Politics consists of two sides and a fence.
If I were asked to define politics in relation to the British public, I should define it as a spasm of pain recurring once in every four or five years.—A .E .W. Mason.
LITTLE CLARENCE (who has an inquiring mind)—"Papa, the Forty Thieves—"
MR. CALLIPERS—"Now, my son, you are too young to talk politics."—Puck.
"Many a man," remarked the milk toast philosopher, "has gone into politics with a fine future, and come out with a terrible past." Lord Dufferin delivered an address before the Greek class of the McGill University about which a reporter wrote:
"His lordship spoke to the class in the purest ancient Greek, without mispronouncing a word or making the slightest grammatical solecism."
"Good heavens!" remarked Sir Hector Langevin to the late Sir John A. Macdonald, "how did the reporter know that!"
"I told him," was the Conservative statesman's answer.
"But you don't know Greek."
"True; but I know a little about politics."
Little Millie's father and grandfather were Republicans; and, as election drew near, they spoke of their opponents with increasing warmth, never heeding Millie's attentive ears and wondering eyes.
One night, however, as the little maid was preparing for bed, she whispered in a frightened voice: "Oh, mamma, I don't dare to go upstairs. I'm afraid there's a Democrat under the bed."
"The shortest after-dinner speech I ever heard," said Cy Warman, the poet, "was at a dinner in Providence."
"A man was assigned to the topic, 'The Christian in Politics.' When he was called upon he arose, bowed and said: 'Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: The Christian in Politics—he ain't.'"
Politics is but the common pulse-beat of which revolution is the fever spasm.—Wendell Phillips.
The little boy interrupted his father's reading of the paper with a petition.
"Please, Daddy, tell me the story about the Forty Thieves."
The father, aroused from his absorption in political news and comment on the campaign, regarded his son thoughtfully for a moment, and then shook his head.
"No," he answered decisively, "you must wait until you're a little older, my son. You're too young to understand politics."