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Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them.

Son, in politics you've got to learn that overnight chicken shit can turn to chicken salad.
You slam a politician, you make out he's the devil, with horns and hoofs. But his wife loves him, and so did all his mistresses.
If you're I politics and you can't tell when you walk into a room who's for you and who's against you, then you're in the wrong line of work.
Politics are now nothing more than means of rising in the world. With this sole view do men engage in politics, and their whole conduct proceeds upon it.
It is the eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that, where one members suffers, all the members suffer with it.
Once you run for office, you're in it -- sort of like going into the military. You'd better be damned sure it is what you want to do and that the rest of your life is set up to accommodate that. It takes a certain toll on your personality and on your family life. I've seen it personally.
Most of us are conditioned for many years to have a political viewpoint -- Republican or Democratic, liberal, conservative, or moderate. The fact of the matter is that most of the problems that we now face are technical problems, are administrative problems. They are very sophisticated judgments, which do not lend themselves to the great sort of passionate movements which have stirred this country so often in the past. [They] deal with questions which are now beyond the comprehension of most men.
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.
Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build A bridge even where there is no river.
Democrats can't get elected unless things get worse, and things won't get worse unless they get elected.
Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means.
A politician would do well to remember that he has to live with his conscience longer than he does with his constituents.
In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always.
What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.
He knows very little of mankind who expects, by any facts or reasoning, to convince a determined party man.
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities -- that is not to be taken seriously in politics.
It is hard to say why politicians are called servants, unless it is because a good one is hard to find.
Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.
The chief element in the art of statesmanship under modern conditions is the ability to elucidate the confused and clamorous interests which converge upon the seat of government. It is an ability to penetrate from the na?ve self-interest of each group to its permanent and real interest. Statesmanship consists in giving the people not what they want but what they will learn to want.
Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork.
Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound.
At home you always have to be a politician. When you're abroad you almost feel yourself a statesman.
The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision.
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.
Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.
Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows, marriage does.
The Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about the monarchy, the church and beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about rent.
In the domain of Political Economy, free scientific inquiry meets not merely the same enemies as in all other domains. The peculiar nature of the material it deals with, summons as foes into the field of battle the most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest.
As in private life one differentiates between what a man thinks and says of himself and what he really is and does, so in historical struggles one must still more distinguish the language and the imaginary aspirations of parties from their real organism and their real interests, their conception of themselves from their reality.
It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public.
A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.
The two-party system has given this country the war of Lyndon Johnson, the Watergate of Nixon, and the incompetence of Carter. Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life-rafts.
One thing about a pig, he thinks he's warm if his nose is warm. I saw a bunch of pigs one time that had frozen together in a rosette, each one's nose tucked under the rump of the one in front. We have a lot of pigs in politics.
It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.
Politics is the enemy of the imagination.