No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
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.
Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Votes do not fall from the trees like ripe plums. They have to be fought for.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties.