Political Quotes

Political Quotes

"an overripe banana, yellow outside, squishy in."
REGINALD PAGET on Anthony Eden

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down 
his friends for his life"
JEREMY THORPE (b. 1929) on a savage Macmillan cabinet shuffle

"He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion."

"I welcome this opportunity of pricking the 
bloated bladder of lies with the poniard of truth."
ANEURIN BEVAN (1897-1960) on Winston Churchill

It has been said that democracy is the worst 
form of government except all the others that
have been tried.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Sir Stafford has a brilliant mind -- until it is made up."
LADY VIOLET BONHAM (1887-1969) on Stafford Cripps

"A sheep in sheep's clothing."

"He is a self-made man, and worships his creator."

"If Gladstone fell into the Thames, that would be a misfortune,
and if anybody pulled him out that, I suppose, would be a calamity."
BENJAMIN DISRAELI on William Ewart Gladstone

"He made his conscience not his guide but his accomplice."
BENJAMIN DISRAELI on William Ewart Gladstone

"He has not a single redeeming defect."
BENJAMIN DISRAELI on William Ewart Gladstone.

"The Right Honorable Gentleman's smile is like the 
silver fittings on a coffin."

"The Right Honourable Gentleman is reminiscent of a poker.  
The only difference is that a poker gives off occasional 
signs of warmth."

"Never make people laugh. If you would succeed in life, 
you must be solemn, solemn as an ass. All great monuments 
are built over solemn asses."
SENATOR THOMAS CORWIN to President James Garfield 1881

"I think the American public wants a solemn ass as
a President. And I think I'll go along with them."
CALVIN COOLIDGE. (1872-1933)

"To have betrayed two political leaders -- to have wrecked two 
historic parties -- reveals a depth of infamy never previously 
reached, compared with which the thugs of India are as faithful
friends and Judas Iscariot is entitled to a crown of glory."
JOHN BURNS (1858-1943) on Joseph Chamberlain

And last but (definitely) not least, something about 
'The Boneless Wonder' from our old friend Winston :

"I remember, when I was a child, being taken to the celebrated 
Barnum's Circus, which contained an exhibition of freaks and 
montrosities; but the exhibit on the programme which I most 
desired to see was the one described as "The Boneless Wonder". 
My parents judged that the spectacle would be too revolting 
and demoralizing for my youthful eyes, and I have waited 
50 years to see The Boneless Wonder sitting on the Treasury Bench."
WINSTON CHURCHILL on Ramsay Macdonald

Congressman John Allen once was pleading his case before some 
hostile voters, a heavy stone was thrown at him, which, as he 
happened to stoop at that instant, passed over his head. "You 
see," he said to friends who congratulated him on his narrow 
escape, "If I had been an upright politician, I would have
been killed."

While campaigning in a rural section of the Midwest for a congressional
seat, a politician ran into an unfriendly crowd at one stop, and halfway
through his speech was suddenly pelted with tomatoes and over-ripe fruit.
His presence of mind, however, did not fail him, and his next remark as 
he wiped the missles off his face and shirt front turned boos into cheers.
  "My critics," he said jauntily, "may not think I know much about farm 
problems -- but they'll have to admit I'm being a big help with the farm

Governor Robert Bradford of Massachusetts set down these attributes for 
a successful politician: "To live long in politics, you must possess 
the hide of a rhinoceros, the memory of an elephant, the persistence of 
a beaver, the native friendliness of a mongrel pup. You need the heart 
of a lion and the stomach of an ostrich. And it helps to have the humor
and ubiquity of the crow. But all of these combined are not enough, 
unless when it comes to matters of principle, you also have the 
stubborness of an army mule."

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