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Abbey, Edward
Society is like a stew. If you don’t keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top.

Abbott, Sir John J.C.  
I hate politics, and what are considered their appropriate methods.

Jun. 4, 1891 - from a letter witten just days before he became Prime Minister of Canada
Achard, Marcel
The bedfellows politics made are never strange. It only seems that way to those who have not watched the courtship.

Acton, Lord John Emerich
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end.

1907 - from The History of Freedom
Adams, Henry Brooke
Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. The men become every year more and more creatures of force, massed about central powerhouses. The conflict is no longer between the men, but between the motors that drive the men, and the men tend to succumb to their own motive forces.

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

Politics... [have] always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

1906 - from The Education of Henry Adams
Adenauer, Konrad
The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt.

Adler, Mortimer
Not to engage in this pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.

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

Amis, Kingsley
Growing older, I have lost the need to be political, which means ... the need to be left. I am driven to grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-politics, of resistance to politics.

Andretti, Mario
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.

The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.

Those who think that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state.

from Politics
Man is by nature an animal intended to live in a polis

often cited as "Man is by nature a political animal."
Bacevich, Andrew J.
'Globalization' today has become the functional equivalent of the phrase 'Free World' during the 1950s and 1960s. It contains an important truth, but vastly oversimplifies that truth. It implies mysteries grasped fully only in the most rarified circles of government. It suggests the existence of obligations to which ordinary people must submit. It is a powerful instrument of persuasion, the rhetorical device of last resort, to which--not unlike 'diversity' in the realm of domestic politics--there is no counter.

Jun. 01, 1999 - from his essay "Policing Utopia", published in The National Interest
Baker, Maureen  
Although many governments have used the ideology of economic rationalism to justify restructuring the welfare state, dismantling Canadian social programs has been motivated by far more than concern about high public debt. Federal/provincial politics and especially the fear that the Quebec separatist movement will shatter the Canadian federation have been primary motives in federal reform.

from her essay "The Restructuring of the Canadian Welfare State: Ideology and Policy"
Baldwin, Stanley
A government is not in power, it is in office, put there by the will of the people.

Barber, James
The President is expected to personify our betterness in an inspiring way, to express in what he does and is (not just what he says) a moral idealism which, in much of the public mind, is the very opposite of politics.

Bevan, Aneurin
I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interests.

Bierce, Ambrose
Politics: the conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Billings, Josh
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.

from Conduct of Life
Bloch, Arthur
The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.

Boaz, David
The fundamental class division in any society is not between rich and poor, or between farmers and city dwellers, but between taxpayers and tax consumers.

Brittain, Vera
Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.

1964 - from Rebel Passion
Bronowski, Jacob
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.

1971 - from Encounter
Bruyère, Jean de la
Party loyalty lowers the greatest of men to the petty level of the masses.

1696 - from Les Caractères
Buchanan, James M.
I was influenced by the Swedish economist Wicksell, who said if you want to improve politics, improve the rules, improve the structure. Don't expect politicians to behave differently. They behave according to their interests.

Sep. 1995 - from an interview published in The Region, a publication of the Woodrow Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
If you recognize the natural proclivity of democratic politics to generate deficits, you recognize that we did have a constitutional norm against deficits. It was basically a moral norm: It was a 'sin' to create deficits prior to the Keynesian period. If you remove that moral norm you have this natural proclivity.

Sep. 1995 - from an interview published in The Region, a publication of the Woodrow Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Buchwald, Art
I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to make the team.

Burke, Edmund
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

from a speech at Buckinghamshire
The resources of intrigue are called in to supply the defects of argument and wit.

Byron, Lord
My parliamentary schemes are not much to my taste ... [I] have no intention to "strut another hour" on that stage.

Mar. 1818 - from a letter to Augusta Leigh
I have simplified my politics into an utter detestation of all existing governments...

Jan. 16, 1815 - from his journal
Camp, Dalton  
Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies.

The essentials of Canadian politics are few: the system needs enough good men to make it work and enough fools to make it interesting. Of all the parties, none is more interesting than the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Camus, Albert
Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness. Those who have greatness within them do not go in for politics.

1935 - from Notebooks
Chapman, John Jay
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.

Chesterton, Gilbert K.
When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.

Apr. 6, 1918 - from a column in the Illustrated London News

Chrétien, Jean  
The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall, your elbows high, and a smile on your face. It's a survival game played under the glare of lights.

