Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
More men have been elected between Sundown and Sunup than ever were elected between Sunup and Sundown.
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.
If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.
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.
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
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.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
The more you read about politics, the more you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.