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Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Douglas Adams

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
Lord Acton

Diplomacy is about surviving until the next century. Politics is about surviving until Friday afternoon.
Sir Humphrey Appleby

Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction.
W.H. Auden

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC

Radicalism, n.: The conservatism of to-morrow injected into the affairs of to-day.
Ambrose Bierce

Otto Von Bismark

The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night.

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
Daniel J. Boorstin

Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.
David Broder

Communism is like one big phone company.
Lenny Bruce

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
Charles Bukowski

Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
George Burns

George W. Bush

What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think, vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Robert Byrne

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
Noam Chomsky

Winston Churchill

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.
Frank Dane

It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
Abba Eban

Traditionally most of Australia's imports come from overseas.
Keppel Enderbery - former Australian cabinet minister

Hell, I never vote for anybody. I always vote against.
W.C. Fields

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
Gustave Flaubert

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

John Kenneth Galbraith

You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

Charles De Gaulle

When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority. If [voters] care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots.
Newt Gingrich

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
Joseph Goebbels

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
Adolf Hitler

We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex--but Congress can.
Cullen Hightower

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the National Debt.
Herbert Hoover

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.
Thomas Jefferson

It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar.
Jerome K. Jerome

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president but they don't want them to become politicians in the process
J.F. Kennedy

I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side - I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.
Bethania McKenstry

I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.
John Maynard Keynes

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river.
Nikita Khrushchev

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Soren Kierkegaard

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad name.
Henry Kissinger

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.

If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
Jay Leno

Groucho Marx

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows, marriage does.

It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
Eugene McCarthy

H.L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.

You're planning to make a ship sail against wind and tide by lighting a fire below deck?? I don't have time to listen to that kind of nonsense!"
Napoleon, about Robert Fultons plans to make a Steamboat.

In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
Robert Orben

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act
George Orwell

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers.
William Penn

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
Laurence J. Peter

The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
Edgar Allan Poe

Ronald Reagan

Politics is supposed be the second oldest profession.
I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

The most terrifying words in the English langauge are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

I have orders to be awakened at any time in the case of a national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.

Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.'
And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.
And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
Pat Robertson, speaking of the Equal Rights Amendment Mar. 22, 1930

Will Rogers

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.

It's easy being a humorist when you've got the whole government working for you.

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
George Bernard Shaw

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.
Edith Sitwell

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
Art Spander

Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
Josef Stalin

It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
Tom Stoppard

The President has kept all the promises he intended to keep.
Clinton aide George Stephanopolous

Margaret Thatcher

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.
Fred Thompson

No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
Gideon J. Tucker

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage;from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency;from dependency back again to bondage.
Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1742-1813) Scottish jurist and historian

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
Lily Tomlin


The pursuit of freedom is the love of others; the quest for power is the love of ourselves.

Politicians & diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason

If we quit voting, would they all go away?

Isn't it funny how the word 'politics' is made up of the words 'poli' meaning 'many' in Latin, and 'tics' as in 'bloodsucking creatures’?

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

All power corrupts, but we need the electricity.

The latest new dance craze is called, "The Politician." It's two steps forward, one step backward, and then a sidestep.

If the government is the answer, it must have been a stupid question.

If an anarchist group attained political power, would they by principle have to dissolve their own government?

To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.

One day, the President was out jogging without his guards.All of a sudden a man with a ski mask jumped out from behind some bushes with a gun.
The masked man said "Give me all your money!"
Unwilling to do so, the President said, "You can't do this, I'm the President!"
The man then replied,..."Oh, never mind then. Give me MY money!"

Man creates problems. Government and bureaucrats magnify them 100 times.
George Van Valkenburg

Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
Gore Vidal

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it.
This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.
Kurt Vonnegut

I've read about foreign policy and studied, I now know the number of continents.
George Wallace 1968 presidential campaign

I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them.
There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
John Wayne

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.
Alfred E. Wiggam

The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it
Woodrow Wilson

You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.
Boris Yeltsin

Last updated: January 23, 2011

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