On Politics – from Adams to Khruschev

This week, each morning, we will post some of our favourite political quotes to add a little spice to the on-going theatrics unfolding both on Parliament Hill and at Queen’s Park. The quotes revel that politics has changed little in the thousands of years of man. Enjoy – by George


  • Politics are a labyrinth without a clue. – John Adams
  • They [politicians] worry one another like mastiffs, scrambling for rank and pay like apes for nuts. – John Adams
  • Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. – Lord Acton
  • Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end. – Lord Acton
  • Politics is not like an ocean voyage or a military campaign… something which leaves off as soon as reached. It is not a public chore to be gotten over with. It is a way of life. – Plutarch
  • The plain truth is that what holds a free state together is neither general will nor a common interest, but simply politics itself. – Bernard Crick
  • The more successful a political party, the more winning its ways, the less of its time is spent casting about for policy or determining it principles. – Dalton Camp
  • Under every stone lurks a politician. – Aristophanes
  • I’m not waffling. I’m skating. – Liberal MP Bob Rae
  • Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians. – Chester Bowles
  • Powers once assumed are never relinquished, just as bureaucracies, once created, never die. – Charley Reese
  • Man is by nature a political animal. – Aristotle
  • Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. – Alexander Hamilton
  • Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. – Henry Brooke Adam
  • All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. – Harry Truman
  • 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
  • The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that’s out always looks the best. – Will Rogers
  • Our elections are free–it’s in the results where eventually we pay. – Bill Stern
  • In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. – Charles de Gaulle
  • Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. – Nikita Khruschev


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