Here are a few political one-liners (collected by the computer game Tropico 3):

  • “Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.” - Leo Rosten
  • “About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.” - Herbert Hoover
  • “The regime is afraid of the people because it knows that free and fair elections will bring about its end.” - Viktor Yushchenko
  • “You must obey the law, always, not only when they grab you by your special place.” - Vladimir Putin
  • “There is no such thing as a former KGB man.” - Vladimir Putin
  • “Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.” - Vladimir Putin
  • “It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.” - Paul Watson
  • “By definition, as a Prime Minister I cannot be a liar.” - Silvio Berlusconi
  • “It is better to own 10% of an elephant than 100% of a rat.” - Arthur Mutambara
  • “I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.” - Robert Mugabe
  • “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.” - George W. Bush
  • “The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.” - Henry Kissinger
  • “Even a paranoid can have enemies.” - Henry Kissinger
  • “There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” - Henry Kissinger
  • “In my country we go to prison first and then become President.” - Nelson Mandela
  • “The police belongs to the people and the people belong to the police.” - Todor Zhivkov
  • “This year - a factory of semiconductors. Next year - a factory of whole conductors!” - Todor Zhivkov
  • “One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Numbers sanctify, my good fellow.” - Charlie Chaplin
  • “The trouble with free elections is, you never know who is going to win.” - Leonid Brezhnev
  • “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.” - Groucho Marx
  • “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” - John F. Kennedy
  • “A leader leads by example not by force.” - Sun Tzu
  • “Politics is when you say you are going to do one thing while intending to do another. Then you do neither.” - Saddam Hussein
  • “Let me tell you quite bluntly that this king business has given me personally nothing but headaches.” - Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
  • “Of what good is democracy if it is not for the poor?” - Ferdinand Marcos
  • “We are not expelling the journalists but they are free to leave whenever they want.” - Charles Taylor
  • “The truth is more important than the facts.” - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” - Voltaire