194 Quotes filtered by politics
Actually, I vote Labour, but my butler's a Tory.
Earl Mountbatten of Burma 1945
To a Tory canvasser
In poltitics you get what you deserve rather than what you want.
Category: Politics is...
As a nation, we may take pride in the fact that we are soft-hearted; but we cannot afford to be soft-headed.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt 01/1941
It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
Edmund Burke 1769
The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done.
Arthur Balfour 07/05/1926
I never knew the lower classes had such white skins.
A remark made on a visit to the trenches during World War One when Curzon saw troops bathing in old beer kegs
I don't think that other people in the world would share the view that there is mounting chaos.
James Callaghan 10/01/1979
The Sun reported him as saying "Crisis, what crisis?"
Category: Crisis Management
All the world over I will back the masses against the classes.
William Ewart Gladstone 06/1986
It must be a conviction Government. As Prime Minister I could not waste time having internal arguments.
Margaret Thatcher 25/02/1979
I am sure I can save this country and no one else can.
William Pitt 10/1756
To the Duke of Devonshire at the outbreak of the 7 Years' war with France
Margaret Thatcher has one great advantage - she is a daughter of the people and looks trim, as the daughter of the people desire to be. Shirley Williams has such an advantage over her because she's a member of the upper-middle class and can achieve the kitchen-sink revolutionary look that one cannot get unless one has been to a really good school.
Dame Rebecca West
To Jilly Cooper
My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth there's hardly any difference.
Harry Truman 1962
Category: Politicians (as a species)
Each one of is has his portion of ego. At least one night I dreamed that the 22nd amendment has been repealed - and it wasn't wholly a nightmare.
Dwight D Eisenhower 13/05/1962
The 22nd amendment limits a President to serving two full terms.
A week is a long time in politics.
Harold Wilson 1964
Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy 20/01/1961
Speak for England, Arthur.
Leo Amery 02/09/1939
To Arthur Greenwood as he rose to speak in the Commons the day before the outbreak of war.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt 04/03/1933
Two large prominent eyes that rolled about to no purpose (for he was utterly short-sighted) a wide mouth, thick lips and inflated visage, gave him the air of a blind trumpeter. A deep untuneable voice which, instead of modulating, he enforced with unnecsessary pomp, a total neglect of his person, and ignorance of every civil attention, disgusted all who judge by appearance.
On Lord North