Let them hate as long as they fear
– Accius, Latin poet, 86 BC
I will undoubtedly have to seek what is known as gainful employment, which I am glad to say does not describe holding public office.
– Dean Acheson
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
– Lord Acton
When the political columnists say ” Every thinking man”, they mean themselves and when candidates appeal to “every intelligent voter” they mean anyone who will vote for them.
– Franklin Adams
Politics ,as a practice, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
– Henry Adams
Written laws are like spider webs, they will catch the weak and poor, but will be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.
– Anacharis, Scythian prince 16th Century
The best defence against the atom bomb is not to be there when it goes off.
The silly, flat, dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent observers as the President of the United States
– The Chciago Times review of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.
Under capitalism, man exploits man. And under communism, it is just the reverse.
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
The business of the civil service is the orderly management of decline.
– William Armstrong
I am not in Washington as a statesman. I am there as a very well paid messenger boy doing your errands. My chief occupation is going around with a forked stick picking up little fragments of patronage for my constituents.
– Henry Ashurst
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists of not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
– Ernest Benn
Broadcasting is really too important to be left to the broadcasters.
– Tony Benn
There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition laws. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.
– Albert Einstein
Governments are far more stupid than their people
I must say the John Kennedy’s victory in Wisconsin was a triumph for democracy. It proves that a millionaire has just as good a chance as anybody else.
– Bob Hope
O citizens, first acquire wealth; you can practice virtue afterwards
– Horace – 8 BC
What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?
For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship’s captain complaining about the sea.
– Enoch Powell –