The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.
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.
Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending - sit down.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
I'm not hard, I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
Let my enemies devour each other.
Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.