In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values.
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.
Politics, as a practice, whatever its profession, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist.
He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.
Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
John Quincy Adams