Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock.
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.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
I'm not hard, I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.
In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
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.
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.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.