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Talking Politics Quotes


"I enjoy talking about politics a great deal." - Seth Meyers

"There's no hidden agenda, no political agenda [in Patriots Day]. The only politics we were really talking about was the politics of community, the politics of social love." - Peter Berg

"Speeches are more important in politics than talking points, as a rule, and are better remembered." - Peggy Noonan

"To make even fewer friends try talking about politics as much as you talk about yourself." - Demetri Martin

"I was crushingly bored talking about politics 30 hours a week." - Art Bell

"It's the spirit of Dominicans coming out and the pride that we have in our music and our baseball players. Dominicans love two things: politics and baseball. When we're not talking politics, we're talking baseball." - Jose Peralta

"I don't feel too comfortable talking about politics and media as I feel like I don't sound too smart." - Andrew VanWyngarden

"I have no interest in behaving or thinking cynically. But it's an easy trap to be cynical about anything, certainly when you're talking about politics or the media." - Stephen Colbert

"The idea that musicians should be talking about politics is, in some ways, quite a sixties' idea. Music no longer has a vanguard role in youth culture." - Billy Bragg

"If you come across an American artist right now who has no political opinions or is afraid of talking politics, be very concerned." - Amanda Palmer

"I'm not talking ideas, or even presentation. It's like in politics: You have to sell something to become an electric player - like your skin or your heart." - Keith Jarrett

"Being out and about talking to residents and representing their views is, in my view, as important to politics as the grandstanding that takes place in Westminster." - Lucy Powell

"King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner." - Benjamin Disraeli

"I let my drinking do the talking." - Humphrey Bogart

"Keep talking, someday you'll say something intelligent." - Jane Wagner

"Street politics is what happens in our everyday life, living in the bando. It's the environment around us and what we doing in the streets. We [Migos] talking about how many snakes there are in the grass and talking about how people can hurt you, and talking about how that can help you gain knowledge." - Quavo

"It seems to me that we make a terrible mistake in talking about Trump as some kind of essence of evil. Trump is symptomatic of something much deeper in the culture, whether we're talking about the militarization of everyday life, whether we're talking about the criminalization of social problems, or whether we're talking about the way in which money has absolutely corrupted politics. This is a country that is sliding into authoritarianism." - Henry Giroux

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!" - Pericles

"One of the things I find most exciting is talking with people who are working with my work. Who are using it in some way with their life to address everyday politics of meaning." - Bell Hooks

"The strangest thing is at tea breaks, or coffee breaks or lunch, you forget you're a zombie. And you're talking about politics to somebody at the table and you forget that you have a bullet hole in your forehead." - Billy Connolly

"I think politicians and comedians have a lot in common. One is a group of approval-seeking narcissists who will say and do anything to be liked ... and comedians are always talking about politics." - Aasif Mandvi

"You suffer from the oldest delusion in politics. You think you can change the world by talking to a leader. Leaders are the effects, not the causes of changes." - Alasdair Gray

"I'm often asked why I travel around the country talking politics. Is it for humanitarian reasons, community spirit, or is it for the money, the limousines or the girls? The answers are: no, no, yes yes yes!" - Pat Paulsen

"I don't know a lot about politics. I like talking about human behavior. Politicians are funny to me because they often say one thing and behave a different way." - Stephen Colbert

"I'm not talking about just Donald Trump's politics - it's what he's brought up. It's a real conversation. We're just people trying to fall in love as nations and human beings. We need therapy, man. The world does." - Michael Buble

"No matter where you are on politics, I think it is wonderful to see candidates funding campaigns not by talking to a very small number of very rich people, but by reaching out to a very large number of citizens." - David Brooks

"You can't talk about life without talking about politics. You have to have both. If you're just a political person, you're going to burn out. If you, as an artist, are just focused inward, you're going to eventually be irrelevant." - Robert Adams

"One of the great things about the sci-fi genre is that you can kind of get away with a bit more when talking politics, making social references or dealing with very hot-button topics because it is sci-fi." - Rachel Nichols

"I felt slightly superior to student politics, for instance. I had no reason to think this, but I thought of myself as slightly more seasoned. I became quite cynical talking to my student friends." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"The message that I gave on the - on the steps today was that you need to stand for those things that are right and empower the individual. Believe in the power of one person. Don't believe that you can't do it. Everybody wants - everybody wants a shot. That we can all agree on. Beyond that, it becomes politics. I'm not talking politics." - Glenn Beck

"You can see a lot of politics on a lot of different channels. I'm not interested, really, in talking in some wonky conversation about politics, though. It's not my speed. I'm not interested in the ins and outs of health care." - Joy Behar

