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Away with the cant of "Measures not men!"--the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along. No Sir, if the comparison must be made, if the distinction must be taken, men are everything, measures comparatively nothing.
      - George Canning,
        in a speech against the Addington Ministry

If churches want to play the game of politics, let them pay admission like everyone else.
      - George Carlin

Vain hope, to make people happy by politics!
      - Thomas Carlyle

Some have said that it is not the business of private men to meddle with government--a bold and dishonest saying, which is fit to come from no mouth but that of a tyrant or a slave. To say that private men have nothing to do with government is to say that private men have nothing to do with their own happiness or misery; that people ought not to concern themselves whether they be naked or clothed, fed or starved, deceived or instructed, protected or destroyed.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

In politics nothing is so absurd as rancor.
      - Count Camillo Benso di Cavour

In politics, there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight.
      - Joseph Chamberlain

A politician must like lightning melt
  The very marrow, and not taint the skin;
    His ways must not be seen.
      - George Chapman

The greatest powers cannot injure a man's character whose reputation is unblemished among his party.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

A minister who moves about in society is in a position to read the signs of the times even in a festive gathering, but one who remains shut up in his office learns nothing.
      - Duc de Choiseul,
        in Jack F. Bernard's "Talleyrand" (1973)

One of the greatest Romans, when asked where were his politics, replied, "Imperium et libertas." That would not make a bad programme for a British Ministry.
      - Sir Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill,
        in a speech at Randolph House, London

The Duty of an Opposition is to oppose.
      - quoted by Sir Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill

Here the two great interests Imperium et Libertas, res olim insociabiles (saith Tacitus), began to incounter each other.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3),
        Divi Britannici (p. 849)

I am of the opinion which you have always held, that "viva voce" voting at elections is the best method.
  [Lat., Nam ego in ista sum sententia, qua te fuisse semper scio, nihil ut feurit in suffragiis voce melius.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Legibus (III, 15)

There are no true friends in politics.
      - Alan Clark

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman, of the next generation.
      - James Freeman Clarke

Party honesty is party expediency.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland,
        in a interview in the "New York Commercial Advertiser"

It is a condition which confronts us--not a theory.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland, Annual Message

Let it alone. Let it pass by.
  [Lat., Laissez faire, laissez passer.]
      - Jean Baptiste Colbert,
        according to Lord John Russell, see report of his speech in London "Times", Apr. 2, 1840

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He that aspires to be the head of a party will find it more difficult to please his friends than to perplex his foes. He must often act from false reasons which are weak, because he dares not avow the true reasons which are strong.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Your politicians
  Have evermore a taint of vanity,
    As hasty still to show, and boast a plot
      As they are greedy to contrive it.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Finality is not the language of politics.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

In politics nothing is contemptible.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Party is organized crime.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in a speech at Oxford

The Right Honorable gentleman (Sir Robert Peel) caught the Whigs bathing and walked away with their clothes.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in a speech in the Hose of Commons

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