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The White Plume of Navarre.
      - Unattributed Author,
        name given to the New York "Tribune" during the U.S. Civil War

The proverbial wisdom of the populace in the streets, on the roads, and in the markets, instructs the ear of him who studies man more fully than a thousand rules ostentatiously arranged.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Proverbs, or the Manual of Wisdom,
        on the title page, printed for Tabart & Co., London (1804)

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

Where vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
      - Joseph Addison

I consider biennial elections as a security that the sober, second thought of the people shall be law.
      - Fisher Ames, Speech

All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.
      - attributed to John Arbuthnot,
        in "Life of Emerson", p. 165

Man is by nature a political animal.
      - Aristotle

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

Man is by nature a civic animal.
      - Aristotle, Politics (I, 2)

I will say positively and resolutely that is it impossible an elective monarchy should be so free and absolute as an hereditary.
      - Francis Bacon

Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.
      - Lloyd Bentsen,
        referring to vice-presidential nominee Dan Quayle during a 1988 debate

Where the people are well educated, the art of piloting a state is best learned from the writings of Plato.
      - Bishop George Berkeley

He brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a cricket match.
      - Aneurin Bevan

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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

Listen! John A. Logan is the Head Centre, the Hub, the King Pin, the Main Spring, Mogul, and Mugwump of the final plot by which partisanship was installed in the Commission.
      - Isaac Hill Bromley,
        Editorial in the New York Tribune

It is necessary that I should qualify the doctrine of its being not men, but measures, that I am determined to support. In a monarchy it is the duty of parliament to look at the men as well as at the measures.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux),
        in the House of Commons

Political freedom is, or ought to be, the best guaranty for the safety and continuance of spiritual, mental, and civil freedom. It is the combination of numbers to secure the liberty to each one.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

We are Republicans, and don't propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion.
      - Samuel Dickinson Burchard,
        One of the Deputation visiting Mr. Blaine

It is very rare, indeed, for men to be wrong in their feelings concerning public misconduct; as rare to be right in their speculations upon the cause of it. I have constantly observed that the generality of people are fifty years, at least, behind in their politics.
      - Edmund Burke

The very name of a politician, a statesman, is sure to cause terror and hatred; it has always connected with it the ideas of treachery, cruelty, fraud, and tyranny.
      - Edmund Burke

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.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflexions on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 277)

Of this stamp is the cant of, not men, but measures.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent

Protection and patriotism are reciprocal.
      - John Caldwell Calhoun,
        in a speech delivered in the House of Representatives


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