I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher.
It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.
I would say that no film is apolitical. There are politics in all films. Any film that is anchored in a society any film that deals with humanity is necessarily political.
I was losing interest in politics when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats we will stop telling the truth about them.
The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is I think the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.
An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.
We mean by 'politics' the people's business - the most important business there is.
I'm not an old experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
To work in architecture you are so much involved with society with politics with bureaucrats. It's a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society how it functions how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.
Well a lot of politics is communicating with people and obviously comedy has something to do with that. I've been a producer and led people. Also being a comedian you're under pressure.
The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved in politics. I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008 but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together the progressive network in the upper Midwest.
I was in elective politics for 24 years. I've made four national races two for President two for Vice President. I have found there are other ways to serve and I'm enjoying them.
There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling and waiting for traces of blood to appear in the water.
By asking the question 'Am I happy? ' and via the answer setting out what I mean by happiness there is a political route that can be taken by asking another question - 'Can politics deliver happiness and should it try?'
So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died I felt like I had lost a limb.
There has been a shift to what may be defined as a culture of negativity which goes well beyond coverage of politics.
Politics is for the present but an equation is for eternity.
The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.
In politics as in religion it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
I have a lot of nice Italian winter clothes that make me look like a sophisticated Lebanese professor so my friend Robert and I go around pretending to be experts in Arabic politics. It doesn't work in the summer though. I don't have the right clothes.
In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America but there is no party of principle.
War is not the continuation of politics with different means it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.
The more I see of the representatives of the people the more I admire my dogs.
African-Americans who might have disagreed with candidate Obama's left-of-center politics voted for him in 2008 because electing a candidate with brown skin was too historic an opportunity to miss.
America wants solutions. America wants a leader. No more tabloid politics.
Consul - in American politics a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Conservative n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
Alliance - in international politics the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
Revolution n. In politics an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
I did not resign from politics because of Bofors. I resigned because I do not know how to play petty politics. I did not know back then and I don't know now either.
People go into politics because they want the affirmation and they want the applause.
Once you start saying 'Let's talk political my own politics my own aspirations ' it can become not just distracting in that it takes time but it can become confusing and frustrating and is this now a political agenda or a governmental agenda.
I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.
As a black woman my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people's struggle for liberation and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.
It's true that it's within the realm of cultural politics that young people tend to work through political issues which I think is good although it's not going to solve the problems.
On the one hand the financial projection is on the agenda - we will see if this problem can be resolved or not. I think it is a right idea to stage a special summit which would deal with the question of priorities of European politics.
That is why everyone in politics and we do it must make sure that they do not depend on one single interest group. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.
Thus the focus on this main political goal must become more visible in EU politics and to achieve this we need a political impulse. It must be clear what the priorities on the agenda are.
Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority.
A lot of women these days a lot of young women don't want to call themselves feminists. You have this cheap hideous 'girl power' sort of fad which I think is pretty benign at best but at worst I think it's a way of taking the politics out of feminism and making it some kind of fashion.
Since the governments are in the pockets of businesses who's going to control this most powerful institution? Business is more powerful than politics and it's more powerful than religion. So it's going to have to be the vigilante consumer.
Let me tell you sisters seeing dried egg on a plate in the morning is a lot dirtier than anything I've had to deal with in politics.
I just feel like I'm a very lucky person to have a new life outside of politics.
I've always said that in politics your enemies can't hurt you but your friends will kill you.
I'm interested in current affairs and social policy as a whole but I don't watch politics for sport.
Somehow we can't live outside the politics of race. There's something very deep in all of us that is taught to us when we are very very little. Which is the disrespect and fear of the other.
These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle progress without compassion wealth without work learning without silence religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.
My job is to look at what politics is doing not be a politician myself.
Democracy is when the indigent and not the men of property are the rulers.
Politicians also have no leisure because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself power and glory or happiness.
Therefore the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
My mother Lillie Specter was an angel and totally uninterested in politics.
Pennsylvania is a very tough state people don't last long in Pennsylvania politics.
In Washington DC politics dominate even the most casual conversations.
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
In almost every country there are elements of opinion which would welcome such a conclusion because they wish to return to the politics of the balance of power unrestricted and unregulated armaments international anarchy and preparation for war.
On the contrary the characteristic element of the present situation is that economic questions have finally and irrevocably invaded the domain of public life and politics.
Frankly if you do politics you should not be thinking about your dignity.
In general people feel more relaxed about participating in politics. They aren't frightened as they used to be.
I don't think you can work on feelings in politics apart from anything else political change can come very unexpectedly sometimes overnight when you least expect it.
Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.
In the end that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
There is probably a perverse pride in my administration... that we were going to do the right thing even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who's occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.
Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country's scared.
You may think the president is all-powerful but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking you would have no government.
Politics is the art of the possible creativity is the art of the impossible.
I detest politics to be honest with you. It's a cesspool. And I don't think I would fare well in that cesspool because I don't believe in political correctness and I certainly don't believe in dishonesty.
My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
Real politics are the possession and distribution of power.
King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner.
The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation.
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable for in politics there is no honour.
You know I'm just not going to get into American politics.
I will say that I think Israel enjoys strong bipartisan support in the United States. It's really above and beyond American politics.
Vote for the man who promises least he'll be the least disappointing.
The sheep-people don't think for themselves anymore. You can say anything and it's the gospel truth and they don't have to go research it or anything and they believe everything the news tells them. People don't go and do their own investigations if it's relationships or politics or anything.
When we talk about safety and security of the American people politics falls aside pretty quickly.
Freedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that 'Oh I don't get involved in politics ' as if that makes someone cleaner. No that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable.
The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it but somebody always does.
And you don't want to always write about politics just for the sake of writing about politics.