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1. "Those intellectuals are our natural enemies; the only kind who are worth anything are the musicians and the dancers: they don't insult anybody with their performances, and they neither sing nor dance politics. So I like them; but don't let me hear a word about the rest"
Author: Alfred De Vigny
2. "Alliance - In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third."
Author: Ambrose Bierce
3. "Once upon a time, I thought that politics was the name we gave to our higher instincts. That was before Margaret Thatcher, who came to power when I was 11 years old."
Author: Andrew O'Hagan
4. "In almost every country there are elements of opinion which would welcome such a conclusion because they wish to return to the politics of the balance of power, unrestricted and unregulated armaments, international anarchy, and preparation for war."
Author: Arthur Henderson
5. "Satire is fascinating stuff. It's deadly serious, and when politics begin to break down, there is a drift towards satire, because it's the only thing that makes any sense."
Author: Ben Nicholson
6. "Fracking is doable if there's full disclosure of all chemicals used. Secondly, science dictates the policy rather than politics. Third, there's collaboration between environmental groups and the natural gas industry."
Author: Bill Richardson
7. "It's really very simple, Governor. When people are hungry they die. So spare me your politics and tell me what you need and how you're going to get it to these people."
Author: Bob Geldof
8. "Music is what I must do, business is what I need to do and politics is what I have to do."
Author: Bob Geldof
9. "I think politics is important. It's how we run our society. I think it should be natural to have an interest in the subject, and I almost don't understand why some people don't."
Author: Chester Brown
10. "In business, as in politics, the public is ever so tolerant of those who slime."
Author: Christopher Moore
11. "I don't think I can remember a moment in my life where people didn't discuss politics. People discuss politics at the table."
Author: Connie Nielsen
12. "To balance China, the democracies will need new friends - and India with its fast-growing economy, youthful population, and democratic politics seems the obvious candidate."
Author: David Frum
13. "If you hope for any sort of dialogue and unity with all factions on the vaguely leftist or radical side of politics, you must cease from silly verbal abuse. If you don't want it, then we go on as we are, fractious and impotent."
Author: Edward Abbey
14. "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind."
Author: Edward L. Bernays
15. "Sometimes in politics, you think you've seen it all. Turns out I was wrong."
Author: Eliot Spitzer
16. "Visigoth and Gaul, politics and plague. She fought on, struggling in tandem with antiquated interpretations and outmoded explanations, wondering at the senselessness of something so strong, so powerful, so immovable fading from history, disappearing, once and for all time, into shadow and dust."
Author: Fiddles McMonkeypants
17. "In politics, the tripod is he most unstable of all structures. It's be bad enough without the complication of a feudal trade culture which turns its back on most science."
Author: Frank Herbert
18. "Politics in Turkey are taken more seriously than they are at home. It was only quite recently that they executed a Prime Minister. We dream of it, but they act."
Author: Graham Greene
19. "Good policy makes good politics and what I've done has been good politics."
Author: J. C. Watts
20. "Tides are like politics. They come and go with a great deal of fuss and noise, but inevitably they leave the beach just as they found it. On those few occasions when major change does occur, it is rarely a good news."
Author: Jack McDevitt
21. "It pained him that he did not know well what politics meant and that he did not know where the universe ended. He felt small and weak. When would he be like the fellows in poetry and rhetoric? They had big voices and big boots and they studied trigonometry."
Author: James Joyce
22. "To go from politics to news, at least the subject matter is the same, even if the view is different."
Author: Jerry Springer
23. "I treat politics kind of like my religion. It's something I believe in, but I don't want to have to make a living at it, because if you make a living at it, you somehow become dishonest."
Author: Jerry Springer
24. "There are no generalizations in American politics that vested selfishness cannot cut through."
Author: John Gunther
25. "As soon as you start writing about how human beings interact with each other socially, you're into politics, aren't you?"
Author: Jonathan Coe
26. "I always enjoyed politics. I worked at the White House recently, primarily for the First Lady. Because of my experience running my travel agency, I was in charge of the files she kept on the Travel Office."
Author: Joseph Force Crater
27. "It was because 'in 1776 our fathers retired the gods from politics.' The basic principle of the American Republic is the freedom of man in society.The Declaration of Independence was the product of Intellectual Emancipation, and that is why, from thenceforth, our date of existence should be recorded, not from the mythical birth of Jesus Christ, but from the day of our Independence! This should be the year one hundred and seventy-eight in our calendar!Despite discouraging signs here and there, the seeds of freedom planted by the American Revolution will take root, and throughout the world, if man will learn to zealously guard his freedom, Peace and Progress will come to all the world."
