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Ian Mcewan Quotes and Sayings

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Politics is the enemy of the imagination.
- Ian Mcewan

One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.
- Ian Mcewan

It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide
blueprints for insurrection,
or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the
benefit of the opposition.
The naming of what is there is what is important.
- Ian Mcewan

By concentrating on what is good in people,
by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice,
and by asking them to put their faith in the future,
socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage.
- Ian Mcewan

 

You enter a state of controlled passivity,
you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared
intention is to justify the ways of God to man,
you might end up interesting your readers rather more in Satan.
- Ian Mcewan

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson PHOTO

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
- Ralph Nader

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot
of money even to be defeated.
- Will Rogers

Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.
- Mao Tse-Tung

In politics the middle way is none at all.
- John Adams

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
- Martin L. Gross

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.
The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
- George MacDonald

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's
country or the electorate.
I prefer to betray the electorate.
- Charles de Gaulle

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth
is rarely a politician's objective.
Election and power are.
- Cal Thomas

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles de Gaulle

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
- Ambrose Bierce

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in
politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato

In politics nothing is contemptible.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Politics have no relation to morals.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

You better take advantage of the good cigars.
You don't get much else in that job.
- Thomas P. O'Neill

When they see me holding fish, they can see that I
am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers.
- Imelda Marcos

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.
- William E. Simon

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
- Margaret Thatcher

The beef industry has contributed to more American
deaths than all the wars of this century,
all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.
- Neal Barnard

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate,
exercises a public trust.
- Grover Cleveland

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans
is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt,
too.
- Oscar Levant

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who,
however, has never learned how to walk forward.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
- Milton Friedman

The politicians were talking themselves red,
white and blue in the face.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.
- Lewis Black

Voting is a civic sacrament.
- Theodore Hesburgh

The world is governed by opinion.
- William Ellery Channing

A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.
- Carter Glass

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

Confronted with the choice, the American people would
choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
- Spiro T. Agnew

We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
- Kin Hubbard

Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois.
- Dick Durbin

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
- Henry B. Adams

If nominated, I will not run; if elected,
I will not serve.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

All the president is, is a glorified public relations
man who spends his time flattering,
kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what
they are supposed to do anyway.
- Harry S. Truman

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day,
a more tranquil night, and a bright,
infinite future.
- Leonard Bernstein

If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
- Emma Goldman

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested
in four sandwiches than four freedoms.
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

I do have a political agenda.
It's to have as few regulations as possible.
- Dan Quayle

A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
- Albert Pike

The largest party in America, by the way,
is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans.
It's the party of non-voters.
- Robert Reich

I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill.
It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying,
and the consequences are serious.
- Oliver Stone

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
- George Will

America's present need is not heroics but healing;
not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
- Warren G. Harding

I don't make jokes.
I just watch the government and report the facts.
- Will Rogers

The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used
exclusively for the benefit of the people,
to whom they belong.
- Fidel Castro

The secret of getting things done is to act!
- Dante Alighieri

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils,
as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
- Ambrose Bierce

Inflation is as violent as a mugger,
as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
- Ronald Reagan

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell
in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
- Caskie Stinnett

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.
The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today,
even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas

The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children.
They did not want public office.
- Herbert Hoover

You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.
- Daniel Hannan

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

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
- Louis D. Brandeis


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