Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons.
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- In the last analysis sound judgment will prevail.
- Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
- Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody.
- I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life.
- If I was forced to choose between the penitentiary and White House for four years, I would say the penitentiary, thank you.
- Nothing is so foolish, they say, as for a man to stand for office and woo the crowd to win its vote, buy its support with presents, court the applause of all those fools and feel self-satisfied when they cry their approval, and then in his hour of triumph to be carried round like an effigy for the public to stare at, and end up cast in bronze to stand in the market place.