Author: Joseph Lewis
28. "In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn."
Author: Lawrence Summers
29. "There are some militarists who say: ‘We are not interested in politics but only in the profession of arms.' It is vital that these simple-minded militarists be made to realize the relationship that exists between politics and military affairs. Military action is a method used to attain a political goal. While military affairs and political affairs are not identical, it is impossible to isolate one from the other." - Mao Zedong, Yu Chi Chan"
Author: Mao Tse Tung
30. "My father's politics and ideas were, to me, unforgivable. He was a Jewish convert who became very anti-Semitic, and I didn't find the anti-Semitism forgivable."
Author: Mary Gordon
31. "I don't have to be in politics."
Author: Matt Gonzalez
32. "I am involved with politics today because of the inspiration I received from Ronald Reagan."
Author: Michael K. Simpson
33. "Look, not everybody plays well with each other on the playground. I get that, that's politics."
Author: Michael Steele
34. "My view on politics is much more grassroots oriented; it's not old boy network oriented, so I tend to, you know, come at it a little bit stronger, a little bit more street-wise, if you will. That's rubbed some feathers the wrong way."
Author: Michael Steele
35. "I wondered--not for the first time--whether one was ever justified in neglecting the welfare of one's own family in order to fight for the welfare of others. Can there be anything more important than looking after one's aging mother? Is politics merely a pretext for shirking one's responsibilities, an excuse for not being able to provide in the way one wanted?"
Author: Nelson Mandela
36. "Passion is passion. It's the excitement between the tedious spaces, and it doesn't matter where it's directed...It can be coins or sports or politics or horses or music or faith...the saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all."
Author: Nicholas Sparks
37. "Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other."
Author: Oscar Ameringer
38. "The generous way of putting it is that we were not ready for this. The less generous way is to say: How was it possible to return to the politics of appeasement of the 1930s?"
Author: Paddy Ashdown
39. "I don't think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people."
Author: Paul Wellstone
40. "For more than a half-century, anti-intellectualism has had a pretty good run in presidential politics. In fact, Republicans would never have gotten where they are without it."
Author: Peter Beinart
41. "Art is about play and about transcendent meanings, not reducible to politics."
Author: Rachel Kushner
42. "I will certainly not join politics. I would like to be remembered as a clean businessman who has not partaken in any twists and turns beneath the surface, and one who has been reasonably successful."
Author: Ratan Tata
43. "I had become a kind of information magpie, gathering to myself all manner of shiny scraps of fact and hokum and books and art-history and politics and music and film, and developing, too, a certain skill in manipulating and arranging these pitiful shards so that they glittered and caught the light. Fool's gold, or priceless nuggets mined from my singular childhood's rich bohemian seam? I leave it to others to decide."
Author: Salman Rushdie
44. "To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude."
Author: Simone De Beauvoir
45. "It's called political economy because it is has nothing to do with either politics or economy."
Author: Stephen Leacock
46. "The fact is, presidential politics has become a game of inches."
Author: Steven Weber
47. "Out of that night and day of unconditional wrath, folks would've expected to see any city, if it survived, all newly reborn, purified by flame, taken clear beyond greed, real-estate speculating, local politics—instead of which, here was this weeping widow, some one-woman grievance committee in black, who would go on to save up and lovingly record and mercilessly begrudge every goddamn single tear she ever had to cry, and over the years to come would make up for them all by developing into the meanest, cruelest bitch of a city, even among cities not notable for their kindness."
Author: Thomas Pynchon
48. "We must change life,' the poet [Rimbaud] had written, and so the Situationists set out to transform everyday life in the modern world through a comprehensive program that included above all else the construction of 'situations' -- defined in 1958 as moments of life 'concretely and deliberately constructed by the collective organization of a unitary ambiance and a play of events' -- but that also necessary entailed the supersession of philosophy, the realization of art, the abolition of politics, and the fall of the 'spectacle-commodity economy."
Author: Tom McDonough
49. "My suspension was a long-planned move... and was done to protect would-be convicts in Romanian politics."
Author: Traian Basescu
50. "In my early 20s, I studied history and politics, and I really thought that perhaps I would devote my life to that."
Author: Wallace Shawn

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