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Party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many, for the gain of a few.
      - Alexander Pope, Letter to Blount

Old politicians chew on wisdom past,
  And totter on in business to the last.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 228)

Party is the madness of many for the gain of a few.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Thoughts on Various Subjects

A mugwump is a person educated beyond his intellect.
      - Horace Porter,
        A Bon-Mot in Cleveland-Blaine Campaign

A great many political speeches are literary parricides; they kill their fathers.
      - George Denison Prentice

Abstain from beans.
      - Pythagoras,
        advice against political voting, which was done by means of beans

There is an infinity of political errors which, being once adopted, become principles.
      - Abbe Guillaume Thomas Francois Raynal

I want to talk about political and economic fairy tales.
      - Ronald Reagan

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
      - Ronald Reagan,
        at a conference in Los Angeles

I will drive a coach and six through the Act of Settlement.
      - Sir Stephen Rice,
        quoted by Macaulay "History of England"

I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!
      - Will Rogers

Politics ain't worrying this country one-tenth as much as where to find a parking space.
      - Will Rogers

Politics has gotten so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to get beat with.
      - Will Rogers

It is, of course, the merest truism to say a party is of use only so far as it serves the nation.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
      - Theodore Roosevelt,
        in an address at the Minnesota State Fair

The first advice I have to give the party is that it should clean its slate.
      - Lord Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery,
        in a speech at Chesterfield

There are occasions when the general belief of the people, even though it be groundless, works its effect as sure as truth itself.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Wise men and gods are on the strongest side.
      - Sir Charles Sedley

This bodes some strange eruption to our state.
      - William Shakespeare

Watch thou, and wake when others be asleep, to pry into the secrets of the state.
      - William Shakespeare

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Marcellus at I, iv)

Get thee glass eyes
  And, like a scurvy politician, seem
    To see the things thou dost not.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at IV, vi)

O that estates, degrees, and offices
  Were not derived corruptly, and that clear honor
    Were purchased by the merit of the wearer!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Prince of Arragon at II, ix)

Sir Hugh, persuade me not--I will make a Starchamber matter of it. If he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, Esquire.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Shallow at I, i)

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