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"Politics and war are remarkably similar situations." - Newt Gingrich

"Yes, politics IS war without bloodshed; and war is an extension of those politics." - H Rap Brown

"We understood that politics is nothing but war without bloodshed and war is nothing but politics with bloodshed." - Fred Hampton

"We understood that politics is nothing but war without bloodshed; and war is nothing but politics with bloodshed." - Fred Hampton

"Well, politics is war, and in war, truth is the first casualty." - Jeff Greenfield

"Politics are almost as exciting as war, and - quite as dangerous... In war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times." - Winston Churchill

"Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times." - Winston Churchill

"Remember that politics, colonialism, imperialism and war also originate in the human brain." - Vilayanur S Ramachandran

"War is the ultimate tool of politics." - Buckminster Fuller

"War is merely a continuation of politics," - Carl Von Clausewitz

"War is politics by other means." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"War is the ultimate tool of politics." - R Buckminster Fuller

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

"Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed." - Mao Zedong

"War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support." - Colin Powell

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy." - John Adams

"There are many different ways of categorizing news. It doesn't have to be just war and famine and serious politics." - Piers Morgan

"I full well realize that politics is a rough and tumble business, but politics should not be reduced to lobbing partisan hand grenades. Politics is not war. Terrorism is." - Pat Roberts

"The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics." - Albert Schweitzer

"I believe that the politics of intervention and the Kosovo war prompted a fresh resumption of the arms race worldwide." - Paul Virilio

"It's the height of the Cold War, but I grew up in apolitical family and politics wasn't on the agenda." - Bill Ayers

"Most politicians - those people who live, eat and breathe politics - like to sit around and talk about politics and tell political war stories. Reagan didn't do that. His war stories were movie war stories and Hollywood war stories. He loved that." - Lyn Nofziger

"Politics is a war of causes; a joust of principles." - Woodrow Wilson

"War is the continuation of politics by other means." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"Politics is the womb in which war develops." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"Modern politics is civil war carried on by other means." - Alasdair MacIntyre

"While von Clausewitz said, 'War is the continuation of policy (politics) by other means,' when considering the welfare of our men and women in uniform, their families, our veterans and survivors, don't let politics drive your decisions." - Joe Heck

"I have to study politics and war so that my sons can study mathematics, commerce and agriculture, so their sons can study poetry, painting and music." - John Quincy Adams

"What this brings out is that modern politics cannot be a matter of genuine moral consensus. And it is not. Modern politics is civil war carried on by other means," - Alasdair MacIntyre

"Pat Buchanan likes to say we're in a culture war. The Civil War was a culture war, and brothers killed brothers. I wonder if they avoided dinner conversation about politics. What if this culture war turned into a real war? I'd look back on that dinner and wish that I'd ordered a side of argument." - Ze Frank

"Morality binds people into groups. It gives us tribalism, it gives us genocide, war, and politics. But it also gives us heroism, altruism, and sainthood." - Jonathan Haidt

"Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once." - Winston Churchill

"Before you can begin to think about politics at all, you have to abandon the notion that there is a war between good men and bad men." - Walter Lippmann

"Unequal group rights, the politics of redistribution and a Constitution whose meaning varies with changeable coalitions are a recipe for civil war." - Paul Craig Roberts

"One of the most important factors in life, politics and war, to which historians tend to devote too little attention, is sheer luck, good or ill." - Robert Rhodes James

"Conservatism is not a doctrine of contentment. Not a doctrine for the satisfied and the smug. It's a politics that's at war with the world." - Thomas Frank

"I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting." - Winston Churchill

"My drama friends felt that our art was directly linking up with the politics and society. We did one of the first anti-war plays anywhere." - Joe Spano

"In the early nineteenth century, with Enlightenment optimism soured by years of war and revolution, critics were skeptical of America's naive faith that it had reinvented politics." - Simon Schama

"During the Cold War, the non-aligned movement tried to become a 'third force' in world politics, but failed because it was too large and unwieldy." - Stephen Kinzer

"I'm a warrior at heart; I'm an ex-Navy Seal. I'm too old to wage war anymore, and so now I wage it mentally. And so I find politics very stimulating; it's war without guns." - Jesse Ventura

