GiN Quotes: Politicians

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Whole Career in Public Service?

“I just don’t believe in the basic concept that someone should make their whole career in public service.” -Dan Quayle

Bad Politicians Sent to Washington

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” -William E. Simon

90% Give 10% A Bad Reputation

“Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.” -Henry A. Kissenger

Poses as the Servant

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.” -Charles de Gaulle

Rottenness Begins in Conduct

“Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” -Thomas Jefferson

The Activist

“The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.” -Ross Perot

Are the Same All Over

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” -Nikita Khrushchev

Really Too Honest to Live

“I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.” -Attributed to Socrates. Unverified

Don’t Know Which Way Is Up

“Washington is a place where politicians don’t know which way is up and taxes don’t know which way is down.” -Robert Orben

Lowest Form of Life

“Politicians are the lowest form of life on earth.  Liberal Democrats are the lowest form of politician.” -General George S. Patton, Jr.

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