Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.
Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.
W. C. Fields
A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.
John F. Kennedy
We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
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 we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
Louis D. Brandeis
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Harry S. Truman
You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
Harry S. Truman
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
Henry A. Kissinger
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
Arnold H. Glasow
A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
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
If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.
William Tecumseh Sherman
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
P. J. O'Rourke
In politics the middle way is none at all.
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.
William E. Simon
Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.
In politics nothing is contemptible.
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
Warren G. Harding
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