Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Appearances matter and remember to smile.
Information is the currency of democracy.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Sometimes you have to pick the Gun up to put the Gun down
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.