The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
It is a maxim, founded on the universal experience of mankind, that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest; and no prudent statesman or politician will venture to depart from it.
There is one class of men who from time to time have taken a keen and practical interest in the constitution of the Family, and they are the Statesmen. They have realized how intimately the welfare of the State depends upon the influence and nature of the Families from which it is constituted; and they have endeavoured that the State in turn should mould and influence the Family to its own purposes.
If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.
A cool blooded and crafty politician, when he would be thoroughly revenged on his enemy, makes the injuries which have been inflicted, not on himself, but on others, the pretext of his attack. He thus engages the world as a partisan in his quarrel, and dignifies his private hate, by giving it the air of disinterested resentment.
Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
Politics ... was at least half a question of proper stage management. And the higher the stakes, the more critical that management became.
Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company
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.
Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.
In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other.
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.
The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life's problems without asking its question.
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
There are but two means of locomotion to the top. Either people must like you so much that they push you there, or you, yourself, are so good that you push yourself there.
The person who says "I'm not political" is in great danger.... Only the fittest will survive, and the fittest will be the ones who understand their office's politics.
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