I'm not hard, I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes
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.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
I fight on. I fight to win.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
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 means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.