On Politics – from Churchill to Twain

This week, each morning, we are posting some of our favourite political quotes. We trust these quotes will not only add a little levity to the headline political news, but also prove that politics has changed little in the thousands of years of man. Enjoy – by George,


  • The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. – Winston Churchill
  • Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Galbraith
  • Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. – Mao Tse-Tung
  • Politics is like football. If you see daylight, go through the hole. – John F. Kennedy
  • We’d all like to vote for the best man but he’s never a candidate. – Kim Hubbard
  • There is no more great men; there is only great committees. – Marshal McLuhan
  • We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. – Aesop
  • The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks’, meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’. – Larry Hardiman
  • Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. – John Quinton
  • The way my luck is running, if I were a politician I would be an honest man. – Rodney Dangerfield
  • We have two types of politicians-the incapable and those capable of anything. – Anonymous
  • Too bad ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. – Henry Kissinger
  • In politics as on a sickbed men toss from side to side in hope of lying more comfortably. – Goethe
  • 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
  • Today’s headlines are tomorrow’s birdcage drop-sheets. – Anonymous
  • Compare the emotional vocabulary available to a leader (confidence, satisfaction, indignation) with the emotions not permitted (regret, embarrassment, dread, angst, mortification, anger, surprise, wonder, doubt), and it becomes apparent why perfectly normal people, upon entering public life, transform into cartoons – because they are not free to express what a normal person would feel in their situation. – John MacLachlan Gray (Canadian Playwright)
  • In political discussion heat is in inverse proportion to knowledge. – J. G. C. Minchin
  • The best time to listen to a politician is when he’s on a stump on a street corner in the rain late at night when he’s exhausted. Then he doesn’t lie. – Theodore White
  • Noise proves nothing–often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. – Mark Twain
  • Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often. – Mark Twain


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