Islam does not believe in democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or freedom of assembly. It does not separate religion and politics. It is partly a religion, but it is much more than that. It has a political agenda that goes far outside the realm of religion.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
Politics in a democracy is transactional: Politicians seek votes by promising to do things for voters, who seek promises in exchange for their votes.
Politics is the art of the next best.
After the Tiananmen Massacre, I felt compelled not only to continue writing but to actively resist the restrictions placed on freedom of speech. I set up the publishing company in Hong Kong, with offices in Shenzhen in mainland China, and managed to publish works of fiction, philosophy, and politics by unapproved authors.
History and social sciences were my interests. I was always interested in knowing how societies get organized, why there is rich and poor divide, why there are classes. I was never apolitical. I think we are all political in a way. Politics decides our day-to-day life.
Politics is the art of the possible.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
The fact that people die because of an AK-47 is not because of the designer, but because of politics.
Politics — quotes and aphorisms
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial.
My childhood, adolescence and high school days are unusually important. If there has ever been a time that I developed a uniqueness and sense of humor and the ability to organize, it was then. In those early days, I developed the skills that gave me a certain degree of success in American politics.
Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
I am aware that one should always make room for renewal in politics. A democracy is the healthier for the turnover of the depth of talent there is in its community.
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
Architecture is politics.