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POLITICS
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Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
      - Nikita Khrushchev

If you do anything above party, the true hearted ones of all parties sympathize with you.
      - Charles Kingsley

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
      - Henry Kissinger

The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
      - Stanley Kubrick, in the London "Guardian"

Political men, like goats, usually thrive best among inequalities.
      - Walter Savage Landor

He knows very little of mankind who expects, by any facts or reasoning, to convince a determined party man.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The proverbial wisdom of the populace at gates, on roads, and in markets instructs the attentive ear of him who studies man more fully than a thousand rules ostentatiously arranged.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Nothing is so uncertain as the minds of the multitude.
      - Leiz

Politics is just show business for ugly people.
      - Jay Leno

Politics, as a trade, finds most and leaves nearly all dishonest.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Among the lessons taught by the French revolution, there is none sadder or more striking than this--that you may make everything else out of the passions of men except a political system that will work, and that there is nothing so pitilessly and unconsciously cruel as sincerity formulated into dogma.
      - James Russell Lowell

Skilled to pull wires he baffles nature's hope, who sure intended him to stretch a rope.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Boss, (Tweed)

A politician must often talk and act before he has thought and read. He may be very ill informed respecting a question: all his notions about it may be vague and inaccurate; but speak he must. And if he is a man of ability, of tact, and of intrepidity, he soon finds that, even under such circumstances, it is possible to speak successfully.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Every political sect has its esoteric and its exoteric school--its abstract doctrines for the initiated; its visible symbols, its imposing forms, its mythological fables, for the vulgar.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Men naturally sympathize with the calamities of individuals; but they are inclined to look on a fallen party with contempt rather than with pity.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

There are countries in which it would be as absurd to establish popular governments as to abolish all the restraints in a school or to unite all the strait-waistcoats in a madhouse.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        On Mitford's History of Greece

Politics have no relation to morals.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

The nation which reposes on the pillow of political confidence, will sooner or later end its political existence in a deadly lethargy.
      - James Madison

In our country and in our times no man is worthy the honored name of statesman who does not include the highest practicable education of the people in all his plans of administration. He may have eloquence, he may have a knowledge of all history, diplomacy, jurisprudence; and by these he might claim, in other countries, the elevated rank of a statesman: but unless he speaks, plans, labors, at all times and in all places, for the culture and edification of the whole people, he is not, he cannot be, an American statesman.
      - Horace Mann

Perhaps I do not know what I was made for; but one thing I certainly never was made for, and that is to put principles on and off at the dictation of a party, as a lackey changes his livery at his master's command.
      - Horace Mann

Factions among yourselves; preferring such
  To offices and honors, as ne'er read
    The elements of saving policy;
      But deeply skilled in all the principles
        That usher to destruction.
      - Philip Massinger, The Bondman
         (act I, sc. 3, l. 210)

McCarthyism is Americanism with its sleeves rolled.
      - Eugene McCarthy, in a speech in Wisconsin


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