Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
Let my enemies devour each other.
Dictators never invent their own opportunities.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
The more you read about politics, the more you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.