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

“Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” – Charles De Gaulle

“Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.” – Eugene McCarthy

“Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.” – Winston Churchill

“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

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” – John Adams

“Politics have no relation to morals.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

“Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” – Ronald Reagan

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