Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow the skunks to choose the weapons.
Those who do not do politics will be done in by politics.
All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
To bemoan the messiness of politics is not just a folly it betrays a dangerous impatience with basic realities. It is like becoming disturbed that people do not fall in love sensibly -- and so deciding to computerize the problem.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace in a continual state of alarm and hence clamorous to be led to safety by menacing them with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
War is a continuation of politics by other means.