Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
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.
Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
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.
Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
A leader leads by example, not by force
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.
Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Politics have no relation to morals.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.