I can't vouch for the accuracy of all these quotations which were emailed to me by a friend, but they're so much fun I figured, "Why bother checking Snopes?"
This is election year in the US, Russia , China, France , Egypt , Mexico, Taiwan, Venezuela, Kuwait and about 30 other countries around the world, so the following quotes are in order:
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being
~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even
~Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm
~Quoted in 'Clarence Darrow for the Defense' by Irving Stone.
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the
~John Quinton, American actor/writer
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign
~Oscar Ameringer, "the Mark Twain of American Socialism."
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you
~P.J. O'Rourke, American comedian and writer.
I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952..
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to
~Charles de Gaulle, French general & politician
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be
~Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~ Variously attributed to Will Rogers and George Bernard Shaw