Politician Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old politician quotes, politician sayings, and politician proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Politicians were mostly people who'd had too little morals and ethics to stay lawyers.     

George R.R. Martin

It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.     

Jean Baudrillard

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.     

Henry Louis Mencken

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.     

Henry Louis Mencken

The poet and the politician have this in common: their greatness depends on the courage with which they face the challenges of life.     

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.     

Henry Kissinger

A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.     

James Freeman Clarke

Every politician has a promising career. Unfortunately, most of them do not keep those promises.     

Jarod Kintz

There's 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.     

John Galsworthy

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.     

Nikita Khrushchev

A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.     

Oscar Levant

A politician is a man in his natural state.     

Bangambiki Habyarimana

A politician is a politician whether he's wearing a suit or a funny hat.     

Reza Aslan

A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.     

E. E. Cummings

Politicians should never put themselves first: governments should put people first and all of us should put our country first.     


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

Nikita Khrushchev

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.     

Texas Guinan

Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men.     

Abraham Lincoln

A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.     

George Will

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.     

Carl Sandburg

The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.     

Theodore Roosevelt

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.     

H. L. Mencken

Politicians will always send others off to fight their wars.     

Anthony T.Hincks

A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot.     

William Randolph Hearst

No politician should ever let himself be photographed in a bathing suit.     

Adolf Hitler

Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome.     

Benjamin Whichcote

If politicians stopped meddling with things they don't understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocates.     

Thomas Sowell

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.     

Groucho Marx

The politicians say “we” can't afford a tax cut. Maybe we can't afford the politicians.     

Steve Forbes

Politicians have the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn't happen.     

Winston Churchill