Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Don't fight forces, use them.
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.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Politics have no relation to morals.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.