One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Seven Deadly Sins: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality, Worship without sacrifice.
The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
All Politics Quotes ⇑
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
Let us conduct ourselves so that all men wish to be our friends and all fear to be our enemies.
For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.
Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.
Real change never occurs from the top on down, [but] always from the bottom on up.
That is what I have always understood to be the essence of anarchism: the conviction that the burden of proof has to be placed on authority, and that it should be dismantled if that burden cannot be met.
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
The end and object of conquest is to avoid doing the same thing as the conquered.
I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it.
The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.
Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. ... These two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
You're in America now... Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer.
If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.
I am sure that the Japanese, the Chinese, and the peoples of Islam will always be closer to us than, for example, France, in spite of the fact that we are related by blood
Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.
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.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
Our masters have not heard the people's voice for generations and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.