Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow the skunks to choose the weapons.
- Lester R Bittel
Those who do not do politics will be done in by politics.
- French Proverb
All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
- James Barrett Scotty Reston
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.
- Mahatma Gandhi
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles De Gaulle
To bemoan the messiness of politics is not just a folly it betrays a dangerous impatience with basic realities. It is like becoming disturbed that people do not fall in love sensibly -- and so deciding to computerize the problem.
- Theodore Roszak
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
War is a continuation of politics by other means.
- Carl Von Clausewitz, quoted by Gene Hackman in "Crimson Tide"