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What is inherently wrong with the word 'politician' if the fellow has devoted his life to holding public office and trying to do something for his people?

Richard J. Daley

I once said cynically of a politician, 'He'll doublecross that bridge when he comes to it'.

Oscar Levant

He's one politician I've watched do things the quiet way. I learned from him, don't get upset, just keep working on the issue.

Nancy White

It is true that the politician, in his professional character, does not always, or even very often, conform to the most approved pattern of private conduct.

Frederick Scott Oliver

If any political fund-raising events take place at a U2 concert, it is without the involvement or knowledge of DATA, U2, or Bono, ... U2 concerts are categorically not fund-raisers for any politician; they are rock concerts for U2 fans.

Jamie Drummond

I've visited as one citizen up to now, as well as a politician. I'd like to keep this stance in the future.

Shinzo Abe

It's generally easier going about your business as a provincial politician if the national leader is of different stripe.

Sean Conway

Neither DATA nor Bono are involved in these (fund-raisers), and they cannot be controlled. The U2 concerts are categorically not fund-raisers for any politician — they are rock concerts for U2 fans.

Jamie Drummond

The only thing worse than a silly politician analyzing art is a silly artist analyzing politics.

Jonathan Alter

No politician has ever yet been able to rule his country, nor has any country ever yet been able to face the world, upon the principles of the Sermon on the Mount.

Frederick Scott Oliver

You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.


Shoot every cop, National Guard (member) and politician who stands in your way, including George W. Bush, if need be.

Phillip Bailey

I'm not a politician; I'm a school teacher. There are times when it's really hard to do it, but I'm committed to it.

Michael Berg

If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like.

Randall Jarrell

I learned as a politician that perception is reality for someone until they learn different, and we just need to continue to work hard to be sure we get the message out about our changes.

Judy Mendenhall

Daily and hourly, the politician inwardly has to overcome a quite trivial and all-too-human enemy: a quite vulgar vanity.

Max Weber

Under every stone lurks a politician.


A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he's a statesman.

David Lloyd George

When he joined the campaign two years ago to oust and succeed Governor Gray Davis. ''He used to be a celebrity, then he became celebrity/politician Schwarzenegger. And now, he's more politician.

Bill Whalen

Apparently Arnold was inspired by President Bush, who proved you can be a successful politician in this country even if English is your second language.

Conan O'brien

I am in a very good mood. The result of the election is a big personal victory for me. I proved that I am not only a grey cardinal but a public politician.

Volodymyr Lytvyn

We should be encouraging professionalism, not when they hear a politician complain, they go cover them for a week.

Ben Ulenga

Well, Troy's a politician. He's a veteran guy that can make plays and is a natural fit for that position.

Lawyer Milloy

He enjoys the status of a father figure. He's not anymore conceived of as a normal politician but a larger-than-life figure. He's almost like a museum-type of man. There's a feeling that the last tycoon is gone now.

Tom Segev

The question is, is he a skilled-enough politician to get his agenda through the Legislature? And when he talks about paying for his programs by growing the economy, it makes me leery; if there's a downturn, he's going to face some very difficult choices.

Joseph Marbach

Obviously as a politician he has moved a little bit to get himself in position to run for re-election.

Neal Thigpen

The auditorium, named after a dead Queens politician is windowless in honor of the secrecy in which he lived and, probably, the bank vaults he frequented.

Jimmy Breslin

If a politician isn't doing it to his wife , then he's doing it to his country.

Amy Grant

I have no problem with the CMC looking at any politician or any bureaucrat, and they can make that determination.

Peter Beattie

The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking and is voting for the other guy.

William Proxmire

The election of this excellent politician would be wonderful for the whole of Europe.

Neelie Kroes

The way he carried himself as a man. He was a friend to everyone first, before he was a politician.

Tom Watts

I consider myself a law officer first and a politician second.

Gary Hamblin

The ability to change one's views without losing one's seat is the mark of a great politician.

