Quotes and Sayings about Politicians



"Advertising men and politicians are dangerous if they are separated. Together they are diabolical."
- Phillip Adams
(Related: Men, Advertising, Politicians)

"Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances."
- Steve Allen
(Related: Government, Politicians)

"The only place you see a free market is in the speeches of politicians."
- Dwayne Andreas
(Related: Politicians)

"Some of our best journalists take themselves even more seriously than the politicians they write about."
- R. W. Apple, Jr.
(Related: Politicians)

"Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness."
- Aristotle
(Related: Happiness, Life, Power, Glory, Leisure, Politicians)

"Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision."
- Dick Armey
(Related: People, Children, Politicians)

"Right-wing media and politicians are looking for any opportunity to be critical of the reporters who are here. Some reporters make judgments, but that is not my style. I present both sides and report what I see with my own eyes."
- Peter Arnett
(Related: Opportunity, Eyes, Media, Politicians, Present, Right, Style)

"I am satisfied that all politicians were meant to be journalists and all journalists meant to be politicians."
- Owen Arthur
(Related: Politicians)

"People do not want politicians they know to be corrupt."
- Paddy Ashdown
(Related: People, Politicians, Want)

"I love this country, I love these people, though I can't say I love their politicians. People are always nicer than politicians, but here, you can mark that difference up a hundredfold."
- Paddy Ashdown
(Related: Love, People, Country, Difference, Politicians)

"A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday."
- Russell Baker
(Related: Church, Morals, Politicians, President)

"Politicians are just Daily Mail journalists writ large, aren't they? They're always telling us what's going to happen, and we know they don't know!"
- Tom Baker
(Related: Mail, Politicians)

"There is no such thing as several Romanias, but only politicians who divide Romania depending on the interests of their parties and their clout."
- Traian Basescu
(Related: Politicians)

"I think the show does better with newsmakers and politicians than it does with actors."
- Samantha Bee
(Related: Actors, Politicians)

"Most politicians, when they meet with a guy like me, or a guy like Carville, tell you about how they can win."
- Paul Begala
(Related: Politicians)

"The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians."
- Tony Benn
(Related: Politicians)

"Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do."
- Wendell Berry
(Related: Nature, Deals, Decisions, Justice, Memory, Party, Politicians, Sense)

"It's always the small people who change things. It's never the politicians or the big guys. I mean, who pulled down the Berlin wall? It was all the people in the streets. The specialists didn't have a clue the day before."
- Luc Besson
(Related: Change, People, Day, Politicians)

"People aren't as stupid as the politicians think. More and more of us are laughing off our 'civic duty' to vote, rejecting the role of compulsory constituent."
- Bob Black
(Related: People, Duty, Politicians, Vote)

"Mother is the first word that occurs to politicians and columnists and popes when they raise the question, 'Why isn't life turning out the way we want it?'"
- Mary Kay Blakely
(Related: Life, Mother, First, Politicians, Question, Want, Word)

"Politicians, no matter who they are, shouldn't be able to manipulate the public on a single issue and then call an election at the height of support - that's a little bit of a manipulation of democracy."
- Jim Bolger
(Related: Democracy, Manipulation, Politicians, Public, Support)

"People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests."
- James Bovard
(Related: Government, Lie, People, Now, Politicians, Public, Right)

"Politicians as a class are dangerous, that people who are seeking power over us are not, by definition, our friends."
- James Bovard
(Related: Power, People, Class, Friends, Politicians)

"Some politicians are aware of the Bill of Rights. It seems that the opposition party is far more likely to invoke it, to wave it in the air, this is what we saw from a lot of republicans during the Clinton Administration, and we are seeing the same from Democrats under Bush."
- James Bovard
(Related: Democrats, Rights, Opposition, Party, Politicians, Republicans)

"With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral."
- James Bovard
(Related: Death, Government, People, Fear, Attention, Democracy, Ignorance, Lying, Politicians, Trying)

"Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians."
- Chester Bowles
(Related: Government, Politicians)

"Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians."
- David Brinkley
(Related: History, Power, Politicians, Press)

