25 thoughtful quotes about politics and power

Quotes-about-politics-and-powerToday, I’ve curated some thoughtful quotes about politics and power.

In doing so, I’m hoping it’ll get you thinking about, and perhaps even participating in, something that rules our lives but isn’t given anywhere near the scrutiny it merits.

Politicians on all sides frequently take us all for fools, and the sad thing is we let them. That must change, surely?

They do what they do because they know that they can get away with it, at least most of the time.

It’s time we all let them know that we’ll not allow them to get away with it anymore.

Politics has become nothing more than show business for people who lack both talent and an engaging personality. And yet, they all seem to get rich without adding any real value to our lives at all.

So, let your local politician know that you’ve got your eye on them and you won’t be putting up with any nonsense.

Quotes about politics and power (1-15):

  1. Don’t vote. It only encourages them. ~Billy Connolly
  2. In politics, stupidity is not a handicap. ~Napoléan Bonaparte
  3. We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. ~Stewart Udall
  4. We have the best Government that money can buy. ~Mark Twain
  5. I love to go to Washington if only to be near my money. ~Bob Hope
  6. We hang petty thieves and appoint great ones to public office. ~Aesop
  7. For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit. ~Noam Chomsky
  8. If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno
  9. A politician is a fellow who’ll lay down your life for his country. ~Texas Guinan
  10. An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. ~Winston Churchill
  11. A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate. ~Eric Idle
  12. I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally. ~Bill Maher
  13. Just because you don’t take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you. ~Pericles
  14. Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible. ~Frank Herbert
  15. The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces. ~Maureen Murphy

Quotes about politics and power (16-25):

  1. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. ~Douglas Adams
  2. Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~Doug Larson
  3. You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn’t long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena. ~Jon Stewart
  4. Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair. ~George Burns
  5. There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle. ~Alexis de Tocqueville
  6. Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ~Nikita Khrushchev
  7. Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato
  8. 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
  9. I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months, you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months, you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here. ~Harry S Truman
  10. Take our politicians; they’re a bunch of yo-yos. The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with the encyclopedia of clichés the first prize. ~Saul Bellow

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21 cynical quotes about politics and politicians

cynical quotes about POLITICS and POLITICIANSPoliticians may start out with good intentions but, as we all know, power corrupts. It’s a sad fact, that 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 people’s 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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