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    Scintillating sayings about politics

    More than 200 items from 160 authors

    Jeff Ackerman, editor, Nevada Appeal. Except for the degree of pleasure they provide, lawmakers and prostitutes might actually have lots in common. On a proposed — but later cancelled —“fact finding” mission by state legislators to tour Nevada’s legalized brothels. Newsweek, April 28, 1997.

    Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960), U.S. journalist. Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody. Nods And Becks (1944).

    Henry Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian and essayist, son of the second U.S. president.
    Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. The Education of Henry Adams (1907).

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

    Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. Ibid.

    Socialism, Collectivism, Humanitarianism, Universalism, Philanthropism and every other ism, has come, and is the End, and there is nothing possible beyond, and they can all go play, and on the whole, baseball is best. A Letter to American Teachers of History (1909).

    Young man, I have lived in this house many years and have seen the occupants of the White House… come and go, and nothing you minor officials or the occupant of that house can do will affect the history of the world for long. Said to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1913 when Roosevelt was appointed assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy. Quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt in This is My Story (1937).

    Tom Alciere, U.S. politician. I was elected by a bunch of fat, stupid, ugly old ladies that watch soap operas, play bingo, read tabloids, and don’t know the metric system. On his election as a Republican to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. London Observer January 7, 2001.
    Rob Anders (1972- ), Reform Party Member of Parliament. That was the fastest I’ve ever seen a piece of legislation passed in this place. It just whipped by. On legislation giving MPs a retroactive pay rise. Toronto, Globe and Mail, June 12, 1998.


    Janet Anderson (1949- ), British politician. Under Labour, women will become more promiscuous. That’s an election pledge. Labour Party member of Britain’s Parliament, seeking to abolish the double standard of sexual behaviour that tends to exonerate men and castigates women. London Observer, October 6, 1996.

    In British Columbia politics is a recreation, on the Prairies it’s a protest, in Ontario a business, in Quebec a religion and in the Maritimes a disease. Quoted by Robert M. Hamilton and Dorothy Shields in The Dictionary of Canadian Quotations and Phrases (1982).

    The most important issue is not what the candidates stand for but what the public will fall for.

    No matter whom you vote for, the Government always gets in.

    I learnt English in British times, so you will understand when I say these politicians are buggers, sir; buggers, vagabonds, and thieves. An elderly villager in India commenting on political corruption as evidenced by the arrest of 45 senior politicians, charged with taking money from industrialists. London Weekly Telegraph, March 20, 1996.

    He was always there when he needed me. An unnamed Indiana Republican commenting on Dan Quayle, former U.S. vice president and briefly in the running for the Republican nomination in the 2000 presidential election. New York Times Magazine, April 4, 1999.

    Yukio Aoshima (1932-2006), Tokyo governor, actor and novelist. I want to learn about metropolitan government because really I don’t know anything about it. Following his election as governor of Tokyo. London Observer, April 16, 1995.

    Gabor Apor, Canadian communications advisor. All the articles and newspaper coverage of a policy issue for a week would not reach as many people as 10 seconds on the 6 o’clock news… people are interested only in what affects their lives. And in order to understand how politics affects their lives, that requires study and interpretation for which most people don’t have the interest and curiosity. Toronto Globe and Mail, February 24, 2000.

    Adrian Arcand. (1897-1982), French-Canadian journalist, demagogue and fascist. Politics is not a game. It is a battle. There is the difference between us. You English, you play politics. But, we French we fight politics. Maclean’s, April 15, 1938.

    John Douglas Armour (1830-1903), Canadian Supreme Court Justice.
    The foundation of party governments is bribery, is it not? Men are party men for the spoils. They support the government for the time for the sake of the spoils. If a man “kicks” and gives an independent vote against the party he loses their patronage, does he not? Is not bribery the cornerstone of party government? Queen v. Bunting. Toronto Globe, December 5, 1884.

    Lloyd Axworthy (1939- ), Canadian Liberal politician, federal cabinet minister, and university administrator. There either will be an increase or there will be no increase or there might be something in between. On the possibility of increases in the premiums for Unemployment Insurance. Vancouver Sun, December 11, 1993.

    Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin, (1814-76). Russian-born anarchist. To exploit and to govern mean the same thing… Exploitation and government are two inseparable expressions of what is called politics. God and State (1871).

    Randall Baran-Chong, executive director of HanVoice, Toronto-based human rights organization. Your neighbour watches your behaviour. Not to cry would be a sign of disloyalty—and people are thrown into prison for that. Explaining why, after 17 years of misrule, starvation, torture and mass imprisonments under the reign of “Dear Leader” dictator Kim Jong-il, North Koreans mourned his death with mass displays of loud wailing and weeping. Toronto Star, December 20, 2011.

    Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947), British Conserative prime minister. “What the proprietorship of these papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility—the prerogative of the harlot throughout history.” Referring to press barons Beaverbrook and Rothmere. Speech, March 17, 1931. See also Edward Cavendish for response.

    Haley Barbour (1947- ), U.S. Republican politician, governor of Mississippi. At this convention, good management means you’ll know what every speaker is going to say from opening gavel to closing farewell. Chairman of the U.S. Republican National Committee warns that he won’t tolerate dissension at the party’s San Diego convention in August. London Observer, March 31, 1996.

    David Barrett (1930- ), British Columbia premier 1972-75. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from W.A.C. Bennett [B.C. premier 1952-72], it’s how to kill. The time to hit a politician is when he’s down. Maclean’s, June, 1973.

    Bernard Baruch (1870-1965). U.S. financier, statesman, and philanthropist.
    A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren’t still there, he’s no longer a political leader. Obituary, New York Times, June 21, 1965.

    Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing. Meyer Berger’s New York (1960).

