The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence clamorous to be led to safety by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
- H. L. Mencken
Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out.
- G. M. Trevelyan
In politics I am growing indifferent -- I would like it, if I could now return to my planting and books at home.
- Francois Arouet
For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavouring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.
- George Orwell
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Blood is thicker than water, but politics are thicker than blood.
- Frank Herbert, Dune
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those
- Gilbert Highet