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What this country needs is radicals who will stay that way regardless of the creeping years.

Elected leaders who forget how they got there won't the next time.
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.
Politics is a profession where the paths of glory lead but to the gravy.
A politician divides mankind into two classes; tools and enemies.
The aim of every political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression.
Let us not forget that we can never go farther than we can persuade at least half of the people to go.
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.
I do not deny that there may be other well-founded causes for the hatred which various classes feel toward politicians, but the main one seems to me that politicians are symbols of the fact that every class must take every other class into account.
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.
In politics, as on the sickbed, people toss from side to side, thinking they will be more comfortable.
If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.
The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.
Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.
It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president... except me.
My life's work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.
If a politician isn't doing it to his wife , then he's doing it to his country.
I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers; what I said was all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
Ignorance makes most men go into a political party, and shame keeps them from getting out of it.
In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme.
He serves his party best who serves his country best.
A politician will do anything to keep his job, even become a patriot.
A Whig is properly what is called a Trimmer -- that is, a coward to both sides of the question, who dare not be a knave nor an honest man, but is a sort of whiffing, shuffling, cunning, silly, contemptible, unmeaning negation of the two.
We are the trade union for pensioners and children, the trade union for the disabled and the sick... the trade union for the nation as a whole.
In politics, as in life, we must above all things wish only for the attainable.
You know, what I very well know, that I bought you. And I know, what perhaps you think I don't know, you are now selling yourselves to somebody else; and I know, what you do not know, that I am buying another borough. May God's curse light upon you all: may your houses be as open and common to all Excise Officers as your wives and daughters were to me, when I stood for your scoundrel corporation.
Politics is like a race horse. A good jockey must know how to fall with the least possible damage.
Politics is a choice of enemas. You're gonna get it up the ass, no matter what you do.
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.
Politics makes strange postmasters.
I do not look for much to come out of government ownership as long as we have Democrats and Republicans.
If there is anything a public servant hates to do it is something for the public.
Never answer a question from a farmer.
A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
Cant is always rather nauseating; but before we condemn political hypocrisy, let us remember that it is the tribute paid by men of leather to men of God, and that the acting of the part of someone better than oneself may actually commit one to a course of behavior perceptibly less evil than what would be normal and natural in an avowed cynic.
There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics -- none in which there is more need of good pilots and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.

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