1985 - from Straight from the Heart
The public is moved by mood more than logic, by instinct more than reason, and that is something that every politician must make use of or guard against.

1985 - from Straight from the Heart
Churchill, Sir Winston
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.

Clark, Joe  
Anyone who can bring the Conservative Party together can bring the country together.

 ...there are enough natural divisions in the country without political parties creating new ones. And I think Britain, quite legitimately, has ideological politics. Europe legitimately has. Canada and the United States have not historically had ideological politics.

Jul. 29, 1998 - interview in The Edmonton Sun
 The number of true believers in the electorate is diminishing. People don't make commitments, they make judgments from time to time on which party, set of policies or person, best suits them. So I'm not finding a lot of ideological talk in the [Progressive Conservative] party.

Jul. 29, 1998 - interview in The Edmonton Sun
Colton, Charles Caleb
In politics, as in religion, it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe the half of our creed than for those who deny the whole of it.

1825 - from Lacon
Coolidge, Calvin
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

[Advice to legislators] Do the day's work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a stand-patter, but don't be a stand-patter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but don't be a demagogue. Don't hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don't hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Don't hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation.

Jan. 7, 1914 - from a speech delivered to the Massachusetts Senate when he became its president
Cooper, James Fenimore
It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny.

1838 - from The American Democrat

Dafoe, John W.  
Politics in its more primitive and vigorous manifestations is not a game or a sport, but a form of civil war, with only lethal weapons barred.

1931 - from his book Clifford Sifton
de Gaulle, Charles
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

Diefenbaker, John George  
What is the difference between the Conservative caucus and a porcupine? Well, you see, a porcupine has all of its pricks on the outside.

Governments propose, and oppositions dispose.

Nov. 2, 1962 - from a speech in the Canadian Parliament
Parliament is more than procedure - it is the custodian of the nation's freedom.

Sep. 22, 1949 - from a speech in the Canadian Parliament
I would never have been Prime Minister if the Gallup poll were right.

Feb. 25, 1970 - quoted in the Toronto Star newspaper
Durant, William
It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.

Nothing is clearer in history than the adoption by successful rebels of the methods they were accustomed to condemn in the forces they deposed.

1968 - from The Lessons of History
Edelman, Murray
Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.

Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

Eliot, Thomas Stearns
It seems to me that in a healthy society, there will be a gradation of types between thought and action; at one extreme the detached contemplative, the critical mind which is concerned with the discovery of truth, not with its promulgation and still less with its translation into action, and at the other extreme, the N.C.O. of politics, the man who in spite of relative indifference to general ideas, is equipped with native good sense, right feeling and character, supported by discipline and education. Between these two extremes there is room for several varieties and several kinds of political thinking; but there should be no breach of continuity between them.

from his lecture "The Literature of Politics"
Elson, Robert T.
Canada - a triumph of politics over geography and economics - and sometimes it seems over common sense.

Erhard, Ludwig
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece.

1958 - quoted in the London Observer
Finlay, J. Richard  
[Canadians] ... we are content to elect a prime minister with the appointment powers of an autocrat for the duration of his term. It is a curious anomaly of an otherwise sensible people in accepting such an archaic governance system. Louis himself couldn't have asked for anything more.

Nov. 15, 2000 - from Our Prime Minister Has Too Much Power
Fox, Bill  
Because most reporters lack the expertise to assess policy issues on their merits, they tend to shape their coverage to focus on the element of a policy they are expert in - the politics of it.

Apr. 1999 - from Spinwars
Frum, David  
Historically, the Democrats have been the party of national particularism. A century and a half ago, Democratic particularism took the form of sectionalism: championing the interests of some states against the interest of the whole country. From the 1930's until the 1970's, the Democratic party flourished by using the power of government to favor some economic classes over others. Today, that same tradition of particularism takes the form of 'diversity': championing the particular interests of single women and favored ethnic groups. The more intensely ethnic groups resent one another, the worse the mistrust between women and men, the better the Democrats do.

Feb. 09, 1997 - from a collection of essays published under the title "On the Future of Conservatism" by Commentary magazine
Elections are like dictionaries: They're all about definitions. The candidate who succeeds in defining the contest -- and the contestants -- wins; the candidate who gets defined, loses.

