"It's a big deal for me to say I'm over politics."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Shirley MacLaine on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Shirley MacLaine on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Shirley MacLaine on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Shirley MacLaine on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Shirley MacLaine on Joseph Stalin
"I've gotten crankier in my old age."
"I'd like to introduce someone who has just come into my life. I've admired him for 35 years. He's someone who represents integrity, honesty, art, and on top of that stuff I'm actually sleeping with him."
"I wasn't afraid of getting old, because I was never a great beauty."
"I mean, no one asks beauty secrets of me, or 'What size do you wear?' or 'Who's your couturier?' They ask me about really deep things and I love that."
"Someday perhaps change will occur when times are ready for it instead of always when it is too late. Someday change will be accepted as life itself."