I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
In America, politicians do whatever to get re-elected, and a lot of decisions that were being made at that time by Kennedy were certain not to get him re-elected.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer?
Your political system is actually too democratic. The fact that Americans vote on every bill and proposition can prolong bigotry indefinitely, especially where it is aimed at minority groups.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Do you want the truth or the politically correct version? The truth is that I go plastic, it's so much easier. And I like to put the bags over my head at night when I sleep, which I think all the kids at home should try. Kidding!!
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics - a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage - surely that proves that you are in the right?
Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
My shows aren't about trying to save some place, because I don't feel that's the right venue for it. That's my politics right there: Don't bring politics to my shows.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
I spend a good portion of my dinner-party conversation defending America because no matter what the political agenda, it's still a fantastic, amazing place.
On the contrary a film can promote the idea of change without any political message whatsoever but in its form and language can tell people that they can change their lives and contribute to progressive changes in the world.
You can not divorce religious belief and public service. I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other.
The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
Down the road, I'll probably have a kid or two or three. And there will probably be political events or spiritual things to comment on, and humor.
Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
Politics have no relation to morals.
It's not the Jews that killed Christ. It was a political situation, and it was the Romans who killed Jesus. They put Jesus on the cross, not the Jews.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.