Political Quotes

Political Quotes, Sayings About Politics & Politicians

"I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." -- Charles de Gaulle
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“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” — Plato

“Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.” — William Penn

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” — George Burns

"If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates." -- Jay Leno
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“We’d all like to vote for the best man, but he’s never a candidate.” — Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard

“Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.” — Anonymous

“All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.” — Albert Einstein

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” — Emma Goldman

“If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.” — Will Rogers

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” — Aesop

“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

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people." -- Howard Zinn
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“If God had been a Liberal there wouldn’t have been Ten Commandments, there would have been Ten Suggestions.” — Malcolm Bradbury

“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.” — P. J. O’Rourke

“A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.” — Alfred E. Wiggam

“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” — Ronald Reagan

"Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it." -- Mark Twain
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“The problem with political jokes is they get elected.” — Henry Cate, VII

“Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.” — Winston Churchill

“Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.” — Doug Larson

“History is gossip but scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.” — Oscar Wilde

The Republican Party would be really smart to absorb as much of the Tea Party movement as possible. -- Sarah Palin
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“What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.” — Carlos Fuentes

“The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.” — Robert Jackson

“What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?” — Abraham Lincoln

“Conservatism is the policy of make no change and consult your grandmother when in doubt.” — Woodrow Wilson

"Politics - I don't know why, but they seem to have a tendency to separate us, to keep us from one another, while nature is always and ever making efforts to bring us together." -- Sean O'Casey
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“Politicians say they’re beefing up our economy. Most don’t know beef from pork.” — Harold Lowman

“The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win.” — Will Rogers

“There are far too many men in politics and not enough elsewhere.” — Hermione Gingold

“I think it’s about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we’ve been voting for boobs long enough.” — Clarie Sargent

“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.” — Leonard Bernstein

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.” — Charles de Gaulle

“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.” — Clarence Darrow

“Truth is not determined by majority vote.” — Doug Gwyn

“Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.” — John Quinton

“A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they’re dead.” — Leo Rosten

"If the person you are trying to diagnose politically is some sort of intellectual, the chances are two to one he is a Democrat." -- Vance Packard
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“The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.” — Dave Barry

“In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.” — H. L. Mencke

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“A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.” — Texas Guinan

“Politics, n: [Poly “many” + tics “blood-sucking parasites”].” — Larry Hardiman

“A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life’s problems without asking its question.” — Andre Malraux

“A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.” — Carl Sandburg

“The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” — Thomas Jefferson

“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

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