If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
We tend to get what we expect.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending - sit down.
Votes do not fall from the trees like ripe plums. They have to be fought for.
Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
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.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.