"Then down came the lid-the day was lost, for art, at Sarajevo. World-politics stepped in, and a war was started which has not ended yet: a "war to end war." But it merely ended art. It did not end war." - Wyndham Lewis

"Politics and football don't mix." - Ruud Gullit

"Sports and politics don't mix." - Eric Heiden

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

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

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

"If war is the continuation of politics by other means, terrorism is the continuation of war by other means." - Pat Buchanan

"I care about politics just like any other citizen. I'm against the war in Iraq, or any type of war." - Enrique Iglesias

"I opposed the Suez war, I opposed the Falklands war. I opposed the Libyan bombing and I opposed the Gulf war and I never believed that any of those principled arguments lost a single vote - indeed, I think they gained support though that was not why you did it. What has been lacking in Labour politics over a long period is a principled stand" - Tony Benn

"There is a feminist proverb I learned from my mother: The personal is political. There's a powerful literary stereotype that men write about war and politics and public life, while women confine themselves to family and food and personal life." - Annia Ciezadlo

"For all the flailing and huffing and puffing, there is a kind of fatality about the process of war-making and the excuses we find for it, the consolation of belligerence in politics." - John Le Carre

"We must move into the universe. Mankind must save itself. We must escape the danger of war and politics. We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves." - Ray Bradbury

"I must study war and politics so that my children shall be free to study commerce, agriculture and other practicalities, so that their children can study painting, poetry and other fine things." - John Adams

"War is nothing but a continuation of politics with the admixture of other means." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of politics by other means." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"All efforts to make politics aesthetic culminate in one thing, war." - Walter Benjamin

"The next war in the Middle East will be fought over water, not politics" - Boutros Boutros-Ghali

"Politics are not unlike war. Sometimes it is necessary to shoot from the hip." - Jesse H. Jones

"Everything that steel achieves in war can be won in politics by eloquence." - Demetrius

"In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times." - Winston Churchill

"Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times." - Winston Churchill

"War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"War has rules, mud wrestling has rules - politics has no rules." - Ross Perot

"if newspapers were written by people whose sole object in writing was to tell the truth about politics and the truth about art we should not believe in war, and we should believe in art." - Virginia Woolf

"The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own." - Aldous Huxley

"In almost every country there are elements of opinion which would welcome such a conclusion because they wish to return to the politics of the balance of power, unrestricted and unregulated armaments, international anarchy, and preparation for war." - Arthur Henderson

"What I could not support was a dumb war, a rash war, a war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics." - Barack Obama

"We shall one day learn to supersede politics by education. What we call our root-and-branch reforms of slavery, war, gambling, intemperance, is only medicating the symptoms. We must begin higher up, namely, in education." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I have learned from experience that, in the bluff and counterbluff of world politics, to draw a hostile war lord as a horrible monster is to play his game. What he doesn't like is being shown as a silly ass." - David Low

"The media and politics have never allowed our people to speak through them. The absolute marginalization of the indigenous peoples is a fact, as is sophisticated militarization. These have been the most significant ingredients in the silent war." - Rigoberta Menchu

"We're living through a time where we are fighting wars fostered by politics, admittedly not on the same scale as the First World War, but with equally tragic realities for our soldiers and their families." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"War, we are told, shapes character; it resolves the major questions of international politics, consolidates nations, and indeed, constitutes the principal factor in the progress of civilization through its successive stages." - Elie Ducommun

"Something often neglected in popular accounts of the Wild West is the extent to which its dramas were colored by the politics and personal resentments left by the Civil War." - Gary Krist

"You know, you can be really quite subversive in popular fiction, which is capable of taking on big issues of politics, war, the rise and fall of commercial dynasties." - Robert Harris

"The United States is now harbouring Luis Posada Carriles. His continued freedom mocks victims of terrorism everywhere. It also shows how heavily the 'war on terror' is overlaid with politics and hypocrisy." - Stephen Kinzer

"War is cinema, and cinema is war" - Paul Virilio

"The great error of nearly all studies of war, an error into which all socialists have fallen, has been to consider war as an episode in foreign politics when it is especially an act of internal politics and the most atrocious act of all . . . Since the directing apparatus has no other way of fighting the enemy than by sending its own soldiers, under compulsion, to their death-the war of one state against another state resolves itself into a war of the state and the military apparatus against its own people." - Simone Weil

