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Agitate, agitate, agitate.
      - Lord Melbourne, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne,
        in Torrens "Life of Lord Melbourne", vol. I, p. 320

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Many a live wire would be a dead one except for his connections.
      - Wilson Mizner

Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        quoting Louis XIV, in Siecle de Louis Quatorze

Those who would tread politics and morality apart will never understand the one or the other.
      - John Morley, 1st Viscount of Blackburn,
        Rousseau (p. 380)

Defence, not defiance.
      - Motto,
        of the "Volunteers: when there was fear of an invasion of England by Napoleon (1859)

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
      - Ralph Nader

But it is at home and not in public that one should wash ones dirty linen.
  [Fr., Car c'est en famille, ce n'est pas en public, qu'un lave son linge sale.]
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I),
        in a speech to the Legislative Assembly on his return from Elba

I have doubtless erred more or less in politics, but a crime I never committed.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

The politics of courts are so mean that private people would be ashamed to act in the same way; all is trick and finesse, to which the common cause is sacrificed.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson

Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.
      - Daniel O'Connell

Oh! we'll give 'em Jessie
  When we rally round the polls.
      - Old Song,
        a popular song of Fremont's supporters in the U.S. Presidential Campaign of 1856

Politics is the science of exigencies.
      - Theodore Parker

People who declare that they belong to no party certainly do not belong to ours.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Better a hundred times an honest and capable administration of an erroneous policy than a corrupt and incapable administration of a good one.
      - Edward J. Phelps,
        at a dinner of the New York Chamber of Commerce

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.
      - Wendell Phillips

Great political questions stir the deepest nature of one-half the nation; but they pass far above and over the heads of the other half.
      - Wendell Phillips

The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day, or it is rotten. The living sap of to-day outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand intrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can a Democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.
      - Wendell Phillips

There is no Canaan in politics. As health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil, so there is no republican road to safety but in constant distrust.
      - Wendell Phillips

There is no republican road to safety but in constant distrust.
      - Wendell Phillips

A weapon that comes down as still
  As snowflakes fall upon the sod;
    But executes a freeman's will,
      As lightning does the will of God;
        And from its force, nor doors not locks
          Can shield you; 'tis the ballot-box.
      - John Pierpont, A Word from a Petitioner

The conduct of a wise politician is ever suited to the present posture of affairs. Often by foregoing a part he saves the whole, and by yielding in a small matter secures a greater.
      - Plutarch

There is no perfecter endowment in man than political virtue.
      - Plutarch

Jarring interests of themselves create the according music of a well-mixed state.
      - Alexander Pope

The many-headed monster of the pit.
      - Alexander Pope

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