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POLITICS
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Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind,
  And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation (l. 31)

Who will burden himself with your liturgical parterre when the burning questions [brennende Fragen] of the day invite to very different toils?
      - Karl Rudolph Hagenbach,
        Grundlinien de Liturgik und Holiletik

The amelioration of the condition of mankind, and the increase of human happiness ought to be the leading objects of every political institution, and the aim of every individual, according to the measure of his power, in the situation he occupies.
      - James Hamilton

He serves his party best who serves the country best.
      - Rutherford Birchard Hayes,
        in his inaugural address

Popularity disarms envy in well-disposed minds. Those are ever the most ready to do justice to others who feel that the world has done them justice. When success has not this effect in opening the mind, it is a sign that it has been ill deserved.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those?
      - Gilbert Highet

A statesman makes the occasion, but the occasion makes the politician.
      - George Stillman Hillard

The freeman casting, with unpurchased hand,
  The vote that shakes the turrets of the land.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        A Metrical Essay (l. 83)

I court not the votes of the fickle mob.
  [Lat., Non ego ventosae plebis suffragia venor.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 19, 37)

Public office is a public trust.
      - William C. Hudson,
        1884 presidential campaign slogan for Grover Cleveland

Of all sciences there is none where first appearances are more deceitful than in politics.
      - David Hume

Like an armed warrior, like a plumed knight, James G. Blaine marched down the halls of the American Congress and threw his shining lance full and fair against the brazen foreheads of the defamers of his country, and the maligners of his honor.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll, The Plumed Knight,
        speech in nomination of Blaine for president in the Republican Convention, Cincinnati

Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concerns than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. No duty is at the same time more difficult to fulfill. The knowledge of character possessed by a single individual is of necessity limited. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect.
      - Thomas Jefferson,
        in a letter to Elias Shipman and others of New Haven

Offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Politics, like religion, hold up torches of martyrdom to the reformers of error.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
      - Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Coxe

If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignation, none.
      - Thomas Jefferson,
        Letter to Elias Shipman and Merchants of New Haven,
        usually quoted as "Few die and none resign."

We are swinging round the circle.
      - Andrew Johnson,
        on the Presidential "Reconstruction"

He that shall peruse the political pamphlets of any past reign will wonder why they were so eagerly read, or so loudly praised.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

In all political regulations, good cannot be complete, it can only be predominant.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

In such a government as ours no man is appointed to an office because he is the fittest for it--nor hardly in any other government--because there are so many connections and dependencies to be studied.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I have always said the first Whig was the Devil.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

The violation of party faith is of itself too common to excite surprise or indignation. Political friendships are so well understood that we can hardly pity the simplicity they deceive.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Politics can only be a small part of what we are. It's a way of seeing, it's not all-seeing in itself.
      - Brian Keenan, An Evil Cradling

I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy


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