“In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

The Good, the Bad & the Funny

Don’t watch political pundits this week. Read these 31 quotes instead. Why 31? Because I wanted to have as many quotes as Baskin-Robbins had flavors.

1. “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy

2. “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” — George Orwell

3. “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain

4. “You can study government and politics in school, but the best way to really understand the process is to volunteer your time.” — Rob McKenna

5. “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything” — Joseph Stalin

6. “Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.” — Bernard Baruch

7. “We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion.” — Barack Obama

8. “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

9. “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” — Will Rogers

10. “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” — Victor Pinchuk

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

12. “In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

13. “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” — Thomas Jefferson

14. “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

15. “Politics have no relation to morals.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

16. “I like to see myself as a bridge builder, that is me building bridges between people, between races, between cultures, between politics, trying to find common ground.” — T. D. Jakes

17. “Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.” — Mahatma Gandhi

18. “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

19. “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.” — Thomas Sowell

20. “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” — Malcolm X

21. “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” — Groucho Marx

22. “More things in politics happen by accident or exhaustion than happen by conspiracy.” — Jeff Greenfield

23. “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Pericles

24. “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” — Aesop

25. “In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.” — Charles de Gaulle

26. “Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but to stand there and take it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

27. “One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are” — Cal Thomas

28. “No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.” — Jacob Bronowski

29. “To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.” — Hubert H. Humphrey

30. “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” — John Adams

31. “One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.” — Donald Trump

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