A candidate could easily commit political suicide if he were to come up with an unconventional thought during a presidential tour.

A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.

A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

A liberal is a man who leaves a room when the fight begins.

A majority is always better than the best repartee.

A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.

A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.

A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.

A political convention is not a place where you can come away with any trace of faith in human nature.

A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader.

A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful.

A politician divides mankind into two classes; tools and enemies.

A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.

A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.

A politician is an ass upon which everyone has sat except a man.

A politician is one that would circumvent God.

A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.

A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.

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