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In politics ... the first thing is to continue to exist.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, For Whom the Bell Tolls

What good would politics be, if it didn't give everyone the opportunity to make moral compromises.

THOMAS MANN, The Magic Mountain

Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline! Then, in midair, all vanishes! Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary time-wasting thought!

RAY BRADBURY, Fahrenheit 451

And so it is in politics, dear brother,
Each for himself alone, there is no other.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales

A movement which is confined to philosophers and honest men can never exercise any real political influence: there are too few of them. Until a movement shows itself capable of spreading among brigands, it can never hope for a political majority.


If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none.

RAY BRADBURY, Fahrenheit 451

The only difference today between Liberals and Conservatives is that the Liberals go to mass at five o'clock and the Conservatives at eight.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Everything is politics.

THOMAS MANN, The Magic Mountain

All through human history the elect have made their cases for election. But Time allows only one plea ... the elect, whatever the particular grounds they advance for their cause, have introduced a finer and fairer moraltity in to this dark world. If they fail at that test, then they become no more than despots, sultans, mere seekers after their own pleasure and power.