    Warren Beatty (1937- ), U.S. actor and filmmaker. I don’t think there’s anything to be admired in lying, cheating, or philandering.  But there might be something to be admired in not burning people at the stake because they have those weaknesses. Referring to former President Bill Clinton’s adultery with Monica Lewinsky. London Observer, February 7, 1999.

    Richard Bedford Bennett (1870-1947), Canadian Conservative politician, prime minister 1930-35. It is almost incomprehensible that the vital issues of death to nations, peace or war, bankruptcy or solvency, should be determined by the counting of heads or the knowing, as we do, that the majority under modern conditions — happily the majority becoming smaller — are untrained and unskilled in dealing with the problems which they have to determine. Canadian Problems (1933).

    Ottto Bismarck (1815-98), German Chancellor. The great questions of our day cannot be solved by speeches and majority votes… but by iron and blood. Speech, Prussian Chamber, September 30, 1862.

    Tony (Anthony Charles Lynton) Blair, 1953- ), British prime minister 1997-2007.
    I got fed up with all the sex and sleaze and backhanders of rock ‘n’ roll so I went into politics. Why he abandoned his job as lead singer of the rock band Ugly Rumours. London Observer, November 13, 1994.

    I sometimes think modern politics is a conspiracy against understanding. London Observer, April 5, 2001.

    Michael Bloomberg (1942- ), billionaire publisher, New York mayor. What’s a billionaire got to do with it? I mean, would you rather elect a poor person who did not succeed? Look, I’m a great American dream. On using his personal wealth to finance New York City mayoralty campaign. Economist, March 10, 2001.

    Erma Bombeck (1927-96), U.S. columnist and humourist. It is fast approaching the point where I don’t want to elect anyone stupid enough to want the job. Attributed.

    Henry Borden (1902-89), Canadian lawyer, industrialist, and public servant. It shocked me when you told me that you had no one to draft your speeches. Men with the ability to do this are scarce, as you well know, but from your point of view someone like that is, in my opinion, essential. A newsman in the press gallery is not, in my judgment, the answer because qualities and capabilities additional to those required for interpreting and writing news would be essential. In a 1959 letter to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, September 1, 1959, Borden expresses surprise that Diefenbaker writes his own speeches. From the Diefenbaker archives, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

    Brian Bosma (1957- ), Indiana House Republican leader. When the guy from the White House tells you to take your tie off, you don’t ask why. On being asked to remove his tie while attending a speech by President George W. Bush so that on television the audience would look like ordinary people. Time, May 26, 2003.

    Pierre Boulez (1925- ), French composer and conductor. Revolutions are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous. Talking about the bicentenary celebrations of the French Revolution. London Guardian, January 13, 1989.

    Ray Boyum, chief of the U.S. House of Representatives’ stenographer pool. Politicians do love to talk. Seven full-time stenographers for the House and 15 for the Senate produce 250,000 pages of hearing testimony annually. Boyum reports that the politicians speak at an average speed of 130 words a minute and some as fast as 275. New York Times Magazine, July 13, 1997.

    Bill Bradley (1943- ), U.S. senator and basketball player. Money is distorting democracy now. Money not only determines who wins [elections], but often who runs. If you’ve got a good idea and $10,000 and I’ve got a terrible idea and $1 million, I can convince the people that the terrible idea is a good one. Interview, New York Times, September 8, 1996.

    Ed Broadbent (1936- ), Canadian politician, leader of the New Democratic Party 1975-90). For politicians, truth is a secondary-order commitment. While they should not lie, their prime function in a democracy is to persuade people why a certain course of action should be pursued. In a sense their task is to give plausible reasons for hope. Speech, Ottawa, January 27, 1995.

    John Mason Brown (1900-69), U.S. journalist and author. Nowhere are prejudices more mistaken for truth, passion for reason, and invective for documentation than in politics. That is a realm, peopled only by villains or heroes, in which everything is black or white and gray is a forbidden color. Through These Men (1952).

    Art Buchwald (1925-2007 ), U.S. humour columnist. Just when you think there’s nothing to write about, Nixon says, “I am not a crook.” Jimmy Carter says, “I have lusted after women in my heart.” President Reagan says, “I have just taken a urinalysis test and I am not on dope.” Time, September 29, 1986.

    Warren Buffett (1930- ), U.S. financier and philanthropist. It’s only when the tide goes out you see who’s been swimming naked. On the perceived folly of Britain’s go-it-alone policy in rejecting a treaty of regulatory reform and financial help for European nations whose indebtedness posed a threat to economic unity and depression. Quoted by Roger Cohon, New York Times, December 14, 2011.

    William Bulow, governor of South Dakota, 1927-31. There is no issue. My opponent has a job and I want it. That’s what this election is about. Ted Reuter, The 267 Stupidest Things Democrats Ever Said  (2003).

    George Walker Bush (1946- ), 43rd U.S. president. There will not be a tax increase when I’m governor… Read my ears. Speech during his successful 1994 election campaign for governorship of Texas.

    Albert Camus (1913-60), Algerian-born French novelist, essayist and playwright. Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideas and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don’t go in for politics. Notebooks (1935-42).

    Edward Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire (1895-1950). Good God, that’s done it. He’s lost us the tarts’ vote. Reaction to Prime Minister Stanley Balwdwin’s March 17, 1931 statement that press barons Beaverbook and Rothmere were “aiming at… power without responsibility, the prerogative of the harlot throughout history.”

    G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), English journalist and author. Every politician is emphatically a promising politician. The Red Moon of Meru (1927).

    Jean Chretien (1934- ), 20th prime minister of Canada, 1993-2103. You see these two guys here? If you asked them they would probably tell you they are my friends. In politics, there is no room for friendship. Posing for a photo with two of his aides, Peter Donalo and Jean Carle. Maclean’s, February 5, 1997.

    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister and writer. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. House of Commons, London, October 1945. Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. The Churchill Wit (1965), ed. Bill Adler.

