Politics and Diplomacy

"A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"All war represents a failure of diplomacy."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."

Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Even if we accept, as the basic tenet of true democracy, that one moron is equal to one genius, is it necessary to go a further step and hold that two morons are better than one genius?"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"[...] politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting."

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A diplomat is a man who says you have an open mind, instead of telling you that you have a hole in the head."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse."

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldn't go by yourself."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In politics it is necessary to take nothing tragically and everything seriously."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Politicians and Diapers should be changed often, and for the same reason."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A Democrat -- too poor to be a capitalist, too rich to be a Communist."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Diplomats were invented simply to waste time."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Politics is occupational therapy for the morally handicapped."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them."

Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce "The Essential Lenny Bruce"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, I'd be a politician."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust."

Jean Baudrillard
Jean Baudrillard "Cool Memories"

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"My father was a statesman, I'm a political woman. My father was a saint. I'm not."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity."

Vera Brittain
Vera Brittain "The Rebel Passion"

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Treaties are like roses and young girls -- they last while they last."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Being prime minister is a lonely job.... you cannot lead from the crowd."

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher "The Downing Street Years"

Rating: 6.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side."

William Ewart Gladstone speech to the House of Commons
William Ewart Gladstone speech to the House of Commons

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it."

William Pitt the Elder (speech, House of Lords, Jan 9, 1770)
William Pitt the Elder (speech, House of Lords, Jan 9, 1770)

Rating: 7.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies."

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue."

Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman "Anarchism and Other Essays"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody."

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong."

Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks."

Rating: 7.83 (Number of Voters: 6)

"The House of Commons starts its proceedings with a prayer. The chaplain looks at the assembled members with their varied intelligence and then prays for the country."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Politicians are the same all over: they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Every country has the government it deserves."

Joseph de Maistre
Joseph de Maistre "Lettres et Opuscules Inedits"

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 6)

"America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)