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Politics
The aim of every political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression.

- French National Assembly
Hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. Broadly speaking, there are none but corn-pone opinions. And broadly speaking, Corn-Pone stands for Self-Approval. Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people. The result is Conformity.

- Twain, Mark
The first mistake in public business is going into it.

- Franklin, Benjamin
At home you always have to be a politician. When you're abroad you almost feel yourself a statesman.

- Macmillan, Harold
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.

- Ernest Benn
Politicians -- power itself -- are abject because they merely embody the profound contempt people have for their own lives. One should be grateful to the politicians for accepting the abstractness of power, and ridding others of its burden. This inevitably kills them but they get their revenge by passing onto others the corpse of power.

- Baudrillard, Jean
Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means.

- Koestler, Arthur
Objective journalism is one of the main reasons American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long.

- Hunter S. Thompson
To know your place is a good idea in politics. That is not to say stay in your place or hang on to your place, because ambition or boredom may dictate upward or downward mobility, but a sense of place -- a feel for one's own position in the control room -- is useful in gauging what you should try to do.

- Safire, William
Nobody is a friend of ours. Let's face it.

- Nixon, Richard M.
Ignorance makes most men go into a political party, and shame keeps them from getting out of it.

- Halifax, Edward F.
If you're not turned on to politics, politics will turn on you.

- Ralph Nader
It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public.

- Maugham, W. Somerset
If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.

- Chapman, John Jay
In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.

- Bonaparte, Napoleon
For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.

- Orwell, George
Politics in the United States consists of the struggle between those whose change has been arrested by success or failure, on one side, and those who are still engaged in changing themselves, on the other. Agitators of arrested metamorphosis versus agitators of continued metamorphosis. The former have the advantage of numbers (since most people accept themselves as successes or failures quite early), the latter of vitality and visibility (since self-transformation, though it begins from within, with ideology, religion, drugs, tends to express itself publicly through costume and jargon).

- Rosenberg, Harold
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

- John Kenneth Galbraith
Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.

- Lincoln, Abraham
Within the first few months I discovered that being president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding or be swallowed.

- Truman, Harry S



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