Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence.
Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author
Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul -- politics does the same thing for the body.
Author: Joyce Cary (1888-1957)
Profession: British Author
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
Author: Henry Cate
Political organizations have slowly substituted themselves for the Churches as the places for believing practices. Politics has once again become religious.
Author: Michel De Certeau
Profession: French Writer
A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful.
Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.
The average educated man in America has about as much knowledge of what a political idea is as he has of the principles of counterpoint. Each is a thing used in politics or music which those fellows who practice politics or music manipulate somehow. Show him one and he will deny that it is politics at all. It must be corrupt or he will not recognize it. He has only seen dried figs. He has only thought dried thoughts. A live thought or a real idea is against the rules of his mind.
If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.
Half a truth is better than no politics.
Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Profession: British Author
Every clique is a refuge for incompetence. It fosters corruption and disloyalty, it begets cowardice, and consequently is a burden upon and a drawback to the progress of the country. Its instincts and actions are those of the pack.
Author: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
Profession: Chinese Revolutionary Leader
Politicians have the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn't happen.
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times.
Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.