"I'd like to be the commissioner of tennis, but do I want to get into politics? Sometimes I have delusions of grandeur that that would be an interesting, good thing. I'm talking about actual politics, like being a congressman, but then I see how unbelievably nasty it really is, and maybe I'm not quite knowledgeable enough to actually do it." - John Mcenroe

"When you're talking with a person at this level of the government, at the very highest level, I think you have to be very discreet because he, President Clinton, is very aware that anything he says publicly can have a profound impact on American politics and on world politics." - Lee H Hamilton

"I don't know what's more embarrassing, these musicians and actors talking about politics in interviews or the media actually giving them credibility about it. It's absurd that a celebrity could speak out on the economy or politics with no more justification than a hit album or a movie." - Paul Stanley

"I can't hear the critics talking over the applause." - Drake

"People who know what they're talking about don't need PowerPoint." - Walter Isaacson

"In terms of talking about what our politics has become, it now seems as if Barack Obama is starting to stand outside of it a little bit and critique what our politics has become. And I think he sees himself as a useful critic that way saying that it's not only become dishonest, he said, but now we have a selective sorting of the facts and our politics has become self-defeating." - Gloria Borger

"Whats different now is that while political leaders used to give talking points to talk radio, now talk-radio hosts are giving talking points to political leaders. Its all part of the suffocating spin cycle were in. In media, politics and publishing, the conventional wisdom is to play to this base." - John Avlon

"What's different now is that while political leaders used to give talking points to talk radio, now talk-radio hosts are giving talking points to political leaders. It's all part of the suffocating spin cycle we're in. In media, politics and publishing, the conventional wisdom is to play to this base." - John Avlon

"The best politics is no politics." - Henry M Jackson

"I'm kind of conscious and aware of how ridiculous everyone involved with politics or talking about politics, especially on television, is - all the shouting matches and the screaming and the over-the-top personalities, and everyone's just playing. It's like WWF for news, almost. It's really ridiculous and I really don't want to be a part of it, and I'm not trying to put on this persona of this angry revolutionary to get people to follow me." - Aaron Mcgruder

"There are a lot of people who say we need to cut the amount of money that's spent in politics. I'm not sure that I agree. But I am sure that if you were talking about cutting the amount of money spent in politics, the media would have a strong interest in opposing you, because they make an enormous amount of money from political advertisements." - Lawrence Lessig

"When I was a kid and my parents started talking about politics, I'd run to my room and put on the Rolling Stones as loud as I could. So when I see all these rock stars up there talking politics, it makes me sick. If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal." - Alice Cooper

"All of nature talks to me - if I could just figure out what it's saying - trees are swinging in the breeze. They're talking to me. Insects are rubbing their legs together. They're all talking. They're talking to me." - Laurie Anderson

"Politics is the art of achieving prestige and power without merit." - P. J. O'Rourke

"The only thing that could possibly save British politics would be Margaret Thatcher's assassin." - Steven Morrissey

"Politics make strange bedfellows." - Charles Dudley Warner

"Politics make me sick" - William Howard Taft

"Everybody in politics lies." - David Geffen

"All politics is local." - Tip O'Neill

"Politics makes strange postmasters." - Kin Hubbard

"Politics makes estranged bedfellows." - Goodman Ace

"Politics is applied biology." - Ernst Haeckel

"Politics is cyclical." - Darrell Issa

"Architecture is politics." - Mitchell Kapor

"All politics is local." - Thomas P Oneill

"Country comes before politics." - Jerry Springer

"Neutrality is not politics." - Eleftherios Venizelos

"Politics makes me sick." - William Howard Taft

"Politics is compromise." - Paddy Ashdown

"Politics has become entertainment." - Joe Eszterhas

"Politics is applesauce." - Will Rogers

"I'm not in politics." - David Attenborough

"Politics disgusts me." - Brigitte Bardot

"I love politics." - Wolf Blitzer

"Politics ruins the character." - Otto Von Bismarck

"Anything's possible in politics." - Pat Robertson

"I'm not into politics." - David Stern

"Politics makes strange bedfellows." - Charles Dudley Warner

"Everything is politics." - Thomas Mann

"I don't like politics." - William

"I don't miss politics." - Jeb Bush

"This is the problem with foreign policy - talking about foreign policy in a political context. Politics is binary. People win and lose elections. Legislation passes or doesn`t pass. And in foreign policy often what you`re doing is nuance and you`re trying to prevent something worse from happening. It doesn`t translate well into a political environment." - David Corn

"I don't feel like I'm standing in a position where I have some right above other people to say what I think. We should all be talking to each other about what we think is important - whether we're in politics, or whether we're checking out at a grocery store. We shouldn't put walls up between each other." - Dave Matthews

"As a woman with strong opinions talking about technology and politics is not always welcome in Germany. Nope, it's more like having a great cheerleader team behind me. People who follow my journey know I have a slightly colorful personality. The rest skipped out long ago." - Angela Merkel

