Famous Quotes About Politicians

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1. "Politicians must be simple and clear about how their ideas will serve the national cause. We can no longer use the complexity of today's problems as an excuse for inaction, rhyme or rhetoric that does not meet the challenges before us."
Author: Alan Siegel
2. "Too many politicians are shifting the critical themes of our national conversations from a 'big ideas' American Brand Platform to narrowly focused, polarizing sound bites that put party philosophy before what used to be heralded as the common good. These ideas, more often than not, divide us rather than serve to bind us."
Author: Alan Siegel
3. "People hate politicians. And I can understand why."
Author: Alexei Navalny
4. "Think of submitting our measure to the advice of politicians! I would as soon submit the subject of the equality of a goose to a fox."
Author: Anna Howard Shaw
5. "It's very useful when politicians have doubts because there are so many choices to be made in the world."
Author: Antonio Tabucchi
6. "While big corporations make huge, tax-free profits, taxes for the everyday working person skyrocket. While politicians take free trips around the world, those same politicians cut back food stamps for the poor. While politicians increase their salaries, millions of people are being laid off. This city is on the brink of bankruptcy, and yet hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent on this trial. I do not understand a government so willing to spend millions of dollars on arms, to explore outer space, even the planet Jupiter, and at the same time close down day care centers and fire stations."
Author: Assata Shakur
7. "I think I should be active politically. Because I look upon myself as a politician. That's not a dirty work you know. Some people think that there are something wrong with politicians. Of course, something wrong with some politicians."
Author: Aung San Suu Kyi
8. "The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians."
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
9. "You can't trust politicians. It doesn't matter who makes a political speech. It's all lies - and it applies to any rock star who wants to make a political speech as well."
Author: Bob Geldof
10. "The recent history of Ukraine is replete with dead journalists, beaten journalists, news agencies being shut down, and politicians being injured or killed. Most are killed in mysterious auto accidents."
Author: Bob Schaffer
11. "According to Babette, 98.3 percent of lawyers end up in Hell. That's in contrast to the 23 percent of farmers who are eternally damned. Some 45 percent of retail business owners are Hellbound, and 85 percent of computer software writers. Perhaps a trace number of politicians ascend to Heaven, but statistically speaking, 100 percent of them are cast into the fiery pit. As are essentially 100 percent of journalists and redheads."
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
12. "In any broth, the scum [politicians] always rises to the top."
Author: David Gemmell
13. "Politicians are addicted to spending and revenue extraction. As with an addict, there's little pause for moral or legal contemplation."
Author: David Malpass
14. "During the 2008 campaign, I strongly endorsed Barack Obama for president. I did so early, when many Democratic leaders - including many prominent African-American politicians - believed the safe bet was to back then-front-runner Hillary Clinton."
Author: Douglas Wilder
15. "I believe politicians should always remain realistic."
Author: Eduard Shevardnadze
16. "When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained."
Author: Edward R. Murrow
17. "I think that if we don't get these politicians to come together we face the most predictable economic crisis in history."
Author: Erskine Bowles
18. "Facts from politicians are like Muligans from the devil - useless."
Author: Frank Coyle
19. "It is kind of tedious after a while, to parse politicians doing the same thing over and over again. The facts change from week to week, but the sort of masquerade doesn't."
Author: Frank Rich
20. "When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that an old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had only one before."
Author: H.L. Mencken
21. "Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free."
Author: Harry Browne
22. "Politicians and others are stuck in a horrible world where being emotional in any way counts as being unbalanced, and unable to think clearly. For me, emotions are thought."
Author: Hofesh Shechter
23. "I loved politics and, I confess, I enjoyed politicians immensely."
Author: Jack Germond
24. "America is a circus, and the politicians are the clowns."
Author: Jarod Kintz
25. "As an animal lover, I don't like zoos. I feel the only creatures that should be caged behind bars are politicians, lobbyists, and lawyers. And rapists, but I've already listed that three times."
Author: Jarod Kintz
26. "It's hard to hear over the racket of gunfire. Politicians want to talk about war, but the people want to talk about peace."
Author: Jarod Kintz
27. "He (Antonio Machado) was old, weary and ill, and he no longer believed in Franco's defeat. He wrote 'This is the end; any day now Barcelona will fall. For the strategists, for the politicians, for the historians, it is all clear: we have lost the war. But in human terms, I am not so sure. Perhaps we have won."
Author: Javier Cercas
28. "I sometimes, in my sprightly moments, consider myself, in my great chair at school, as some dictator at the head of a common-wealth. In this little state I can discover all the great geniuses, all the surprising actions and revolutions of the great world in miniature. I have several renowned generals but three feet high, and several deep-projecting politicians in petticoats. I have others catching and dissecting flies, accumulating remarkable pebbles, cockleshells, etc., with as ardent curiosity as any virtuoso in the Royal Society …. At one table sits Mr. Insipid foppling and fluttering, spinning his whirligig, or playing with his fingers as gaily and wittily as any Frenchified coxcomb brandishes his cane and rattles his snuff box. At another sits the polemical divine, plodding and wrangling in his mind about Adam's fall in which we sinned, all as his primer has it."
