There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
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.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.
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.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
Any cook should be able to run the country.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
Democracy is the road to socialism.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.