There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
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.
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.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
Politics have no relation to morals.
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.