Quotes on Candidates and Politicians

Quotes on Candidates and Politicians

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even when there’s no river. Nikita S. Khrushchev

 

A politician has spent the best years of his life in an endeavor to make the world safe for stupidity. Nancy Boyd

 

The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve. Dean Acheson

 

The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does. Maurice Barres

 

Every president needs his son-of-a-bitch; I’m Nixon’s. H. R. (Bob) Haldeman

 

The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice. Theodore Roosevelt

 

An independent is the guy who wants to take the politics out of politics. Adlai E. Stevenson

 

I have spent much of my life fighting the Germans and fighting the politicians. It is much easier to fight the Germans. Lord Montgomery

 

Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then we elected them. Lily Tomlin

 

A politician is an animal that can sit on a fence and keep both ears to the ground. H. L. Mencken

 

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. Simon Cameron

I won’t eat anything that has intelligent life, but I would gladly eat a network executive or a politician. Marty Feldman

 

What is the use of being elected or reelected unless you stand for something? Grover Cleveland

 

Frankly, I don’t mind not being president. I just mind that somebody else is. Edward M. Kennedy

 

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. Mario Cuomo

 

When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become president; I’m beginning to believe it. Clarence Darrow

 

You can’t beat somebody with nobody. Joseph Cannon (attrib.)

 

The man with best job in the country is the vice president. All he has to do is get up every morning and say “How’s the president?” Will Rogers

 

Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea, the other was elected vice president, and nothing was ever heard of either of them again. Thomas R. Marshall

 

I wanted to be a sports writer, but it took me too long to turn out my stuff. I found I could become vice president faster than I could become a newspaperman. Richard M. Nixon

 

The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office Will Rogers

 

He is an animal with a hide two feet thick and no apparent interest in politics. What a waste. James C. Wright, Jr., about the rhinoceros

 

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote. William E. Simon

 

People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I earned everything I’ve got. Richard M. Nixon

 

I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet. Jesse Jackson

 

If you want to find a politician free of any influence, you can find Adolf Hitler, who made up his own mind. Eugene McCarthy

 

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him. Charles de Gaulle

 

Probably the most distinctive characteristic of the successful politician is selective cowardice. Richard Harris

 

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process. John F. Kennedy (attrib.)

 

Now I know what a statesman is: he’s a dead politician. We need more statesmen. Bob Edwards

 

Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing. Woodrow Wilson

 

Some members of the Congress are the best actors in the world. Shirley Chisholm

 

If nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve. General William T. Sherman

 

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it just may be a duck. Walter Reuther, trade union leader, on how to tell a Communist

 

You really have to get to know Dewey to dislike him. Robert A. Taft

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