    Cicero, Quintas (102-43 BC), Roman aristocrat. Be lavish in your promises. Men prefer a false promise to a flat refusal… Contrive to get some new scandal aired against your rival, for crime, corruption, or immorality. Advice for  his more famous brother, Marcus Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman orator and statesman, on how to get elected to the Roman senate. Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, vol. 3, Caesar and Christ (1944).

    Alan Clark (1928-1999), British politician. There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water. Diaries (1993).

    Joe Clark (1939- ), 16th prime minister of Canada, 1979-80. In this new era, public opinion rules. And public opinion, sadly, is often ill-informed. Toronto Globe and Mail, March 4, 1996.

    Bill (William Jefferson) Clinton (1946- ), 42nd U.S. president.
    Being president is like running a cemetery; you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening. Speech, Galesburg, Illinois, January 1995.

    If I went into politics, I could stay acting and never have to change roles. Clinton tells graduating students at New York’s Professional Performing Arts School why he gave up his theatrical ambitions in favor of politics. Newsweek, July 9, 2001.

    Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832), British cleric and writer. It is an easy and a vulgar thing to please the mob, and not a very arduous task to astonish them; but essentially to benefit and improve them is a work fraught with difficulty and teeming with danger. Lacon (1825).

    Henry Steele Commager (1902-98), U.S. historian. It is probably safe to say that over a long period of time, political morality has been as high as business morality. Quoted by Laurence J. Peter in Peter’s Quotations (1977).

    Dave Cooke (1946- ), Canadian sociologist. My experience so far in politics is that people say they want action, but when you take action, they say “why weren’t we consulted?” Toronto Star, May 8, 1993.

    Louis Crouch. It’s not your physical condition that counts; it’s the condition of your brain. A 104-year-old woman, a former baby-sitter for 93-year-old South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, on Thurmond’s qualifications for re-election in the 1996 Congressional elections. Thurmond was re-elected, but later, at age 100, said he would not again seek re-election. He died the next year. Time, November 18, 1996.

    John W. Dafoe (1866-1944), Canadian journalist and author.
    There are less sons of bitches in the Liberal party than in the Tory. Explaining whey he is a Liberal. Quoted by R.L. McDougall in Our Living Tradition (1962).

    More than any country in the world, Canada is the result of political, not economic forces. Canada: an American Nation (1935).

    Clarence Darrow (1857-1938), U.S. lawyer. When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President of the United States. I am beginning to believe it. Attributed.

    Robertson Davies (1913-95), Canadian novelist and critic. The average politician goes through a sentence like a man exploring a disused mine shaft — blind, groping, timorous and in imminent danger of cracking his shins on a subordinate clause or a nasty bid of subjunctive. The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks (1986.

    Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and president of France (1958-69). Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him. Newsweek, October 1, 1962.

    In politics it is necessary to either betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. London Weekly Telegraph, January 29, 1997.

    Susan Delacourt, Canadian political journalist. When a political contest is fought between the forces of hope and the forces of reality, the people usually choose hope… Campaigns of hope… trade in the currency of emotions and feelings. Campaigns of reality rely on numbers and economic facts. Toronto Globe and Mail, November 27, 1995.

    John Diefenbaker (1895-1979), 13th Canadian prime minister, 1957-1963.
    What is the difference between a caucus and a cactus? A cactus has all the pricks on the outside. Comment to reporters when he was faced with a revolt in his caucus.

    Oppositions clean and purify those in office and we in opposition are in fact the “detergents of democracy.” House of Commons, Ottawa, November 14, 1964.

    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), British prime minister and novelist. I repeat… that all power is a trust — that we are accountable for its exercise — that from the people, and for the people, all springs, and all must exit. Vivian Grey (1826).

    Bob Dole (1923- ), U.S. Republican politician.
    Some of us are uncomfortable taking honoraria. I am uncomfortable taking campaign contributions. So I compromised; I took both. Comment during presidential campaign for 1996 Republican presidential nomination. Press reports.

    We’re trying to get good pictures. Don’t worry very much about what I say. Response when asked what he would be telling voters on a recent campaign tour. Newsweek, July 1, 1996.

    You read what Disraeli had to say. I don’t remember what he said. He said something. He’s no longer with us. Groping for words in an effort to explain the challenge of keeping a politician’s private life separate from his public life. Newsweek, October 3, 1998.

    Elizabeth Dole (1936- ) U.S. public servant, U.S. Red Cross president, and Republican senator. The president doesn’t want any yes-men and yes-women around him. When he says no, we all say no. Speaking as a member of Ronald Reagan’s White House staff. Ted Reuter, The 267 Stupidest Things Republicans Ever Said (2000).

    Tommy Douglas (1904-1986) Scottish-born Baptist minister, Saskatchewan premier (1944-61) and New Democratic Party Leader, 1961-71.
    Mr. Speaker, the honorable member said that he could swallow me. If he did, he would have more brains in his belly than he has in his head. House of Commons, Ottawa, cited in Toronto Star, May 23, 2000.

    The Liberals talk about a stable government but we don’t know how bad the stable is going to smell. Toronto Globe and Mail, October 30, 1965.

    Alec Douglas-Home (1903-95), Conservative British prime minister (1963-64). There are two problems in my life. The political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible. Speech, January, 1964.

    Sara Duncan (1861-1922), Canadian novelist. Why is it that when people have no capacity for private usefulness they should be so anxious to serve the public? The Imperialist (1904).

    Maurice Duplessis (1890-1959), premier of Quebec 1936-39 and 1945-59. My boy, the only place in this world that you find unanimity is in the graveyard. And even there, I have heard it said, at election time the dead have been known to vote in various ways! Quoted by Charles Lynch in You Can’t Print That! Memoirs of a Political Voyeur (1983).

    Abba Eban (1915- ), Israeli politician and diplomat. It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say. London Observer December 5, 1971.

