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First rule of politics: you can't win unless you're on the ballot. Second rule: If you run, you may lose. And, if you tie, you do not win.
Donald Rumsfeld

The Liberals are the flying saucers of politics. No one can make head nor tail of them and they never are seen twice in the same place.
John G Diefenbaker

If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake.
Mahatma Gandhi

I don't think at my age... you can start ruling people out in politics.
Kenneth Clarke

We made a promise to ourselves at the beginning of the process that we weren't going to put any of our own politics, our own messages or our own themes into these movies. What we were trying to do was to analyze what was important to Tolkien and to try to honor that. In a way, we were trying to make these films for him, not for ourselves.
Peter Jackson

A week is a long time in politics.
Harold Wilson

Politics is not my domain. Charity, and charity alone, is my obsession.
Sister Consuelo Murphy

With the end of the nominating process, American politics leaves logic behind.
Theodore H White

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

When we talk about safety and security of the American people, politics falls aside pretty quickly
Bill Frist

In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn.
Larry Summers

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.
Marshall McLuhan

Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

We put the politics of conscience in the spot light.
Andrew Neil

Without alienation, there can be no politics.
Arthur Miller

The Commons is one of the most depressing and intellectually unstimulating places in the country. [On the state of British politics]
Clare Short

Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow the skunks to choose the weapons.
Joe Cannon

I thought it would be a good idea to go into Politics, maybe I am a little old... but you know... I'd love to be Chancellor of the Exchequer - That way I'll be united with my money!
Ken Dodd

Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed. [Does that explain politicians?]
Hans Enzensberger

You soon get thick skinned when you are in politics, but you do not have to be thick skinned to be involved in politics at every level.
Mike Huckabee

I agree with you that in politics the middle way is no way at all.
John Adams

I was actually smiling, talking to one of my colleagues about my new baby... It was nothing to do with politics [on grinning in his car]
Gordon Brown

There's a hell of a lot of politics in football.
Tommy Docherty

Politics is like boxing - you try to knock out your opponents.
Idi Amin

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

We need the highest activity, true workers politics!
Otto Braun

Seb Coe is a Yorkshireman. So he's a complete bastard and will do weill in politics.
Daley Thompson

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
Galbraith

Keep Darwinian thinking out of cosmology, out of psychology, out of human culture, out of ethics, politics, and religion!
Daniel Dennett

A blend of continuity and change which is a difficult balancing act to strike in politics [on what GB will bring to the leadership of the Labour party]
Liam Byrne

Overall his period in office can only be characterised as a decade of missed opportunities in which the hopes of the British people for a new kind of politics were shattered [on Tony Blair]
Sir Menzies Campbell

I think Ralph Nader is the biggest liar in American politics when he said it didn't matter who was president.
James Carville

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

I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.
Tony Blair

I happen to think that American politics is one of the noblest arts of mankind; and I cannot do anything else but write about it.
Theodore H White

I wish he did his politics like his bowling. He would be a lot easier to beat. [on Prime Minister John Howard's offbreaks.]
Mark Latham

Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial.
Erma Bombeck

History is past politics, and politics is present history (Methods of Historical Study)
E A Freeman

Nothing is irreparable in politics.
Jean Anouilh

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.
Ronald Reagan

So the major obstacle to the development of new supplies is not geology but what happens above ground: international affairs, politics, investment and technology
Daniel Yergin

Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
Pat Riley

No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
Jacob Bronowski

A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
Theodore Roosevelt

I think we do need a long term settlement for political funding in this country otherwise, you know, politics costs money, and this kind of thing is going to happen again and again
Hazel Blears

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism.
Jim Hightower

In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
Tocqueville

Robin Cook's contribution to British politics was immense. He was a politician of principle who fought hard for the things he believed in. He will be greatly missed. [on Robin Cook]
Michael Howard

In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme.
Roy Hattersley

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
Ralph Nader



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