quotations about political parties
A sect or a party is an elegant incognito, devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, journal entry, June 20, 1831
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
It is necessary to have party organization if we are to have effective and efficient government. The only difference between a mob and a trained army is organization, and the only difference between a disorganized country and one that has the advantage of a wise and sound government is fundamentally a question of organization.
CALVIN COOLIDGE, Calvin Coolidge: His Ideals of Citizenship as Revealed Through His Speeches and Writings
I find myself ... hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
ALEXANDER POPE, letter, August 27, 1714
There is an inherent misunderstanding on the part of many voters that political parties are Democratic institutions. While they are regulated, political parties have plenary authority to select their nominees in any way they choose. They are under no obligation to allow the voters to select their nominees.
RICH RUBINO, "Political Parties are Under No Obligation to Operate Democratically", Huffington Post, April 15, 2016
The conservatives love their cheap labor; the liberals love their cheap cause.
EDWARD ABBEY, The Serpents of Paradise
The animosity of the defeated party is natural, manifest, and invincible.
LORD ACTON, letter to Mary Gladstone, May 23, 1880
Party is not only, not so much, a group of men as a set of ideas and ideal aims.
LORD ACTON, letter to Mary Gladstone, June 1, 1880