100+ Best Politics Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational politics quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Politics Quotes

If we are now holding late-night talk-show hosts to the same moral accountability as we hold politicians or clergymen, I’m out. I’m gone. — Craig Ferguson

I personally do not believe in politics, hatred, or anger in my musical composition. — Horace Silver

Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress. — Thorstein Veblen

I loved every day I was in politics. But I got out at the right time. I never miss it. — Abraham A. Ribicoff

To let politics become a cesspool, and then avoid it because it is a cesspool, is a double crime. — Howard Crosby

Living in France while the Falklands War was going on, I felt a profound sense of shame and betrayal, just as I did by the war in Iraq. People have asked why I don’t talk about that directly in my plays. Well, politics needs to be articulated in many different ways. — Simon McBurney

A lot of people have asked me whether I am a cynic or take a cynical view of politics and are often surprised when I say that I consider myself an optimist, but an optimist dressed in the robes of a realist. — Beau Willimon

If you want respect, you earn it in politics. You don’t get it because you are some form of bloody emperor in a toga. — Colm Keaveney

And after I make a lot of money, I’ll be able to afford running for office. — Christy Romano

But only ‘rich’ people by definition have the ‘extra’ money to buy things and invest to create economic growth. Do we really want to tax that ‘extra’ money away – and give it to the government to spend? Does that make any economic sense outside of politics and our emotional desire to make everyone suffer equally through these tough times? — Terry Savage

I mean, the part you don’t like, I mean, that’s the only part. That’s the part no one likes, and that is the criticisms, and the unfair criticisms, I might add, of my husband. But that’s also just a fact of life in politics. — Laura Bush

Democrats always like to brag that their guys are smarter than the opponents and Republicans always like to brag that their guys are more moral than the opponents. But if you’re looking for morals in politics you’re looking for bananas in the cheese department. — Harry Shearer

One of biggest lies in politics is the lie that Republicans are the party of big business. Big business does great with big government. Big business is very happy to climb in bed with big government. Republicans are and should be the party of small business and of entrepreneurs. — Ted Cruz

When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die. — Jean-Paul Sartre

I was very aware of office politics because I was so baffled by them. So much so goes unsaid. No one says ‘you’re a cheeky so-and-so,’ no one says ‘you’re so moody,’ nobody ever confronts anyone else about anything. But I’m very crass, and I’m very confrontational, and I have a temper. I had to be hyper-vigilant in every office I worked in. — Denise Mina

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. — Stewart Udall

In Elizabethan England or classical Athens… theater was at the center of, not culture, but society and politics and religion and civic engagement. Those things have a different audience. — Diane Paulus

Usually, the energy in elevators is so awkward; I mean, I can’t imagine the politics in the ones in the Conde Nast building. — Marco Brambilla

There is a thin line between politics and theatricals. — Julian Bond

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. — Benjamin Disraeli

You look at the pillars of the state: politics, the media, police, lawyers – they’ve all got their formal role, and then nestling above that is that power elite who are networked in through soft, social links, that are actually running the show. Why didn’t I know that 10 years ago, and why didn’t I rail against it? Why did I become part of it? — Tom A. Watson

A life in politics is for people who know themselves and know where their own line is between loyalty and honesty. — Nicolle Wallace

It is fortunate that diplomats have long noses since they usually cannot see beyond them. — Paul Claudel

In the early nineteenth century, with Enlightenment optimism soured by years of war and revolution, critics were skeptical of America’s naive faith that it had reinvented politics. — Simon Schama

The only shibboleth the West has is science. It is the premise of modernity and it defines itself as a rationality capable of, indeed requiring separation from politics, religion and really, society. Modernisation is to work towards this. — Bruno Latour

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous. — William Proxmire

Pakistani politics is complicated, and I think it’s not something a foreigner can easily assimilate and understand. — Richard Holbrooke

The biggest misconception people have about me is that when they see how young I am, they think, ‘Oh, this guy must have always wanted to be in politics; his parents must have been politically connected.’ I’m a finance major and always intended to go into business. — Aaron Schock

The state of law is equal for all people. It cannot depend on electoral politics. — Baltasar Garzon

A faith is something you die for; a doctrine is something you kill for; there is all the difference in the world — Tony Benn

The arts community is generally dominated by liberals because if you are concerned mainly with painting or sculpture, you don’t have time to study how the world works. And if you have no understanding of economics, strategy, history and politics, then naturally you would be a liberal. — Mark Helprin

