It is not true that people of high principles are ill-suited for politics. High principles have only to be accompanied by patience, consideration, a sense of measure and understanding for others. It is not true that only coldhearted, cynical, arrogant, haughty or brawling persons succeed in politics. Such people are naturally attracted by politics. In the end, however, politeness and good manners weigh more.

Václav Havel (1936-2011) Czech playwright, essayist, dissident, politician
In International Herald Tribune (29 Oct 1991)
Added on 18-May-09 | Last updated 18-May-09
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