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If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

Niccolo Machiavelli, writer

Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

George Orwell, author

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

George Orwell, author

All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.

Isabel Allende, writer

I cannot allow state government to continue to be consumed by this game of political 'gotcha.'

Ernie Fletcher, politician

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Audre Lorde, poet

The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don't ask for their love; only for their fear.

Heinrich Himmler, criminal

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.

George Orwell, author

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

Coretta Scott King, activist

Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx.

Hannah Arendt, historian

I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.

Will Rogers, actor

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.

Aristotle, philosopher

Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards.

Neil Kinnock, politician

In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, president

I think people are rapidly losing confidence in the political class, and I don't blame them.

Adnan Pachachi,

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.

Louis D. Brandeis, judge

If we had failed to pursue the facts as far as they led, we would have denied the public any knowledge of an unprecedented scheme of political surveillance and sabotage.

Katharine Graham, businesswoman

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.

Herbert Hoover, president

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

Jimmy Carter, president

I've never written a political song. Songs can't save the world. I've gone through all that.

Bob Dylan, musician

Our political differences, now matter how sharply they are debated, are really quite narrow in comparison to the remarkably durable national consensus on our founding convictions.

John McCain, politician

The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations.

Aung San Suu Kyi, activist

Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet

I learned that fighting on the chess board could also have an impact on the political climate in the country.

Garry Kasparov, celebrity

The late development of mass industrial organization in the United States has both stimulated and retarded the political development of the American working class.

C. L. R. James, journalist

The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated, or even published in the dominant political languages.

Jacques Derrida, philosopher

Алты́нного во́ра ве́шают, а полти́нного че́ствуют.

Russian Proverbs,

The method of political science is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.

Woodrow Wilson, president

I am a part of the political process whether the multinational forces are present or not. Politics is serving the people, not chairs and positions.

Muqtada al Sadr, clergyman

We were united not only by political respect for each other, but also by deep mutual sympathy as people.

Helmut Kohl, politician

Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest?

Milton Friedman, economist

So was it a political mistake for Obama to put so many eggs in the health-care-reform basket? Well, a negative decision from the Supreme Court will certainly make it appear so.

Eric Alterman, writer

It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training.

Ulysses S. Grant, president

I have no political ambitions for myself or my children.

Joseph P. Kennedy, diplomat

I wish I could give you a lot of advice, based on my experience of winning political debates. But I don't have that experience. My only experience is at losing them.

Richard M. Nixon, president

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

Aristotle, philosopher

No man is fit to be a Senator... unless he is willing to surrender his political life for great principle.

Henry F. Ashurst, politician

If the business community and political elite want to go to war they find it easy to mobilize domestic consent.

Edward S. Herman, economist

America is a country ready to be taken, in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process.

Arianna Huffington, journalist

I am struck by the fact that personal faith and political agendas are intertwined more closely now than at any other time in recent history.

David E. Price, politician

If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.

Thomas Jefferson, president

I knew that when the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with the people.

Ernesto Guevara,

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino, statesman

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point - if not a commodity - of political groups aiming to rise to power.

Omar Bongo, politician

Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit.

Seamus Heaney, poet

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author

The greater concerns in China and Taiwan are on the political side, not on the economic side.

William Kirby, scientist

All that political stuff Delano was doing. Me, I've gone off the top, into total fantasy.

Eddie Campbell, artist

It makes me so angry - there's enough food in the world but people are starving. It's all political.

Judith Light, actress

The environmental movement, like all political processes, reacts best to disasters. But these are very slow, very gradual disasters in the making.

Ted Danson, actor

I think up until the point when we started in the business, which was in the early '70s, most of the humor was political. The smart humor was political satire.

David Zucker, director

It's not the Jews that killed Christ. It was a political situation, and it was the Romans who killed Jesus. They put Jesus on the cross, not the Jews.

Monica Bellucci, actress

The things journalists should pay attention to are the issues the political leadership agrees on, rather than to their supposed antagonisms.

Michael Pollan, educator

Political promises are much like marriage vows. They are made at the beginning of the relationship between candidate and voter, but are quickly forgotten.

