It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
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.
Any cook should be able to run the country.
If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
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.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
99% of failures come from people who make excuses.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.