Politics is like a race horse. A good jockey must know how to fall with the least possible damage.
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- In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme.
- To know your place is a good idea in politics. That is not to say stay in your place or hang on to your place, because ambition or boredom may dictate upward or downward mobility, but a sense of place — a feel for one’s own position in the control room — is useful in gauging what you should try to do.
- There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics — none in which there is more need of good pilots and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.
- An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.
- Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements, where all are good who are not criminal and all are wise who are not ridiculously otherwise.
- People with high ideals don’t necessarily make good politicians. If clean politics is so important, we should leave the job to scientists and the clergy.