Dick Gregory, comedian

Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.

Andrea Dworkin, critic

The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman.

Junius,

I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism.

P. D. James, novelist

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

Moliere, playwright

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.

Bob Geldof, actor

You can not divorce religious belief and public service. I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other.

Jimmy Carter, president

The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization.

Robert Anton Wilson, writer

A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States.

James Madison, president

The political core of any movement for freedom in the society has to have the political imperative to protect free speech.

Bell Hooks, critic

War is not merely a political act but a real political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse, a carrying out of the same by other means.

Karl von Clausewitz, soldier

The country needs the political work of women today as much as it has ever needed woman in any other work at any other time.

Judith Ellen Foster, activist

Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or social activity.

Leonard Cohen, musician

Students now arrive at the university ignorant and cynical about our political heritage, lacking the wherewithal to be either inspired by it or seriously critical of it.

Allan Bloom, philosopher

Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and real diseases are useful material.

Susan Sontag, author

Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere.

James Madison, president

There are many young Americans that are very distant from our political process.

Kurt Angle,

Terror must never be allowed as a means for political confrontation.

Klaus Kinkel, public servant

You don't have to be a political genius to sniff the smell of blood in the water.

Rich Galen,

Because of my political views, I've been targeted as a lightning rod, someone who's too far out there.

John Turner, statesman

Everybody seems to be imprisoned in their own sectarian or political affiliations. They don't seem to be able to rise above these things.

Adnan Pachachi,

Catholicism is a wide tent in terms of political and legal positions. We could have nine Catholics on the Supreme Court and a great deal of diversity toward the law.

Cass Sunstein, lawyer

The one big strategic error - which was a political error and an economic error of grand proportions - was the prescription drug bill.

David Keene,

Religion and morality are critical to how students think about politics and form opinions on political issues.

Jeanne Shaheen,

It's a very insular political community up there. I think the court's part of that and they're protecting their own. There's no justice in Vermont today.

Tom Fitton,

The economy in Ireland has been rampaging ahead for the last 15 years. Barring an international, political or natural catastrophe, things can only get better for the Irish.

Eddie Murphy, comedian

Justices are not politicians. They don't run on a political platform, and senators should not ask them to do so.

John Cornyn, politician

It is the eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that, where one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.

Junius,

The political health of Britain has deteriorated very sharply. The Conservative Party must do something about it. I am the man to do it.

Kenneth Clarke, politician

The courtroom is a quiet place, Judge Roberts, where you park your political ideology, and you call the balls and you call the strikes.

Lindsey Graham, politician

Sure, things could always have been done better, but I just wish people would drop their political hammers for a few weeks, as happened in 2001, and work on the problem at hand.

Mitch Daniels, politician

We agreed that we cannot let personal political attacks get in the way of doing the very best we can for California's children.

Rob Reiner, director

It is simply the truth that the political system that I am part of has degenerated to the point that it needs fundamental change.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, statesman

VX is now a dead issue... It is political, really.

Saadi, poet

Lawyers should not be charged with the same crimes as their clients. Trials related to political charges are not in accordance with human rights.

Shirin Ebadi, lawyer

Sadly the job security of lawyers has been ruined, so they are less willing to defend political defendants.

Shirin Ebadi, lawyer

Most politicians - those people who live, eat and breathe politics - like to sit around and talk about politics and tell political war stories. Reagan didn't do that. His war stories were movie war stories and Hollywood war stories. He loved that.

Lyn Nofziger,

Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.

B. R. Ambedkar, politician

It's a technical, fairly difficult job that has no particular political connotations, so I doubt there are any big campaign contributors dying to be on the Fed. And remember, it doesn't pay very well, certainly by Republican standards.

Alice Rivlin, economist

All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former - of the corruption of the will.

Alexander Herzen, journalist

It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man's interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.

Anthony Trollope, author

We must also win really sufficient and, above all, practical, guarantees for the freedom of the seas and for the further fulfilment of our economic and political tasks throughout the world.

