Political Quotes

Do you have a favorite polical quote? If so, what? It’s tough to improve on these. 

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

2) I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. –Winston Churchill

3)  A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. –George Bernard Shaw

4) A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man,  which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. –G Gordon Liddy

5) Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. –James Bovard,                                           

6) Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. –Douglas Casey

7)  Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and  car keys to teenage boys. –P.J. O’Rourke,
8) Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. –Frederic Bastiat,

9) Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:  If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  And if it stops moving, subsidize it. –Ronald Reagan (1986)

10) I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts. –Will Rogers

11) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free. –P.J. O’Rourke

12)  In general, the art of government consists of taking as much  money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. –Voltaire (1764)

13) Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you. –Pericles (430 B.C.)

14)  No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. –Mark Twain (1866)

15) Talk is cheap … except when Congress does it. –Unknown

17) The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. –Winston Churchill

18) The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. –Mark Twain

19) The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. –Herbert Spencer (1820-1903
20) What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. –Edward Langle
21)  A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.–Unknown

22)  If Michael [J. Fox] was really interested in the good that stem cell research could do, he would have done a commercial a long time ago asking people to invest in the drug companies who are trying to find a cure. –Buck Evinger

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14 Responses to Political Quotes

  1. akshay says:

    hey i am really overwhelmed by such qoutes ,all r awe some

  2. Tom.Is.A.Dufus says:


    Just to clarify….you are a dufus. This is to be a funny site, not a “my feelings were hurt, and my rights violated, so now I’m going to be pissy” site. Lighten up, lilac.

  3. Tom says:

    Just to clarify, the opposite of Progress is NOT ‘congress,’ but rather, ‘Regress,’ something you conservatives seem to have down pat…

  4. Mit Romney Press Realease says:

    “A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” –G Gordon Liddy

    This quote doent make sence. Republicans (Reagan, Bush, and Bush Sr.) have been the once who raise the Dept. Did you know that you owe 27,000$ 300 milion/9Billion in debt.

  5. Kolran Fett says:

    “It’s easier to unite people against something than it is to unite people for something.”

    “Sometimes when push comes to shove you have to pull”

    “Two is a freindship, 3 is a fellowship, 4 is an alliance, and 5 is a war”

    “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”
    -Communist Tyrant and mass murderer Josef Stalin

    “Your vote doesn’t count.”
    – Anonymouse Liberal

    “Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them…. In every country these two parties exist…. Call them, therefore, liberals and serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, Whigs and Tories, republicans and federalists, aristocrats and democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same party still and pursue the same object.”
    -Thomas Jefferson

    “We demand: … an end to the power of the financial interests. We demand profit sharing in big business. We demand a broad extension of care for the aged. We demand … the greatest possible consideration of small business in the purchases of national, state, and municipal governments. In order to make possible to every capable and industrious [citizen] the attainment of higher education and thus the achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around enlargement of our entire system of public education … We demand the education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents … The government must undertake the improvement of public health – by protecting mother and child, by prohibiting child labor …. a permanent recovery of our people can only proceed from within on the foundation of the common good before the individual good.”
    -Nazi Party

    “If the opposite of pro is con, then what is the opposite of progress?”

    “Diplomacy is the art of saying nice doggy until you can grab a rock.”

  6. shannon says:

    I believe Iraq will be able to defend, govern and sustain itself. Otherwise, I’d pull our troops out. -W-
    I appreciate Thomas Downs, who’s your superintendent. Interestingly enough, he showed me a picture of he and my dad when he was — I think a teacher, he said — in Iowa. -W-

    A friend has said of this good-hearted man, Motumbo believes that God has given him this opportunity to do great things. And we are proud to call this son of the Congo a citizen of the United States of America.
    — Dubya recognizes Congolese NBA star Dikembe Mutombo in his State of the Union address, but unfortunately gets his name wrong (despite getting it right just moments earlier). Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2007

    I appreciate the Chaplain for the Navy — excuse me, for the Marine Corps. I didn’t mean to insult you. -W-

