Quotes

194 Quotes filtered by Politics

Labour MP: Of course the trouble with Herbie is he's hiw own worst enemy.

Bevin: Not while I'm alive he ain't.

Ernest Bevin

On Bevin's old enemy Herbert Morrison

Category: Repartee, Enemies

Tags: Enemies, Ernest Bevin, Humour, Politics, Repartee

I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.

Harold Macmillan 1963

Put down aimed at his son Maurice who had written a letter to The Times critisising the government.

Category: Criticism, Ignorance

Tags: Criticism, Harold Macmillan, Humour, Ignorance, Politics

Granted that he was right in the first transition, he should not have repeated it; the character of public men cannot stand two wuch shocks.

Lord Rosebery

Category: Character

Tags: Character, Lord Rosebery, Politics

A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.

Adlai Stevenson

Category: Statesmen & Statesmanship, Politicians (as a species)

Tags: Adlai Stevenson, Politicians (as a species), Politics, Statesmen & Statesmanship, World Politics

Without false modetsy, I don't think I have a fraction of the talent of either Bevan of Foot.

Neil Kinnock 06/01/1981

Category: Boasting

Tags: Boasting, Neil Kinnock, Politics

Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.

John O'Toole

Category: Politicians (as a species)

Tags: John O'Toole, Politicians (as a species), Politics

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

Henry Kissinger

Category: Crisis Management

Tags: Crisis Management, Henry Kissinger, Politics

Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in.

Harry Truman

Category: Republic Politicians (quotes about), Truth

Tags: America, Harry Truman, Politics, Truth

Making a speech on economics is a bit like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you but never to anyone else.

Lyndon Johnson

Category: Wise words, Speechmaking

Tags: Economics, Lyndon Johnson, Politics, Speechmaking, Wise words

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans.

Ronald Reagan 25/01/1981

Category: Character

Tags: Character, Politics, Ronald Reagan

The Prime Minister is stealing our clothes but he is going to look pretty ridiculous walking around in mine.

Margaret Thatcher 1974

Category: Appearance

Tags: Appearance, Margaret Thatcher, Politics

I said there had been no impropriety...that was not true and I misled you and my colleagues and the House.

John Profumo 23/03/1963

Category: Sex Scandals, Truth

Tags: John Profumo, Politics, Scandal, Sex Scandals, Truth

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

Margaret Thatcher 04/04/1982

Category: Conviction

Tags: Conviction, Margaret Thatcher, Politics

Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything.

Margaret Thatcher

Category: Politicians (as a species)

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Politicians (as a species), Politics

To accuse me of being too inflexible is poppycock.

Margaret Thatcher 01/11/1981

Category: Conviction

Tags: Conviction, Margaret Thatcher, Politics

We are not in politics to ignore peoples' worries, we are in politics to deal with them.

Margaret Thatcher

Category: Politics is...

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Politics, Politics is...

The idea that the GLC should be abolished at a stroke is ill though out, undemocratic and will cost the people of London dear.

Ken Livingstone 27/05/1983

Category: London Politics

Tags: Ken Livingstone, London Politics, Politics

I feel a degree of regret that Marshall did not push on and say 'abolish the GLC' because I think it would have been a major saving and would have released massive resources for productive use.

Ken Livingstone 1979

Category: London Politics

Tags: Ken Livingstone, London Politics, Politics

You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.

Margaret Thatcher 1976

Category: Truth

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Politics, Truth

Mr Enoch Powell, who refused to stand at the General Election, said last night on the BBC Radio Any Questions programme, that he had won the election.

Anonymous 09/03/1974

Category: 1974 General Elections, Boasting

Tags: 1974 General Elections, Anonymous, Boasting, Elections, Politics

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Monetarism is the uncontrollable in pursuit of the indefensible.

Ian Gilmour

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