An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself.
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.