It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
Any cook should be able to run the country.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
How do you tell a Communist? Well, its someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? Its someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
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.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.