"I think it's perfectly possible for us to stay outside of power politics, or parliamentary politics, and speak about things like the American hegemony in the region or speak about the unjust war on terror that's been brought to our borders." - Fatima Bhutto

"In the very near future, and I stress this important point, it will no longer be war that is the continuation of politics by other means, it will be what I have dubbed 'the integral accident' that is the continuation of politics by other means." - Paul Virilio

"Food, clothes and shelter have no politics." - Mutabaruka

"Politics and life go hand in hand." - Bruce Springsteen

"It's all about politics, and it's stupid." - Brownie Mary

"Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable." - Charles Edison

"Wars come and go; politics endure." - Jacqueline Carey

"Politics and ethics belong to different worlds." - Adam Michnik

"I don't want to predict calamity. But I am afraid of a new Russian occupation of parts of Eastern Europe. Also of a new Russian campaign to exert influence in Germany or other parts Europe, aimed at making continental politics less democratic. I am afraid of a US trade war and even a shooting war with China." - Anne Applebaum

"Of course, you have politics, the Vietnam war and all that monkey business. There are all kinds of reasons. At every one of those demonstrations in the late Sixties about the Vietnam war, you could guarantee there'd be a series of speeches. The ostensible purpose was to protest the war. But then somebody came up and gave a black power speech, usually Black Muslims, then. And then you'd have a women's rights speech. It was terrible to listen to these things." - Garry Winogrand

"There are two kinds of politics in the world: the politics of love and the politics of fear." - Doris "Granny D" Haddock

"Here we are the way politics ought to be in America, the politics of happiness, the politics of purpose, and the politics of joy." - Hubert Humphrey

"Here we are the way politics ought to be in America; the politics of happiness, the politics of purpose and the politics of joy." - Hubert H Humphrey

"I deliberately did not read anything about the Vietnam War because I felt the politics of the war eclipsed what happened to the veterans. The politics were irrelevant to what this memorial was." - Maya Lin

"The great error of nearly all studies of war... has been to consider war as an episode in foreign policies, when it is an act of interior politics..." - Simone Weil

"Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Politics, war, marriage, crime, adultery. Everything that exists in the world has something to do with money." - Graham Greene

"War is far worse. At least where politics is going on, there are usually nice hors d'oeuvres." - Brandon Sanderson

"War is not a means to an end, it is the end, whereas politics is merely the hiatus between wars." - Norman Finkelstein

"War is far worse. At least where politics is going on, there are usually nice hors d"oeuvres." - Brandon Sanderson

"Once politics become a tug-of-war for shares in the income pie, decent government is impossible." - Friedrich August von Hayek

"The war for the Internet has begun. Hollywood is in control of politics. The government is killing innovation." - Kim Dotcom

"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war." - Maria Montessori

"Business is business and politics is politics and never between shall meet." - Suzy Welch

"For politics is not like the nursery; in politics obedience and support are the same." - Hannah Arendt

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

"We had great sex, but we argued politics. Now we enjoy politics and argue sex." - Harvey Fierstein

"If compassion and mercy are not compatible with politics then something is the matter with politics." - Gerald R Ford

"Politics and more politics - that's how you work towards the building of agreements." - Enrique Pena Nieto

"Politics should not interfere with sports. And sports should impact politics." - Vladimir Putin

"Good policy makes good politics and what I've done has been good politics." - J C Watts

"Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine." - Paul Wellstone

"After 9-11, the President had a historic opportunity to unite Americans and the world in common cause. Instead, by exploiting the politics of fear, instigating an optional war in Iraq before finishing a necessary war in Afghanistan and instituting policies on torture, detainees and domestic surveillance that fly in the face of our values and interests, President Bush divided Americans from each other and from the world." - Joe Biden

"The fact that we don't' talk about it, that we don't have a politics in which this question of war and peace can even get onto the table, so that we can open up our Orwell, our 1984, or Animal Farm, or whatever, and read the political text that's being spotted to us on the television right off of the page; the fact that we don't have a politics robust enough to actually debate whether or not we want to be a country permanently at war. That's what keeps me from sleeping at night." - Glenn Loury

