Political Quotes 1 to 25

  1. ‘There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know.’ Donald Rumsfeld
  2. ‘Political economy is a mere skeleton unless it has a little human covering, and filling out, a little human bloom upon it, and a little human warmth in it.’ Charles Dickens
  3. ‘Democracy is often undermined by leaders themselves, who are elected to office but then try to consolidate their power and make themselves more permanent.’ Chris Zumani Zimba, on the president of Uganda
  4. ‘If you look at other countries: Vietnam, China, even in India, they’re not talking about work-life balance; they are hungry, anxious, about to steal your lunch. So I think I’d better guard my lunch.’ Lee Hsien Loong
  5. ‘It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it. And fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. I don’t believe in people just hoping. We work for what we want. I always say that one has no right to hope without endeavor. So we work to try and bring about the situation that is necessary for the country.’ Aung San Suu Kyi
  6. ‘We are resolved to destroy Hitler and every vestige of the Nazi regime. From this, nothing will turn us. Nothing! We will never parley. We will never negotiate with Hitler or any of his gang. We shall fight him by land. We shall fight him by sea. We shall fight him in the air. Until, with God’s help, we have rid the earth of his shadow.’ Winston Churchill
  7. ‘I…had no need for cheering dreams. Facts are better than dreams.’ Winston Churchill
  8. ‘I was afraid going to school because of the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending. Only 11 students attended class out of 27. I want every girl, every child to be educated. I have the right to education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to speak up. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right. I will get my education, if it is in home, school or any place. They cannot stop me.’ Malala Yousafzai
  9. ‘Never give in. Never. Never. Never. In nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to a force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.’ Winston Churchill
  10. ‘The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive’. The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life. If you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too. Those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be save. Safe? From what? Life is always on the edge of death. Narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.’ Sophie Scholl
  11. ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.’ George Orwell (Animal Farm)
  12. ‘The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones, the farm owner would come back.’ Squealer, the pig (Animal Farm)
  13. ‘Bravery is not enough. Loyalty and obedience are more important…Discipline, comrades, iron discipline! That is the watchword for today. One false step, and our enemies would be upon us. Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones the farm owner back?’ Squealer, the pig (Animal Farm)
  14. ‘And even if we chose to let you live out the natural term of your life, still you would never escape from us. What happens to you here is forever. Understand that in advance. We shall crush you down to the point from which there is no coming back. Things will happen to you from which you could not recover, if you lived a thousand years. Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow.’ O’Brien to Winston (George Orwell, 1984) disturbing
  15. ‘We do not make mistakes of that kind. All the confessions uttered here are true. We make them true. And above all we do not allow the dead to rise up against us. You must stop imagining that posterity will vindicate you. Posterity will never hear of you. You will be lifted clean out from the stream of history. We shall turn you into gas and pour you into the stratosphere. Nothing will remain of you: not a name in the register, not a memory in a living brain. You will be annihilated in the past as well as in the future. You will never have existed.’ O’Brien to Winston (George Orwell, 1984)
  16. ‘It is summed up in a single word – Man. Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.’ Major, the pig
  17. ‘Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings? Only get rid of Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own. Almost overnight we could become rich and free. What then must we do? Why, work night and day, body and soul, for the overthrow of the human race! That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion!’ Major, the pig
  18. ‘I do not understand it. I would not have believed that such things could happen on our farm. It must be due to some fault in ourselves. The solution, as I see it, is to work harder. From now onwards, I shall get up a full hour earlier in the mornings.’ Boxer, the horse
  19. ‘What matter? We will build another windmill. We will build six windmills if we feel like it. You do not appreciate, comrade, the mighty thing that we have done. The enemy was in occupation of this very ground that we stand upon. And now – thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon – we have won every inch of it back again.’ Squealer, the pig
  20. ‘Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.’ George Orwell (Animal Farm)
  21. ‘Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.’ Sun Tzu (The Art of War)
  22. ”When people’s love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change.’ David Cameron (British PM)
  23. ‘As soon as politicians start climbing up the ladder, they suddenly become kings. I don’t know how it works, but what I do know is that republics came to the world to make sure that no one is more than anyone else.” The pomp of office is like something left over from a feudal past: “You need a palace, red carpet, a lot of people behind you saying, ‘Yes, sir.’ I think all of that is awful.” Uruguayan President José Mujica
  24. ‘What’s sad is that an 80-year-old grandpa has to be the open-minded one. Old people aren’t old because of their age, but because of what’s in their heads.’ Uruguyan President José Mujica
  25. “Worse that drugs is drug trafficking. Much worse. Drugs are a disease, and I don’t think that there are good drugs or that marijuana is good. Nor cigarettes. No addiction is good. I include alcohol. The only good addiction is love. Forget everything else.” Uruguyan President José Mujica



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