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CONSERVATIVE: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
You can choose whatever name you like for the two types of government. I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence "democracy", and the other "tyranny".
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. 
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
We need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better. Politicians don't make the world a better place. Everything that's ever made the world a better place has come from inventors, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose love over hate.
Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reason.
People have long assumed that violence is necessary for political change. Rulers never cede power voluntarily, the argument goes, so progressives have no choice but to contemplate the use of force to bring about a better world, mindful of the trade-off between a small amount of violence now and acceptance of an unjust status quo indefinitely.
Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. 
Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Demagogy leads to bigger disasters than the ones it promised to prevent.
If you look in general at people who live in anarchy, they have quite high rates of death from either homicide or warfare or both. Anarchy is one of the main reasons for violence, and it may be the most important.
Democracy is an imperfect way of steering between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny, with the least violence you can get away with.
No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
The interests of an economically dominant class never stand naked. They are enshrouded in the flag, fortified by the law, protected by the police, nurtured by the media, taught by the schools, and blessed by the church.
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
POLITICS: War Without Bloodshed.
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.
BOUNDARY: In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another.
If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
Trump can run for president with no political experience but I need a masters and 5 years experience for an entry level job.
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
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