90+ Best Political Quotes to Inspire Civic Engagement

Gain insight into the complexities of politics and society with our curated collection of political quotes.

Explore the wisdom, wit, and enduring relevance of statements made by leaders, activists, and thinkers throughout history

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

When words are both true and kind they can change the world. — Buddha

A word of command has made these silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform them into our friends.

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he can do only a little.

When you make a choice, you change the future. – Deepak Chopra

Political Quotes

To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.–Patrick Ness

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

I don’t care how old you are—fifty, sixty, or seventy. Your value doesn’t diminish with each birthday.

There is no subject of public interest—politics, news, education, religion, science, sports—that does not find its way to television. This means that all public understanding of these subjects is shaped by the biases of television.

Politics determine who has the power, not who has the truth.

Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has as much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls that imprison men because they are different from other men.

The balance of our population and our human stock is threatened. – Sir Keith Joseph

The Seven Social Sins are Wealth without Work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Worship without sacrifice. Politics without principle. From a sermon Frederick Lewis Donaldson gave in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.-Theodore, M. Hesburgh

All of us are neck-deep in politics every day of our lives. Every organization on earth that involves human beings has its politics. Politics does not have to be a bad thing. Politics can be a good thing when we bring people to the table to sit down, work together, compromise, and get things done for the common good.

When one is commuting to work, happiness is neither the journey nor the destination. ― Rajesh

In my teens, I saw the world in only black and white. Now I know that most things exist in a certain gray area. Though it took a while to get here, I now call this gray area home. I once believed that participating in a capitalist economy would be the death of me, but now realize that agonizing over the political implications of every move I make isn’t exactly living.

Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues.

If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a right cause and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.

Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.–Jim Rohn

Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.― Bertrand Russell

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

The effect of [a representative democracy is] to refine and enlarge the public views, by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of the nation…

You gain strength, courage, and confidence from every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. — Jack Kerouac

I am certain, O men of Athens, that if I had engaged in politics, I should have perished long ago, and done no good either to you or to myself.

If you have sense enough to realize why flies gather around a restaurant, you should be able to appreciate why men run for office.

The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood – rich, poor, old, young, decrepit, and spunky – all turn out in one day.

Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.–Aristotle

No voice is so loud that it can demand that I listen to it. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to the government, when it deserves it.

There is but one method of rendering a republican form of government durable, and that is by disseminating the seeds of virtue and knowledge through every part of the state using proper places and modes of education and this can be done effectively only by the aid of the legislature.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. – Pete Drucker

Someone may wonder why I go about in private giving advice and busying myself with the concerns of others but do not venture to come forward in public and advise the state. I will tell you why. You have heard me speak at sundry times and in divers places of an oracle or sign which comes to me and is the divinity which Meletus ridicules in the indictment. This sign, which is a kind of voice, first began to come to me when I was a child; it always forbids but never commands me to do anything that I am going to do. This is what deters me from being a politician.

I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.

Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns.

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.–William Jennings Bryan

Beware the nation in which one man rules, for it is a nation of slaves. ― Simón Bolívar

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, political, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people, who, have a right …and a desire to know

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means

Also visit: Babasaheb Ambedkar Quotes

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life, and that it’s nothing personal.

I believe that voting is the first act of building a community as well as building a country.

What people can choose, they can change.–Madeleine K. Albright

My dad didn’t riot. He got on his bike and looked for work – Norman Tebbit

You’re not to be so blinded by patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Do not think of knocking out another person’s brain because he differs in opinion. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago

To lay down a man’s right to anything is to divest himself of the liberty of hindering another of the benefit of his right to the same.

The goal in the end is not to win elections. The goal is to change society.

Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed.

Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.–Stephen R. Covey

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free men.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

When introverts conflict with each other…it may require a map to follow all the silences, nonverbal cues, and passive-aggressive behaviors!

We say we value the legacy we leave the next generation and then saddle that generation with mountains of debt.

You don’t have to wait till your party’s in power to have an impact on life at home and around the world.

Young people need to vote. They need to get out there. Every vote counts. Educate yourself too. Don’t just vote. Know what you’re voting for, and stand by that.

There are no safe choices. Only other choices.–Libba Bray

I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his way. ― Robert Frost

My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.

The freedom to express varying and often opposing ideas is essential to various conceptions of democracy. If democracy is viewed as essentially a process – a way in which collective decisions for society are made – free expression is crucial to the openness of the process and such characteristics as elections, representation of interests, and the like.

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Some people always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away from these people. The battle they are fighting isn’t with you, it’s with themselves.

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.–Marcus Aurelius

We found that for leaders to make something great, their ambition has to be for the greatness of the work and the company, rather than for themselves.

Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

Never turn your back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone. (to Horatio Gates, 1798) ― Thomas Jefferson

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude

The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them as leaders and continually develops them.

There’s been a quantum leap technologically in our age, but unless there’s another quantum leap in human relations, unless we learn to live in a new way towards one another, there will be a catastrophe

We have no authoritative figure, no Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow whom we all listen to and trust to sort out contradictory claims. Instead, the media is splintered into a thousand fragments, each with its version of reality, each claiming the loyalty of a splintered nation

Politics are almost as exciting as war, and — quite as dangerous … In war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times.

Do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day, and do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?–Jim Butcher

I love my country, not my government. ― Jesse Ventura

After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backward and in high heels.

At the heart of Western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man…is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, and the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and abiding practice of any Western society

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.

Effective teamwork will not take the place of knowing how to do the job or how to manage the work. Poor teamwork, however, can prevent effective final performance. It can also prevent team members from gaining satisfaction in being a member of a team and the organization.

Oh, if I had an instant’s strength in this hand of mine I would set fire to the gates and those houses and courts within, even though I burned in the fire. A thousand curses to the parents that bore the children of Hwang!

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.

Democracy is not something that happens, you know, just at election time, and it’s not something that happens just with one event. It’s an ongoing building process. But it also ought to be a part of our culture, a part of our lives.

Everything’s a choice. Nobody’s born good. Nobody’s born evil. It’s always a choice.–Tom Hiddleston

That’s libertarians for you — anarchists who want police protection from their slaves. ― Kim Stanley Robinson

It is a well-known fact that reality has a liberal bias. ― Stephen Colbert

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

The act of voting is one opportunity for us to remember that our whole way of life is predicated on the capacity of ordinary people to judge carefully and well.

I hope you like these “political quotes”. Thanks for visiting us. Share on WhatsApp status, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Keep smiling and be happy.

Scroll to Top