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|Topic: Politician Quotes - Famous Quotes,
Sayings, Quotations about Politicians
|A good politician is quite as unthinkable as
an honest burglar.
Henry Louis Mencken
If a politician isn't doing it to his wife, then he's doing
it to his country.
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent
a bad reputation.
One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician,
ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for
the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one.
A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become
William Randolph Hearst
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.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious
a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles de Gaulle
You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool
some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all
of the people all the time.
Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the
interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are,
taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest
The ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next
week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards
to explain why it didn't happen.
On qualifications desirable for prospective
A politician ... one that would circumvent God.
A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man.
In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so
many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he
becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.
Henry Louis Mencken
Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't
William E. Simon
He is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree,
then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
Adlai E. Stevenson
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the
James Freeman Clarke
I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.
Be a politician; no training necessary.
A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
From novel 'The Bonfire of the Vanities'.
The poet and the politician have this in common: their greatness
depends on the courage with which they face the challenges of
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public
My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a
whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly
Harry S. Truman
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils,
as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them
The Devil's Dictionary.
Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way
is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
In Louisiana we don't bet on football games, We bet on whether
a politician is going to be indicted or not.
It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities
to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.
A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a
E. E. Cummings
Crime does not pay ... as well as politics.
Alfred E. Newman
Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you,
or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If
you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then
you are an oasis in the desert.
Put not your trust in princes.
Psalm 146 .3.
I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown.
It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician
I would be honest.
The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.
A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep
both ears to the ground.
Henry Louis Mencken
There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season
Many a politician wishes there was a law to burn old records.
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
John Kenneth Galbraith
The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning
'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'.
Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician
will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because
the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have
come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the
Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to
John Haynes Holmes
Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as
backing a winning candidate.
Mark B. Cohen
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his
Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously
and the politicians as a joke.
The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority
acting against a divided majority.
The question is, why are politicians so eager to be president?
What is it about the job that makes it worth revealing, on national
television, that you have the ethical standards of a slime-coated
piece of industrial waste?
I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican
friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats,
we will stop telling the truth about them.
I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you,
but your friends will kill you.
Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow
where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and
does more essential service to his country than the whole race
of politicians put together.
The most successful politician is he who says what the people
are thinking most often in the loudest voice.
Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful
and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity
to pure wind.
Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the
principles of it are troublesome.
If a tree falls in a forest and lands on a politician, even
if you can't hear the tree or the screams, I'll bet you'd at
least hear the applause.
A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the
ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out
of if elected.
Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to
be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think
My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politician's
Get thee glass eyes;
And like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou dost not.
A statesman is a politician who has been dead ten or fifteen
Harry S. Truman
When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they
mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent
voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them.
Franklin P. Adams
Nods and Becks.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the
people for the people.
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents,
he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
Henry Louis Mencken
The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have
demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills
of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you
change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire.
I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone
the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know
how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because
they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a
horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.
Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country
are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
Men say I am a saint losing himself in politics. The fact is
that I am a politician trying my hardest to become a saint.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge
even where there is no river.
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might
be better to change the locks.
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as
to be truly moral.
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
Politicians are like the bones of a horse's foreshoulder - not
a straight one in it.
I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists
alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just
as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen
in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy,
to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception,
undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that
has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and
disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of
the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees
in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and
oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come
to be looked upon as the very scum of society.
The magician and the politician have much in common: they both
have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.
There is one sure way of telling when politicians aren't telling
the truth - their lips move.
Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword
of the wise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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