"You can't destroy power. All you can do is make sure it is in the right hands."
"You know, when Adlai Stevenson was running for president, a woman came up to him after a rally one night and said, "Every thinking person will be voting for you." Stevenson said "Madam, that's not enough. I need a majority.""
"When I first started in this business my heroes were politicians and leaders. Then I met them."
"That's politics. That's how it works. It starts out with big promises and ends up with jackshit happening."
"When voters are looking for hope, they always go for the new guy. But when they're scared, they go for a wartime leader."
"The men who crave power are best-fitted to acquire it and least-fitted to exercise it."
"You're an activist, I'm a politician. You've got one big issue, I've got 101."
"Everything old can be made new again, like democracy."
"Bastards rule the world."
"Politicians have no stomach for anything but self-preservation."