Bernhard von Bulow, statesman

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

Benjamin Disraeli, statesman

I assure this committee that, if I am confirmed, I will be strictly independent of all political influences... essential to that institution's ability to function effectively and achieve its mandated objectives.

Ben Bernanke,

If the security forces continue to be dominated as they are now by political groups or sects, then the people won't trust in them - and the result will be civil war or fragmentation of the country.

Adnan Pachachi,

Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial.

Eric Holder, public servant

Unfortunately, Climate Science has become Political Science. It is tragic that some perhaps well-meaning but politically motivated scientists who should know better have whipped up a global frenzy about a phenomena which is statistically questionable at best.

Robert H. Austin, scientist

This lie of political correctness is bringing this country down. You just want to break through it all.

Jon Voight, actor

The moment is ripe for an experienced businessman to talk practical, prudent economics to the electorate - which is why Mitt Romney's political fortunes are steadily being resurrected from the grave.

Camille Paglia, author

You would have to say his number one accomplishment has been to inspire a sense of confidence in the country. That confidence, that optimism, not only gives President Obama a political cushion, but it could have a real world economic impact.

George Stephanopoulos, journalist

Political Correctness doesn't change us, it shuts us up.

Glenn Beck, journalist

Everyone's entitled to express their political beliefs. I don't presume to tell anybody who to vote for. I am comfortable telling people what my opinions are.

Ben Affleck, actor

You have to look also to the media, where you have a vast majority of the loudest and most influential political voices in America media from people who came from the entertainment world.

Ben Affleck, actor

Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War Two. We have everything we need except political will, but political will is a renewable resource.

Al Gore, vice president

It appears that President Obama is making great progress on climate change, he is changing the political climate in the country back to Republican.

Tim Pawlenty, politician

We immigrants can sometimes sound a little hysterical about this because we come from places that have tried this and we know where it leads. Anybody who's lived in countries with socialized health care knows that it becomes the dominant political issue.

Mark Steyn, writer

Well, I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment, and I've learned quickly these last few days that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

Sarah Palin, politician

From tea parties to the election in Massachusetts, we are witnessing the single greatest political pushback in American history.

Marco Rubio, politician

Never has the political class or the mainstream media that covers them been more out of touch with the American people than they are today.

Marco Rubio, politician

Political debate with liberals is basically impossible in America today because liberals are calling names while conservatives are trying to make arguments.

Ann Coulter, journalist

Things happen in American politics in the political center. If the President will meet us in the center, there are things we can accomplish.

Mitch McConnell, politician

I will always remember and we must all remember that Democrats are our political rivals, not our enemies, and they deserve our respect.

Ken Mehlman, politician

Make no mistake about it. These are not 'kookie' birds. Right now the greatest player, the big tent on the political scene in America, is called the Tea Party movement.

Dick Armey, politician

What my political views or my constitutional views are just doesn't matter.

Elena Kagan, judge

We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun. And we get it that if you want a friend you should get a dog.

Ron Bloom,

If our government has a policy, any political subdivision, that limits or restricts the enforcement of our immigration laws, we will sue them! And that suit will be $5,000 a day every day until that policy is changed! This law will be enforced.

Russell Pearce, politician

So I think we're, we're, we're as broad a political party, if not broader than the Democratic Party, just in a different political spectrum.

Rudy Giuliani, politician

I think the journey for a politician goes from wanting to please all the people all the time, to a political leader that realises in the end his responsibility is to decide. And when he decides, he divides.

Tony Blair, politician

I believe - I'm not a political expert, but I believe there is a broad consensus, a middle ground if you will, that Democrats and Republicans, business people and workers can agree on, to get this - the economy growing faster, getting people back to work.

Austan Goolsbee, public servant

Earlier feminists were almost universally pro-choice and have dominated political debate until now. Having access to abortion was viewed as the only way women could have full equality with men, who, until recently, couldn't get pregnant.

Kathleen Parker, journalist

The critical importance of honest journalism and a free flowing, respectful national conversation needs to be had in our country. But it is being buried as collateral damage in a war whose battles include political correctness and ideological orthodoxy.