Politics is the art of realizing what there is to realize. — Adam Michnik

Most people don’t want to talk about politics and religion. They say, ‘Let’s talk about something else.’ — Prince

Politics, as a practice, whatever its profession, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. — Brooks Adams

Set politics and party aside: If it’s not right for Michigan’s small businesses and middle class, it’s never been right with me. — Gary Peters

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. — Dante Alighieri

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament. — Vladimir Lenin

Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield. — Billy Hughes

I think politics is like an X-ray machine: Everything is found out eventually. — Nicolle Wallace

I remember my dad supporting everyone on the local and national level. I was pretty much born into it. I saw the importance of politics firsthand. It gave you a chance to be at the table. — Nicole Avant

This is the way I think about politics: We want two diametrically opposed things from a politician. On one hand we want them to be bastions of moral integrity, perfect people, saints. And on the other hand, we want them to be effective leaders. — Beau Willimon

If we tried to write about politics, you’d realize that we’re all a bunch of idiots. — Mark Hoppus

As the spiritual leader of six million people, the Dalai Lama can be credited with a significant renunciation of the authority of tradition – of the conventional politics of national self-interest as well as of religion. — Pankaj Mishra

I follow politics in a big way, and always have since I was a kid. I’ve got opinions, but they’re opinions on both sides – not just anti-Republican, which is a real popular thing for a rap artist to do. If you dis Republicans, nobody will get mad. I think the two-party system sucks. It’s absolutely ignorant. — Sir Mix-a-Lot

Social equity is based on justice; politics change on the opinion of the time. The black man’s skin will be a mark of social inferiority so long as white men are conceited, ignorant, unjust, and prejudiced. You cannot legislate these qualities out of the white – you must steal them out by teaching, illustration, and example. — John Boyle O’Reilly

Crime does not pay as well as politics. — Alfred Newman

The truth is that all civic and social change is friction. Politics is friction. The only way you can bend the arc of history is to create that kind of friction, which is something that makes most people incredibly uncomfortable but which, for whatever reason, because of my upbringing or because of my genetics, is something that doesn’t bug me. — Nick Hanauer

In the long march of history, at least two poles of attraction and antagonism have been the norm in world politics. Rarely has only one nation carried the burden of leadership. The unipolar world of the 21st century, dominated for the past two decades by the United States, is a historical anomaly. — Eskinder Nega

If you really think that ambition, power, lust, desire are not as applicable in the media as in politics or on Wall Street or anywhere else, you’re deluding yourself. — Beau Willimon

The truth is that sometimes art may not exactly reflect one’s personal politics, but the story, the drama, the thing you’re trying to say, might want to go in a certain direction, and while it may seem like it has resonance with things that are happening topically, you kind of want the world you’re creating to have its own internal logic. — Tim Minear

What you need to do in conflict resolution is to bring the people who believe that the answer to their political ambitions will be achieved through violence into a frame of mind that they accept that their political ambitions will be delivered by politics. — Des Browne

I have chosen to keep my personal life separate from my music, as the two are exclusive from each other, and I want to remain that way. I’ll talk music, production, writing songs, touring with anyone but keep religion, politics and world affairs off the table, as my expertise is in songs and music. — Randy Bachman

We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms. — Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. — Jay Leno

Bankers – pillars of society who are going to hell if there is a God and He has been accurately quoted. — John Ralston Saul

I think things changed as a result of a certain perception of our politics. When we went through our zealous, self-righteous period it didn’t exactly win us any friends. — Fred Frith

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act. — Robert Jackson

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

I got to thinking about the Book of Revelation that was written by a Jewish prophet who was also a follower of Jesus who hated the Roman Empire. I realized that the Book of Revelation could be a way to reflect on the issue of religion’s relationship to politics. — Elaine Pagels

Inflammatory passion and selfish interest characterizes most men, whereas ambition characterizes men who pursue and hold national office. Such men rise from the people through a process of self-selection, since politics is a dirty business that discourages all but the most ambitious. — Tom Cotton

Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great. — Clement Attlee

Politics is not a game for naive thinkers. You may go in as an idealist, but you certainly won’t come out as one. — Honeysuckle Weeks

The Beatles’ story is all of our stories. It is about how the youth culture emerged, the drug culture emerged, how politics rose to the fore as a universal debate. It’s about rebellion, it’s about the growth of the British entertainment system, the growth of the rock n’ roll entertainment system. — Bob Spitz

