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In science it often happens that scientists say,'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,'and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time someting like that happened in politics or religion.

- Carl Sagan
The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.

- Plato
Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.

- Paul ValÚry
Now, we deny not, but that politicians may sometimes abuse religion, and make it serve for the promoting of their own private interests and designs; which yet they could not do so well neither, were the thing itself a mere cheat and figment of their own, and had no reality at all in nature, nor anything solid at the bottom of it.

- Cudworth, Ralph J.
Rome had Senators too, and that is why it declined.

- Dane, Frank
I always considered statesmen to be more expendable than soldiers.

- Truman, Harry S
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.

- Beecher, Lyman
A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.

- Byrne, Robert
OPPOSITION, n. In politics the party that prevents the Government from running amuck by hamstringing it. The King of Ghargaroo, who had been abroad to study the science of government, appointed one hundred of his fattest subjects as members of a parliament to make laws for the collection of revenue. Forty of these he named the Party of Opposition and had his Prime Minister carefully instruct them in their duty of opposing every royal measure. Nevertheless, the first one that was submitted passed unanimously. Greatly displeased, the King vetoed it, informing the Opposition that if they did that again they would pay for their obstinacy with their heads. The entire forty promptly disemboweled themselves. "What shall we do now?" the King asked. "Liberal institutions cannot be maintained without a party of Opposition." "Splendor of the universe," replied the Prime Minister, "it is true these dogs of darkness have no longer their credentials, but all is not lost. Leave the matter to this worm of the dust." So the Minister had the bodies of his Majesty's Opposition embalmed and stuffed with straw, put back into the seats of power and nailed there. Forty votes were recorded against every bill and the nation prospered. But one day a bill imposing a tax on warts was defeated -- the members of the Government party had not been nailed to their seats! This so enraged the King that the Prime Minister was put to death, the parliament was dissolved with a battery of artillery, and government of the people, by the people, for the people perished from Ghargaroo.

- Ambrose Bierce
My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible and carefully humored; people, above all, to whom one must never tell the truth.

- Auden, W. H.
Blood is thicker than water, but politics are thicker than blood.

- Frank Herbert
Only he has the calling for politics who is sure that he will not crumble when the world from his point of view is too stupid or base for what he wants to offer. Only he who in the face of all this can say In spite of all! has the calling for politics.

- Weber, Max
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

- Reagan, Ronald
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

- Charles De Gaulle
REVOLUTION, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. Specifically, in American history, the substitution of the rule of an Administration for that of a Ministry, whereby the welfare and happiness of the people were advanced a full half-inch. Revolutions are usually accompanied by a considerable effusion of blood, but are accounted worth it -- this appraisement being made by beneficiaries whose blood had not the mischance to be shed. The French revolution is of incalculable value to the Socialist of to-day; when he pulls the string actuating its bones its gestures are inexpressibly terrifying to gory tyrants suspected of fomenting law and order.

- Ambrose Bierce
A politician would do well to remember that he has to live with his conscience longer than he does with his constituents.

- Laird, Melvin R.
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.

- Mao Tse-tung
No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.

- Arendt, Hannah
A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.

- Maugham, W. Somerset
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.

- Stevenson, Adlai E.



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