    Edwin W.  Edwards (1927- ), four-term Louisiana governor, sentenced in 2001 to a 10-year jail term for racketeering.
    Don’t write anything you can phone. Don’t phone anything you can talk. Don’t talk anything your can whisper. Don’t whisper anything you can smile. Don’t smile anything you can nod. Don’t nod anything you can wink. Cited in Economist, May 12, 2001.

    [He's] so slow that he takes an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes. Comment on political opponent David C. Treen. New York Times, October 22, 1983.

    He served two terms as Governor of Louisiana and was never indicted. That’s a genuine achievement. Comment on former governor, Jimmy Davis, who died in November, 2000, thought to be 101. Known as the “Singing Governor,” Davis claimed to have written more than 400 songs and was best known for “You Are My Sunshine.” Time, November 20, 2000.

    Bob (Robert Chambers) Edwards, Canadian humourist and publisher of the Calgary Eye Opener. As one crosses the roaring forties of one’s years, one’s notion of real excitement is a good general election. Quoted by J. W. G. MacEwan in Poking into politics (1966).

    Barbara Ehrenreich (1941- ), U.S. sociologist, feminist, and writer. When the Somalians were merely another third world people, we sent them guns.  Now that they are falling down dead from starvation, we send them troops.  Some may see in this a tidy metaphor for the entire relationship between north and south.  But it would make a whole lot more sense nutritionally — as well as providing infinitely more vivid viewing — if the Somalians could be persuaded to eat the troops. London Guardian, January 9, 1993.

    Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969), U.S. general and 34th president of the United States. Yes, a lot more golfers beat me. Asked if his golf game had changed after he was no longer president of the United States. Quoted by George Sullivan and Barbara Lagowski in Sports Curmudgeon (1993).

    Euripides (480-406 BC), Greek dramatist. Spare me the sight/ of this thankless breed, these politicians/ who cringe for favours from a screaming mob/ and do not care what harm they do their friends,/providing they can please a crowd! Hecuba (c. 425 BC.

    Steve Forbes (1947- ), U.S. publisher and 2000 Republican presidential nominee. My father once spent five million dollars on a birthday for himself in Tangiers. Why can’t I spend a few more running for president? Ted Reuter, The 267 Stupidest Things Republicans Ever Said (2000).

    Gerald Ford (1913- ), 38th U.S. president. Mr. Nixon was the 37th president of the United States. He had been preceded by 36 others. Ted Reuter, The 267 Stupidest Things Republicans Ever Said (2000).

    Barney Frank (1940- ), U.S. Democratic Congressional Representative (1980-2013). I am very pleasantly surprised. He’s been much worse than I expected. On the performance of his Republican counterpart, Newt Gingrich, Time, January 1, 1996.

    Graham Fraser (1946- ), Canadian journalist. Mr. Spector told brutal, gloomy truths. Mr. Segal sees the bright side and puts an optimistic face on everything. Even political adversaries, it seems, would prefer to be lied to by Mr. Segal than told the truth by Mr. Spector. Comment on the style and personality of two chiefs of staff in the prime minister’s office, Norman Spector and his successor, Hugh Segal. Toronto Globe and Mail, Toronto, July 25, 1992.

    John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006 ), Canadian-born economist, author and diplomat.
    Once at an auction sale, my father mounted a large manure pile to speak to the assembled crowd. He apologized with ill-concealed sincerity for speaking from the Tory platform. The effect on the agrarian audience was electric. The Scotch (1964).

    Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. Ambassador’s Journal (1969).

    John Galsworthy (1867-1933), English novelist and playwright. There is just one rule for politicians all over the world. Don’t say in Power what you say in Opposition: if you do you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible. Maid in Waiting (1931).

    Indira Gandhi (1917-84), prime minister of India, 1966-77. All my games were political games: I was like Joan of Arc, perpetually being burned at the stake. New York Times, November 5, 1971

    David Lloyd George (1863-1945) British Liberal politician, prime minister, 1916-1922).
    A politician is a person with whose politics you don’t agree; if you agree with him he is a statesman. Quoted by Frank S. Pepper, Handbook of 20th Century Quotations (1984).

    What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you’ll ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the deck — you’ll find them all in politics. London Observer, January 2, 1966.

    Philippe Deane Gigantes (1923-2004 ), Greek-born Canadian journalist, public servant, and senator. A Senate acting as a House of Fact is essential, as an antidote for the poisoning of the democratic process by professional liars. The Road Ahead (1990).

    W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911), English librettist. When in that House MPs divide/ If they’ve a brain and cerebellum too/ They have to leave that brain outside/ And vote just as their leaders tell ‘em to. The Gondoliers (1899).

    Candace Gingrich (1966- ), U.S. human rights activist. Newt/ I think you’re cute/ You speaker of that House of ill repute. Lesbian half-sister of Newt Gingrich, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-99), in a song introduced at a gay ball. London Times, March 16, 1997.

    Walter Gordon (1906-86), Canadian financial executive, Liberal politician, and nationalist. If you have too highly developed a sense of the ridiculous you can’t get through daily political life in Ottawa without laughing, and that’s not allowed. Quoted by Peter Newman, Distemper of Our Times (1968).

    Phil Gramm (1942-2001), U.S. economist and politician.
    I want to assure you I do have a heart… I keep it in a quart jar by my desk. Toronto Star, January 7, 1996.

    I have the most reliable friend you can have in American politics, and that’s ready money. Speaking as a Republican nominee for the 1996 presidential elections. New Yorker, March 18, 1996.

    They are 80-year olds. Most people don’t have the luxury of living to be 80 years old, so it’s hard for me to feel sorry for them. Explaining his proposal to cut Social Security benefits for the elderly. Cited by Michael King in “Pride and Prejudice: Farewell to Phil Gramm — the Journalist’s Friend.” Austin (Texas) Chronicle, September 21, 2001.

