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Growing older, I have lost the need to be political, which means, in this country, the need to be left. I am driven into grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-politics, of resistance to politics.

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.
He could not see a belt without hitting below it.
When great questions end, little parties begin.
The apparent rulers of the English nation are like the imposing personages of a splendid procession: it is by them the mob are influenced; it is they whom the spectators cheer. The real rulers are secreted in second-rate carriages; no one cares for them or asks after them, but they are obeyed implicitly and unconsciously by reason of the splendor of those who eclipsed and preceded them.
A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
Every political system is an accumulation of habits, customs, prejudices, and principles that have survived a long process of trial and error and of ceaseless response to changing circumstances. If the system works well on the whole, it is a lucky accident -- the luckiest, indeed, that can befall a society.
The era of the political was one of anomie: crisis, violence, madness and revolution. The era of the trans-political is that of anomaly: an aberration of no consequence, contemporaneous with the event of no consequence.
Politicians -- power itself -- are abject because they merely embody the profound contempt people have for their own lives. One should be grateful to the politicians for accepting the abstractness of power, and ridding others of its burden. This inevitably kills them but they get their revenge by passing onto others the corpse of power.
The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it.
It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values.
The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians.
Politics is a blood sport.
Yogi met George Bush during an election campaign. Bush said Texas was important. Yogi said Texas has a lot of electrical votes.
The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
Politics is not an exact science.
What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.
Politics is the art of the next best.
I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life.
The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue.
In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.
I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.
A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.
Any established village; could afford a town drunkard, a town atheist, and a few Democrats.
A liberal is a man who leaves a room when the fight begins.
It doesn't matter what I say as long as I sound different from other politicians.
I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.
No wonder that, when a political career is so precarious, men of worth and capacity hesitate to embrace it. They cannot afford to be thrown out of their life's course by a mere accident.
Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
People say I'm indecisive, but I don't know about that.
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.
Away with the cant of Measures, not men! -- the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along. No, Sir, if the comparison must be made, if the distinction must be taken, men are everything, measures comparatively nothing.
Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons.
It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.
Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence.