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.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
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.
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending - sit down.
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
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.
If you make peaceful revolution impossible you make violent revolution inevitable