15 Best Term Limit Quotes

Here are 15 of the best quotes about term limits:

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Since America's founding in 1776, term limits have been a hotly debated issue in U.S. politics. Yet, even from the very beginning the power of term limits to guard against oligarchy and preserve representative government was well understood. 

Here are 15 of the best quotes about term limits:

  1. “I apprehend that the total abandonment of the principle of rotation in the offices of president and senator will end in abuse. But my confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses.” -Thomas Jefferson
  2. “Even good men in office, in time, imperceptibly lose sight of the people, and gradually fall into measures prejudicial to them.” -The Federal Farmer
  3. “Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often, and for the same reasons.”   -Mark Twain
  4. "After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil." -Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
  5. "We can achieve much greater representation through term-limited members." -Former Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
  6. "The states have ably served their role as laboratories of American democracy on the topic of term limits, and they have paved the way for the adoption of this reform." -Author Larry Sabato
  7. "Term limits would cure both senility and seniority - both terrible legislative diseases." -Former President Harry S. Truman
  8. "Americans of all political backgrounds overwhelmingly support term limits, yet term limits have floundered in Congress." -Florida Governor Ron Desantis
  9. "Our message of a balanced budget amendment, term limits to end career politicians, and a real plan to keep America safe is resonating with voters." -US Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC)
  10. "As a lobbyist, I was completely against term limits, and I know a lot of people are against term limits, and I was one of the leaders, because why? As a lobbyist, once you buy a congressional office, you don't have to re-buy that office in six years, right?" -Jack Abramoff
  11. "Asking an incumbent member of Congress to vote for term limits is a bit like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders." -Former US Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC)
  12. "You look at term limits, you poll term limits, 70, 80 percent of Republicans or Democrats are for it." -Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  13. “When it comes to the American people, there is widespread, diverse agreement that limiting career politicians is good for America.” -Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  14. “One of the most critical elements of leadership in any circumstance is flexibility to adapt to changing conditions and shifts in people’s needs. In the private sector, if customers withdraw support, leadership changes immediately. The fact that governments deny this adaptability reveals their core corruption and term limits would be a good first step to ensuring all leadership is subject to the same immediate accountability.” -Libertarian Adam Kokesh
  15. "Six terms in the house, which is 12 years, or two terms in the Senate, which is also 12 years should be enough to be able to confront those challenges that you were elected to confront. To move the ball forward on those things you want to pursue, and then to get out of the way. So that our democracy and our institutions are reflective of the people of this country." -Former US Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-TX)
Term limit quote by Mark Twain