In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
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.
Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.
It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
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.
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.
Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
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.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.