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.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
We tend to get what we expect.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
A leader leads by example, not by force
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
Votes do not fall from the trees like ripe plums. They have to be fought for.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
The lady's not for turning.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.