If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
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.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
More men have been elected between Sundown and Sunup than ever were elected between Sunup and Sundown.
That is why we fight - in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.
Don't fight forces, use them.
Hence 'the overthrow of government' as a coercive power, thereby denying God in another form.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
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.
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest