We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
We tend to get what we expect.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
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.
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself.
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance.
How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.
Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.