Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
– Ernest Benn
Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.
– Paul Valéry
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
– Paul Valery
Politics is the art of the possible.
– R. A. Butler
Politics is the art of the possible. (originally, "Die Politik ist die Lehre von Möglichen.")
– Otto von Bismarck
Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized.
– Joseph Sobran
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
– Oscar Ameringer
Politics is the pursuit of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
– George Jean Nathan
Politics is the science of getting more power than anyone deserves to have.
– Kirk Brothers, The Revolutionary Right
Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
– Lester B. Pearson
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
– Mao Tse Tung
Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
– Lucille Ball
Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.
– Barry Goldwater
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
– Henry Adams
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
– Ambrose Bierce
Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
– Henry Brooks Adams
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
real politics is such a process of growth through which you gain the bargaining power...
– Muhammad Shakeel
Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out.
– G. M. Trevelyan
Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow the skunks to choose the weapons.
– Lester R Bittel
The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics.
– Emmeline Pankhurst
The bedfellows politics made are never strange. It only seems that way to those who have not watched the courtship.
– Marcel Archard
The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
– Pierre Trudeau
The Liberals are the flying saucers of politics. No one can make head nor tail of them and they never are seen twice in the same place.
– John George Diefenbaker
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.
– Will Rogers