Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it
Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.
A leader leads by example, not by force
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.