21 cynical quotes about politics and politicians

Quotes about politicsWhat is your opinion of the modern politician, dear reader? Rarely these days do politicians retain the public’s respect, or so it seems. Today I offer you 21 cynical quotes about politics and politicians to illustrate my point.

Politicians may start out with good intentions but, as we all know, power corrupts. It’s a sad fact, whether they’re from the right or left, rarely do they actually add value to the lives of the people who vote for them.

Yes, it the modern age, it’s a tough job, with 24/7 rolling and frequently biased news media scrutiny, and so on.

Nevertheless, the measure of any politician must surely be whether they’ve improved peoples’ lives, at least in some modest way. It happens occasionally, but mostly it doesn’t happen at all.

So, ponder on these quotes about politics and see how many of them are consistent with your own opinion.

Quotes about politics and politicians (1-10):

  1. Practical politics consists of ignoring facts. ~Henry Adams
  2. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. ~Erasmus
  3. Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against. ~W.C. Fields
  4. Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’. ~Ronald Reagan
  5. Corrupt politicians make the other ten per cent look bad. ~Henry Kissinger
  6. A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. ~H. L. Mencken
  7. We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. ~Martin L. Gross
  8. In order to be the master, the politician poses as the servant. ~Charles de Gaulle
  9. We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics. ~Hubert H. Humphrey
  10. A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman of the next generation. ~James Freeman Clarke

Quotes about politics and politicians (11-21):

  1. When I was a boy I was told that anybody could be president. I’m beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow
  2. Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word. ~Charles de Gaulle
  3. A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life. ~Robert Byrne
  4. Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. ~John Quinton
  5. When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. ~P. J. O’Rourke
  6. Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. ~Richard Armour
  7. Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato
  8. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. ~Ernest Benn
  9. Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer
  10. The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. ~Patrick Henry
  11. Statesmen tell you what is true even though it may be unpopular. Politicians will tell you what is popular, even though it may be untrue. ~Author Unknown

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