    I’ve, I’ve got a eckullectic reading list. -W-

    I’m a thoughtful guy, I listen to people. I’m open-minded. I’m all the things that you know I am -W-
    That’s George Washington, the first president, of course. The interesting thing about him is that I read three — three or four books about him last year. Isn’t that interesting?-W-

    As you can probably see I was injured myself, not here at the hospital but in combat with a cedar. I eventually won.
    — Statement offered in the presence of servicemen and women wounded in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan (rather than by brush on Dubya’s ranch), Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 1, 2006

  7. Emory says:

    Some precious bits of wisdom, there BR. Here are a few from my quote archive:

    “The first duty of government is to ensure that private citizens suffer no invasion of their property rights by act of the state.” –Cicero

    “Every citizen is the militia.”–Federalist Papers

    “Democracy rules in the interest of the poor.” –Aristotle

  8. British_Nationalist says:

    This is the last batch for this round . . .

    “Politics is not an exact science . . . but an art.” – Otto von Bismarck

    “In war, truth is the first casualty.” – Aeschylus

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

    “Stupidity is not a handicap in politics.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

    “Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon — so long as there is no answer to it — gives claws to the weak.” – George Orwell

    “War is a continuation of politics by other means.” – Karl von Clausewitz

    “Political correctness is just tyranny with manners.” – Charlton Heston

    “We make war that we may live in peace.” – Aristotle

    “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

    “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” – Leon Trotsky

    “Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” – Mao Tse-tung

    “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.” – Lord Acton

  9. British_Nationalist says:

    And some more . . .

    “Socialism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen.” – Leon Trotsky

    “Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men. The fundamental threat to freedom is power to coerce, be it in the hands of a monarch, a dictator, an oligarchy, or a momentary majority.” – Milton Friedman

    “Corruption is the nightmare that keeps democracy a dream.” – Anonymous

    “A pre-emptive war in ‘defence’ of freedom would surely destroy freedom, because one simply cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian, because one cannot defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violence without doing mortal damage to the values one is trying to defend.” – J. William Fulbright

    “If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all.” – Noam Chomsky

    “Liberalism is the transformation of mankind into cattle.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

    “What good fortune for governments that the people don’t think.” – Adolph Hitler

    “Wherever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.” – US President Harry S Truman

    “Finality is not the language of politics.” – Benjamin Disraeli

  10. British_Nationalist says:

    Here are some of my own; enjoy . . . . or not, as the case may be:

    “Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hard-headed realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.” – Edward Abbey

    “Anarchy…stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraints of government.” – Emma Goldman

    “Oh, judge, your damn laws: the good people don’t need them and the bad people don’t follow them so what good are they?” – Ammon Hennacy

    “The honest politician is one who, when he is bought, stays bought.” – US Senator Simon Cameron

    “The alliance between business and government is by definition… Fascism.” – Unknown

    “The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.” – Edward Dowling, Priest and Editor, Chicago Daily News

  11. Emory says:

    Thanks British_Nationalist. I’m looking for a quote from Al Gore about a leopard’s stripes but can’t find it, but there are more memorable and jocular ones from history I’m sure.

  12. LiberTEA 4all says:

    “You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.” – GW

    “Most imports are from outside of the country” – GW

    “I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.” – GW

    “I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” – GW

    “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” – GW

    “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.” – GW

    “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” – GW

  13. British_Nationalist says:

    Sounds like an amusing diversion to the usual political intrigue which goes on. Yes, I concur. I wholeheartedly call on all visitors, whether liberal, conservative or simply unaligned to make their own additions. With luck, we will soon compile a list of the most stirring, controversional, witty, funny and stupid political quotes which have ever been uttered. My thanks to Emory for starting this: let the mirth commence.

  14. Joy says:

    How can you not have Reagan quotes here? Here are a few of my favorites:

    “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”

    “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born”

    “How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”

    “Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

    And, finally:
    “It isn’t that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

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