Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
Action expresses priorities.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
How do you tell a Communist? Well, its someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? Its someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
I'm not hard, I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.