❝A short saying oft contains much wisdom.❞
Sophocles (496BC – 406BC)

Our growing selection of quotes on politics, especially relating to driving issues, from both the  good guys  and the  bad guys .
 
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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Mahatma Gandhi

 
Quotes from the good guys
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
Plato

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.”
Pericles (430 B.C.)

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”
Voltaire

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke 1770

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.”
William Pitt, Prime Minister
1783-11-18

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
Thomas Jefferson
1743–1826

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson
1743–1826

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
Thomas Jefferson
1743–1826

“Power never concedes anything without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Frederick Douglass
American abolitionist, 1857

“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
Thomas Alva Edison

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
H.L. Mencken

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary”
H.L. Mencken

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell
Warning: Displaying the above quote in public in Blair's Britain may get you arrested.
The Independent
(Column 2 'Charged for quoting George Orwell in public')

 
“When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.”
G. K. Chesterton
Illustrated London News, 6 April 1918

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent ... the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
Justice Louis D. Brandeis
US Supreme Court, 1928

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”
Albert Einstein

'blackwhite' "Applied to the Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary.”
George Orwell, '1984'

“The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.”
Gore Vidal

“Civilization is the progress of a society toward privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from man.”
Ayn Rand, 1943

“In Germany, they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
And then they came for me, and by that time there was no one was left to speak up.”
Pastor Martin Niemoller
Concentration camp survivor
Speeches in 1946, this version 1971
Wikipedia

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin.

“The undeserving maintain power by promoting hysteria”
Frank Herbert
(American science fiction Author and Writer
1920–1986)

“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”
George Orwell

“Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”
Robert A Heinlein

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“The state is made for man, not man for the state.... That is to say, the state should be our servant and not we its slaves.”
Albert Einstein

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”
Nikita Khrushchev

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
John F. Kennedy 1963

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.”
Groucho Marx

“Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.”
Henry Kissinger

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are
  ‘I`m from the government and I'm here to help.’ ”
Ronald Reagan

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
Ronald Reagan

“Don't just do something, stand there!”
Ronald Reagan

“Politics is show business for ugly people.”
Paul Begala, Washington Post interview, 1992.

“I am also struck by the degree to which our lives are becoming ruled by a truly absurd degree of politically correct interference.”
HRH The Prince of Wales
in a letter to the Lord Chancellor,
printed in the Daily Mail on 26th September 2002

“A new fascism promises security from the terror of crime. All that is required is that we take away the criminals' rights — which, of course, are our own. Out of our desperation and fear we begin to feel a sense of security from the new totalitarian state.”
Gerry Spence

“I don't see myself as conservative, but I'm not ultra-leftist. You build a philosophy of your own. I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone.”
Clint Eastwood

“If anybody ever tries to tell me that Britain has the greatest democratic system in the world, I'll remind them they couldn't be further from the truth. A great democracy wouldn't have room for a powerful, high-ranking politician who publicly and viciously tells millions of motorists that many of them are idiots simply because of the cars they choose to drive.”

“we've all got choices, we've all got voices, stand up make some noise”
Avril Lavigne
He Wasn`t from her album Under My Skin 2004
(She wasn't writing about politics, but about how people shouldn't just sit there and silently put up with stuff they don't like)

“Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

“A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the Police State Dictatorship it's going to get.”
Ian Williams Goddard

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
V in the movie V for Vendetta 2006

“We rage that, as we go about our business, we are picked and poked and bossed around, annoyed and irritated and endlessly harassed by public and private sector officialdom that treats us like children with rules and regulations and directives and laws that no one voted for, no one supports, but no one ever seems to be able to do the slightest thing about.”
David Cameron, May 2009

“People are just people the world over and their main ambition is to have a happy life; it's the politicians who make it difficult.”
Charley Boorman
By Any Means

“We want a new breed of MPs who will consistently tell the whips to get stuffed; who will smash the brutal and intellectually enervating system of party discipline that turns Westminster into a kind of Seventies Leyland car factory, apathetically turning out badly assembled laws to plague the people of this country.”
Boris Johnson, 2009-05-25

“I did not enter politics out of philanthropy but rather as an extension of my own annoyance at having inherited freedoms infringed by power-crazed idiots.”
Nigel Farage, Raging Bull

Quotes from the bad guys
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”
Adolf Hitler

“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”
Adolf Hitler

“When an opponent says: 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already. You will pass on. Your descendents, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time, they will know nothing else but this new community.'.”
Adolf Hitler
In a speech on 6th November 1933
(Consider how the government is keen to 'teach' children about 'global warming' and 'speeding').

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell, or an extremely wretched life as paradise.”
Adolf Hitler

“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”
Hermann Goering
Speaking at the Nuremburg Trials
18th April 1946

“We can't expect the European People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism.”
Nikita Khrushchev
(Replace "Socialism" with "Environmentalism" & "Communism" with "Totalitarianism")

“Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking.”
Idi Amin

“I will have failed if in 5 years time there are not fewer journeys made by car.”
John Prescott 1997
(Thanks John, what are you up to these days?)