"Everybody enjoys arguing about the current state of music because it feels as if you are talking about something incredibly important, yet it requires little understanding of the subject matter at hand. It's like world politics meets the pink questions in Trivial Pursuit. Points are made but nothing gets accomplished." - John Mayer

"Usually I just let my songs do the talking. As a matter of fact I have long had an aversion to celebrities endorsing politics, and in some cases even other causes. I wonder about their motives. And I have to admit when celebrities get involved in political campaigns I tend to get a little bit sarcastic about it." - John Fogerty

"Looking back on 200 years of feminist agitation in this country, we've got to get it that the moral high ground doesn't get us anything. Pleading with powerful men never gets us what we need. Talking doesn't do it. Being right doesn't do it. Hardball politics does it ... and a political strategy." - Naomi Wolf

"In fact, if you look at people within our government, they seem to be quite enthusiastically fighting the war against their own people at the behest of the United States. So it doesn't seem to me that the strong way to oppose this is by joining politics at all, but just to keep speaking and to keep talking about it." - Fatima Bhutto

"I'm not trying to push my political agenda on anybody. I'll do that like any other citizen by giving money to a party or candidate I believe in. I don't mind going out and endorsing somebody I believe in. But when we're talking about my films, I don't think my politics should have anything to do with it." - Sydney Pollack

"Rand Paul tried hard to upstage Donald Trump at the first debate, talking tough about his guns and his right not to register them. But with his pixie-ish perm, Paul does not impress me as the gunslinger type. Rand Paul is the RuPaul of politics. He would do better to defend his right to carry an unregistered blow-dryer and curling irons." - Michael R. Burch

"I don't believe there are climate skeptics. I think there are people who indulge in a culture of what can be reduced to Fox network thinking. That has nothing to do with the politics that apply to the protection of quality of life in any sense. It's like talking to a member of a cult." - Sean Penn

"Books were always important. I have to thank my father, he filled my life with books. He didn't write but he always read. He was a merchant, he filled the store with cigarette smoke and his friends, all talking about books and politics. It was bad for business. He dealt in women's clothing." - Rawi Hage

"I think that being in politics, being in leadership should be as much about listening as talking. That's how I think you can get the information and sort of pick up the nuance that will enable you to do the best possible job." - Hillary Clinton

"When you are honest in your comedy, you have to acknowledge the world that you're in. Through a comedic voice you're talking about what needs to be talked about, whether it's race relations or politics or anything that's happening on a global or an American scale." - Trevor Noah

"My problem with political art is not that it's bad art necessarily, but that it is terrible politics. We're talking about a closeted person with minimum contact with reality who has trouble tying his f**king shoes! And he's supposed to be political? A bus driver has a better perspective on things. Artists are completely indulgent..." - Jonathan Santlofer

"The Planned Parenthood 7" project is an example of us putting our noses to the grindstone on and trying to make a little difference. Working on that was my way of handling my own emotions about Donald Trump. I was talking about politics for so long, I just kind of ran out of juice on that." - Aaron Dessner

"It may not be fair, but it's true that in politics - in TV broadcasting, in any public figure - people pay attention to your appearances. One of the things we were all talking about was Al Gore won't be running for president unless we see that he's losing weight. Americans usually elect a taller man president." - Tony Blankley

"The average movie set is the least political arena on Earth. Nobody bothers talking about politics because, one, we all love the job so much. You don't talk about current events. You talk about old show business stories and whether or not there's gonna be French onion dip at the craft services table that day." - Tom Hanks

"What we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages or working conditions. ... These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics. What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money." - Barack Obama

"My mom's younger sister was born with Down syndrome. I was close to my grandmother when I was growing up. I remember talking to my grandmother about politics, and she told me that she regularly voted for the Democrats because she knew that they were going to look out for people like her daughter. That made an impression on me, too." - Josh Earnest

"There are a few things that have become my pet peeves over time. The politics - lies, deceit, backstabbing, jealousy. I hate the egos in the biz. I don't mean the gimmick egos, but the real egos. I'm talking about the guys whose mouths write checks their asses can't cash." - Brimstone

"I remember talking to Alex Ferguson about Tony [Blair] and Gordon [Brown], and he said: "Why doesn't Tony just get rid of him?" But if you sack someone in football, they can't turn up to training the next day. In politics they're still on the pitch. Gordon would still have been a big player." - Alastair Campbell

"We have to stop all of the fighting and talking without listening and find a sense of compromise. It's very evident that it could possibly happen. No matter what your political views are, we're in a very dangerous state of politics." - Edwin Hodge

