In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position.
There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.
Well, I think any time you delve into this sort of religion, politics, as you well know, you're going to, you know, touch a few nerves. I wasn't - now - and this is the honest truth.
To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
I'm sorry that we have to have a Washington presence. We thrived during our first 16 years without any of this. I never made a political visit to Washington and we had no people here. It wasn't on our radar screen. We were just making great software.
I'm not a politician and don't want any part of politics.
I learned that fighting on the chess board could also have an impact on the political climate in the country.
I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.
Our country, like every modern state, needs profound democratic reforms. It needs political and ideological pluralism, a mixed economy and protection of human rights and the opening up of society.
The real political life in Russia unfortunately is not in the parliament but on the streets and in the media.
A big part of what I wanted to do with this character was go from when I was a boy and try and develop into a man, really try and play him as a man who is on this search, on a journey of personal, spiritual, political, social discovery.
I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: 'Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life - in culture, in economy and in politics.
I cannot suggest political ways out, that is the task of politicians, so it is simply that those who accuse me of this do not know how to read.
There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.
Politics is not an exact science.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
It's always the small people who change things. It's never the politicians or the big guys. I mean, who pulled down the Berlin wall? It was all the people in the streets. The specialists didn't have a clue the day before.
One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
I'd just as soon not get into a discussion about Jane and her politics. I'd just as soon stick to what we're here for, the picture.