    Mike Gunn, U.S. Republican senator from Mississippi. If guns are outlawed, how can we shoot liberals? Newsweek, March 25, 1996.

    Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), U.S. folk singer, songwriter and author. Left wing, right wing, chicken wing — it’s the same thing to me. I sing my songs wherever I can sing ‘em. When told in the 1930s that a rally at which he was to perform would be a left wing event. Quoted by Elizabeth Partridge in This Land Was Made For You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie (2002).

    Pat Hall, executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. I don’t think many of them knew she was dead. Speaking of voters who elected a dead person, Jacquelyn Morrow Lewis Ledgerwood, to a runoff position in the 1998 Democratic U.S. Senate primary. Newsweek, September 7, 1998.

    Carlos Gonzales Hank (1927-2001), Mexican politician and businessman.  A politician who is poor is a poor politician. The son of a poor German immigrant, Hank amassed a fortune of nearly $1 billion by 1995 as a long-serving Mexican civil servant and politician, moonlighting as an entrepreneur. His firms reportedly did a lot of government business. Cited by Michael Allen and Dianne Solis in “Mexico’s New Politics Tests the Mighty Hanks,” Wall Street Journal, December 14, 1995.

    Tom Harkin (1939- ), U.S. Democratic senator. It was the first time a person saved an airbag’s life. Comment on a loan of $300,000 by Bob Dole to Newt Gingrich to pay a fine for violation of Congressional ethics. News reports, May 1997.

    Stephen Harper (1959- ), 22nd prime minister of Canada.
    It is important to take the initiative, to build firewalls around Alberta, to limit the extent to which an aggressive and hostile federal government can encroach upon legitimate province jurisdiction. National Post, January 24, 2001.

    Kyoto [global accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions] is essentially a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations. Toronto Star, January 30, 2007.

    In terms of the unemployed… don’t feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don’t feel bad about it themselves, as long as they’re receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance. Speech, June 1997, U.S. Council for National Policy.

    I don’t know all the facts on Iraq, but I think we should work closely with the Americans.  On Canada’s perceived failure to participate in the U.S.-led 2002 invasion of Iraq. Report magazine, March 2002. We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies. Canadian Press, April 11, 2003. Canada remains alienated from its allies, shut out of the reconstruction process to some degree, unable to influence events. There is no upside to the position Canada took. Maclean’s, August 25, 2003. It [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely an error… That’s absolutely true and that’s why we did not send anybody to Iraq. October 2, 2008, during the Leader’s television debate in the national elections.

    Richard Harris (1932- ), Irish film actor. Probably the most distinctive characteristic of the successful politician is selective cowardice. New Yorker, December 14,1968.

    Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), Czech playwright and first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia. If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President. Speech, London Independent, March 24, 1990.

    George Hees (1910-1996), Canadian Progressive Conservative politician and cabinet minister. When we were boys we used to stand on the corner and watch the girls go by. Some girls had IT and some didn’t. Now, we could tell just like that which ones had IT and which ones didn’t. And that’s how you pick candidates — they’ve got to have IT. Election campaign speech, June 1962, quoted by Peter Newman in Renegade in Power (1963).

    Joseph Howe (1804-1873), Canadian journalist and politician. Poetry was the maiden I loved, but politics was the harridan I married. Speech.

    Michael Huffington (1947- ), U.S. politician. I want to dispel any notion my wife is the driving force behind this campaign, a point I’ll be making several times in this speech she wrote for me. Speaking as a Republican Senate candidate who had been accused of being a puppet of his wife, Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington. Speech, San Francisco, London Times October 13, 1994.

    Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norweigan playwright and poet. Politics are the most important thing in life — for a newspaper. An Enemy of the People (1882).

    James I (1566-1625), King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. I will govern according to the common weal, but not according to the common will.J.R. Green, History of the English People (1879.)

    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third U.S. president.
    A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787.

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. Letter to William Steven Smith, November 13, 1787.

    Carrie Johnson (1956- ), U.S. television advertising executive.I for one appreciate a good form letter, having worked on Capitol Hill and learned several dozen cordial ways to say nothing. Judging American Business by Its Writing Habits, New York Times, July 14, 1984.

    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73), 36th U.S. president.
    If you’re in politics and you can’t tell when you walk into a room who’s for you and who’s against you, then you’re in the wrong line of work. Quoted by B. Mooney in The Lyndon Johnson Story (1956).

    I want it so that you can’t wipe your ass on a piece of paper that hasn’t got my picture on it. Said to his press agents. Quoted by Robert A. Caro in The Path to Power (1983).

    Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but stand there and take it. Recalled in his obituaries, January 22, 1973.

    I seldom think of politics more than 18 hours a day. Quoted in A Guide to the 99th Congress, 1985.

    Frankly, I don’t mind not being president. I just mind that someone else is. Speech, Washington Gridiron Club, March 22, 1986.

    Kenneth Kaunda (1924- ), first president of Zambia ( 1964-91). The power which establishes a state is violence; the power which maintains it is violence; the power which eventually overthrows it is violence. Quoted by Colin M. Morris (editor) in Kaunda on Violence (1980).

    The moment you have protected an individual you have protected society. London Observer, May 6, 1962.

    Michael Kelly (1957-2003), U.S. journalist and editor.
    Politics is not perfect, alas. But if it is amusing, isn’t that enough? From a satire of the tendency to confess faults, errors and misdeed and assume that they are thereby automatically absolved. Atlantic Monthly, December, 2002.

    The two primal fears in American politics are: (1) that Democrats will perpetually increase taxes to the point where they drive the nation and you into penury because they cannot stop spending money on utopian dreams and vote-buying schemes; and (2) that Republicans will happily sacrifice your health, education, and welfare in order to enrich themselves and the other fellas down at the country club. New Yorker, December 4, 1995.

