Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes
Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
I'm not a member of any organized party, I'm a Democrat.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.