"One of the biggest problems I found with Irish politics and the economic thing was after the war, after World War II, most of the European countries started to develop economically and socially, but whatever way the Catholic church they took a grip and they almost governed the country. I mean, we were almost like a dictatorship. There is good and bad, but we experienced an awful lot of bad, especially from the institutions that taught children the Christian brothers, etc." - Gavin Friday

"We need a new kind of politics. Not the politics of governance, but the politics of resistance. The politics of opposition. The politics of joining hands across the world and preventing certain destruction." - Arundhati Roy

"We in politics are accustomed to seeing reality firsthand and then watching its distant cousin, events as portrayed by the media, unfold on our televisions. We know that what happened in Congress and what is reported to have taken place are two very different things. But that disjuncture, so familiar to politicians, is new to the viewing public. By seeing war and war coverage juxtaposed nightly on their screens, Americans have learned the crucial lesson: not to trust the news anchors." - Dick Morris

"I must study Politics and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Music, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelain." - John Adams

"How can I, that girl standing there, My attention fix On Roman or on Russian Or on Spanish politics? Yet here's a travelled man that knows What he talks about, And there's a politician That has read and thought, And maybe what they say is true Of war and war's alarms, But O that I were young again And held her in my arms!" - William Butler Yeats

"I came at age in the '60s, and initially my hopes and dreams were invested in politics and the movements of the time - the anti-war movement, the civil rights movement. I worked on Bobby Kennedy's campaign for president as a teenager in California and the night he was killed." - David Talbot

"There is nothing puzzling ... about America's gratuitously aggressive foreign policy or about the oligarchs' successful efforts to drag the Republic into five wars. What an aggressive foreign policy accomplishes by slow degrees, a state of war accomplishes in a trice. Overnight [war] kills reform, overnight it transforms insurgents into traitors and the Republic into an imperiled realm. Overnight it strangles free politics, distracts and overawes the citizenry. Overnight it blasts public hope." - Walter Karp

"My subject is war, and the pity of war." - Wilfred Owen

"The Cold War was a war, and we won it." - Donald Rumsfeld

"The state incurs debts for politics, war, and other higher causes and 'progress'. . . . The assumption is that the future will honour this relationship in perpetuity. The state has learned from the merchants and industrialists how to exploit credit; it defies the nation ever to let it go into bankruptcy. Alongside all swindlers the state now stands there as swindler-in-chief." - Jacob Burckhardt

"I'm worried that too many people, both in politics and out, don't appreciate the seriousness of the threat to American security and the evil of the enemy that faces us -more evil or as evil as Nazism and probably more dangerous than the Soviet communists we fought during the long Cold War." - Joe Lieberman

"Deanell Tacha and I decided to write an editorial, because both of us have had experiences in countries where the rule of law is not strong. Uh, where there is civil war. Where there is disorder. And, it, it seemed to us important to underscore that this is a treasure, our rule of law, our judiciary independent from politics, and it's in jeopardy." - Martha Minow

"This is very dangerous for us, as a society, and I think people deserve a politics of integrity that is not bought and paid for by big banks, fossil fuel giants, war profiteers, insurance companies, the things that those two corporate parties both represent and which pull the strings inside the party." - Jill Stein

"I chose to write about food: food is inherently political, but it's also an essential part of people's real lives. It's where the public and private spheres connect. I wanted to show readers that the larger politics of war and economics and U.S. foreign policy are inextricably bound to the supposedly trivial details of our everyday lives." - Annia Ciezadlo

"Britain, along with the U.S.A., is war weary, and after the travesty of Iraq and Afghanistan, has grave misgivings in any future involvement in the Middle East. The ghost of Tony Blair and his single-minded determination to attack Iraq, at any cost, has cast a long shadow over British politics. The British public have a long collective memory." - Paul Conroy

"This violence is so pervasive. We see it in our schools, where we have more security guards now than teachers. We see it in California where more prisons are being built than colleges. It goes on and on. We see it in a trillion-dollar war budget, politics becoming an extension of war rather than vice versa. This violence is like a fog. It covers everything." - Henry Giroux

"Rather than comparing [war] to art we could more accurately compare it to commerce, which is also a conflict of human interests and activities; and it is still closer to politics, which in turn may be considered as a kind of commerce on a larger scale." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"At the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics." - Asghar Farhadi

