The difference between the men and the boys in politics is, and always has been, that the boys want to be something, while the men want to do something.
On the mountains mistakes are fatal. In politics, mistakes are wounding emotionally, but you recover. Personally, wilderness helps me get back in touch with natural rhythms, helps me reflect and, in the process, restore my creativity.
The only politics in this country that’s relevant to black people today is the politics of revolution… none other.
H. Rap Brown
I have always said I will be in politics to serve as best as I can and it will take me wherever it will take me.
Yes’ is a far more potent word than ‘no’ in American politics. By adopting the positions which animate the political agenda for the other side, one can disarm them and leave them sputtering with nothing to say.
I believe in incentivizing people. If you can incentivize people in anything, whether it’s in politics in life in spirituality in business just take care of folks. Incentivize them and all of a sudden it’s amazing the difference that you’ll see.
If Greece had gone through a very normal political life, I may have not been in politics. But just the fact that I lived through huge upheavals and very difficult struggles and polarization and the barbarism of dictatorships – that made me feel that we had to change this country.
People meet in bars after work all over the world and talk about the great problems of life and death and the world and politics and they don’t take themselves seriously. They can do nothing else except chat about these things in bars after work.
There is this concept of politics as a dirty game. It’s a difficult game, but it doesn’t have to be dirty. I think this is what we need to bring to politics. I think politics around the world has very often been captured by big interests – ‘lobbies’ they call them in the States.
This idea that a book can either be about character and feeling, or about politics and idea, is just a false binary. Ideas are an expression of the feelings and the intense emotions we hold about the world.
Most people get their politics, obviously, from TV shows about senators or movies about them or… all the day-to-day press and the talk shows.