May 27, 2000 - from "The race to define defines politics", published in the National Post
Fuller, Thomas
What reason and endeavor cannot bring about, often time will.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
Gairdner, William D.  
... it seems our fabulous material comfort has made it all too easy to abandon the first duty of free citizens: sincere, lifelong moral and intellectual interest in this greatest of all reflections [political philosophy]. We seem more subject than ever to to mass unconcern - or rather, to a kind of active apathy - and hence to gross ideological manipulation.

Apr. 2001 - from The Trouble with Democracy
Galbraith, John Kenneth  
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

George, Henry
We cannot safely leave politics to politicians, or political economy to college professors. The people themselves must think, because the people alone can act.

Gilbert, Sir William Schwenk
Politics we bar, / They are not our bent. / On the whole we are / Not intelligent.

1884 - from Princess Ida
Glenn, John
I worry about the future when we have so many young people who feel apathetic and critical and cynical about anything having to do with politics ... and yet politics is literally the personnel system for democracy.

Goldsmith, Oliver
For he who fights and runs away, May live to fight another day; But he who is in battle slain, Can never rise and fight again.

1761 - from The Art of Poetry on a New Plan, see also John Ray
Goldwater, Barry
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 modern liberal who supports education for 'life-adjustment' and fosters permissiveness in the school and the home. It is the modern liberal who regards discipline and punishment as barbaric relics of a discredited past. It is the modern liberal who seeks to eliminate religious sentiment from every aspect of public life. It is the modern liberal who is concerned for the criminal and careless about his victims... who frowns on the policeman and fawns on the social pathologist. It is the modern liberal who regards our children as educational guinea pigs... [modern liberals believe that] the Golden Rule of the Ten Commandments or Aristotle's Politics are out of date.

from The Conscience of a Conservative
[The conservative politician] looks upon politics as the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.

from The Conscience of a Conservative
Grant, R.W.
There are better ways to run things. ... The political state is in its twilight. It has served its limited historical purpose. As [author of The Art of Community, Spencer H.] MacCallum put it, government is merely the 'unstable transition' between the society of kinship and the society of contract. The next plateau in social evolution - if we can achieve it - is a society based not on political force but on the voluntary alternatives of the marketplace. And this, finally, is what a free society is all about.

1999 - from The Incredible Bread Machine, published by Fox and Wilkes
Gunter, Lorne  
At the beginning of [former prime minister Pierre] Trudeau's career in federal politics, Canada was a nation governed largely by consensus. By the end, it had been transformed into a nation where everything -- politics, relations between the sexes, individual rights, court decisions, and so on -- everything, was about politics: Who had the power, and who could use it to force their ideas upon all the others.

Oct. 1, 2000 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
Havel, Vaclav
You do not become a "dissident" just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society.

Hayes, Rutherford B.
The melancholy thing in our public life is the insane desire to get higher.

He serves his party best who serves the country best.

Mar. 05, 1877 - from his Inaugural Address
Heifetz, Jascha
No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.

Heinlein, Robert Anson
Politics is just a name for the way we get things done... without fighting. We dicker and compromise and everybody thinks he has received a raw deal, but somehow after a tedious amount of talk we come up with some jury-rigged way to do it without getting anybody's head bashed in. That's politics.

1963 - from Podkayne of Mars
Hightower, Cullen
There's too much said for the sake of argument and too little said for the sake of agreement.

Hobsbawm, Eric
By the century's end, large numbers of citizens were withdrawing from politics, leaving the affairs of state to the 'political class' -- the phrase seems to have originated in Italy -- who read each others' speeches and editorials. ... Between 1960 and 1988 the proportion of blue-collar workers who cast their vote in American presidential elections fell by one third. ... For most people even the collective identification with their country now came more easily through the national sports, teams and non-political symbols than through the institutions of the state.

1994 - from Age of Extremes: the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991
Hollander, Paul
It has been pointed out often enough that politics takes on religious overtones when religion proper withers.

1991 - from The Survival of the Adversary Culture
Humphrey, Hubert H.
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.

Huxley, Thomas Henry
There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics–none in which there is more need of good pilotage and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.

1893 - from Collected Essays I: Method and Results
Jackson, Robert H.
If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.

1943 - from the decision in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette

Jefferson, Thomas
... there is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive.