    John F. Kennedy (1917-63), 35th U.S. president. I have just received the following wire from my generous daddy. It says, “Dear Jack, don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.” Speech, Washington, March 15, 1958.

    Tom Kennedy (1878-1959), Ontario minister of agriculture. Look here, boys, a subsidy is just giving you back your own money. When governments handle it, a big chunk disappears somewhere. So why don’t you just manage among yourselves. Advice to farmers in 1948. Quoted by G. Aiken in  Backbencher (1974).

    John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist.
    The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Quoted by Robert Skidelsky in John Maynard Keynes: Fighting for Free, 1937-1946, New York  (2001.)

    I work for a government I despise for ends I think criminal. Letter to Duncan Grant, December 15, 1917.

    I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past. The End of Laissez-faire (1926).

    In the end we are all dead. A Tract on Monetary Reform (1923).

    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Russian dictator. Politicians are the same everywhere. They promise to build bridges even where there are no rivers. Attributed.

    William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950), Canadian prime minister, 1921-30 and 1935-48. I’ve always found that you can control people better if you don’t see too much of them. Attributed.

    Glenys Kinnock (1945- ), British politician. You learn not to make jokes, otherwise you find the Germans getting it 10 minutes after the Swedes. Speaking from experience as a member of the European Parliament. London Observer, November 8, 1998.

    Iosif Kobzon, Russian pop singer. Honestly speaking, who the hell knows? On being asked why he was running in the 1995 Russian parliamentary elections. Newsweek, November 27, 1995.

    Charles Krauthammer (1950- ), U.S. journalist and author. If we insist that public life be preserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who contract out the messy things in life: the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show; and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery. Pietygate: School for Scandal (1984).

    Arthur Kroeger (1932-2008), Canadian civil servant, known as “the dean of deputy ministers.” Politicians come and go, but public servants are the permanent custodians of permanent problems. Quoted by David Zussman in a speech, Canadian Speeches, March/April, 2000.

    Judy LaMarsh (1924-80), Canadian lawyer, broadcaster, novelist, and Liberal politician. Generally speaking people think all politicians are crooked. But if they were, they wouldn’t go into politics. They could make more money as crooks. Speech, October 20, 1965

    Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919), seventh prime minister of Canada, 1891-1911.
    The great mass of the electors are ignorant & a great majority of them never read, & remain as much in the dark as to what is going on in this country as if they were residing in Europe. Letter to Edward Blake, July 10, 1882.

    In politics, the question seldom arises to do the ideal right. The best that is generally to be expected, is to attain a certain object, and for the accomplishment of this object, many things have to be done which are questionable, and many things have to be submitted to which, if rigorously investigated, could not be approved of. Cited by Robert Craig Brown and Ramsay Cook in Canada 1896-1921: A Nation Transformed (1974).

    Paul Laxalt (1922- ), governor of Nevada 1963-67 and Republican U.S. senator 1974-87. In Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination. Cited by Irving Layton in The Whole Bloody Bird (1969).

    Stephen Leacock, (1869-1944), Canadian economist and humourist. I am a Liberal Conservative, or, if you will, a Conservative Liberal with a strong dash of sympathy with the Socialist idea, a friend of Labour and a believer in Progressive Radicalism. I do not desire office but would take a seat in the Canadian Senate at five minutes’ notice. The Hohenzollerns in America (1919).

    Alexander Lebed (1950-2002), Russian general and politician. For politically unreasonable and unacceptable decisions, soldiers always pay with their lives, their bones, and their blood. Those who start wars know in advance that neither they nor any of their children will ever participate in them. No, they stir up the flames of war for us, the cattle. I Pity the Great Power (1997). Attributed by Alexander Solzhenitsyn in The First Circle (1968).

    Robert Mason Lee, Canadian journalist and author. Those in public life lack… opportunity of repose before engaging in public discourse. They must respond instantly, and in some cases pre-emptively, to the news. Another certainty of public debate is a corollary of the first: that those who are asked for their opinion haven’t had a chance to form one. Toronto Globe and Mail, Toronto, October 8, 1994.

    Nikolai Lenin (1870-1924), Russian communist leader. Any cook should be able to run the country.

    A.R.M. Lower (1899-1988), Canadian historian. It is not easy to govern a country, part of whose people are more British than the king and part more Catholic than the pope. Colony to Nation (1946).

    Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), U.S. general. He’ll make a fine president. He was the best clerk who ever served under me. On the 1952 election of Dwight D. Eisenhower as the 34th U.S. president. News reports.

    John A. Macdonald (1815-91), first prime minister of Canada, 1867-73.
    If I had my way, they should all be highly respectable parties whom I could send to the penitentiary if I liked. Quoted by Richard Cartwright in  Reminiscences (1912).

    I know an old lady in Toronto who solemnly assured me that her conservative cow gave two quarts of milk more each day than it had done before the elections. Speech in Ottawa; attributed.

    An election is like a horse-race in that you can tell more about it the next day. Quoted by Joseph Pope in Memoirs of Sir J. A. Macdonald.

    Harold Macmillan (1894-1986), British Conservative prime minister, 1957-63. As usual, the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound. Speech, London, March 8, 1961.

    Marya Mannes (1904-1990), U.S. journalist and essayist. A candidate for office can have no greater advantage than muddled syntax; no greater liability than a command of language. More in Anger (1958).

    Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005), U.S. politician, 1968 Democratic presidential candidate.
    Have you ever tried to split sawdust? Replying to a charge that he divided the Democratic Party. NBC-TV, October 23, 1969.

    Never say anything in a national campaign that anyone might remember. McCarthy’s First Law of Politics (1990).

    The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is [its] inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. Time, February 12, 1979.

