“ I once said to my father, when I was a boy, 'Dad we need a third political party.' He said to me, 'I'll settle for a second.' ”

- Ralph Nader

“ My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight. ”

- John F. Kennedy

“ I'm just sick of the way things are. We're in an age in which we can't live without accepting the logic of the market. Contemporary politics is all about short-term pragmatism. We have abandoned religion and philosophy... What we have left is the automatisation of doing what the market tells us. ”

- Jose Mujica

“ In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. ”

- George Orwell

“ We have been educated into believing someone else's concept of the deity, and someone else's standard of beauty. You have the right to practice any religion and politics in a way that best suits your freedom, your dignity, and your understanding. And once you do that, you don't apologize. ”

- John Henrik Clarke

“ The potential for the abuse of power through digital networks - upon which we the people now depend for nearly everything, including our politics - is one of the most insidious threats to democracy in the Internet age. ”

- Rebecca MacKinnon

“ International politics is no longer a zero-sum game but a multi-dimensional arena where cooperation and competition often occur simultaneously. Gone is the age of blood feuds. World leaders are expected to lead in turning threats into opportunities. ”

- Hassan Rouhani

“ 'Beauty' is a currency system like the gold standard. Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West is is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact. ”

- Naomi Wolf

“ Life itself has so much politics, why should I make it my profession? I'm just a politician's son, not a politician myself. Two politicians, that's my dad and elder brother, in the family are enough. I'm happy doing my own stuff in Bollywood. ”

- Riteish Deshmukh

“ 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

“ I came back from university thinking I knew all about politics and racism, not knowing my dad had been one of the youngest-serving Labour councillors in the town and had refused to work in South Africa years ago because of the situation there. And he's never mentioned it - you just find out. That's a real man to me. A sleeping lion. ”

- Johnny Vegas

“ Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. ”

- John Quincy Adams

“ Politicians... talk in generalities and lies, and I think they've caused all our grief. They're so awful, they're really funny. I hate thinking this because my dad loved politics. ”

- Paul Lynde

“ A high-powered, successful woman doesn't necessarily have the same support behind her that a man in that position would. Plus, she's expected to be a domestic goddess, as well as the best wife, mother, friend, and lover. But it's not just in politics: you see it in acting, too, and in journalism. ”

- Raquel Cassidy

“ We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. ”

- Kin Hubbard

“ You can study government and politics in school, but the best way to really understand the process is to volunteer your time. ”

- Rob McKenna

“ There are very few issues that lie specifically in one region now. Polio in Syria doesn't affect Syria alone. I don't think any issue can ever be isolated into local politics these days, because we all know too much. ”

- Cate Blanchett

“ I am probably not alone in sensing above me the huge corporations and monstrous banks, science, politics and technologies, spy satellites and stock markets, military systems and massive wealth - forces and dynamics I don't understand or can hardly imagine. ”

- Michael Leunig

“ It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. ”

- George MacDonald

“ So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died, I felt like I had lost a limb. ”

- Alastair Campbell