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He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

Political necessities sometimes turn out to be political mistakes.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan

What Englishman will give his mind to politics as long as he can afford to keep a motor car?
      - George Bernard Shaw, The Apple Cart

If you do not know how to lie, cheat, and steal, turn your attention to politics and learn.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.
      - General William Tecumseh Sherman,
        on the request that he accept the Republican presidential nomination

Tippecanoe and Tyler too.
      - Jean Sirmond,
        political slogan for William Henry Harrison and John Tyler attributed to Orson E. Woodbury

Good humor and generosity carry the day with the popular heart all the world over.
      - Alexander Smith

When I first came into Parliament, Mr. Tierney, a great Whig authority, used always to say that the duty of an Opposition was very simple--it was to oppose everything and propose nothing.
      - Lord Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley ("Rupert of Debate"),
        in a debate, see "Hansard's Parliamentary Debates"

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson

The man who can make two ears of corn or two blades of grass grow on the spot where only one grew before, world deserve better of mankind and render more essential service to the country than the whole race of politicians put together.
      - Jonathan Swift

Oh that eternal want of peace which vexes public men!
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Who is the dark horse he has in his stable?
      - William Makepeace Thackeray,
        Adventures of Philip

To me party platforms are contracts with the people.
      - Harry S. Truman

As long as I count the votes what are you going to do about it?
      - William Marcy Tweed, The Ballot

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
      - Paul Valery, Tel Quel 2--Rhumbs

The king [Frederick] has sent me some of his dirty linen to wash; I will wash yours another time.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Reply to General Manstein (CXI)

The gratitude of place expectants is a lively sense of future favours.
      - ascribed to Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford,
        by Hazlitt "Wit and Humour"

I am not a politician, and my other habits air good.
      - Artemus Ward (pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne),
        Fourth of July Oration

If we mean to support the liberty and independence which has cost us so much blood and treasure to establish, we must drive far away the demon of party spirit and local reproach.
      - George Washington

Such, for wise purposes it is presumed, is the turbulence of human passions in party disputes, when victory, more than truth, is the palm contended for, that "the post of honor is a private station."
      - George Washington

There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.
      - George Washington

The tendency of party spirit has ever been to disguise and propagate and support error.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

A politician weakly and amiably in the right is no match for a politician tenaciously and pugnaciously in the wrong. You cannot, by tying an opinion, to a man's tongue, make him the representative of that opinion; and at the close of any battle for principles, his name will be found neither among the dead nor among the wounded, but among the missing.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

The strife of politics tends to unsettle the calmest understanding, and ulcerate the most benevolent heart. There are no bigotries or absurdities too gross for parties to create or adopt under the stimulus of political passions.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

A week is a long time in politics.
      - Harold Wilson


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