    Frank McKenna (1948- ), Canadian Liberal politician, premier of New Brunswick 1987-97. Once you’ve been premier of New Brunswick, why would you want to be prime minister of Canada? Toronto Globe and Mail, October 9, 1997.

    Tom McMillan (1945- ), Canadian politician and diplomat. The reputation of Jesus Christ himself could not withstand the kind of abuse the media and interest groups heap upon anyone who rises above the rank of water commissioner. Commenting on the criticism to which elected public officials are subject. Speech, Ottawa, October 2, 1991.

    Marianne Means, U.S. columnist. A joke around Washington predicts that three new political bonds are about to be issued. The first, the Newt Gingrich bond, has no maturity. The second, the Bob Dole bond, has no interest. And the third, the Bill Clinton bond, has no principal. Toronto Globe and Mail, April 2, 1996.

    Howard Metzenbaum (1917-2008), U.S Democratic senator. I pick out the busiest block in Cleveland. As I walk down the sidewalk, all sorts of people are passing me by. I look at each one of them and say to myself, “screw you.” Describing how he deals with periods of intense political criticism. Quoted by Paul Wellstone in The Conscience of a Liberal (2001).

    Jean Monnet (1888-1979), French statesman, regarded as the founder of the European Community. There are two kinds of people in politics; those who want to be somebody, and those who want to do something. Quoted in Maclean’s, May 17, 1993.

    Desmond Morton (1937- ), Canadian historian. Apart from theoretical economics and the more abstract branches of particle physics, objective reality is not the dominant force in decision making. On the tendency of political decisions to ignore realities. Speech, University of Missouri, St. Louis, October 19, 1994.

    Brian Mulroney (1939- ), 18th prime minister of Canada, 1984-1993.
    It’s all theatre; once I understood that, I was all set. Comment on political life, news reports, 1991.

    Popularity is bad for you. Try and avoid it like the plague. Opinion expressed when his rating in public opinion polls was the lowest ever recorded by a serving prime minister of Canada. Toronto Globe and Mail, December 26, 1992.

    Owen E. Murphy (1849-1901), U.S. businessman. We bribed them all, and generally acquired nearly everything in sight. We literally owned the Province. Public officials in Canada, so far as my experience goes, do not have that suspicious hesitancy in accepting money that characterizes some officials in this country. The Langevin crowd did not scruple to take all they could get. Murphy was an associate of Thomas McGreevy, Member of Parliament and railway and building contractor, expelled from Parliament for political corruption and convicted of defrauding the government with bribes paid to Public Works Minister Hector Langevin and others in the government of John A. Macdonald. McGreevy was sentenced to a year in jail and Langevin was forced to resign. Interview published in New York Times, republished in Toronto Globe, November 23, 1891.

    Richard J. Needham (1912-96), Canadian journalist.
    Isn’t it awful about those loafers sitting around taking handouts and simply sponging off the taxpayers? Let’s abolish the Senate immediately. Quoted by Allan K. McLean in the Ontario Legislature, July 23, 1992.

    Newspapers go to great pains to give honest, accurate accounts of the lies told by politicians. A Friend in Needham (1969).

    Richard Nixon (1913-94), 37thU.S. president.
    I’ll speak for the man or against him, whichever will do him most good. Attributed.

    People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I earned everything I’ve got. Speech, November 17, 1973.

    When the president does it, that means it is not illegal. Television interview with David Frost, May 4, 1977.

    For years politicians have promised the moon, I’m the first one to be able to deliver it. Radio message to astronauts on the moon, July 20, 1969.

    You have to run as far as you can to the right, because that’s where 40% of the people who decide the [Republican presidential] nomination are. And to get elected you have to run as fast as you can back to the middle, because only about 4% of the nation’s voters are on the extreme right wing. Letter to Senator Robert Dole on how to become president of the United States. Los Angeles Times, May 1995.

    I’m going to chop those bastards [at the Washington Post] right off at the neck. They don’t really realize how rough I can play. I’ve been such a nice guy around here… But when I start, I will kill them… They’re off the Christmas list, they don’t come to the Christmas party. Nixon vows revenge after the Washington Post blows the lid off the Watergate scandal. From secretly recorded Nixon tapes made public in 1996. Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes,  edited by Stanley I. Kutler (1997).

    I don’t think a woman should be in any government jobs whatever, mainly because they are erratic. And emotional… I lean to a woman only because, frankly, I think at this time, John, we got to pick up every half a percentage point [in public opinion polls] we can. Nixon in a 1971 taped conversation with his attorney general, John Mitchell. John W. Dean, The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment That Redefined the Supreme Court (2001).

    Gratton O’Leary (1889-1976), Canadian journalist and senator.A political platform is impossible and dishonest. The most a party should do is lay down a set of principles. Ottawa Journal, quoted in Maclean’s, June 7, 1958.

    Jack Pickersgill (1905-97 ), Canadian public servant, historian and politician.
    This is degenerating into a debate. House of Commons, Ottawa, August 10, 1956.

    Mackenzie King genuinely believed and frequently said that the real secret of political leadership was more in what was prevented than what was accomplished. The Mackenzie King Record (1960).

    Plunkitt, George Washington, (1842-1924), U.S. senator. The politician who steals is worse than a thief. He is a fool. With all the grand opportunities around for the man with a political pull, there’s no excuse for stealin’ a cent.Quoted by William L. Riordon in Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (1905).

    Charles Rangel (1930- ), U.S. Congressional representative. Never again in his political career can he call someone dishonest. That’s a hell of a burden for a politician to carry. Speaking of House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was reprimanded and fined $300,000 for ethics violations. Newsweek, February 3, 1997.

    Andrew Rawnsley, British journalist. Dozens [of members of Parliament]… are in receipt of salaries and retainers from companies and lobbyists paying to promote matters being transacted by Parliament. The only good reason why MPs do not follow footballers and wear the names of their sponsors on their chests is because nobody makes shirts in sizes large enough for them. London Observer January 15, 1995.

    Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) U.S. film actor and 40th U.S. president.
    I’ve often wondered how some people in positions of this kind… manage without having had any acting experience. Television interview with Barbara Walters, March 24, 1986.

    Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. Los Angeles Herald Examiner, March 3, 1978.

    I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience. Campaigning for the presidency at age 73. Live television debate with Walter Mondale, October 22, 1984.

    Susan Riley, Canadian journalist and author. A friend suggested calling it Little Women, and I liked that, too, although it had a slightly familiar ring. The same friend suggested Talk Softly and Marry a Big Prick. From the forward to her 1987 book, Political Wives: Lives of the Saints, about the wives of Canadian politicians.

    Paul Craig Roberts (1939- ), U.S. economist, public official, and columnist. As a columnist, I’ve found that giving people information may not work when they want emotional vindication. As the governing emphasis on feelings crowds out reason, fact will play a smaller role in public discourse. Cited in Forbes, July 6, 1998.

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) U.S. diplomat, author, and human rights campaigner. Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Remember to lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president. Be sure not to get too fat, because you’ll have to sit three in the back seat. Advice for aspiring first ladies during U.S. presidential campaigns. New York Times, November 11, 1962.

    Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd U.S. president, 1933-45. I pledge to you, I pledge to myself, a new deal for the American people. Speech accepting nomination for presidency, Chicago, July 2, 1932.

    Warren Rudman (1930- ), U.S. Republican senator, 1980-93. Do something menial for a month — clean the yard, make sure the septic tank is working, chop down limbs, round up stray dogs. Then be busy, very, very quickly. Advice for retiring or defeated politicians. New York Times, October 27, 1996.

    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English philosopher and mathematician.
    The more you are talked about, the more you will wish to be talked about. The condemned murderer who is allowed to see the account of his trial in the Press is indignant if he finds a newspaper which has reported it inadequately… Politicians and literary men are in the same case. Human Society in Ethics and Politics (1954).

    People don’t seem to realize that it takes time and effort and preparation to think. Statesmen are far too busy making speeches to think. Quoted by Kenneth Harris in Talking To Bertrand Russell (1971).

    Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them. New Hopes For A Changing World (1951).

    Arthur Schlesinger (1917-2007) U.S. historian. Ideology is the curse of public affairs because it converts politics into a branch of theology and sacrifices human beings on the alter of dogma. Foreign Policy and the American Character, Foreign Affairs, Fall, 1983.

    Patricia Schroeder (1940- ) U.S. politician. I was cooking breakfast this morning for my kids, and I thought, “He’s just like a Teflon frying pan: Nothing sticks to him.” Describing U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Boston Globe, October 24, 1984.

    Mel Sempler, Tampa, Florida shopping centre developer and political fund raiser for 1996 Republican presidential nominee Lamar Alexander. If you’re not going to send me a cheque for $5,000, I can’t stay on the phone long. U.S. News and World Report, February 26, 1996.

    O.D. Skelton (1878-1941), Canadian academic and public servant. The distribution of patronage was the most important single function of government. Life of Laurier (1921).

    Adlai Stevenson (1900-65), U.S. statesman.
    A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth. Stevenson, Adlai Ewing. Quoted by L. Harris in The Fine Art of Political Wit.

    Your public servants serve you right; indeed often they serve you better than your apathy and indifference deserve. Speech, Los Angeles, September 11, 1952.

    Streisand, Barbara (1942- ), U.S. singer, actor, and film producer. I don’t want to go around shaking hands and having babies pee on me. Explaining why she has no plans to run for public office. Ted Reuter, The 267 Stupidest Things Democrats Ever Said  (2000).

    Margaret Thatcher (1925- ), British prime minister.
    In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. Quoted by Anthony Sampson in The Changing Anatomy of Britain (1982).

    Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. London Observer, May 20, 1978.

    Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000), 15th prime minister of Canada.
    I hope there is no inclination in the Cabinet to say, “I didn’t agree with the decision.” If they do, they won’t remain members of the cabinet long, not long at all. Press interview, Ottawa, April 23, 1968.

    There’s nobody to tell me how the country should be run. I tell them. Television comment, quoted  in Maclean’s September 1968.

    The next time you see Jesus Christ, ask Him what happened to the just society He promised 2,000 years ago. Questioned in Regina by a high school student about the “Just Society” he had promised, September 29, 1972. Quoted by Robert M. Hamilton and Dorothy Shields in The Dictionary of Canadian Quotations and Phrases (1982).

    I didn’t like to kiss babies, though I didn’t mind kissing their mothers. Memoirs (1993).

    Fran Ulmer, Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Alaska. It needs to be a small, light handgun that isn’t so awkward to carry that I wouldn’t end up carrying it. Explaining why her .44-cal Magnum is too big to carry on election campaigns. Time, August 5, 2002.

    Karl Marie von Clausewitz (1780-1831), Prussian general. War is the continuation of politics by other means. On War (1833).

    William Whitelaw (1918-99), British conservative politician. The Labour Party is going about the country stirring up apathy. Attributed.

    Michael Wilson (1937- ), Canadian finance minister 1984-91. People, when they go into politics, they give up a lot. They give up financially, they give up their private lives and sometimes their health. And then bang, no thanks, you’re out. Then you’ve got to pick up the pieces and make your way. Toronto Globe and Mail October 22, 1994.

    Jessi Winchester, former Nevada prostitute. I’ve had a lot of different life experiences that definitely qualify me for understanding the average person in our society. On her qualifications as a candidate for the U.S. Congress. U.S. News & World Report, March 25, 1996.

    Larry Zolf (1934-2011), Canadian journalist and author. For socialists, going to bed with the Liberals is like having oral sex with a shark. Quoted by Frank S. Pepper in Handbook of 20th Century Quotations (1984).

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