"Multinational corporations do control. They control the politicians. They control the media. They control the pattern of consumption, entertainment, thinking. They're destroying the planet and laying the foundation for violent outbursts and racial division."
- Jerry Brown
(Related: Control, Corporations, Entertainment, Media, Politicians, Thinking)

"The vast majority of politicians think they are functioning on high principle."
- George E. Brown, Jr.
(Related: Majority, Politicians)

"Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free."
- Harry Browne
(Related: Family, Government, Values, Children, Drugs, Fighting, Liberty, Name, Politicians, Poverty, Right)

"One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Eating, Mind, Politicians)

"We've got to trust the politicians with these decisions."
- George Carey
(Related: Trust, Decisions, Politicians)

"Ensuring a bright future for all our children is the responsibility of the community, the schools, families and like it or not- politicians as well."
- Michael N. Castle
(Related: Children, Community, Future, Politicians, Responsibility, Schools)

"Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble over the last few decades is that their skepticism often extends only to American officials, the U.S. military and Republican politicians."
- Linda Chavez
(Related: American, Military, Politicians, Republican, Skepticism, Trouble)

"Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Love, Hate, Interest, Politicians, Sentiment)

"I would say keep supporting space flight, keep telling the public and the politicians why it's important to advance science and explore the galaxy. I encourage the Japanese to keep doing what they're doing."
- Leroy Chiao
(Related: Science, Politicians, Public, Space)

"I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Politics, War, Painting, Politicians, Writing)

"Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories."
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Related: Science, Fiction, Politicians)

"The Blair government has lowered the standing of politics and politicians in our country."
- Kenneth Clarke
(Related: Government, Politics, Country, Politicians)

"Democratic politicians have disliked things I've written, Republican politicians... if they all love you, you might as well be driving a Good Humor truck."
- Adam Clymer
(Related: Humor, Love, Driving, Politicians, Republican)

"Tonight, I concurred with President Bush when he stated that the decisions on future involvement of U.S. troops in Iraq should be left to the Pentagon and not politicians in Washington."
- Howard Coble
(Related: Decisions, Future, Iraq, Politicians, President, Troops, Washington)

"Did you know that they introduced the 15 percent flat tax on individual and corporate income in Iraq? Something that some politicians very much wanted to push in the United States without success but in Iraq they do it."
- Juan Cole
(Related: Success, Corporate, Tax, Income, Iraq, Politicians, states, United)

"Justices are not politicians. They don't run on a political platform, and senators should not ask them to do so."
- John Cornyn
(Related: Politicians, Senators)

"In America, politicians do whatever to get re-elected, and a lot of decisions that were being made at that time by Kennedy were certain not to get him re-elected."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Time, America, Being, Decisions, Politicians)

"Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting in election returns: there's the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in."
- Marcelene Cox
(Related: Children, Christmas, Politicians)

"I did not deal well with the politicians. I tend to tell people that when they are full of crap, that they are full of crap."
- Robert Crandall
(Related: People, Politicians)

"Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don't know what's going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: Crime, Culture, Dogs, Parents, Police, Politicians, Popular, Schools)

"God and the politicians willing, the United States can declare peace upon the world, and win it."
- Ely Culbertson
(Related: Peace, God, Politicians, states, United, World)

"We don't see the people who are doing real things getting enough props. We often see politicians who are everywhere but nowhere at the same goddamn time. You know the kind of person: You see them everywhere on television but nowhere in front of your face."
- Chuck D.
(Related: Time, People, Politicians, Television)

"Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep."
- Ray Davies
(Related: Money, Corruption, Hearing, Land, Man, Politicians, Promises, Sheep)

"What this country needs is more unemployed politicians."
- Angela Davis
(Related: Country, Needs, Politicians)

"Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it. Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer."
- Len Deighton
(Related: Intention, Politicians, Writer)

"What passes for real debate in Washington often seems more like an echo chamber, with politicians talking at politicians."
- Bill Delahunt
(Related: Debate, Echo, Politicians, Talking, Washington)

