Power & Government

A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn’t happen – Winston Churchill

An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere – Mark Twain

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word – Charles De Gaulle

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators – PJ O’Rourke

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber – Plato

Statesmen tell you what is true even though it may be unpopular. Politicians will tell you what is popular, even though it may be untrue – Anonymous

A politician thinks of the next election – a statesman of the next generation – James Freeman Clarke

Now I know what a statesman is; he’s a dead politician. We need more statesmen – Bob Edwards

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress …. But I repeat myself – Mark Twain

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

In politics, absurdity is not a handicap – Napoleon Bonaparte

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts – Henry Adams

Nowhere are prejudices more mistaken for truth, passion for reason and invective for documentation than in politics – John Mason Brown

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 – Oscar Ameringer

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians – Charles Krauthammer

A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life – Robert Byrne

We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics – Hubert H. Humphrey

We have the best government that money can buy – Mark Twain

A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate – Eric Idle

There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other.

The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back.

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

If I wanted to go crazy I would do it in Washington because it would not be noticed – Irwin S. Cobb

I love to go to Washington – if only to be near my money – Bob Hope

After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood – Fred Thompson

I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here – Harry S. Truman

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop – P. J. O’Rourke

All government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery – Jonathan Swift

Men write many fine and plausible arguments in support of monarchy, but the fact remains that where every man has a voice, brutal laws are impossible – Mark Twain

No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent – Abraham Lincoln

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable – John F. Kennedy

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be – Sydney J. Harris

When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening, foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, the government is us – Barack Obama

Before we get too depressed about the state of our politics, let’s remember our history ….. Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. What is amazing, is that despite all the conflict, our experiment in democracy has worked better than any form of government on earth – Barack Obama

No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time – Sir Winston Churchill

Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man – Ronald Reagan

No one party can fool all of the people all of the time; that’s why we have two parties – Bob Hope

[A Conservative is] a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others – Ambrose Bierce

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries – Winston Churchill

Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party – Winston Churchill

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen – Anonymous

Truth is not determined by majority vote – Doug Gwyn

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal – Aristotle

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few – George Bernard Shaw

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter – Winston Churchill

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve – George Bernard Shaw

Mars is essentially in the same orbit (as Earth). Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe – Dan Quayle

It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it – Dan Quayle

Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rainforests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases? – Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (An elaboration on the famous Reagan quote which suggested that ‘Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.’)

I thought I would just share with you what science says today about silicon breast implants. If you have them, you’re healthier than if you don’t. That is what the ultimate science shows. . . . In fact, there’s no science that shows that silicone breast implants are detrimental and, in fact, they make you healthier – Senator Tom Coburn

All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them – Representative Paul Broun (Broun serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology!!!)

This President is going to lead us out of this recovery – Dan Quayle

A zebra does not change its spots – Al Gore

It’s no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another. – George Bush Sr

Rarely is the question asked “Are our children learning?” – George W Bush

That low-down scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass – and I’m just the one to do it! – Texan congressional candidate

Traditionally, most of our imports come from overseas – Australian minister Keppel Enderbery

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we – George W. Bush

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before – Dwight D Eisenhower

If you’re sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign! – George W Bush

I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made – Dan Quayle

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read “President Can’t Swim.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

Politics is the art of the possible – Otto Von Bismarck

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first – Ronald Reagan

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite – John Kenneth Galbraith

In the long run, every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government – Thomas Carlyle