Death, Taxes, and Political Shenanigans

As we head into 2 weeks of national conventions, I thought I’d post some memorable and funny quotes about politicians.  You may be surprised that some of them are over 1000 years old.  Maybe we need to revise the adage that there are only 2 certainties in life–death and taxes.  To that, I’ll add political shenanigans.


The problem with political jokes is they get elected.  Henry Cate, VII

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.  Aesop

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.  Will Rogers

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.  Plato

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

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;  I’m beginning to believe it.  Clarence Darrow

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.  Author Unknown

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.   John Quinton

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.  Oscar Ameringer

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.  Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech 1952

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

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.  Gore Vidal

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.  Charles de Gaulle

Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.  Ronald Reagan

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

Don’t vote, it only encourages them.  Author Unknown

There ought to be one day – just one – when there is open season on senators.  Will Rogers


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