"The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Democracy, Politicians, World)

"I cover media people the way they cover politicians."
- Matt Drudge
(Related: People, Media, Politicians)

"Right now we're in the middle of a cultural war between the Muslims and the Western world. The politicians get in the way, but if you put two people together in a room, they can talk it out and work it out, just like Anna and the King."
- Sandy Duncan
(Related: War, Work, People, Now, Politicians, Right, Talk, World)

"Once brave politicians and others explain the war on drugs' true cost, the American people will scream for a cease-fire. Bring the troops home, people will urge. Treat drugs as a health problem, not as a matter for the criminal justice system."
- Larry Elder
(Related: Health, War, Home, People, American, Drugs, Justice, Politicians, Troops, Will)

"The biggest problem was the politicians knew nothing about fighting a war."
- R. Lee Ermey
(Related: War, Fighting, Nothing, Politicians)

"Democracy no longer works for the poor if politicians treat them as a separate race."
- Frank Field
(Related: Democracy, Politicians, Poor, Race)

"I believe Mexico should dedicate 100% of its oil revenues to developing human capital and technological development. None of us politicians should be able to touch that money."
- Vicente Fox
(Related: Money, Development, Oil, Politicians)

"It seems to me that politicians ought to use the same words as other people."
- Barney Frank
(Related: People, Politicians, Words)

"And I think there is too much bloviating around from politicians."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Politicians)

"We've got to clear some of the room out of the prisons so we can put the bad guys in there, like the pedophiles and the politicians."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Politicians)

"Musicians can run this state better than politicians. We won't get a lot done in the mornings, but we'll work late and be honest."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Work, Musicians, Politicians, State)

"And I think musicians can better run this state than politicians. And, hell, beauticians can better run the state than politicians."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Hell, Musicians, Politicians, State)

"There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible."
- John Galsworthy
(Related: Power, Opposition, Politicians)

"What generally happens in this county is that our politicians don't serve us well because they don't tell the truth, and they don't keep their promises."
- Peter Garrett
(Related: Truth, Politicians, Promises)

"Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Politics, Politicians)

"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Politics, Politicians)

"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
(Related: Trust, Lies, Politicians, Speech)

"Politicians trim and tack in their quest for power, but they do so in order to get the wind of votes in their sails."
- Ian Gilmour
(Related: Power, Order, Politicians, Quest, Wind)

"We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: American, Future, Politicians, Road, Welfare)

"Politicians are masters of the art of deception."
- Martin L. Gross
(Related: Art, Deception, Politicians)

"Our generals talk a good game about taking care of their grunts, and the majority of our Beltway politicians bay with moralistic fervor about how they, too, support the troops."
- David Hackworth
(Related: Care, Majority, Politicians, Support, Talk, Troops)

"There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else."
- Pete Hamill
(Related: Women, Country, Disasters, Feeling, Football, Politicians)

"If politicians continue to promote separatism in Australia, they should not continue to hold their seats in this parliament. They are not truly representing all Australians, and I call on the people to throw them out."
- Pauline Hanson
(Related: People, Parliament, Politicians)

"The politicians of New York have everything that is necessary to make proper decisions and they will have to live with what happens afterwards. The worst scenario is the politicians covering their eyes and turning it over to the FBI."
- Tom Hayden
(Related: Decisions, Eyes, Politicians, Will)

"I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment the sober second thought of the people."
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Thought, People, Congress, Content, Judgment, Office, Politicians, President, Press)

"The first requisite of a sound monetary system is that it put the least possible power over the quantity or quality of money in the hands of the politicians."
- Henry Hazlitt
(Related: Money, Power, Quality, First, Politicians, Quantity, Sound)

"Politicians are there to try to deal with stuff, but sometimes it's both fortunate and unfortunate that people like us have more... not involvement, but more power in the stuff that we say."
- Thierry Henry
(Related: Power, People, Politicians)

"Let's give the conventions back to the politicians. If we think there's any news, we can tack it on afterward as commentary. But the conventions should be their show, not ours."
- Don Hewitt
(Related: News, Politicians)

