Politics and Diplomacy

"Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other wedded couples they sometimes live apart."

Hector Hugh Munro (Saki)
Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) "The Unbearable Bassington"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations."

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy."

Rating: 1.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes."

Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky "My Life"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth."

Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation."

Will Rogers
Will Rogers "Wit and Wisdom"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It doesn't matter who you vote for, the government always gets in."

 graffito, London, 70's
graffito, London, 70's

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky."

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Politics is the enemy of the imagination."

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died."

Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"My advice to any diplomat who wants to have a good press is to have two or three kids and a dog."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The differences between revolution in art and revolution in politics are enormous... Revolution in art lies not in the will to destroy but in the revelation of what has already been destroyed. Art kills only the dead."

Harold Rosenberg
Harold Rosenberg "The Tradition of the New"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A liberal is a socialist with a wife and two children."

Rating: 7.43 (Number of Voters: 7)

"Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or it is the explosive that blows it apart."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Practical politics consists in ignoring facts."

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Collected Essays"

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's."

Jean Rostand
Jean Rostand "The Substance of Man"

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle."

Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot "The English Constitution"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

John Adams
John Adams "The Works of John Adams"

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy."

John Adams
John Adams "The Adams Family Correspondence"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Liberal - a power worshipper without power."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Shooting an Elephant"

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government do it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and their politicians as jokes."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man walking into the little booth with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. No amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles."

Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"

Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces."

Rating: 2.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Crime does not pay ... as well as politics."

Rating: 6.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Politicians are the best alternative to warlords that we have yet conceived."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"When a politician wrestles with his conscience, he usually wins."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Historical analogy is the last refuge of people who can't grasp the current situation."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"International law is that law which the wicked do not obey and the righteous do not enforce."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Fish begins to stink at the head."

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Capitalism was reasonably content under Hitler, happy under Mussolini, very happy under Franco and delirious under General Pinochet."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)