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I hear the word Kennedy, I know they ain’t discussing no politic.
Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
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  • I hear the word Kennedy, I know they ain’t discussing no politic.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • You do love my lord: You have known him long; and be you well assur’d He shall in strangeness stand no farther off Than in a politic distance.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I was ready to sink from fatigue and hunger, but being surrounded by a crowd, I thought it politic to rouse all my strength, that no physical debility might be construed into apprehension or conscious guilt.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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  • Thus have I politicly begun my reign, And ’tis my hope to end successfully.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • If not the horse, then the lion, if not the lion, then the woman, if not the woman, then the war, then the politic, then the whiskey.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • "Let General Webb be his own interpreter," returned the politic Montcalm, suddenly extending an open letter toward Munro as he spoke; "you will there learn, monsieur, that his movements are not likely to prove embarrassing to my army."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Yet with some they have afterwards made peace, none the worse for being politic.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The old sinner was politic.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Those who took me from my father, and who always intended, sooner or later, to sell me again to my original proprietor, as they have now done, calculated that, in order to make the most of their bargain, it would be politic to leave me in possession of all my personal and hereditary worth, and even to increase the value, if possible.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • I will be proud, I will read politic authors, I will baffle Sir Toby, I will wash off gross acquaintance, I will be point-device, the very man.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • ’tis politic and safe to let him keep At point a hundred knights: yes, that on every dream, Each buzz, each fancy, each complaint, dislike, He may enguard his dotage with their powers, And hold our lives in mercy.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • For them all together; which maintained so politic a state of evil that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Afterwards, in all his visits to the Gondelaurier mansion he had taken care not to mention that woman, the memory of whom was, after all, painful to him; and on her side, Fleur-de-Lys had not deemed it politic to tell him that the gypsy was alive.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I have trod a measure; I have flattered a lady; I have been politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy; I have undone three tailors; I have had four quarrels, and like to have fought one.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • I should be sorry to imply that Mr. Skimpole divined this and was politic; I really never understood him well enough to know.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • We shall constitute one-third and more of the ignorance and crime of the South, or one-third its intelligence and progress; we shall contribute one-third to the business and industrial prosperity of the South, or we shall prove a veritable body of death, stagnating, depressing, retarding every effort to advance the body politic.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Someone like Thomas Pynchon (although, as Chapter 1 suggests, it’s not clear there is anyone like Pynchon except Pynchon), who seems on one level to be hiding from the body politic, is profoundly political in his concern over the individual’s relationship to "America."
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It was not politic, but as always, I couldn’t keep an insult in when it wanted to come out.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • I daresay it worked out for the greatest good of the body politic.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Now, before he faced the head of the Osborne house with the news which it was his duty to tell, Dobbin bethought him that it would be politic to make friends of the rest of the family, and, if possible, have the ladies on his side.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • And now, good politic sir, what think you of Mr Blifil?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The old, moral-religious, politic-commercial coroner stroked his beard again and stared.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Oak was an intensely humane man: indeed, his humanity often tore in pieces any politic intentions of his which bordered on strategy, and carried him on as by gravitation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • She felt tremendously politic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Fred paused an instant, and then added, in politic appeal to his uncle’s vanity, "That is hardly a thing for a gentleman to ask."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • This was a politic stroke of the Kenwigses, because it made Mr Lillyvick the great head and fountain of the baby’s importance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • This politic selection did not alter the fortune of the field, the challengers were still successful: one of their antagonists was overthrown, and both the others failed in the "attaint", [18] that is, in striking the helmet and shield of their antagonist firmly and strongly, with the lance held in a direct line, so that the weapon might break unless the champion was overthrown.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …billets doux in the form of cocked hats, readymade suits, porringers of toad in the hole, bottles of Jeyes’ Fluid, purchase stamps, 40 days’ indulgences, spurious coins, dairyfed pork sausages, theatre passes, season tickets available for all tramlines, coupons of the royal and privileged Hungarian lottery, penny dinner counters, cheap reprints of the World’s Twelve Worst Books: Froggy And Fritz (politic), Care of the Baby (infantilic), 50 Meals for 7/6 (culinic), Was Jesus a Sun Myth?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • This knowledge I soon learned by experience, viz. that the state of things was altered as to matrimony, and that I was not to expect at London what I had found in the country: that marriages were here the consequences of politic schemes for forming interests, and carrying on business, and that Love had no share, or but very little, in the matter.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Rivenoak perceived that the moment was critical, and, still retaining his hope of adopting so noted a hunter into his tribe, the politic old chief interposed in time, probably to prevent an immediate resort to that portion of the torture which must necessarily have produced death through extreme bodily suffering, if in no other manner.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • These laws, I say, might have such effect as good diet and care might have on a sick man whose recovery is desperate; they might allay and mitigate the disease, but it could never be quite healed, nor the body politic be brought again to a good habit as long as property remains; and it will fall out, as in a complication of diseases, that by applying a remedy to one sore you will provoke another, and that which removes the one ill symptom produces others, while the strengthening one…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • In a discipline in which athletes bored newsmen to death with clichés and blandly politic statements, Pollard was a singularly fresh interview, articulate, irreverent, and self-deprecating.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • It is not politic in the commonwealth of nature to preserve virginity.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Am I politic? am I subtle? am I a Machiavel?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • A more politic subject was tried.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • The body-politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • ’Faith, these are politic notes!
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Changes were still reverberating through the body politic over the losses suffered in the Horvath attacks.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "Well," said Nigel, stalling for something politic, "they’re … I suppose one should say ."
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The first can apply only to individual people; the last must be employed against politic groups, communities, or states.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • But what it comes into conflict with, in America, is nothing so politic, and hence nothing so likely to keep the brakes upon it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • A soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member, defending it, if need be, with his life.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The first kind can evidently apply only to men; the last kind must of necessity, be employed against bodies politic, or communities, or States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • In her progress to, and happy arrival at, this resolution, she was possibly influenced, not only by her maternal affections but by three politic considerations.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • No, no, good friends, God wot; For then this land was famously enrich’d With politic grave counsel; then the king Had virtuous uncles to protect his grace.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Independently of the electors who are from time to time called into action, the body politic is divided into innumerable functionaries and officers, who all, in their several spheres, represent the same powerful whole in whose name they act.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • But as every fact hath its roots in the soul, and, if the soul were changed, would cease to be, or would become some other thing, therefore the proper administration of outward things will always rest on a just apprehension of their cause and origin; that is, the good man will be the wise man, and the single-hearted the politic man.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Young people of that time who were supposed hardly to know their own hearts indulged the habit of politic indirection quite as much as young people in the same condition indulge it in this time; so when Ben-Hur inquired for the good Balthasar, and with grave courtesy desired to know if he would be pleased to see him, he really addressed the daughter a notice of his arrival.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Lieutenant Muir was much too politic to offend the uncle and father of the woman he hoped and expected to win, had he really thought the case admitted of doubt; but, in the manner in which the facts were submitted to him, he was seriously inclined to think that it would be well to put the control of the Scud temporarily into the management of Cap, as a precaution against treachery.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
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