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 you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
Dictators never invent their own opportunities.
Quitting is leading too.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.
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.
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.