Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

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

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to become honest than a clever man and our politicians take advantage of this by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.

- Bertrand Russell

A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.

- Georges Pompidou

There are honest journalists like there are honest politicians. When bought they stay bought.

- Bill Moyers

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he is a statesman.

- David Lloyd George

Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.

- Walter Lippmann

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

- Nikita Khrushchev


There's just one rule for politicians all over the world. Don't say in power what you say in opposition. If you do, you'll only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.

- John Galsworthy


Politicians, like prostitutes are held in contempt. But what man does not run to them when he needs their services?

- Brendon Francis


Anybody that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organising and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.

- David Broder


The politician is an acrobat: he keeps his balance by syaing the opposite of what he does.

- Maurice Barres


A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.

- Russell Baker

The dirty work at political conventions is almost always done in the grim hours between midnight and dawn. Hangmen and politicians work best when the human spirit is at its lowest ebb.

- Russell Baker

An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.

- Simon Cameron


Exhortation of other people to do something is the last resort of the politicians who are at a loss to know what to do themselves.

- Sir Paul Chambers


Persistence in one opinion has never been considered a merit in political leaders.

- Marcus Tullius Cicero


In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

- Charles De Gaulle

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.

- Charles De Gaulle

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