Morris K. Udall

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.

Simon Cameron

When I think of the person that I thought was Bill Clinton, I think he had genuine remorse. When I think of the person that I now see is 100 percent politician, I think he's sorry he got caught.

Monica Lewinsky

Lorie is unique as a mayor, as a politician, as a person. The thing about her success, if you could say any one thing, would be that she cares. She really, truly cares.

Lorraine Evans

At home, you always have to be a politician; when you're abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman.

Harold Macmillan

Some people reproach me for talking like a politician, others say I'm too raw. I just try to communicate as simply as possible.

André Boisclair

Occasionally one feels that an individual politician is trying to browbeat the judiciary, and that is wholly inappropriate.

Lord Carlile

Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.

B. R. Ambedkar

I think his case is totally bogus. He's not a law enforcement person. He's a politician and that's all it's ever been about for him.

Robert Norton

On the other hand, McCain as a moderate Republican and an independent politician and an advocate of campaign finance and ethics reform can help Forrester boost his claims to be the candidate of change in this year's election.

David Rebovich

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

William Randolph

I'm not just a politician, ... I'm a guy who has a real deep, substantive, commitment to education.

Roy Romer

I'm not a politician and my other habits are good.

Artemus Ward (writer)

I doubt the chairman would be this far out in front if he didn't believe he had the vast majority of government behind him. He's a shrewd politician in that sense.

Scott Cleland

Politician talk themselves red, white, and blue in the face.

Clare Booth Luce

Nick plays a corrupt politician, which is kind of a redundant statement.

Alan Rudolph

You are innocent until proven guilty. And I think Ernie deserves the same consideration regardless of whether he's a politician or a janitor in the street.

Craig Kelly

Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen.

Bob Edwards

Bush could go with somebody unexpected, like a politician, that could throw the opposition a little off balance.

Bruce Buchanan

Let me be clear -- no one is above the law, ... Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.

Antonio Villaraigosa

LIGHTHOUSE, n. A tall building on the seashore in which the government maintains a lamp and the friend of a politician.

Ambrose Bierce

He is a very astute politician. He works very hard at not alienating people -- that is not always true of Washington leaders.

Oliver Ireland

Being an ex-England manager, one that failed to qualify for the World Cup, is like being a dead politician.

Graham Taylor

The first black president will be a politician who is black.

Doug Wilder

Even on formal, ceremonial occasions, I never wear it. I see myself as the CEO, not a politician. And I've always been very careful to distinguish between the two.

John Fitzgerald

I have yet to see any tests predict the success or failure of any teacher in the classroom, ... Passing the bar exam doesn't mean that you are going to be a great lawyer. Obviously, passing the bar exam doesn't mean you are going to be a good politician either.

Charlie Williams

He is bringing the most divisive American politician in American politics to Spokane.

Dwight Pelz

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.

Ben Okri

He [Newt Gingrich] is the most unpopular politician in America. His favorable rating is only four points higher than the Unabomber.

Al Franken

No French politician will get any mileage by going back on the CAP reforms. Anyone who did would end up with farmers coming out with their pitchforks on the streets, and maybe dumping manure in front of (government) buildings.

Francois Heisbourg

[Democrats are already making political hay out of the loophole:] Only in Washington D.C. controlled by politicians could a politician have direct control over assets in a blind trust, ... Maybe we should call it a nearsighted trust.

Josh Earnest

Katherine Harris is a tremendously intense politician. She means well, but like any other politician, her judgment can get clouded by her intensity.

Bill Pfeiffer

I'm not really cut out to be a politician. You know that I sometimes don't know when to shut up. That could be a drawback. I'm an atheist. So there you go right there. I can't be elected to anything because polls all say that people won't elect an atheist... As we all know, that is something people won't accept.

Ron Reagan

The world accepts that everyone makes mistakes and he's got a big future as a politician, member of this community and as a father. We wish him well and we want to encourage him to move beyond this thing.

