Quotations About
politics

Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?

Speech at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil, December 16, 2012
Posted in: Barack Obama

Politics is the art of the possible.

Interview (11 August 1867)

Bob Alexander: This is mine, Alan. All mine. I made him, I built him. And no Boy Scout is going to come in here and take it away from me, just because he happens to be Vice President of the United States.

Posted in: Dave

Now, people ask me all the time how we got four surplus budgets in a row. What new ideas did we bring to Washington? I always give a one-word answer: Arithmetic.

Speech at the DNC, September 5 2012.

The President must be greater than anyone else, but not better than anyone else. We subject him and his family to close and constant scrutiny and denounce them for things that we ourselves do every day. A Presidential slip of the tongue, a slight error in judgment — social, political, or ethical — can raise a storm of protest. We give the President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man should take, more pressure than a man can bear. We abuse him often and rarely praise him. We wear him out, use him up, eat him up. And with all this, Americans have a love for the President that goes beyond loyalty or party nationality; he is ours, and we exercise the right to destroy him.

America and Americans (1966)

The big problem is to find suitable hats. I don’t care for them all that much, but you have to wear them in politics.

As reported in Shadow of Heaven: The Life of Lester Pearson by John English
Posted in: Maryon Pearson

Here also is to be seen in constant whirl the balance-wheel, such as it is, of the most complicated political machine on earth; and here may be best appreciated the working and the value of the constitution.

on Washington, D.C., Travels in the United States in 1846–1847
Posted in: Alexander Mackay

A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.

Speech to North German Reichstag (24 September 1867)

Politics is not an exact science.

Speech to Prussian upper house (18 December 1863)

Whenever I become discouraged (which is on alternate Tuesdays, between three and four) I lift my spirits by remembering: The artists are on our side! I mean those poets and painters, singers and musicians, novelists and playwrights who speak to the world in a way that is impervious to assault because they wage the battle for justice in a sphere which is unreachable by the dullness of ordinary political discourse.

"Artists of Resistance", July 2001
Posted in: Howard Zinn

It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.

Political Essays (1819)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

Kent: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: democracy simply-doesn’t-work.

Posted in: The Simpsons

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

Inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1981
Posted in: Ronald Reagan

I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington (17 March 1865)
Posted in: Abraham Lincoln

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

Life magazine (December 1979)
Posted in: George Burns

Our democracy’s history is littered with names we neither remember nor celebrate — people who stood in the way of progress while protecting the powerful. On Wednesday, a number of senators voted to join that list.

"A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip", New York Times op-ed, April 17, 2013

They looked at these most benign and practical of solutions, offered by moderates from each party, and then they looked over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby — and brought shame on themselves and our government itself by choosing to do nothing.

"A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip", New York Times op-ed, April 17, 2013

I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences.

"A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip", New York Times op-ed, April 17, 2013

Can one imagine that The Bomb could ever be used “in a good cause”? Do not such means instantly, of themselves, corrupt any cause? The bomb is the natural product of the kind of society we have created. It is as easy, normal, and unforced an expression of the American way of Life as electric ice-boxes, banana splits, and hydro-matic drive automobiles.

"Politics" magazine, (August, 1945)
Posted in: Dwight MacDonald

It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

I see her in her hairy helmet, condescending on Nationwide, eviscerating eunuch MPs and baffled BBC fuddy duddies with her General Zodd stare and coldly condemning the IRA. And the miners. And the single mums. The dockers. The poll-tax rioters. The Brixton rioters, the Argentinians, teachers; everyone actually.

Regarding Margaret Thatcher, The Guardian, Tuesday 9 April 2013
Posted in: Russell Brand

I hope I’m not being reductive but it seems Thatcher’s time in power was solely spent diminishing the resources of those who had least for the advancement of those who had most. I know from my own indulgence in selfish behaviour that it’s much easier to get what you want if you remove from consideration the effect your actions will have on others.

The Guardian, Tuesday 9 April 2013
Posted in: Russell Brand

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.

Evening News newspaper of May 20, 1965. See also Quote Investigator.

I don’t want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns.

On his withdrawal from the presidential campaign, 1976

“Kindness” covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.

Life Itself : A Memoir (2011)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Cece: Spencer cheated on you because he’s a total jerk, not ’cause you’re bad in bed.
Jess: It’s been six years. Everything I know about sex, I learned from Spencer or the Clinton impeachment trial.

Bad in Bed (season 1, episode 8)
Posted in: New Girl

No, this election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.

Speech, 2016 Democratic National Convention
Posted in: Michelle Obama

Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady, and measured, and well-informed.

Speech, 2016 Democratic National Convention
Posted in: Michelle Obama