In politics nothing is contemptible.
In all affairs, love, religion, politics or business, it's a healthy idea, now and then, to hang a question mark on things you have long taken for granted.
Nine times out of ten a man’s politics can be predicted from the way in which he makes his living.
Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.
In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the whole of it.
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
A science of economics must be developed before a science of politics can be logically formulated. Essentially, economics is the science of determining whether the interests of human beings are harmonious or antagonistic. This must be known before a science of politics can be formulated to determine the proper functions of government.
In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
In politics you have no friends, only allies.
Politics is the life blood of democracy. To call politics “dirty” is to call democracy “dirty.”
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Government has come to be a trade, and is managed solely on commercial principles. A man plunges into politics to make his fortune, and only cares that the world shall last his days.
We shall one day learn to supersede politics by education. What we call our root-and-branch reforms of slavery, war, gambling, intemperance, is only medicating the symptoms. We must begin higher up, namely, in education.
Responsibility educates, and politics is but another name for God’s way of teaching the masses ethics, under the responsibility of great present interests.
Conservatism is the politics of reality.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons [...] who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.
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.