"In the restaurant business, you never want to have enemies, whereas it seems that many politicians judge their success by how high their enemies are and whether they can show that they can hold their ground and give a punch for every punch they take."
- John Hickenlooper
(Related: Success, Business, Enemies, Politicians, Want)

"I would argue that one of the issues which the public should be much more emphatic about with all politicians... is patronage, appointing people to high positions because they supported your campaign or helped you raise money."
- John Hickenlooper
(Related: Money, People, Politicians, Public)

"What's new is that the White House itself has now been corporatized. It's not politicians working for the corporate interests. They are the corporate interests. That's where Bush came from, and Cheney and Rumsfeld."
- Jim Hightower
(Related: Corporate, Now, Politicians)

"Smoking calms me down. It's enjoyable. I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life."
- David Hockney
(Related: Life, Politicians, Smoking, Want)

"We must have more union members in this country to fight the political and business forces that are undermining workers in this country. The AFL-CIO has chosen the opposite approach by planning to throw even more money at politicians."
- James P. Hoffa
(Related: Business, Money, Country, Fight, Planning, Politicians, Workers)

"If he had listened to some of his advisors and had tried to make the Marshall Plan a political dumping ground for unqualified politicians, it couldn't have been a success."
- Paul Hoffman
(Related: Success, Politicians)

"There were two mentalities, and both mentalities had to change. There was what I called the Afrikaner mind set of the Unionist politicians, which was holding all power in their own hands, and discriminating, and their objective was to protect their identity."
- John Hume
(Related: Power, Change, Identity, Mind, Politicians)

"In working class districts, you had several families living together in the one house, and it was very difficult to get a house, because the politicians who controlled housing were doing so in a very discriminatory fashion."
- John Hume
(Related: Class, Fashion, Living, Politicians)

"It is normal for politicians in all countries to profess themselves the pupils of history, anxious to draw the right lessons from her teaching."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: History, Countries, Politicians, Right, Teaching)

"We should be wary of politicians who profess to follow history while only noticing those signposts of history that point in the direction which they themselves already favour."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: History, Direction, Politicians)

"It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians."
- Henrik Ibsen
(Related: Animals, Politicians, Scientists)

"Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians."
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Related: Nations, Poets, Politicians)

"If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like."
- Randall Jarrell
(Related: Politicians)

"He's suffering from Politicians' Logic. Something must be done, this is something, therefore we must do it."
- Antony Jay
(Related: Logic, Politicians, Suffering)

"It is essential for politicians to make a connection with us, as Franklin Roosevelt did, as Teddy Roosevelt did, as John F. Kennedy did, as Ronald Reagan did."
- Peter Jennings
(Related: Connection, Politicians)

"The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Movies, American, Country, Jazz, Politicians, World)

"It's a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble."
- John Keegan
(Related: Quality, Compromise, Politicians, Trouble, Will)

"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Mothers, Politicians, President, Sons, Want)

"I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Women, Politics, Politicians, Talk, Want)

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers."
- Nikita Khrushchev
(Related: Politicians, Promise, Rivers)

"There's this unspoken club where you say to each other: Oh God, if they only knew how ordinary I was, they wouldn't be interested. That includes movie stars and politicians."
- Margot Kidder
(Related: God, Politicians, Stars)

"In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy."
- Michael Kinsley
(Related: Marriage, Leading, Politicians)

"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Politicians, Reputation)

"Statesmanship is harder than politics. Politics is the art of getting along with people, whereas statesmanship is the art of getting along with politicians."
- Fletcher Knebel
(Related: Art, Politics, People, Politicians, Statesmanship)

"Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception."
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Advertising, Deception, Irony, Politicians, World)

"I've not seen in my lifetime any politician who is a heroic figure. The manipulation that all politicians use on one level or another is so transparent."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Manipulation, Politicians)

"A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Power, Goal, Goals, Debate, Politicians, Public)

"History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions."
- Ted Koppel
(Related: History, Intentions, Politicians)

