A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Don't fight forces, use them.
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when youmove, fall like a thunderbolt.
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.
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.
You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.
Votes do not fall from the trees like ripe plums. They have to be fought for.
It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.