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.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
Dictators never invent their own opportunities.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
More men have been elected between Sundown and Sunup than ever were elected between Sunup and Sundown.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
If you make peaceful revolution impossible you make violent revolution inevitable
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.