"[Hillary Clinton] was trying to encourage us to become more active in politics and she said, 'If you leave all the decision-making to others, you might not like what they do, and you will have no one but yourself to blame.' It was such a challenge to the women in the room. And it really hit me: She's talking to me." - Kirsten Gillibrand

"My first meeting as a senator, my first day, they were already talking about the next election. Part of that's the permanent campaign, part of that's a word I've been using more frequently, 'tribal.' Our politics has become tribal: It's us versus them." - Evan Bayh

"We know that U.S. voters, and world leaders, allow Obama extraordinary leeway when it comes to deadly drone strikes, precisely because of his politics, character and background. (We are talking about a man, after all, who won the Nobel Peace Prize while ordering the automated killing of suspected Muslim terrorists around the world)." - Glenn Greenwald

"I think people hear and feel the genuine nature of my passion for the causes. Specifically, with the non-profit in Uganda, my mother is the president, and she was an African politics professor for almost 50 years, so I think people know that I align myself with people who know what they're talking about." - Eliza Dushku

"Coolidge made less speeches and got more votes than any man that ever run. (William Jennings) Bryan was listened to and cheered by more people than any single human in politics, and he lost. So there is a doubt just whether talking does you good or harm." - Will Rogers

"People have come to me for my opinion since 'October Baby.' But, hey, look, I'm an actor who is very fortunate to be in a movie that's making wonderful noise, and hopefully helping parents and children to be a little closer. Leave me alone. I'm not talking about politics. I'm just trying to have a conversation with my own kids." - John Schneider

"When you work in the White House you talk to the White House staff all day, so you're talking to the guy who handles the congressional liaison and the guy who's handling domestic politics and the guy who's handling the American economy and so forth." - Elliott Abrams

"You know, compromise can't be a dirty word in American politics. There's plenty to argue about. Trump administration is still talking about ridiculous tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy. That should be resisted with every fiber of our being." - Hillary Clinton

"I'm dating a homeless woman. It was easier talking her into staying over." - Garry Shandling

"Talking payes no toll." - George Herbert

"Negative talking is contagious." - John C Maxwell

"Talking out loud to fictional characters is just the tip of the iceberg." - Jodi Picoult

"I think of the chimp, the one with the talking hands." - Amy Hempel

"Sometimes not talking is effortless, and other times it's more exhausting than lifting pianos." - Steve Toltz

"There is nothing so annoying as having two people talking when you're busy interrupting." - Mark Twain

"Jace likes to pretend that everyone isn't talking about him, even when he knows they are." - Cassandra Clare

"I actually like talking." - Denis Leary

"Good government is good politics and politics is good government." - Richard J Daley

"Politics should be about politics, not tribal ties" - Musalia Mudavadi

"Either one lives for politics or one lives off politics." - Max Weber

"we cannot cure the evils of politics with politics ..." - Anais Nin

"My politics is my religion, my religion is my politics." - Mahatma Gandhi

"History is past politics, and politics present history." - John Robert Seeley

"History is past politics, and politics is present history." - Edward Augustus Freeman

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

"Liberal politics meant the politics of common-sense." - Henry Campbell-Bannerman

"Look, there ought to be politics in politics." - Karl Rove

"Either one lives 'for' politics or one lives 'off' politics." - Max Weber

"Politics isn't only about government. Politics is about the people." - Young Jeezy

"Politics as battle has given way to politics as spectacle." - Ronald Steel

"Politics makes strange post-masters." - Kin Hubbard

"In politics experiments means revolutions." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Politics is no exact science." - Otto Von Bismarck

"Politics is different than business." - Carly Fiorina


"Good economics is good politics." - Paul Keating

"Sound doctrine is sound politics." - Morton Blackwell

"In politics, nothing is contemptible." - Benjamin Disraeli

"In politics, guts is all." - Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn

"Politics is mostly pill-taking." - Thomas Reed

"Politics isn't in my nature." - Bernard Malamud

"Or they'll talk about fear, which we used to call politics- job politics, social politics, government politics." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Art transcends politics this weekend." - Barbra Streisand

"Politics is downstream from culture." - Andrew Breitbart

"Politics: a Trojan horse race." - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

"I think politics is everything." - Gene Weingarten

"Politics should seize the imagination." - George Packer

"Local politics matters a lot." - Van Jones

"Politics is not for sissies." - Rush Limbaugh

"Politics: a Trojan horse race" - Stanislaw Lec

"My cock doesn't talk politics." - S.A. Sachs

"Politics makes strange bed-fellows." - Charles Dudley Warner

"Good government is good politics." - Richard J Daley

"In politics, what appears is." - Antonio de Oliveira Salazar

"Politics is a good thing!" - Larry J Sabato

"Liberalism is Rationalism in politics." - Francis Parker Yockey



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