Quotes About Politics and Politicians


  • Politicians are like diapers.  They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.  ~Author Unknown
  • 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
  • Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man ~ Bertrand Russell
  • Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.  ~Alan Coren
  • The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.  ~Winston Churchill
  • Applause, mingled with boos and hisses, is about all that the average voter is able or willing to contribute to public life.  ~Elmer Davis
  • Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance ~ William O. Douglas
  • During a campaign the air is full of speeches – and vice versa.  ~Author Unknown
  • Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom ~  Friedrich August Hayek
  • If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves ~ Thomas Sowell
  • 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
  • It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.  The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.  ~George E. MacDonald
  • Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do ~ Will Rogers
  • The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box tops – is… the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.  ~Adlai Stevenson, speech, Democratic National Convention, 18 August 1956
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