades—perhaps centuries—women have been complaining about men’s lack of sensitivity, their unkindness, but no sooner have women acquired power than they permit, even sanctify, some of the nastiest manifestations of human nature.
We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.
Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many.
The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.
It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
Liberty, n. One of imagination’s most precious possessions.
… the life of the nation is long; and it is longer, and stronger, more vigorous and more knit, if it grows slowly and spontaneously than if formed by violence or fraud.
I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins for so long to give up; it cuts like a knife. It will feel all the better when it closes up again.
The Scarecrow was now the ruler of the Emerald City, and although he was not a Wizard the people were proud of him. “For,” they said, “there is not another city in all the world that is ruled by a stuffed man.” And, so far as they knew, they were quite right.
Washington could not tell a lie; Nixon could not tell the truth; Reagan cannot tell the difference.
Professional intellectuals are the voice of a culture and are, therefore, its leaders, its integrators and its bodyguards.
To put a woman on the ticket would challenge the loyalty of women everywhere to their sex, because it would be made to seem that the defeat of the ticket meant the defeat for a hundred years of women’s chance to be truly equal with men in politics.
… the new women in politics seem to be saying that we already know how to lose, thank you very much. Now we want to learn how to win.
Morality must guide calculation, and calculation must guide politics.
If you can’t beat them, arrange to have them beaten.
While I was sleeping in my bed in there, things were happening in this world that directly concerned me—and nobody asked me, consulted me—they just went out and did things—and changed my life.
Because no battle is ever won, he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safe for children to grow up in.
We had forgotten that wars were fought by babies. When I saw those freshly shaved faces, it was a shock. My God, my God—I said to myself, “It’s the Children’s Crusade.”
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.
I remember when I was a boy and I heard repeated time and time again the phrase, “My country, right or wrong, my country!” How absolutely absurd is such an idea. How absolutely absurd to teach this idea to the youth of the country.
Every era of renaissance has come out of new freedoms for peoples. The coming renaissance will be greater than any in human history, for this time all the peoples of the earth will share in it.
Holy is the hand that works for peace and for justice, / holy is the mouth that speaks for goodness / holy is the foot that walks toward mercy.
How do you feel about women’s rights? I like either side of them.
The … mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.
Standing up to your government can mean standing up for your country.
… public opinion is a giant which has frightened stouter-hearted Jacks on bigger beanstalks than hers.
“I will not cease from mental fight,” Blake wrote. Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. The current flows fast and furious. It issues a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians.
“You hate America, don’t you?” she said. // “That would be as silly as loving it,” I said. “It’s impossible for me to get emotional about it, because real estate doesn’t interest me. It’s no doubt a great flaw in my personality, but I can’t think in terms of boundaries. Those imaginary lines are as unreal to me as elves and pixies.”
Nutopia has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people. Nutopia has no laws other than cosmic. All people of Nutopia are ambassadors of the country. Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of Nutopia.
You may trod me in the very dirt / But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Can there be a higher desire than to change the world? Not to draw Utopian blueprints, but really to order change? To revise the misshapen, reshape the mistaken, to justify the margins of this ragged error of a universe?

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