"There are actually very few US politicians who have integrity and vision."
- David Korten
(Related: Vision, Integrity, Politicians)

"There is no visible sign that the current politicians in the US are willing to see the need for change."
- David Korten
(Related: Change, Politicians)

"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
(Related: Politics, Trust, Character, America, American, Assassination, Country, Politicians, Years)

"It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn't in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: People, Country, Harm, Politicians)

"I think I should be active politically. Because I look upon myself as a politician. That's not a dirty work you know. Some people think that there are something wrong with politicians. Of course, something wrong with some politicians."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
(Related: Work, People, Politicians, Wrong)

"America gets the politicians they deserve. That's it. And you keep struggling."
- Al Lewis
(Related: America, Politicians)

"It is hard to say why politicians are called servants, unless it is because a good one is hard to find."
- Gerald F. Lieberman
(Related: Politicians)

"The future is not Big Government. Self-serving politicians. Powerful bureaucrats. This has been tried, tested throughout history. The result has always been disaster. President Obama, your agenda is not new. It's not change, and it's not hope."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Change, Government, History, Hope, Disaster, Future, Politicians, President, Result, Self)

"Politicians all too often think about the next election. Statesmen think about the next generation."
- Linda Lingle
(Related: Politicians)

"When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Politicians)

"You never know with politicians what they are really saying. And I don't say that in a negative way-they have an appalling job."
- James Lovelock
(Related: Negative, Job, Politicians, Saying)

"The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face."
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Related: Politicians, Talking)

"Politicians talk themselves red, white, and blue in the face."
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Related: Politicians, Talk)

"One of the things that you have trouble with politicians, particularly in Washington, is when you get mad at them and you can't touch them; you can't punch them; you can't yell at them."
- Frank Luntz
(Related: Politicians, Trouble, Washington)

"Politicians... talk in generalities and lies, and I think they've caused all our grief. They're so awful, they're really funny. I hate thinking this because my dad loved politics."
- Paul Lynde
(Related: Dad, Politics, Funny, Grief, Hate, Lies, Politicians, Talk, Thinking)

"Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim."
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: People, Habit, Fool, Freedom, Maxim, Old, Politicians, Self, Water)

"If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians."
- Harold MacMillan
(Related: People, Purpose, Politicians, Sense, Want)

"There is a whole school of Canadian academics, media personalities, and politicians whose definition of a Canadian is a North American who fears or dislikes the United States."
- Preston Manning
(Related: American, Media, Politicians, School, states, United)

"Politicians are no different than the rest of the public."
- Scott McCallum
(Related: Politicians, Public, Rest)

"Both politicians and journalists face situations which strain their honesty and humanity. My opinion is that politicians on the average stand up somewhat better than journalists."
- John McCarthy
(Related: Honesty, Humanity, Opinion, Politicians)

"The commercial broadcasters have tremendous influence in Washington, D.C., for a couple of reasons. First, they're extremely rich and they have lots of money and they have had for a long time, so they can give money to politicians, which gets their attention."
- Robert McChesney
(Related: Money, Time, Attention, First, Influence, Politicians, Washington)

"We were environmentalists of the Teddy Roosevelt theory. We believed in separation of church and state. We believed in the independence of the Supreme Court not being subject to politicians."
- Pete McCloskey
(Related: Church, Being, Court, Independence, Politicians, Separation, State, Theory)

"Calculating how much carbon is absorbed by which forests and farms is a tricky task, especially when politicians do it."
- Donella Meadows
(Related: Politicians)

"When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand."
- John Mellencamp
(Related: Fear, Enemy, Politicians)

"I'm your average Joe guy. I don't really care for politicians."
- John Mellencamp
(Related: Care, Politicians)

"When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Old, Politicians, Practice, Taxation)

"Politicians have to be committed to people in equal measures."
- Angela Merkel
(Related: People, Politicians)

"As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU."
- Angela Merkel
(Related: People, Fact, Politicians)

"There are, believe it or not, good politicians."
- Daniel Keys Moran
(Related: Politicians)

"What politicians want to create is irreversible change because when you leave office someone changes it back again."
- Estelle Morris
(Related: Change, Office, Politicians, Want)

