The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
More men have been elected between Sundown and Sunup than ever were elected between Sunup and Sundown.
Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.