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A political convention is not a place where you can come away with any trace of faith in human nature.

One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Get thee glass eyes, and like a scurvy politician, seem to see the things thou dost not.
A politician is one that would circumvent God.
In politics... shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
Instead of starry-eyed worship of grand illusions, the mature citizen admires and idealizes proven values. He reveres, among other things, certain time-honored virtues and the people who practice them, especially the personal ideals of honesty, integrity, self-reliance, courage, persistence and dependability; the political ideals of individual liberty, the rights of property and contract, and the rule of law; and the ethical ideals of mutuality, decency and charity, among others.
The only way you can do that [Balance The Budget, Decrease Taxes, and Increase Military Spending] is with mirrors, and that's what it would take.
A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader.
In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.
The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
I have simplified my politics into an utter detestation of all existing governments; and, as it is the shortest and most agreeable and summary feeling imaginable, the first moment of an universal republic would convert me into an advocate for single and uncontradicted despotism. The fact is, riches are power, and poverty is slavery all over the earth, and one sort of establishment is no better, nor worse, for a people than another.
The first mistake in public business is going into it.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.
If it's going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately.
The ordinary politician has a very low estimate of human nature. In his daily life he comes into contact chiefly with persons who want to get something or to avoid something. Beyond this circle of seekers after privileges, individuals and organized minorities, he is aware of a large unorganized, indifferent mass of citizens who ask nothing in particular and rarely complain. The politician comes after a while to think that the art of politics is to satisfy the seekers after favors and to mollify the inchoate mass with noble sentiments and patriotic phrases.
Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular -- not whether it will work well and prove itself but whether the active talking constituents like it immediately. Politicians rationalize this servitude by saying that in a democracy public men are the servants of the people.
The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.
Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.
In politics the choice is constantly between two evils.
You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat.
The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation.
The reason political party platforms are so long is that when you straddle anything it takes a long time to explain it.
No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity.
The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.
The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.
I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.
A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.