"Of course great politicians are always liable to be wrong about something, and the more people tell them they are wrong, the more stubbornly they defend their error."
- Ferdinand Mount
(Related: People, Error, Politicians, Wrong)

"Wherever you turn, there is always something wrong with the politicians. They have everything they need to save the world, and they don't save it."
- Nana Mouskouri
(Related: Politicians, World, Wrong)

"There are honest journalists like there are honest politicians - they stay bought."
- Bill Moyers
(Related: Politicians)

"The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces."
- Maureen Murphy
(Related: Faces, Makeup, Politicians, Reason, Trouble)

"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
(Related: Politics, War, People, Hollywood, Politicians, Talk)

"Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are."
- Peggy Noonan
(Related: Love, Disappointment, Help, Politicians)

"The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at crossroads."
- Flann O'Brien
(Related: Irish, Jobs, Majority, Parliament, Politicians, Sense)

"I never wanted to be aligned to a mature group because they go off and become politicians and stuff."
- Richard O'Brien
(Related: Politicians)

"It's time to replace career politicians with citizen's politicians. It's time to elect people who are going to stand up to the Washington elite and stand up to a White House and Congress hell-bent on ramming socialism down our throat."
- Christine O'Donnell
(Related: Time, People, Career, Congress, Hell, Politicians, Socialism, Washington)

"We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are - politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings."
- Laurence Olivier
(Related: Time, Kings, Politicians)

"Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down."
- Robert Orben
(Related: Politicians, Taxes, Washington)

"The fact of the matter is right now politicians and insurance companies are making decisions. We're saying we want doctors to be making decisions. And I think that will lead to a higher-quality, lower-cost system over time."
- Peter Orszag
(Related: Time, Decisions, Doctors, Fact, Now, Politicians, Right, Saying, Want, Will)

"I know that we shall meet problems along the way, but I'd far rather see for myself what's going on in the world outside, than rely on newspapers, television, politicians and religious leaders to tell me what I should be thinking."
- Michael Palin
(Related: Leaders, Newspapers, Politicians, Problems, Religious, Television, Thinking, World)

"Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won't be made safer by creating barriers between people."
- Michael Palin
(Related: People, Leaders, Politicians, Religious, World)

"Too many terms corrupts politicians so they only want to be reelected."
- Alice Paul
(Related: Politicians, Want)

"The problem is that in our country, they make it almost impossible for politicians to win anything. In England it's easier to win a libel suit."
- Rand Paul
(Related: Country, England, Politicians)

"Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Future, Tax, Generations, Politicians, Tax increases)

"When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Government, Money, Actions, Americans, Tax, May, Options, Politicians, Taxes)

"If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world."
- Claude Pepper
(Related: Country, Politicians, states, Thinking, United, World)

"The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed."
- Claude Pepper
(Related: Mistake, Politicians, Thinking)

"Once your name becomes well known, politicians come courting."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Name, Politicians)

"Like its politicians and its war, society has the teenagers it deserves."
- Joseph Priestley
(Related: Society, War, Politicians, Teenagers)

"Some people are born gardeners, some are politicians. I was an actor. It took a great deal of pain before I figured that out. I didn't relate to most of it."
- Kathleen Quinlan
(Related: People, Actor, Pain, Politicians)

"The politicians in this world... have at their command weapons of mass destruction far more complex than their own thinking processes."
- Charley Reese
(Related: Destruction, Politicians, Thinking, Weapons, World)

"It is kind of tedious after a while, to parse politicians doing the same thing over and over again. The facts change from week to week, but the sort of masquerade doesn't."
- Frank Rich
(Related: Change, Facts, Politicians)

"After believing in promises made and never fulfilled by Labour, people have become increasingly disenchanted with the process assuming that all politicians will say anything to gain power, and then never follow through."
- Adam Rickitt
(Related: Power, People, Gain, Politicians, Promises, Will)

"There are dumb actors. But there are dumb politicians and dumb bakers."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Actors, Dumb, Politicians)

