What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
Dictators never invent their own opportunities.
Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.
Votes do not fall from the trees like ripe plums. They have to be fought for.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
The more you read about politics, the more you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
A leader leads by example, not by force
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.
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.