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There is no gambling like politics.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

There is nothing in which the power of circumstances is more evident than in politics.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Free trade is not a principle, it is an expedient.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        On Import Duties

Principle is ever my motto, no expediency.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Sybil (bk. II, ch. II)

All the ten-to-oners were in the rear, and a dark horse, which had never been thought of, and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list, rushed past the grand stand in sweeping triumph.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        The Young Duke (bk. II, ch. V)

Information upon points of practical politics.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Vivian Gray (ch. XIV),
        given by Walsh as first appearance of the phrase "practical politics"

Damned Neuters, in their Middle way of Steering,
  Are neither Fish, nor Flesh, nor good Red Herring.
      - John Dryden, Duke of Guise--Epilogue

Politics is more difficult than physics.
      - Albert Einstein

Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

What is a Communist? One who has yearnings
  For equal division of unequal earnings.
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer"),

Politics is a deleterious profession, like some poisonous handicrafts.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The two parties which divide the state, the party of conservatives and that of innovators, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. This quarrel is the subject of civil history.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This gives force to the strong--that the multitude have no habit of self-reliance or original action.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is more than a crime; it is a political fault.
      - Joseph Fouche

All political power is a trust.
      - Charles James Fox

History is past politics, and politics is present history.
      - Edward Augustus Freeman

Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.
      - Milton Friedman

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
      - John Kenneth Galbraith

Every great political party that has done this country any good has given to it some immortal ideas that have outlived the members of that party.
      - James Abram Garfield

Real political issues cannot be manufactured by the leaders of political parties, and real ones cannot be evaded by political parties. The real political issues of the day declare themselves, and come out of the depths of that deep which we call public opinion.
      - James Abram Garfield

Whatever I may believe in theology, I do not believe in the doctrine of vicarious atonement in politics.
      - James Abram Garfield

I always voted at my party's call,
  And I never thought of thinking of myself at all.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert,
        H.M.S. Pinafore

I hate all bungling as I do sin, but particularly bungling in politics, which leads to the misery and ruin of many thousands and millions of people.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Politics resemble religion; attempting to divest either of ceremony is the most certain mode of bringing either into contempt.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Measures, not men, have always been my mark.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Good-Natured Man
         (act II)

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