Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
– Julius Henry Marx
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 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 science of urgencies.
– Theodore Parker
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 makes strange postmasters.
– Kin Hubbard
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, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
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
Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything.
– Peggy Noonan
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