Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
—John Kenneth Galbraith
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace in a continual state of alarm (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing them with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
—H. L. Mencken
Politics is how you live your life, not whom you vote for.
The most delusional fantasies can be made to masquerade as sanity if you've got the political power to reinforce them.
How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
—Charles De Gaulle
The United States Congress, like a lot of rich people, lives in two houses.
Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side.
If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it.
The poor have been sent to the front lines of a federal-budget deficit-reduction war that few other groups were drafted to fight.
—Marian Wright Edelman
When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist.
—Dom H. Camara
If we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any war.
—Pentagon official on why the U.S.
military censored graphic footage
from the Gulf War
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.