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Quotes About Politics

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Niccolò Machiavelli
“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Theatres are curious places, magician's trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramtic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Mahatma Gandhi
“There are Seven Deadly Social Sins:
Politics without principle.
Wealth without work.
Commerce without morality.
Pleasure without conscience.
Education without character.
Science without humility.
Worship without sacrifice.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Christian love draws no distinction between one enemy and another, except that the more bitter our enemy's hatred, the greater his need of love. Be his enmity political or religious, he has nothing to expect from a follower of Jesus but unqualified love. In such love there is not inner discord between the private person and official capacity. In both we are disciples of Christ, or we are not Christians at all.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

Terry Pratchett
“One of the hardest lessons in young Sam's life had been finding out that the people in charge weren't in charge. It had been finding out that governments were not, on the whole, staffed by people who had a grip, and that plans were what people made instead of thinking.”
Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

Terry Pratchett
“But the helmet had gold decoration, and the bespoke armorers had made a new gleaming breastplate with useless gold ornamentation on it. Sam Vimes felt like a class traitor every time he wore it. He hated being thought of as one of those people that wore stupid ornamental armor. It was gilt by association.”
Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

Ken Jennings
“The decline of geography in academia is easy to understand: we live in an age of ever-increasing specialization, and geography is a generalist's discipline. Imagine the poor geographer trying to explain to someone at a campus cocktail party (or even to an unsympathetic adminitrator) exactly what it is he or she studies.
"Geography is Greek for 'writing about the earth.' We study the Earth."
"Right, like geologists."
"Well, yes, but we're interested in the whole world, not just the rocky bits. Geographers also study oceans, lakes, the water cycle..."
"So, it's like oceanography or hydrology."
"And the atmosphere."
"Meteorology, climatology..."
"It's broader than just physical geography. We're also interested in how humans relate to their planet."
"How is that different from ecology or environmental science?"
"Well, it encompasses them. Aspects of them. But we also study the social and economic and cultural and geopolitical sides of--"
"Sociology, economics, cultural studies, poli sci."
"Some geographers specialize in different world regions."
"Ah, right, we have Asian and African and Latin American studies programs here. But I didn't know they were part of the geography department."
"They're not."
(Long pause.)
"So, uh, what is it that do study then?”
Ken Jennings

Santosh Kalwar
“My first world is humanity. My second world is humanism. And, I live in the third world being merely a human.”
Santosh Kalwar

Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they
“Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism."

[Address to National Press Club in Washington DC, as quoted in Freedom and Union (April 1952)]”
Earl Warren

Khushwant Singh
“Your principle should be to see everything and say nothing. The world changes so rapidly that if you want to get on you cannot afford to align yourself with any person or point of view.”
Khushwant Singh

Walter Savage Landor
“Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws.”
Walter Savage Landor

Jonathan Haidt
“The president is the high priest of what sociologist Robert Bellah calls the 'American civil religion.' The president must invoke the name of God (though not Jesus), glorify America's heroes and history,quote its sacred texts (the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution), and perform the transubstantiation of pluribus unum.”
Jonathan Haidt

Victor Hugo
“Certainly, I approve of political opinions, but there are people who do not know where to stop.”
Victor Hugo

Gavin John Adams
“The primary purposes of the political pamphlets of the early 1700s were neither to enlighten nor educate the masses, but to incite partisan conversation and spread commensurate ideas . . . Facts were not permitted to fetter the views they espoused, and the restraints of objective journalistic credibility were discarded by pamphleteers bent on promoting subjective slant to an insatiable general public for whom political dissonance was an integral part of social interaction.”
Gavin John Adams, Letters to John Law

Niccolò Machiavelli
“It is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Thomas Jefferson
“The care of human life and happiness, and their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of a good government.”
Thomas Jefferson

Jacqueline Carey
“People believe what they are told.”
Jacqueline Carey

“Again, a conversation with the doctor. We always come back to the same point: "The church may not mix in politics." he says. And I tell him that when you are a Christian and profess that God is almighty, there is no single area of life from which you can eliminate God. -From the diary of Diet Eman”
Diet Eman, Things We Couldn't Say

Voltaire
“Wisdom must yield to superstition's rules,
Who arms with bigot zeal the hand of fools.”
Voltaire, Candide and The Maid of Orleans

Barack Obama
“At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It insists on the impossible. If God has spoken, then followers are expected to live up to God's edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one's life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime; to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing.”
Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

“Truth  is that we all need facts we cannot continue to eat only the food that is given to us. Sometimes we have to feed ourselves otherwise we set our self up for dependency on the wrong nutrition without realizing that we were being poisoned the whole time.”
R. Lewis

Kazuo Ishiguro
“All you decent, well-meaning gentlemen, let me ask you, have you any idea what sort of place the world is becoming all around you? The days when you could act out of your noble instincts are over. Except of course, you here in Europe don't yet seem to know it.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“You can call anyone you want a traitor as long as you're the one holding the pen.”
Nihad Sirees

“Jim Reston: Walking through the crowds of air-kissing politicians, actors and high fliers, it was tough to tell where the politics stopped and the showbiz started. Maybe, in the end, there is no difference.”
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon

“No system that implies control of society by privilege seekers has ever ended any other way but collapse”
William E. Dodd

“You have two choices, [Plouffe] told Obama. You can stay in the Senate, enjoy your weekends at home, take regular vacations, and have a lovely time with your family. Or you can run for president, have your whole life poked at and pried into, almost never see your family, travel incessantly, bang your tin cup for donations like some street-corner beggar, lead a lonely, miserable life.”
John Heilemann, Mark Halperin, Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

Hany Ghoraba
“If you distance yourself from reality and just cling to cliches about democracy find yourself a different job than analyzing politics”
Hany Ghoraba

Tim Kreider
“Watching middle-class conservatives vote for politicians who've proudly pledged to screw them and their children over fills me with the same exasperated contempt I feel for rabbits who zigzag wildly back and forth in front of my tires instead of just getting off the goddamn road.”
Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

Daven Anderson
“You don't get to be the president of anything if you have bad manners.”
Daven Anderson, Vampire Syndrome

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