A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.
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- Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life.
- There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
- 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.
- Once you run for office, you’re in it — sort of like going into the military. You’d better be damned sure it is what you want to do and that the rest of your life is set up to accommodate that. It takes a certain toll on your personality and on your family life. I’ve seen it personally.
- A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
- The ordinary politician has a very low estimate of human nature. In his daily life he comes into contact chiefly with persons who want to get something or to avoid something. Beyond this circle of seekers after privileges, individuals and organized minorities, he is aware of a large unorganized, indifferent mass of citizens who ask nothing in particular and rarely complain. The politician comes after a while to think that the art of politics is to satisfy the seekers after favors and to mollify the inchoate mass with noble sentiments and patriotic phrases.