Most popular politicians quotes
It is useless to try to hold some people to anything they say while they're madly in love, drunk, or running for office.
A statesman is a dead politician. I am in the home of the living dead which is betwixt and between. The House of Lords.
Sometimes they have to put out a fire, but the vocation of the politician is not that of a firefighter.
Some people say to me, "But, Father, politicians aren't doing anything either!" But what are you doing? If you aren't doing anything, then scream [about yourself]!
Anything that keeps a politician humble is healthy for democracy.
Politicians and journalists share the same fate in that they often understand tomorrow the things they talk about today.
The truly skillful politician is one who, when he comes to a fork in the road, goes both ways.
Politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
When things don't go well they like to blame presidents; and that's something that presidents are paid for.
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself as public property.
Talk is cheap—except when Congress does it.
Congress is continually appointing fact-finding committees, when what we really need are some fact-facing committees.
Asking an incumbent member of Congress to vote for term limits is a bit like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders.
A politician without a prepared text is like a Boris Becker without a tennis racket, a dog biscuit without a dog, or opera glasses without an opera.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
Election year is that period when politicians get free speech mixed up with cheap talk.
Politicians are like ships: noisiest when lost in a fog.
A politician is a person who can make waves and then make you think he's the only one who can save the ship.
Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork.
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not guilty."
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
America is just the country that how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.
The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river.
Being a president is like riding a tiger . . . keep on riding or be swallowed. A president is either constantly on top of events or . . events will soon be on top of him.
A politician has spent the best years of his life in an endeavor to make the world safe for stupidity.
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve.
The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does.
The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.
I have spent much of my life fighting the Germans and fighting the politicians. lt is much easier to fight the Germans.
Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy 2% that get all the publicity.
A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
What is the use of being elected or re-elected, unless you stand for something?
Frankly, I don't mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is.
I like to operate like a submarine on sonar. When I am picking up noise from both the left and the right, I know my course is correct.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
You can't beat somebody with nobody.
Once there were two brothers: one ran away to sea, the other was elected Vice-President-and nothing was ever heard from either of them again.
I wanted to be a sports writer. but it took me too long to turn out my stuff. I found I could become vice president faster than I could become a newspaperman.
If you want to find a politician free of influence, you can find Adolf hitler who made up his own mind.
Probably the most distinctive characteristic of the successful politician is selective cowardice.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen.
Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.
If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
You really have to get to know Dewey To dislike him.
I won't eat anything that has intelligent life, but I'd gladly eat a network executive or a politician.
The politician performs upon the stage; the historian looks behind the scenery.
All politicians are humble, and seldom let you forget it. They go around the country boasting about their humility. They are proud of their humility. Many are downright arrogant about their humility and insist that it qualifies them to be President.
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.
We campaign in poetry, but when we're elected we're forced to govern in prose.
The idea that you can merchandize candidates for high office like breakfast cereal—that you can gather votes like box tops—is, I think, the ultimate indignity of the political process.
Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reason.
The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does.
Politician, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.
A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
In Mexico, an air conditioner is called a "politician" because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well.
Politicians, like prostitutes, are held in contempt. But what man does not run to them when he needs their services?
We don't expect them to tell the truth about power any more than we expect movie stars to tell the truth about love.
They are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even when there is no river.
Rare is the citizen who will accept responsibility for the politician he voted into office.
With exceptions so rare that they are regarded as miracles and freaks of nature, 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.
Politicians are like monkeys. The higher they climb, the more revolting are the parts they expose.
Natural politicians are skilled actors, recreating reality, adjusting and ad-libbing, synthesizing the words, ideas, and feelings of others, slipping into different roles in different scenes, saying the same thing over and over again and making it seem like they are saying it for the first time. It can be at once a creative art yet wholly derivative.
A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse.
One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one. I mean, those are the ones who flourish.
Old politicians, like old actors, revive in the limelight.
When it comes to television, the politician is severely handicapped. He is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may return later to wound him.
For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea.
Politicians make good company for a while, just as children do—their self-enjoyment is contagious. But they soon exhaust their favorite subjects—themselves.
I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.
My role is that of a grain of sand to an oyster. We've got to irritate Washington a little bit.
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
A political convention is just not a place where you come away with any trace of faith in human nature.
A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life's problems without asking its question.
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.
If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.
It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
Mankind will never see an end of trouble until ... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power ... become lovers of wisdom.
Midas, they say, possessed the art of old of turning whatsoe'er he touch'd to gold; This modern statesmen can reverse with ease—Touch them with gold, they'll turn to what you please.
Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where they is no river.
Politics, n: Poly ['many'] + tics ['blood-sucking parasites']
Take our politicians: they're a bunch of yo-yos. The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of cliches the first prize.
The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win.
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.
There ought to be one day—just one—when there is open season on senators.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
We have plenty of confidence in this country, but we are a little short of good men to place our confidence in.
We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate.
Politicians are addicted to mendacity, indecision, and inaction because they know that such things are rarely noticed, readily forgiven, and quickly forgotten, while a mistake is usually detected, seldom forgiven, and rarely forgotten.
Trusting a politician to put the public interest before his own is like trusting a dog to deliver a pound of hamburger to your neighbor.