Politics Sayings and Quotes

Love it or hate them or hate them, politics play a large role in shaping society. For some, politicians are seen as disingenuous people seeking power, for others they represent solutions to community ills. Decide which side you’re on with the collection of wise and humorous politics quotes below.

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.     

Oscar Ameringer

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.     

H.L. Mencken

A politician is a person who can make waves and then make you think he's the only one who can save the ship.     

Ivern Ball

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.     

Martin L. Gross

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.     

Alexis de Tocqueville

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.     

Albert Einstein

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule and both commonly succeed, and are right.     

H.L. Mencken

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.     

Ernest Benn

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.     

John F. Kennedy

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.     


Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.     

Mao Zedong

Politics have no relation to morals.     

Niccolo Machiavelli

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.     

H. L. Mencken

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.     

Thomas Jefferson

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.     

John F. Kennedy

Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant.     

Henri Queuille

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.     

Albert Einstein

You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.     

Abraham Lincoln

Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.     

Albert Einstein

In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.     

Winston Churchill

Politics, noun. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.     

Ambrose Bierce

Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then get elected and prove it.     

P.J. O'Rourke

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.     

Ambrose Bierce

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

In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves.     

R. A. Butler

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Politics has less to do with where you live than where your heart is.     

Margaret Cho

The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.     

Reinhold Niebuhr

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.     

Paul Valery

Politics is more difficult than physics.     

Albert Einstein