"Politics is the only game for adults"

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Fri Apr 7 10:06:55 UTC 2006

Barry Popik wrote:
> I just saw this attributed to Kennedy, but it probably comes from Heinlein.
> Does Fred have it?

I believe the relevant bit from Heinlein is from the novel _Double Star_,
published 1956:

"'I suppose you are anxious to get out of it. Are you going to stand for
He stared at me. 'Huh? Brother, until you've been in politics you haven't
been *alive*.'
'But you said -'
'I know what I said. It's rough and sometimes it's dirty and it's always
hard work and tedious details. But it's the only sport for grownups. All
other games are for kids. All of 'em.'"

Jim Parish

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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