You should never have your best trousers on when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.

—Henrik Ibsen, 1882

No human life, not even the life of a hermit, is possible without a world which directly or indirectly testifies to the presence of other human beings.

—Hannah Arendt, 1958

I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.

—George Borrow, 1843

I’m president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!

—George H. W. Bush, 1990

Every country has the government it deserves.

—Joseph de Maistre, 1811

Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.

—Shimon Peres, 1995

Politics is the art of the possible.

—Otto von Bismarck, 1867

Envy is the basis of democracy.

—Bertrand Russell, 1930

There is no method by which men can be both free and equal.

—Walter Bagehot, 1863

Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

—Thomas Jefferson, 1787

The U.S. presidency is a Tudor monarchy plus telephones.

—Anthony Burgess, 1972

Written laws are like spiderwebs: they will catch, it is true, the weak and poor but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.

—Anacharsis, c. 550 BC