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Political Tactics,Contests & Campaign Quotes

Selected Quotations on political contests and campaigns

"Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment."  Barry LePatner

"A decision is the action an executive must take when he has information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself." Adm. Arthur W. Radford

"Don't fight the problem, decide it."  Gen. George C. Marshall

"The chief cause of problems is solutions." Eric Sevareid

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." William Butler Yeats

"Better to be the architect of something you can endorse than the placard waving protagonist standing in the rain." Tim Woods, Communciations Consultant

"The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That's the time to listen to every fear you can imagine. When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead."  Gen. George S. Patton

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." Harry S. Truman

"Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve."  Tom Landry

"If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking." Lyndon B. Johnson

"Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan I know he is going to vote against me." Harry Truman

"It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can." Jean- Jacque Rousseau

"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." Winston Churchill

"I will make him an offer he can’t refuse." Mario Puzo

"The civilities of the great are never thrown away." Dr. Johnson

"Modest proposals are better than grand designs: they serve the political function of registering concerns, but are too small to provoke opposition." Economist

"Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in." Lyndon Johnson

"Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes." George Bernard Shaw

"When smashing monuments, save the pedestals – they always come in handy." Stanislaw Lec

"Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth." Benjamin Disraeli

"Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest ma to do." La Bruyere

"The golden rule has no place in a political campaign."  John James Ingalls

"Human kind cannot bear too much reality." T. S. Elliot

"Hell, I never vote for anybody. I always vote against. "W.C. Fields

"Once again we saw the phenomena of the three kinds of citizens in this country: The activists who campaign hard, the regular citizen who votes but does not otherwise participate and the truly tuned out who never even knows know when an election has been called.” Rod Love, Canadian Alliance campaign strategist

"I don’t want loyalty. I want loyalty. I want him to kiss my ass in Macy’s window at high noon and tell me it smell like roses. I want his pecker in my pocket." Lyndon Baines Johnson

"Anarchism is a game at which the police can beat you." George Bernard Shaw

"In politics, nothing is contemptible." Benjamin Disraeli

"Washington, D.C. is a city lying in the gutter, wallowing in hypocrisy. It has become a bizarre sinkhole of character assassination and smirking self-righteousness. It will eagerly cast not only the first stone but any other rocks that it can lay it hands on." Wall street Journal Editorial

"Men are joined by conviction, sundered by opinion." Goethe

"Even a little dog can piss on a big building." Jim Hightower

"It is much easier to be critical than to be correct." Benjamin Disraeli

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" Abraham Lincoln

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” Chinese Proverb

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Sir Winston Churchill

"The much hyped leaders debates are just a political black hole that consume time, money, energy, resources, staff and adrenalin, and rarely produce anything other than a mush tie, allowing all the spin doctors to claim a phony victory.” Rod Love, Canadian Alliance campaign strategist

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch

"In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy." Brian Mulroney

"Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it is awfully hard to get it back in." H.R. Haldeman

"If you can’t lick ‘em in the alley, you can’t beat ‘em on the ice." Conn Smythe

"There are no small steps in great affairs." Cardinal De Retz





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