35 Best Political Quotes

"The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes." - Tony Blair
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35 Political Quotes

Most politicians are very criticized worldwide. There have been all sorts of presidents and leaders around the world that have left some emblematic speeches that most of us still remember. 

Read these quotes about politics and some words from different politicians throughout history. Each of these political quotes will take us to a specific moment in time, some quotes you'll like more than others, depending on your political choice. 

"The revolution... is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters."
Fidel Castro
"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
Sir Winston Churchill
"I made my mistakes, but in all of my years of public life, I have never profited, never profited from public service—I earned every cent."
Richard M. Nixon
"We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn't a matter of political correctness. It's a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith."
Barack Obama
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
Martin Luther King Jr
“A nation is safer and progressive when the citizens own or are involved in healthy businesses that can aid them enjoy good livelihood without any fear for tomorrow.”
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
"I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."
Ronald Reagan
"Many of you know that I got my name, Barack, from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahili for 'That One.' And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn't think I'd ever run for president."
Barack Obama
"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"
Abraham Lincoln
"I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself."
Ronald Reagan
"Did you ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else."
Lyndon Johnson
"I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born."
Ronald Reagan
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
John Kennedy
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
John Kennedy
"You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war."
Napoleon Bonaparte
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Edmund Burke
"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists."
Ernest Hemingway
"My opponent won't rule out raising taxes. But I will. And the Congress will push me to raise taxes and I'll say no. And they'll push, and I'll say no, and they'll push again, and I'll say, to them, ‘Read my lips: no new taxes.'"
George H.W. Bush
"The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes."
Tony Blair
"Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front."
Nelson Mandela
"We cannot lead anyone farther than we have been ourselves."
John C. Maxwell
"I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics."
Barack Obama
"It does not make sense that everybody should duplicate efforts when we could be working together."
Theresa May
"We are responsible for each other. I am trying to convince doubters. There is still work to do."
Angela Merkel
"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine
"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."
John Adams
"You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining."
John Kennedy
"Doing what is right isn’t the problem. It is knowing what is right."
Lyndon B Johnson
"Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential."
Winston Churchill
"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly."
John Kennedy
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power."
Abraham Lincoln
"The best cure for the body is a quiet mind."
Napoleon Bonaparte
"It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained."
Queen Elizabeth II

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