25 quotes on politics – from Menken to Will

  • Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey-cage. – H.L. Menken
  • What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles
  • Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • An administration, like a machine, does not create. It carries on. – Saint Exupery
  • During the Great Depression, Germans rallied to one-man-one-party rule, uniforms, flags and rifles, mass rallies, racial hatred, and appeals to national glory. What would happen in other countries if small businessmen, housewives, artisans, white-collar workers, and students felt betrayed by an alien political establishment, a fraying welfare net, and chronic economic dislocations? – Claudia Koonz
  • Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. – Douglas Adams
  • Don’t you know the difference between the two economic systems? Under capitalism man exploits man. But, under communism, it’s just the other way around. – Emil Vrabie
  • Never vote for the best candidate, vote for the one who will do the least harm. – Frank Dane
  • Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. – Denis Diderot
  • Government is the Entertainment Division of the military-industrial complex. – Frank Zappa
  • Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. – Pericles
  • For famous men have the whole earth as their memorial. – Pericles
  • The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other men’s lives. – Pericles
  • Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. – Jonathan Swift
    I am convinced that we can do to guns what we’ve done to drugs: create a multi-billion dollar underground market over which we have absolutely no control. George L. Roman
  • Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear. – Alan Corenk
  • You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn’t that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena. – Jon Stewart
  • The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don’t acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead. – Kurt Vonnegut
  • The more that is given the less people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase. – Leo Tolstoy
  • L’etat c’est moi. – Louis XIV
  • You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. – Will Rogers
  • The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. – Winston Churchill
  • The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government. -Henry Ward Beecher
  • If you want to understand your government, don’t begin by reading the Constitution. (It conveys precious little of the flavor of today’s statecraft.) Instead, read selected portions of the Washington telephone directory containing listings for all the organizations with titles beginning with the word National. – George Will





(ed. – These quotes were lifted from our e-book collection. Check out the 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government.)



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