Politics ... was at least half a question of proper stage management. And the higher the stakes, the more critical that management became.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Government of the self was the original basis for republican government, reflecting the view that civil society was much more than politics. Society was made up of men and women who gave order to their lives by entering into associations on a voluntary basis, quite apart from government, for all the various reasons of fellowship, philanthrophy, faith and commerce.
Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.
All is politics in this capital.
We can be energy independent, have affordable health care and a strong economy. All it takes is a commitment in Washington to put progress, not politics, first.
It's a stall tactic coming out of hostile politics in Washington.
In order to change the problems in Washington, in order to have real reform, do you want someone who has spent ... most of their adult lives in politics, because there are a lot of people on this stage who represent that.
An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.
They say that politics is show business for ugly people, but as I always crack, what would I know about that? I like a challenge.
Politics can be likened to driving at night over unfamiliar hills and mountains. Close attention must be paid to what the beam can reach and the next bend.
Ultimately in a democracy you cannot have both participation in elected office and participation in armed militia. They are simply incompatible.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy....
Apparently there are some Democratic leaders in the Senate that are running for office who now believe in tax cuts.
The reason that minorities and women don't have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected.
A man may fight fiercely to hold his own in business; but he does not need to fight to get ahead of someone in the elevator, or up the car steps, or at the post office window. And no matter how strong competition is, business and personal courtesy make it easier and pleasanter for everybody.
It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he is in love, drunk, or running for office.
The successor to politics will be propaganda. Propaganda, not in the sense of a message or ideology, but as the impact of the whole technology of the times.
A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.
Politics follows the lines of physics: every action creates an equal and opposite reaction.
Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.
Activity in politics also produces eager competition and sharp rivalry.