Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
If given the choice between Righteousness and Peace, I choose Righteousness.
A leader leads by example, not by force
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
I'm not a member of any organized party, I'm a Democrat.
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.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.