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In politics a straight line is the shortest distance to disaster.

What in fact takes place in an election is that two hand picked candidates are propped up before the citizenry, each candidate having been selected by a very small group of politically active people. A minority of the people... then elects one of these hand picked people to rule itself and the majority.
There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail.
I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!
I tell you folks, all politics is applesauce.
No party is as bad as its leaders.
Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
Politics is not worrying this country one-tenth as much as where to find a parking space.
The more you read and observe about this politics thing, the more you've got to admit that each party's worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.
A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air.
Politics in the United States consists of the struggle between those whose change has been arrested by success or failure, on one side, and those who are still engaged in changing themselves, on the other. Agitators of arrested metamorphosis versus agitators of continued metamorphosis. The former have the advantage of numbers (since most people accept themselves as successes or failures quite early), the latter of vitality and visibility (since self-transformation, though it begins from within, with ideology, religion, drugs, tends to express itself publicly through costume and jargon).
In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day.
We have never yet had a labor Government that knew what taking power really means; they always act like second-class citizens.
To know your place is a good idea in politics. That is not to say stay in your place or hang on to your place, because ambition or boredom may dictate upward or downward mobility, but a sense of place -- a feel for one's own position in the control room -- is useful in gauging what you should try to do.
The lounge of the main hotel is full of jollity, with large comfortable men sitting in braces; the bar is packed with talkative intellectuals, full of witty disloyalties. The next week the main hotel is suddenly full of dinner-jackets and large hats. The girls are dressed as if for a weekend in the country. When one of the great men of the party comes through, the crowd edges respectfully away, murmuring loyal noises.
The courts of kings are full of people, but empty of friends.
There have been many great men that have flattered the people who never loved them.
We mustn't be stiff and stand-off, you know. We must be thoroughly democratic, and patronize everybody without distinction of class.
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
If I was forced to choose between the penitentiary and White House for four years, I would say the penitentiary, thank you.
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
We mean by politics the people's business -- the most important business there is.
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
In the school of political projectors, I was but ill entertained, the professors appearing, in my judgment, wholly out of their senses; which is a scene that never fails to make me melancholy. These unhappy people were proposing schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favorites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity, and virtue; of teaching ministers to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities, and eminent services, of instructing princes to know their true interest, by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people; of choosing for employment persons qualified to exercise them; with many other wild impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive; and confirmed in me the old observation, that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational which some philosophers have not maintained for truth.
The two maxims of any great man at court are, always to keep his countenance and never to keep his work.
Politics, when I am in it, it makes me sick.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
Politics is the gizzard of society, full of gut and gravel.
Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working Americans. It is the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
Within the first few months I discovered that being president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding or be swallowed.
The essential ingredient in politics is timing.
You are pitiful isolated individuals; you are bankrupts; your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on -- into the dustbin of history!
When a leader is in the Democratic Party he is a boss, and when he is in the Republican Party he is a leader.
It takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.
I always considered statesmen to be more expendable than soldiers.
In statesmanship get the formalities right, never mind about the moralities.
When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man's moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides?
Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.
I don't care who does the electing as long as I get to do the nominating.

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