Mark Twain Quotes on Politics and Politicians

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, well known as Mark Twain (1835-1910), was one of the most prominent American writers, journalists, and humorists. In this post, you’ll read few best, wise and funny Mark Twain quotes on politics and politicians, which represent his utmost sense of humor.

25 Mark Twain quotes on politics & politicians

“Where every man in a state has a vote, brutal laws are impossible.” – Mark Twain

“All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.”

Mark Twain Quotes on Politics and Politicians

“To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals.” – Mark Twain

“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” – Mark Twain

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“The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.” – Mark Twain

“Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals.” – Mark Twain

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” – Mark Twain

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

“There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” – Mark Twain

“An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.” – Mark Twain

“Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will.” – Mark Twain

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.” – Mark Twain

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain

“The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopt.” – Mark Twain

“Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

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“Always tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember what you said.” – Mark Twain

“All war must be just the killing of strangers against whom you feel no personal animosity; strangers whom, in other circumstances, you would help if you found them in trouble, and who would help you if you needed it.” – Mark Twain

“Few things are more irritating than when someone who is wrong is also very effective in making his point.” – Mark Twain

“Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.” – Mark Twain

Funny Mark Twain Quotes on Politicians

“When politics enter into municipal government, nothing resulting there from in the way of crimes and infamies is then incredible. It actually enables one to accept and believe the impossible…” – Mark Twain

“All Democrats are insane, but not one of them knows it; none but the Republicans and Mugwumps know it. All the Republicans are insane, but only the Democrats and Mugwumps can perceive it. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.” – Mark Twain

“All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems — problems that are quite above the average citizen’s reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best.” – Mark Twain

The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” – Mark Twain

“In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.” – Mark Twain

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