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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1432
AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: Until you’ve been in politics
you’ve never really been alive
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.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown. Framed saying on the mantel of Senator John C. Culver’s private office, 1978.—Elizabeth Drew, “A Reporter at Large (Senator John C. Culver—part I),” The New Yorker, September 11, 1978, p. 60. Disclaimed by Robert A. Heinlein, noted science-fiction author.
SUBJECTS: Politics