A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either 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.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Politics have no relation to morals.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
If given the choice between Righteousness and Peace, I choose Righteousness.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
We tend to get what we expect.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when youmove, fall like a thunderbolt.
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.