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There's a problem with political polling in that you have so much pressure to do what your client wants you to do and say what your client wants you to say. I've never felt that pressure. I am independent of the political parties.
If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.
I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
People want change but not too much change. Finding that balance is tricky for every politician.
We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
Martin L. Gross
Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.
Sandra Day O'Connor
The military destabilised my government on politically motivated charges.
I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
You know they say the most dangerous person of the world is a member of the United States Congress just home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
What politicians want to create is irreversible change because when you leave office someone changes it back again.
It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy.
Charles de Secondat
After much prayerful consideration, I feel that I must say I have climbed my last political mountain.
George C. Wallace
And after I make a lot of money, I'll be able to afford running for office.
Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois.
Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What's one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
There is probably a perverse pride in my administration... that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who's occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.
At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
Our only real hope for democracy is that we get the money out of politics entirely and establish a system of publicly funded elections.
You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn't know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.
When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good, but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation.
William J. Clinton
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
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