QUESTION: Do we ever really learn anything from the past?
Providentially, I came across the following quotes about politics, nestled in the back of a book I have had for many years. In light of the current hoopla in America about politics and who are the best political candidates, may these "words of truth and soberness" from past politicians and writers speak powerfully to us as reminders that "All is not gold that glitters." Christ alone is "The Truth." I cannot verify the accuracy or the exact source of these quotes, but they are given as published by a large publishing company:
"Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
"Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war, you can be killed once, but in politics many times."
Sir Winston Churchill
"Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"Politics makes strange bedfellows."
Charles Dudley Warner
"The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does."
"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."
"Politics is such a torment that I would advise everyone I love not to mix with it."
"I learned one thing in politics. If you go into it, then sooner or later you have to compromise. You either compromise or get out."
"Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him."
Charles de Gaulle
"SHOULD NOT A PEOPLE SEEK UNTO THEIR GOD?" (Isaiah 8:19).
"BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD" (Matthew 6:33).