Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
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.
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Hence 'the overthrow of government' as a coercive power, thereby denying God in another form.
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
The lady's not for turning.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
Votes do not fall from the trees like ripe plums. They have to be fought for.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Don't fight forces, use them.