"In his study of Atlanta over the last 60 years, Kevin Kruse convincingly describes the critical connections between race, Sun Belt suburbanization, the rise of the new Republican majority. White Flight is a powerful and compelling book that should be read by anyone interested in modern American politics and post-World War II urban history." - Dan Carter

"Thank you, Governor [Sarah] Palin, for your endorsement. Because she got behind. She got behind us war-weary folks and gave us a boost of encouragement when we needed it. And she was a vote against the politics of personal destruction." - Christine O'Donnell

"One of my favourite contemporary fiction writers is a Texan, Ben Fountain. His extraordinary novel, Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk, all takes place within the half-time show at a Dallas Cowboys football game. No one has better summed up the American appetite for spectacle, the link between sports and politics, and the absolute madness of George W. Bush's Iraq War." - Adam Hochschild

""Bolshoi Babylon" is the work of filmmakers Mark Franchetti and Nicholas Read. Franchetti has been a Moscow-based journalist for 18 years. He won a British Press Award for his coverage of the 2002 Moscow theater siege in which 130 hostages were killed. He's covered Russian politics and the war in Ukraine." - Elizabeth Blair Lee

"Until the June 1967 war I was completely caught up in the life of a young professor of English. Beginning in 1968, I started to think, write, and travel as someone who felt himself to be directly involved in the renaissance of Palestinian life and politics." - Edward Said

"Mum has always been a huge anti-war activist. She would go off to protest and get arrested. I have her passion, but it is not for politics. I am much more interested in psychology. It's more my job and my natural inclination." - Joan Cusack

"Twenty-first century war adds new risks: more and more often there are no front lines, no central command, no rules of engagement - only a chaotic collision of politics, power, faith and bloodlust. Victims are as likely to be civilians as soldiers." - Nancy Gibbs

"All the politics of the post-war period was about the clash between the Soviet Union and America, and virtually all issues ended up being subordinated to that. Now, the question is, what is the most a socialist can achieve in a global economy?" - Ken Livingstone

"The Media: bold sex and violence, timid politics and morals." - Mason Cooley

"Obviously I think politics is interesting and important and educational." - William Kristol

"When you mix fashion and politics, you get fascism. Politics have fashion, and it's bad; fashion has politics, that are ugly." - Nate Lowman

"In our most Puritan of society, gambling-like other pleasures-is either taxed, restricted to certain hours, or forbidden altogether. Yet the impulse to gamble remains an eternal aspect of the irrationality of man. It finds outlets in business, war, politics, in the formal overtures of the gambling casinos, and in the less ceremonious exchanges among individuals of differing opinions." - Richard Arnold Epstein

"Sniper is a movie whose politics are so ludicrous and idiotic that under normal circumstances it would be beneath criticism. The only thing that forces us to take it seriously is the extraordinary fact that an almost exactly similar worldview consumed the walnut-sized mind of the president who got us into the war in question." - Matt Taibbi

"The two most potent post-war orthodoxies-socialist politics and modernist art-have at least one feature in common: they are bothforms of snobbery, the anti-bourgeois snobbery of people convinced of their right to dictate to the common man in the name of the common man." - Roger Scruton

"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

"Dalai Lama was leading his country during the rigors of World War II, he was in Beijing for a year in 1954; he was up against Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai from the time that he was fifteen. So he's no newcomer or naive when it comes to politics." - Pico Iyer

"If we want to cure the things that threaten life, limb and even survival, we need to heal our sick political system. That is, not just to address our physical ailments, but the things that determine whether we're going to survive into the next century. That is war, climate change, poverty, etc. We've got to fix our politics." - Jill Stein

"The novelist loses, every time. Politics is insidious, the modern conduct of war (from shoulder-launched rockets to drone strikes) is insidious. Someone presses a button in California and twenty people are incinerated at a wedding in Pakistan. The killer is spared the sight of the corpses." - Teju Cole

"Before we get too depressed about the state of our politics, let's remember our history. The great debates of the past, all stirred great passions. They all made somebody angry, and at least once led to a terrible war. What is amazing, is that despite all the conflict, our experiment in democracy has worked better than any form of government on earth." - Barack Obama

"When we get sick, we want an uncommon doctor. If we have a construction job, we want an uncommon engineer. When we get into a war, we dreadfully want an uncommon admiral and an uncommon general. Only when we get into politics are we content with the common man." - Herbert Hoover



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