The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.
I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Votes do not fall from the trees like ripe plums. They have to be fought for.
You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
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.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
Don't fight forces, use them.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.