Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
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.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
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.
Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.