Quotes with political
Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
The Education of Henry Adams (1907)
We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.
Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876
Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.
1958. Quoted in Hidden Philosophy of Hannah Arendt By Margaret Betz Hull (2002)
The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
You couldn’t want to reverse the injustices of the political system and not include the blacks and the poor; it was just obvious.
Start with the fact that our country's progress since 1776 has been mind-blowing, like nothing the world has ever seen. Our secret sauce has been a political and economic system that unleashes human potential to an extraordinary degree. As a result Americans today enjoy an abundance of goods and services that no one could have dreamed of just a few centuries ago.
"Warren Buffett is bullish ... on women" in Fortune, published on May 2, 2013
Martin Luther King did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock. It is time to stop complaining and put our shoulders against the stubborn gates holding the American people back.
Speech on the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington (August 28, 2013)
As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and by the consistent narrowness of his outlook. But I have never been able to love what was not lovable or hate what was not hateful, out of deference for some general principle.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
Message to the National Security League in honor of Constitution Day, quoted in New York Times (September 17, 1923)
It says they [gay] should not be marginalised because of this but that they must be integrated into society. The problem is not having this orientation. We must be brothers. The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the worse problem.
Interview with Vatican journalists, July 29, 2013
Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men. The fundamental threat to freedom is power to coerce, be it in the hands of a monarch, a dictator, an oligarchy, or a momentary majority.
Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
I couldn’t have cared less that Richard Nixon was the political Antichrist of eastern liberalism. He was also an opening to a different life and the possibility of salvation.
Crazy Rhythm: My Journey From Brooklyn, Jazz, and Wall Street to Nixon’s White House, Watergate, and Beyond (1997)
To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.
I would not want to live in a country that would have me as a leader in any sort of political bent.
People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized.
That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion.
Universities, Actual & Ideal
You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.
There are two kinds of wars of expediency: first, where a powerful state undertakes to acquire natural boundaries for commercial and political reasons; secondly, to lessen the power of a dangerous rival or to prevent his aggrandizement. These last are wars of intervention; for a state will rarely singly attack a dangerous rival: it will endeavor to form a coalition for that purpose.
Art of War. Originally published in 1862.
Those of you who regard my profession of political life with some disdain should remember that it made it possible for me to move from being an obscure lieutenant in the United States Navy to Commander-in-Chief in 14 years, with very little technical competence.
Address at the University of North Carolina, October 12, 1961
We need to make clear in this political year, to congressmen on both sides of the aisle and to the president of the United States, that we will no longer tolerate, we will no longer vote for men who continue to see the killings of Vietnamese and Americans as the best way of advancing the goals of freedom and self-determination in Southeast Asia.
Calling for antiwar march, January 13, 1968
Do not elicit your child's political opinions. He doesn't know any more than you do.
Social Studies (1981)
The most striking of all the impressions I have formed since I left London a month ago is of the strength of this African national consciousness. In different places it may take different forms but it is happening everywhere. The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact.
"Mr Macmillan's appeal to South Africans", The Times, February 4, 1960
Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
The Little Red Book (1964)
The political spirit is the great force in throwing the love of truth and accurate reasoning into a secondary place.
On Compromise (1874)
Political activism has been a part of my life and part of the films I try to make. But we don't focus on any one theme or another. We don't take any ideological stance. I'm anti-ideology. Our work tries to transcend politics. Whatever side you're on, we try to show stories from every part of the country, and so 'red state, blue state' doesn't mean a whole lot to us.
About the Sundance Film Festival
We're not political...That's just the philosophy of our company.
In an interview with NBC, 1992, talking about expansive political connections around the world.
I have no faith in political arithmetic.
Wealth of Nations
Slavery must be resisted not only on political grounds, but on all other grounds, whether social, economical, or moral.
Speech titled The Barbarism of Slavery on June 4, 1860.
In my work, you get used to criticisms. Of course you do, because there are a lot of people trying to get you down, but I always cheer up immensely if one is particularly wounding because I think well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. That is why my father always taught me: never worry about anyone who attacks you personally; it means their arguments carry no weight and they know it.
Interview with Italian television by Enzo Biagi (March 10, 1986)
...the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. To this consideration we ought to ascribe the absence of any regulation respecting religion from the Magna Charta of our country. To the guidance of the Ministers of the Gospel, this important object is, perhaps, more properly committed. It will be your care to instruct the ignorant, and to reclaim the devious: And in the progress of morality and science, to which our Government will give every furtherance, we may confidently expect the advancement of true religion, and the completion of our happiness.
Letter to the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, in Massachusetts Centinel, December 5, 1789, quoted in 1 Church and State in the United States, at 536-37 (Anson Phelps Stokes 1950). Responding to clergy complaints that the Constitution lacked mention of Jesus Christ.