Bob Carr

You slam a politician, you make out he's the devil, with horns and hoofs. But his wife loves him, and so did all his mistresses.

Pamela Hansford Johnson

Abe is very popular but lacks experience as a politician.

Jiro Yamaguchi

I am not at all a politician. I don't think I'm cut out for politics, ... I am certainly not going to stand for election.

Pervez Musharraf

Here is a sort of classic match-up of a well-known incumbent politician against a celebrity sports figure who is considerably less well-known as a political figure.

Larry Hugick

[Israelis are still reeling from their own Nixon-goes-to-China moment.] No other politician had the toughness and the determination to do what he did in the face of the kind of opposition and criticism he faced, ... He's a tough guy.

Yossi Alpher

The real danger is that if we don't chose the right candidate we could end up with a right wing militiaman or a politician who is funded by corporate interests.

Patty Weiss

The best time to listen to a politician is when he's on a stump on a street corner in the rain late at night when he's exhausted. Then he doesn't lie.

Theodore H. White

I'm not a politician. I have an opinion, and I like to help the good guys out if I can without overstepping my bounds.

Julia Louis Dreyfus

A politician is a person who can make waves and then make you think he's the only one who can save the ship.

Ivern Ball

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor.

Claudia Lady Bird Johnson

Bill Bradley is a serious politician and if Al Gore stumbles seriously, then Bradley is there to take advantage of that.

Tom Mann

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

Doug Larson

I'm not a traditional politician, and I have a sense of humor. I'll try to soften it and become boring, maybe even very boring, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to.

Silvio Berlusconi

Al Gore has now decided that the most popular politician in America is Bill Clinton, and why shouldn't he be attached to him?

Henry Graff

Maria pays such little attention to issues affecting the black community. She's coming in here with a black politician who is a rising star because I announced my candidacy, and my strong base is the black community.

Aaron Dixon

History is made by the people, ... In assessing whether [a politician] has really achieved something big, the last word belongs to posterity.

Li Peng

You're going to have an elected politician as a county administrator and that elected person is then[going to] have to turn around and hire an administrator underneath them.

Ronda Storms

Five years ago he had a youthful look to him and he doesn't now. He now looks like a seasoned politician.

Robert Gilbert

I'm not a politician, but I am the father of a murdered child.

Kevin Fox

I won't eat anything that has intelligent life, but I'd gladly eat a network executive or a politician.

Marty Feldman

CORSAIR, n. A politician of the seas.

Ambrose Bierce

I am not a career politician. I am a citizen fed up with the way the country is headed.

Greta Van Susteren

Jim Galloway was excellent. I think we were heard. He's a smart man and he's a politician - a good one at that.

Jane Hoff

Judy Jacobs is not to be underestimated. She's a civic activist turned elected official and a seasoned politician. She cannot be taken lightly.

Desmond Ryan

Right now, we have a gas war in Eastern Europe. A politician like him would have to be in the middle of all these quarrels.

Alexander Rahr

I really didn't think that I could beat Scott. He's an effective politician, and he isn't a bad guy.

Mike Agnello

I think she's doing exactly the right thing. Hillary is a very shrewd, smart politician.

Martin Frost

When you talk to a politician like that, it's hard to get something new out of him. I do think he's intelligent, and the way he thinks must make it hard for him politically.

Louis Menand

The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision.

John Major

I'm no politician, and maybe that's a bad thing. Maybe more scientists should become involved politically.

Scott Ishman

Maybe someone out there knows a politician or someone that I can sit down and talk to them about this.

Chris Cagle

This guy ran as someone who was a different and fair politician, and he stabbed us in the back.

Thom Lynch

A politician needs 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.

Sir Winston Churchill

This is a typical attack from a typical politician. Any sitting first lady honors the district any time she visits.

Michael Sohn

Sometimes it's a little bit like being a politician, ... We have work to do in understanding our users' sentiments.

Meg Whitman

I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.