"Politicians who wear little tennis socks with the balls at the back should not be taken seriously."
- Mo Rocca
(Related: Politicians, Tennis)

"Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke."
- Will Rogers
(Related: People, Comedians, Politicians)

"Sometimes I wonder whether Washington's liberal politicians truly understand the greatness that is America."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Greatness, America, Liberal, Politicians, Washington, Wonder)

"The only people who say worse things about politicians that reporters do are other politicians."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: People, Politicians)

"The popular tendency is to listen approvingly to the most extreme statements and claims of politicians and orators who seek popularity by declaring their own country right in everything and other countries wrong in everything."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Countries, Country, Extreme, Politicians, Popular, Popularity, Right, Wrong)

"Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory."
- Salman Rushdie
(Related: Fight, Politicians, World, Writers)

"Politicians like to tell people what they want to hear - and what they want to hear is what won't happen."
- Paul Samuelson
(Related: People, Politicians, Want)

"All politicians should have 3 hats - one to throw into the ring, one to talk through, and one to pull rabbits out of if elected."
- Carl Sandburg
(Related: Politicians, Talk)

"Texas was defined by its larger-than-life characters, particularly politicians."
- Jessica Savitch
(Related: Politicians)

"The recent history of Ukraine is replete with dead journalists, beaten journalists, news agencies being shut down, and politicians being injured or killed. Most are killed in mysterious auto accidents."
- Bob Schaffer
(Related: History, Accidents, Being, News, Politicians)

"Any debate among politicians about monetary policy is counterproductive."
- Gerhard Schroder
(Related: Policy, Debate, Politicians)

"Politicians in this country have always been for sale. That is nothing new."
- Peter Schuyler
(Related: Country, Nothing, Politicians)

"The biggest problem that we have is that California is being run now by special interests. All of the politicians are not anymore making the moves for the people, but for special interests and we have to stop that."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: People, Being, Now, Politicians)

"Present law has a process to ascertain whether or not a patient is in a persistent vegetative state, and it should not matter what politicians think."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Law, Politicians, Present, State)

"It's to be a person who's able to shoot little arrows into sacred cows and knock politicians off their pedestals, to look out for hypocrisy, advocate for all sorts of things from social justice to peace."
- Jonathan Shapiro
(Related: Peace, Cows, Hypocrisy, Justice, Politicians)

"Think of submitting our measure to the advice of politicians! I would as soon submit the subject of the equality of a goose to a fox."
- Anna Howard Shaw
(Related: Equality, Advice, Measure)

"I believe politicians should always remain realistic."
- Eduard Shevardnadze
(Related: Politicians)

"We shouldn't have politicians micromanaging this war because it is complex and unconventional."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: War, Politicians)

"Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote."
- William E. Simon
(Related: People, Politicians, Vote, Washington)

"The War on Drugs employs millions - politicians, bureaucrats, policemen, and now the military - that probably couldn't find a place for their dubious talents in a free market, unless they were to sell pencils from a tin cup on street corners."
- L. Neil Smith
(Related: War, Drugs, Military, Now, Politicians)

"Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: April, Being, Day, Elections, Income, Politicians, Taxes)

"I think most politicians could take a dodgeball in the face."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Politicians)

"I get amazed, I can't look at it but about 10 seconds, at these politicians dancing around this, dancing around this, I'm trying to find a correct name for it, this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men."
- Jimmy Swaggart
(Related: Men, Dancing, Name, Politicians, Stupidity, Trying)

"It's very useful when politicians have doubts because there are so many choices to be made in the world."
- Antonio Tabucchi
(Related: Choices, Politicians, World)

"The endorsement of respected conservative Republican officeholders and politicians is particularly important at this time as to destroy Reagan's credibility as a loyal Republican."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Time, Conservative, Credibility, Politicians, Republican)

"I don't think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that's where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies."
- Twyla Tharp
(Related: Power, Decisions, Politicians)

"Politicians have limited power. They can't impose morality on themselves. How can they impose it on the country?"
- Cal Thomas
(Related: Power, Morality, Country, Politicians)