Juan Williams, journalist

The good news, to relieve all this gloom, is that a democracy is inherently self-correcting. Here, the people are sovereign. Inept political leaders can be replaced. Foolish policies can be changed. Disastrous mistakes can be reversed.

Theodore C. Sorensen, lawyer

As a political independent, I would gladly vote for any political party dedicated to limited government and entrepreneurship.

Arthur C. Brooks, author

But now sustainability is such a political category that it's getting more and more difficult to think about it in a serious way. Sustainability has become an ornament.

Rem Koolhaas, architect

We shall never change our political leaders until we change the people who elect them.

Mark Skousen, economist

What we heard today was not fiscal leadership from our Commander-in-Chief, what we heard today was a political broadside from our Campaigner-in-Chief.

Paul Ryan, politician

Look, of course people are scared of entitlement reform because every time you put entitlement reform out there, the other party uses it as a political weapon against you.

Paul Ryan, politician

This is the marketplace of political ideas. This is how America operates. It's a free market. It's free-wheeling. From the outside, it looks unpredictable. There's a circus-like free market.

Jon Huntsman, Jr., politician

Tobacco companies are legally operating entities in Australia. If the Government thinks that they should not make donations to political parties, well then they should ban them operating as legally structured entities in Australia.

Julie Bishop, politician

We have come to the edge of the abyss and now it is time for a bold step forward. There is a political view that the tougher you are, the more credible you are.

Ed Balls, politician

A wingnut is someone on the far-right wing or far-left wing of the political spectrum - the professional partisans, the unhinged activists and the paranoid conspiracy theorists. They're the people who always try to divide rather than unite us.

John Avlon, writer

What might be good for ratings can be bad for the country. The hard-core partisans are self-segregating themselves into separate political realities. But the majority of Americans are starting to wake up to the game.

John Avlon, writer

If I were running to be somebody, there are a lot of easier sombodies to be. After all, running against the incumbent governor of your own party in your home state is not the next logical step in a political life.

Marco Rubio, politician

I believe in Las Vegas. I think its best days are ahead of it. But I'm afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States.

Steve Wynn, businessman

Congress has turned its back on America's working families. There are Teamster families in every congressional district in America, and those families vote. Those who would oppose these families have done so at their own political peril.

James P. Hoffa, businessman

From the political angle, I'm trying to be apolitical if you will. I mean people say, 'Are you a red state or blue state?', I say, 'I'm purple.' I think there are great ideas on both sides of the aisle and neither side has cornered the market.

Brad Thor, novelist

Several technological and political forces have converged, and that has produced a global, Web-enabled playing field that allows for multiple forms of collaboration without regard to geography or distance - or soon, even language.

Thomas Friedman, journalist

And I think if the president's made a mistake here, it's this laid-back kind of approach where he's waiting for someone else to solve the problem. Some people say it's a political strategy. No matter what it is, it's not effective in solving problems.

Chris Christie, politician

Any political system can commit mistakes and any state can commit mistakes. What is most important is to acknowledge these mistakes and put them right as soon as possible and put those behind them into account, bring them to account.

Hosni Mubarak, statesman

I believe that there are certain things that could be taken care of that you don't need a strong political background in.

George Lopez, comedian

I think one of the biggest curses in the U.S. is that we have only two political parties.

Mark Cuban, businessman

Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me.

Jack Layton, politician

It isn't enough just to scream at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. We need our political system to start reflect this anger back into, 'How do we fix it? How do we get the economy going again?'

Colin Powell, statesman

It's not possible for two countries to be the leading dominant political power at the same time.

Fareed Zakaria, journalist

Europe has a lot of strength. We need to pool that strength, and I am very much in favour of that - more of a deeper political union.

Georgios A. Papandreou, politician

We are a country with great potential. We have the political will to make deep changes in a just and equitable way, to put our country back on a development path, to meet the challenges of a new world.

Georgios A. Papandreou, politician

I went to Massachusetts to make a difference. I didn't go there to begin a political career running time and time again. I made a difference. I put in place the things I wanted to do.

Mitt Romney, politician


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