Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Thoughts on politics and money

Published: Oct 20, 2015 06:06:57 AM IST
Updated: Oct 16, 2015 02:37:43 PM IST
Thoughts on politics and money
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Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
Will Rogers

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it.
Frank Herbert

Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.
Henry Kissinger

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
Simon Cameron

The lobby is the army of the plutocracy.
William Graham Sumner

A politician always has his arm around your waist and his eye on the clock.
Margot Asquith

You don’t say ‘they all do it’ unless you know you’ve been doing it, too.
Christopher Hitchens

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
PJ O’Rourke

When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty’.
Theodore Roosevelt

Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.
Sydney J Harris

Who are to be the electors of the federal representatives? Not the rich more than the poor.
James Madison

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
Benjamin Franklin

There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.
Mark Hanna

(This story appears in the 30 October, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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