Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees
If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
The more you read about politics, the more you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
Don't fight forces, use them.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
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.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Information is the currency of democracy.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.