Author: John Adams
29. "That day, I started taking an interest in the bar's television. We always kept it on. As the hours slid by in a cacophony of talk I kept watch, throwing in the occasional comment about politicians, bankers, show biz personalities as they appeared on screen. I wasn't being nosy, you understand. Just human."
Author: Jonathan Gash
30. "What was unfolding in Mumbai was unfolding elsewhere, too. In the age of global market capitalism, hopes and grievances were narrowly conceived, which blunted a sense of common predicament. Poor people didn't unite; they competed ferociously amongst themselves for gains as slender as they were provisional. And this undercity strife created only the faintest ripple in the fabric of the society at large. The gates of the rich, occasionally rattled, remained unbreached. The politicians held forth on the middle class. The poor took down one another, and the world's great, unequal cities soldiered on in relative peace."
Author: Katherine Boo
31. "The Blair government has lowered the standing of politics and politicians in our country."
Author: Kenneth Clarke
32. "Politicians were famous for double-speak and were consummate liars. That's why George W. Bush had to be their favorite president. It's easier to commit a fraud when the actor believes his lie to the point of a conviction"
Author: Kenneth Eade
33. "Voters—here's the real challenge: we don't need empty promises made by politicians whose only goal in life is to get elected or re-elected. We need leaders with attributes that qualify them to lead us through the difficult challenges we're facing."
Author: Lee Ellis
34. "Politics were as bad as mathematics, and that the mission of politicians seemed to be calling each other names"
Author: Louisa May Alcott
35. "...the first murmurings from the liberal part of the U.S.A. that we were somehow in the wrong, brutal killers, bullying other countries; that we who put our lives on the line for our nation at the behest of our government should somehow be charged with murder for shooting our enemy. Its an insidious progression, the criticisms of the U.S. Armed Forces from politicians and from the liberal media, which knows nothing of combat, nothing of our training, and nothing of the mortal dangers we face out there on the front line."
Author: Marcus Luttrell
36. "...a person who thinks should not try to persuade others to his belief; that is what puts him on the road to a system; on the lamentable road of the "man of conviction"; politicians like to call themselves that; but what is a conviction? It is a thought that has come to a stop, that has congealed, and "the man of conviction" is a man restricted."
Author: Milan Kundera
37. "Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians."
Author: Muhammad Iqbal
38. "We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism."
Author: Newt Gingrich
39. "The Saudi government uses a lot of British equipment to suppress their own people. But we're happy for our politicians to go on advertising trips to Saudi, selling our weapons at the trade conventions."
Author: Paul Conroy
40. "It was only with the crisis that debt soared.Yet many Europeans in key positions - especially politicians and officials in Germany, but also the leadership of the European Central Bank and opinion leaders throughout the world of finance and banking - are deeply committed to the Big Delusion, and no amount of contrary evidence will shake them. As a result, the problem of dealing with the crisis is often couched in moral terms: nations are in trouble because they have sinned, and they must redeem themselves through suffering.And that's a very bad way to approach the actual problems Europe faces."
Author: Paul Krugman
41. "Politicians like to tell people what they want to hear - and what they want to hear is what won't happen."
Author: Paul Samuelson
42. "Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are."
Author: Peggy Noonan
43. "Although distortion of the past is widespread, the most common travesty is one of omission, wherein populist leaders neglect to mention the crimes committed by their own side or recollect them in such a way that evades accepting full responsibility. That politicians are so able to evoke historical arguments in these ways results from a prior failure of the society to engage in a full and frank encounter with past wrongdoings."
Author: Richard Ashby Wilson
44. "It's wherever business rules, business is going to get the politicians they want because they control the money and money controls the power."
Author: Rob Walton
45. "Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down."
Author: Robert Orben
46. "...You haven't I suppose ever mixed with politicians at close quarters. They're awful...their stupidity is inhuman."
Author: Robert Skidelsky
47. "The issue of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals has vexed politicians for decades. I have my own cloudy history with the issue, having supported a law in Mississippi that made it illegal for LGBT couples to adopt children. I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith."
Author: Ronnie Musgrove
48. "War's a racket. No doubt. But war is a racket for the politicians, not the soldiers."
Author: Sean Beaudoin
49. "The boar held a VCR reote control and cackled maliciously as he watched a video of U.S. politicians grinning with their one-time budy Saddam--Dick Cheney, Gulf War-era Secretary of State James Baker, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush, to the tune of "Taking Care of Business." And then the viewers saw themselves in a mirror emblazoned with the words "You are a witness."
Author: Wafaa Bilal
50. "Moralistic culture views government as a positive force, one that values the individual but functions to the benefit of the general public. Discussion of public issues and voting are not only rights but also opportunities to better the individual and society alike. Furthermore, politicians should not profit from their public service."
Author: William Earl Maxwell

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