Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
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 party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
I'm not a member of any organized party, I'm a Democrat.
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
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.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
Democracy is the road to socialism.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.