Sir Winston Churchill

Whether lawyer, politician or executive, the American who knows what's good for his career seeks an institutional rather than an individual identity. He becomes the man from NBC or IBM. The institutional imprint furnishes him with pension, meaning, proofs of existence. A man without a company name is a man without a country.

Lewis H. Lapham

What it comes down to is this: the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician -- these are the people who make money out of prostitution, these are the real reapers of the wages of sin.

Polly Adler

I never met a politician who didn't want to be a guitar player in a rock band. I've got the opportunity to say what I believe in.

Billy Bragg

Every politician in the world has an ideology, and ideology stems from religion.

Marla Selvidge

By any measure, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a failed governor, a photo-op politician who has left a long trail of shattered promises and missed opportunities.

Phil Angelides

I was shocked, ... I just didn't see him as a politician. I know he always saw me as being political, so it was a surprise to see him in that position.

Virg Bernero

It's fantastic, ... He's a very nice guy for a politician.

Lynn Turner

He's a good politician. But I'll still vote for him over the opposition.

Richard Riley

Wants to borrow the money from a former politician who recently signed on with one of the largest lobbying firms in Washington.

David Bonior

I vote Libertarian, straight ticket. But otherwise, Kinky Friedman, because he's not a politician, even though he's a liberal. I'll forgive him for that.

John Sheffield

[It was] the most breathtakingly honest comment I've heard a politician make in many, many years, and I suspect it will be judged in the years to come as his greatest act of community service.

Jeff Kennett

Maria Cantwell is hosting the divisive politician instead of the statesman in the Northwest, Ted Stevens.

Tucker Bounds

The career of a politician mainly consists in making one part of the nation do what it does not want to do, in order to please and satisfy the other part of the nation.

Auberon Herbert

A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it.

John Major

He's not a vision politician. He's a kind of suspicious, read-the-fine-print (politician). A lot of people feel it's very good to have one person like that on the council.

David Brewster

The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom.

Silvio Berlusconi

Charlotte: I can't believe you're dating a politician. You're not even registered to vote!Carrie: It's the undecideds they're really after.

Kristin Davis

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

James Freeman Clarke

If you call your opponent a politician, it's grounds for libel.

Mark Russell

He is not going to give that much of an indication on his own, because this Fed chief is an effective politician.

Wayne Angell

It's old-style politics from an old-style politician. He's trying to run down Connecticut so he can build himself up.

Rich Harris

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation.

James Clarke

The sheriff essentially becomes a politician, and a politician picks people close to them who will support them.

Frank Adamson

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

H. L. Mencken

Raccoon tastes like raccoon. I've never heard of any elected official or politician who didn't like 'coon.

Phil English

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

Charles de Gaulle

The democratic process allows any politician with an agenda, any organization with a big enough showing, even any bureaucrat with enough zeal to initiate legislation that impacts others more than themselves.

David Mcallister

A politician weakly and amiably in the right, is no match for a politician tenaciously and pugnaciously in the wrong.

Edwin P. Whipple

Obviously the most humiliating thing for a politician is having to resign from office. He's forced to leave a position of power not through his own choice.

Jay Heck

She wasn't always the politician. She made everything fun by filling the house with laughter.

Leann Arganbright

A good college president must be a good politician.

James Edwards

If (Lockyer) went out there and declared (Shelley's) innocence and refused to interview him, then Lockyer has a lot of explaining to do about a bungled investigation of a corrupt politician.

Karen Hanretty

I accept it democratically and will act accordingly, ... I will persist in my career as a politician but from outside parliament, of course.

Emile Lahoud

Drugs are too much of a serious problem for a politician to do nothing about.

Elio Di Rupo

This country has a very long memory. The question of reforming the labor code is now on ice for years. No politician is going to touch it.

Elie Cohen

The kind of thing I'm good at is knowing every politician in the state and remembering where he itches. And I know where to scratch him.

Earl Long