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The Senate is the last primitive society in the world. We still worship the elders of the tribe and honour the territorial imperative.

The statesman shears the sheep, the politician skins them.

The strife of politics tends to unsettle the calmest understanding, and ulcerate the most benevolent heart. - There are no bigotries or absurdities too gross for parties to create or adopt under the stimulus of political passions.

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office.

The trouble with socialists is that they let their bleeding hearts go to their bloody heads.

The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves.

The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.

The violation of party faith, is, of itself, too common to excite surprise or indignation. - Political friendships are so well understood that we can hardly pity the simplicity they deceive.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

The world is a dangerous place to live - not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.

Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.

There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for then we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.

There is among you the man who is not bound by party lines. You vote according to your common sense and your calm judgment after hearing each party set forth its program. To you I say that the strength of this independent thought is the great contribution of the American political system.

There is an infinity of political errors which, being once adopted, become principles.

There is no Canaan in politics. - As health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil, so there is no republican road to safety but in constant distrust.


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