With Australia going to the polls this Saturday to determine who the country will be run by for the next few years, I thought some political quotes from the past might be in order.

‘Politics: “Poli” a Latin word meaning “many” and “tics” meaning “bloodsucking creatures”‘. – Robin Williams

“We always want the best man to win an election. Unfortunately, he never runs.” – Will Rogers

“Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?” – Robert Orben

“Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.” – Gore Vidal

“All politicians should have 3 hats – one to throw into the ring, one to talk through, and one to pull rabbits out of if elected.” – Carl Sandburg

“Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.”

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” – Oscar Ameringer

“Win or lose, we go shopping after the election.” – Imelda Marcos

“Elections are held to delude the populace into believing that they are participating in government.” – Gerald F. Lieberman

“Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.” – Franklin P. Adams

“The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.”- Ben Okri

“Our elections are free, it’s in the results where eventually we pay.” – Bill Stern

“Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work – that goes on, it adds up.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“Political elections are a good deal like marriages, there’s no accounting for anyone’s taste” – Will Rogers

“Advertising men and politicians are dangerous if they are separated. Together they are diabolical.” – Phillip Adams

“The only thing we learn from a new election is we learned nothing from the old” – Gerald Barzan

“The next time they give you all that civic bullshit about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election” – George Carlin

“I’ll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most.” – George Bush

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.” – Nikita Khruschev

“An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

“A politician is a fellow who gives you the key to the city after he’s taken everything worth having.”


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