Churchill on Politics and Government

"Elections exist for the sake of the House of Commons and not the House of Commons for the sake of elections." 1953, during a debate to change elections

"He has to conceal what he would most wish to make public, and make public what he would most wish to conceal." 1962, Churchill is talking about the duties of a Foreign Secretary

"I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British instead of the other way around, I might have gotten here on my own." Dec. 1941 in a speech to Congress

"In both our lands, it is the people who control the Government, not the Government the people."

"In Great Britain, governments often change their policies without changing their men. In France, they usually change their men without changing their policy." 1939, from Churchill's book Step by Step

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

"They have done what they like. Their difficulty is to like what they have done." 1936 letter on policies adopted by the French

"You don't make the poor richer by making the rich poorer."

"I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents."

"If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law."

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."

"Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

"We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."


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