C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Political parties serve to keep each other in check, one keenly watching the other.

Henry Clay.

Party is the madness of many for the gain of a few.


Party spirit enlists a man’s virtues in the cause of his vices.


There has ever been, and will always be, two dominant parties in politics, and this is indirectly an advantage to the general interests of the country.

Daniel Webster.

Party standards are shadows in which patriotism is buried.

Bernardin de St. Pierre.

The tendency of party-spirit has ever been to disguise and propagate and support error.


How is it possible for those who are men of honor in their persons, thus to become notorious liars in their party?


The parties are the gamesters; but government keeps the table, and is sure to be the winner in the end.


Who, born for the universe, narrowed his mind, and to party gave up what was meant for mankind.


This party spirit has so ill an effect on our morals, it has likewise a very great one upon our judgments.


He that aspires to be the head of a party will find it more difficult to please his friends than to perplex his foes.


Nothing can be proposed so wild or so absurd as not to find a party, and often a very large party to espouse it.


The worst effect of party is its tendency to generate narrow, false, and illiberal prejudices, by teaching the adherents of one party to regard those that belong to an opposing party as unworthy of confidence.


There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This, within certain limits, is probably true, and, in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged.

George Washington.