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Good taste is the enemy of comedy. - Mel Brooks

Politics makes strange postmasters. - Kin Hubbard

Man is by nature a political animal. - Aristotle

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. - J. William Fulbright

Liberty consists in doing what one desires. - John Stuart Mill

In Congress, it's all pork, all the time. - Jim Cooper

Liberty is never being too sure you're right. - Learned Hand

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business. - Winston Churchill

Comedy is society protecting itself - with a smile. - J.B. Priestley

Bulldozing: Going to sleep during a political speech. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

The art of government is the organization of idolatry. - George Bernard Shaw

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have the best government in the world... that money can buy. - Mark Twain

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. - Charles de Gaulle

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. - Reinhold Niebuhr

Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week. - Will Rogers

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. - Kin Hubbard

In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy. - Brian Mulroney

The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy. - Theodore White

Diplomacy is the art of saying, "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock. - Will Rogers

The secret of political bargaining is to look more strong than what you really are. - Subhash Bose

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people. - Oscar Wilde

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke

We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital. - Horace Mann

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. - Thomas Jefferson

Officialese: A government language where you can understand the words, but not the sentences - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Politics is for people who have a passion for changing life but lack a passion for living it. - Tom Robbins

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. - Mark Twain

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity. - Irving Kristol

In a democracy, the one thing that cannot be done is to destroy its trust, its hope, its idealism. - Teresa Heinz

I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast. - Viktor Frankl

The largest party in America is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It's the party of non-voters. - Robert Reich

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless. - Milton Friedman

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny. - Garrison Keillor

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 MacDonald

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

In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power - including strong and principled diplomacy. - Barack Obama

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my country. I make up for lost time when I am at home. - Winston Churchill

I once said to my father, when I was a boy, 'Dad we need a third political party.' He said to me, 'I'll settle for a second.' - Ralph Nader

Our ancestors believed in magic, prayers, trickery, browbeating and bullying. I think it would be fair to sum that up as 'Irish politics'. - Flann O'Brien


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