Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.

Politics have no relation to morals.

In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.

Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant.

It is a maxim, founded on the universal experience of mankind, that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest; and no prudent statesman or politician will venture to depart from it.

Man is by nature a political animal.

Politics is the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.

Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.

A cool blooded and crafty politician, when he would be thoroughly revenged on his enemy, makes the injuries which have been inflicted, not on himself, but on others, the pretext of his attack. He thus engages the world as a partisan in his quarrel, and dignifies his private hate, by giving it the air of disinterested resentment.

In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

Politics is the food of sense exposed to the hunger of folly.

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.

Politics is 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.

In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

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

Politics … regarded as the study and pursuit of the true, enduring good of a community, as the application of great and unchangeable principles to public affairs, is a noble sphere of thought and action; but politics, in its common sense, or considered as the invention of temporary shifts, as the playing of a subtle game, as the tactics of party for gaining power and the spoils of office, and for elevating one set of men above another, is a paltry and debasing concern.

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

There are but two means of locomotion to the top. Either people must like you so much that they push you there, or you, yourself, are so good that you push yourself there.

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.

If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.

Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.

Politics is the art of the possible.

There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money … and I can’t remember what the other one is.

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

The person who says “I’m not political” is in great danger…. Only the fittest will survive, and the fittest will be the ones who understand their office’s politics.

Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.

Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

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

A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life’s problems without asking its question.

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 religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other.

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.

Politics … was at least half a question of proper stage management. And the higher the stakes, the more critical that management became.

Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.

Politics has less to do with where you live than where your heart is.

There are no true friends in politics.

You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe.

Crime does not pay … as well as politics.

The working of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self interest, carelessness, and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought.

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.

Politics is largely a matter of heart.

Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.

Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company

The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that’s out always looks the best.

The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.

When you start looking for some politician’s footprints on the sands of time, steer for the mudholes first.

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.