Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Politics -- Words from the Wise and Not So Wise

We've been talking politics nonstop for months and perhaps we need a little mental hotfoot from those who have come before us to keep our perspective. Here are some quotes from some very wise -- and sometimes funny -- people y'all may find pertinent as the election approaches. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

* I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. -- Mark Twain

* Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. -- Plato

* Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. -- Mahatma Gandhi

* Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies. -- Groucho Marx

* In politics stupidity is not a handicap. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

* Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. -- Mao Tse-tung

* Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. -- Ronald Reagan

* In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. -- George Orwell

* Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics. -- Albert Camus

* The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other. -- Will Rogers

* All the contact I have had with politics has left me feeling as though I had been drinking out of spittoons. -- Ernest Hemingway

* Politics have no relation to morals. -- Niccolo Machiavelli


  1. Good quotes. Unfortunately, many of them, like the one from Machiavelli are all too true. It's why I'm not a politican.

  2. I am reminded of Mahatma Gandhi's response to a question put to him by a journalist. When asked "What do you think of Western civilization?" he replied "I think it would be a very good idea".
    As we watch the last of eight long Bush years wilt away, I think of the above quote and nod to myself on how true Gandhi was.


  3. STOM: It's why I thought these quote were a good idea.

    Dave: I love that Gandhi quote, too! My favorite from him is: I like your Christ; he is so unlike your Christians.

  4. Kay, you hit the nail on the head with these quotes today. Thanks for posting them. Yes, I too love that other quote from Gandhi in your comments to Dave about Christ being unlike Christians.

  5. lovely post! many thanks...i like the gandhi quotes in the comments especially.

  6. Thanks Annie and M.E.:

    I collect quotes and have a huge database. I use it especially to get perspective on a topic or issue. And I thought, at this point in this longggggg campaign, perspective was greatly needed.

    Gandhi is one of my heroes. A genuinely good man who saw the world more clearly than most of us.

  7. Thanks for posting the very apt quotes. They are all good - even Ronald Reagan's ;). Will Rogers and Mark Twain are always good for a laugh at the irony of any situation.

  8. Gotta love Will and Mark -- they always cut through the B.S.

  9. I gotta go with Reagan and Orwell's observation

  10. GFB: I liked all of them. The ones I published here are my favorites of many, many more!


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