Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

- Henry Adams


Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organisation of hatreds.

- Henry Adams


The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.

- Franklin P. Adams


The duty of an opposition [is] very simple – to oppose everything and propose nothing.

- Lord Derby


Power politics is the diplomatic name for the law of the jungle.

- Ely Culberston


When you’re out of office, then you can be a statesman.

- Cyril Connolly

Political skill … the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.

- Sir Winston Churchill

English experience indicates that when two great political parties agree about something, it is generally wrong.

- G. K. Chesterton

Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don’t go in for politics.

- Albert Camus

A majority is always the best repartee.

- Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

- John Kenneth Galbraith

Opposition - in politics the party that prevents the government from running amok by hamstringing it.

- Ambrose Bierce

Politics - a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

- Ambrose Bierce

Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.

- Vera Brittain


Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

- John Kenneth Galbraith

Few things are as immutable as the addiction of political groups to the ideas by which they have once won office.

- John Kenneth Galbraith

In politics, as on the sickbed, people toss from side to side, thinking they will be more comfortable.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Politics are ... nothing more than a means of rising in the world.

- Samuel Johnson

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it's important.

- Eugene McCarthy


Politics, as hopeful men practise it in the world, consists mainly of the delusion that a change in form is a change in substance.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.

- George Jean Nathan

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.

- George Orwell

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honor.

- Benjamin Disraeli

All politics is based on the indifference of the majority.

- James Reston


In politics, a straight line is the shortest distance to disaster.

- John P. Roche


Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.

- Paul Valery

Politicians who wish to succeed must be prepared to dissemble, at times to lie. In politics some deceit or moral dishonesty is the oil without which the machinery would not work.

- Woodrow Wyatt

The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters.

- Walter Lippmann

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is partcularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.

- Margaret Thatcher