Apr. 19, 1803 - from a letter to Edward Dowse
Johnson, Paul
What is important in history is not only the events that occur but the events that obstinately do not occur. The outstanding event of modern times was the failure of religious belief to disappear. For many millions, especially in the advanced nations, religion ceased to play much or any part in their lives, and the ways in which the vacuum thus lost was filled, by fascism, Nazism and Communism, by attempts at humanist utopianism, by eugenics or health politics, by the ideologies of sexual liberation, race politics and environmental politics, form much of the substance of the history of our century. But for many more millions--for the overwhelming majority of the human race, in fact--religion continued to be a huge dimension in their lives.

1983 - from Modern Times
The art of politics is the minimization of unhappiness, or of unavoidable suffering... The process of avoiding suffering is greatly assisted by the existence of free institutions. The greater their number, variety and intrinsic strength, and the greater their individual independence, the more effective the democracy which harbours them will be. All such institutions should be treated like fortresses: that is, soundly constructed and continually manned.

1977 - from Enemies of Society
Jonas, George  
Most Canadians who said "no" to Meech Lake and later to Charlottetown [both doomed constitutional proposals of the Mulroney Tory government] weren't rejecting either French Canada or unity. They were merely refusing to carve group politics into stone. They were saying no to a country whose people draw their identities not from being citizens but from belonging to this or that "distinct" tribe, this or that race, this or that income bracket, or even this or that sex or sexual orientation. People said no to replacing Canada with a patchwork of inward-looking, hostile fragments: Francos and Anglos, whites and blacks, immigrants and natives, perhaps even men and women - strangers who co-exist in a state of uneasy truce like passengers on a subway train, sharing a destination but no destiny.

Oct. 16, 2000 - from "The evil men do lives after them", published in the National Post
Media fashions may be changing, but several Canadian prisoners of gender politics are still in jail. To this day people wonder how could Germans, a highly civilized people, surrender the best traditions of their society to the pseudo-scientific ravings of Nazi zealots. Perhaps we should wonder no more. We, too, have surrendered some of our legal system to pseudo-scientific ravings. Luckily, our victims number only hundreds, not millions, and most are still alive. We can yet repair the damage.

May 4, 1998 - from "Hysterical lies of the mind", published in the Toronto Sun
Keats, John
Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave a paradise for a sect.

from The Fall of Hyperion
Kimball, Roger
I think that [in] many colleges and universities we have a situation where politics has insinuated itself in the most fundamental way into the teaching of the humanities, and it's a situation that not only college students, but their parents, alumnus, trustees and common citizens must take very seriously if they care about the future of education and our culture.

Aug. 12, 1990 - from an interview on Booknotes, a program on C-SPAN television
Kirk, Russell
[The conservative] thinks of political policies as intended to preserve order, justice, and freedom. The ideologue, on the contrary, thinks of politics as a revolutionary instrument for transforming society and even transforming human nature. In his march toward Utopia, the ideologue is merciless.

1993 - from The Politics of Prudence
Klenman, Norman  
Of the 314 movies funded by government bodies, only one has made its money back: Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter... Let people go out and raise their own money on the viability of their ideas, talents, and ambitions. Let them owe no allegiance to the tracts and politics of funding boards. No rewrites to suit the ignorant. No attempts to please the politically correct, unimaginative bureaucrats who now dictate what projects to fund and under what conditions. No more neat propaganda for social engineering. These mandating jerks have failed 313 out of the last 314 times... Will the government learn?... Don't you believe it.

Oct. 19, 1998 - Column in The Globe and Mail
Krauthammer, Charles
The uniqueness of the 20th century lies not in its science but in its politics. The 20th century was no more scientifically gifted than the 19th, with its Gauss, Darwin, Pasteur, Maxwell and Mendel -- all plowing, by the way, less-broken scientific ground than the 20th. No. The originality of the 20th surely lay in its politics. It invented the police state and the command economy, mass mobilization and mass propaganda, mechanized murder and routinized terror -- a breathtaking catalog of political creativity. And the 20th is a single story because history saw fit to lodge the entire episode in a single century. Totalitarianism turned out to be a cul-de-sac. It came and went. It has a beginning and an end, 1917 and 1991, a run of 75 years neatly nestled into this century. That is our story. And who is the hero of that story? Who slew the dragon? ... victory required one man without whom the fight would have been lost at the beginning. It required Winston Churchill.

Dec. 31, 1999 - commenting on TIME magazine's choice of Albert Einstein rather than Winston Churchill as the Person of the Century, in "Person of the Century", Washington Post