"I think you will find scientists that think like you in Germany and Britain, and you will find politicians that think like Weinberger. I think the most bellicose ruling group in the Western world at the moment is the British."
- E. P. Thompson
(Related: Germany, Politicians, Scientists, Will, World)

"Of course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough."
- Robert Towne
(Related: Old, Politicians, Ugly)

"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
(Related: Honesty, Doctrine, Man, Now, Politicians, Quick)

"It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Fault, Politicians)

"I was studying American politicians who were searching - allegedly - for American communists because it would put them on the front pages of the papers in their home towns."
- Robert Vaughn
(Related: Home, American, Politicians)

"I've seen many politicians paralyzed in the legs as myself, but I've seen more of them who were paralyzed in the head."
- George C. Wallace
(Related: Politicians)

"I do not admire politicians; but when they are excellent in their way, one cannot help allowing them their due."
- Horace Walpole
(Related: Help, Politicians)

"It's wherever business rules, business is going to get the politicians they want because they control the money and money controls the power."
- Rob Walton
(Related: Business, Money, Power, Control, Politicians, Rules, Want)

"I think people are tired of politicians trying to poke each other in the eye."
- Mark Warner
(Related: People, Eye, Politicians, Trying)

"And for well over a hundred years our politicians, statesmen, and people remembered that this was a republic, not a democracy, and knew what they meant when they made that distinction."
- Robert Welch
(Related: People, Democracy, Politicians, Years)

"I think politicians are so far out of step with what people really want."
- Paul Weller
(Related: People, Politicians, Want)

"Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Politicians, Popularity, Senate)

"For years all I seemed to be doing was lobbying politicians and others to persuade them that European culture needed movies, and that we had to protect it."
- Wim Wenders
(Related: Movies, Culture, Politicians, Years)

"The Women of the Storm made a big difference for me, because it really put some real-life faces with the situation, and not just politicians."
- Lynn Westmoreland
(Related: Women, Difference, Faces, Politicians)

"The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars."
- William Westmoreland
(Related: Military, Politicians)

"Politicians often lie."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Lie, Politicians)

"Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome."
- Benjamin Whichcote
(Related: Religion, Politicians, Principles)

"I'm not a career politician. I spent 30 years in business. I can tell you that people in California have had it with career politicians: they are done."
- Meg Whitman
(Related: Business, People, Career, Years)

"Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good."
- George Will
(Related: Mediocrity, Paradox, Politicians, Public)

"I don't totally believe that all of the politicians see a problem with the gap between the scores of black children and other groups. I believe that many politicians think this has been the way it has always been, so what's the problem?"
- Barry Williams
(Related: Children, Politicians)

"Some newspapers have a hands-off policy on favored politicians. But it's generally very small newspapers or local TV stations."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Policy, Newspapers, Politicians)

"If you interviewed 1,000 politicians and asked about whether the media's too soft or too hard, about 999 would say too hard."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Media, Politicians)

"The politicians in Washington are spending trillions of dollars of our money. When are Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough?"
- Joe Wurzelbacher
(Related: Money, Americans, Politicians, Washington)

"One of the interesting things here is that the people who should be shaping the future are politicians. But the political framework itself is so dead and closed that people look to other sources, like artists, because art and music allow people a certain freedom."
- Thom Yorke
(Related: Art, Music, People, Artists, Freedom, Future, Politicians)

"Remember in 1973 the same science chatter said that the coming Ice Age is going to occur, we're going to lose millions of people. And the politicians knew how to solve it, they just didn't have the courage to solve it; they were going to put coal dust on the Arctic."
- Don Young
(Related: Age, Science, People, Courage, Politicians)

"The civilized world needs to think about a decision when single politicians are not allowed to stay in power."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Power, Decision, Needs, Politicians, World)

"We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children."
- Howard Zinn
(Related: Time, War, Children, Media, Politicians, Reason, Will)

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."
- Howard Zinn
(Related: Society, Power, Ideas, Control, Corporate, Politicians, Press, Soldiers, Television, Will)