You better take advantage of the good cigars. You don’t get much else in that job. — Thomas P. O’Neill

The potential for the abuse of power through digital networks – upon which we the people now depend for nearly everything, including our politics – is one of the most insidious threats to democracy in the Internet age. — Rebecca MacKinnon

Religion forbids us from assuming a God-like character. This is especially true in politics and government, where limiting the power of the state, division of powers, and the doctrine of checks and balances are established in order to prevent accumulation of power that might lead to such Godly claims. — Abdolkarim Soroush

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money. — Alexis de Tocqueville

My hope is that we will inspire more lesbians to get politically engaged. For too long, lesbian women have been left out of politics. — Laura Ricketts

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. — Edgar Mitchell

I will try to make our politics more human. — Andrej Kiska

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. — Adam Smith

No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy. — Lyman Beecher

Something often neglected in popular accounts of the Wild West is the extent to which its dramas were colored by the politics and personal resentments left by the Civil War. — Gary Krist

Politics is a matter of human transaction. I consider absolutely everything political, because all fiction involves relationships between people, and relationships between people always include matters of power, of equity, of communication. — Deborah Eisenberg

What’s different now is that while political leaders used to give talking points to talk radio, now talk-radio hosts are giving talking points to political leaders. It’s all part of the suffocating spin cycle we’re in. In media, politics and publishing, the conventional wisdom is to play to this base. — John Avlon

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. — Caskie Stinnett

A week is a long time in politics. — Harold Wilson

Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome. — Benjamin Whichcote

Working together during the past three years, we have confounded the skeptics and the cynics. We’ve shown that here in Virginia, Democrats and Republicans can come together, put politics aside, and make tough decisions when times demand it. — Mark Warner

Actual Victorian mores and politics were a reaction to a specific series of historical events, technological and scientific developments, and ethical trends in which the commodification of people was de rigueur. — N. K. Jemisin

The older I get, the less I know. By that I mean the less I am sure of. I view people with strong opinions on the big stuff with distrust. I don’t think we should have certain certainties on faith and politics; I think we should be open-minded. — Pam Ferris

I talk about any number of things on my Facebook space. Politics. Current events. The writing life. The latest tempests in a teapot centering on fandom. Daily doings from my own life. My cats, for crying out loud. Flights of humorous fantasy. Books, both those I’ve read and those I’ve written. Movies. And occasionally, TV shows. — Adam-Troy Castro

A lot of people like a lot of money. They shouldn’t go into politics. — Jose Mujica

A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else’s money. — Carter Glass

I think it’s a terrible shame that politics has become show business. — Sydney Pollack

The toughest thing to do in politics is to do the right thing when your supporters think the right thing is something else. — Pat Toomey

Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything. — Peggy Noonan

My politics are of a practical kind – the integrity of the country, the supremacy of the Federal government, an honorable peace, or none at all. — Winfield Scott Hancock

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. — A. J. Liebling

It’s a sad commentary on where politics is today. If someone disagrees with you, you’re either Attila the Hun or a leftist liberal. — James R. Leininger

If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused. — Walter F. Mondale

I hope that one of my legacies, and I worked to pass it on, is moderation in politics. — Sam Reed

If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve. — William Tecumseh Sherman

I had been a radical, a left-wing politico, and meeting the Indian people made me realize that the politics of the left and the right were so much less important than the politics of the heart and the spirit. — Larry Brilliant

It was not my wish to come into politics. I was not a public person; I preferred to spend my birthdays with family and friends. But the 2008 elections were fraudulent, so I decided to finance the opposition to make them stronger. — Bidzina Ivanishvili

Politics is the chloroform of the Irish people, or rather the hashish. — Oliver St. John

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat. — Ronald Reagan

The days when the words ‘Hollywood actor’ framed Ronald Reagan like bunny fingers as an ID tag and an implied insult seem far-off and quaint: nearly everybody in politics – candidate, consultant, pundit, and Tea Party crowd extra alike – is an actor now, a shameless ham in a hoked-up reality series that never stops. — James Wolcott

I have a job to do on policy. And I think that’s what people want their governor to do. Not politics, policy. — Pat Quinn

I actually don’t want to be an actor for the rest of my life. I’d like to go on to be a lawyer or a doctor, and I definitely would like to get into politics. — Noah Gray-Cabey

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