The two parties which divide the state, the party of conservatism and that of innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made.
It’s a damned good thing to remember in politics to stick to your party and never attempt to buy the favor of your enemies at the expense of your friends.
All socialism involves slavery that which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy another’s desires.
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
The political life of a nation is only the most superficial aspect of its being. In order to know it’s inner life, the source of its action one must penetrate to its soul by literature, philosophy and the arts, where are reflected the ideas, passions, the dreams of a whole people.
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bond age to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy from apathy to dependence from dependence back again to bondage.
It is customary in democratic countries to deplore expenditure on armaments as conflicting with the requirements of the social services. There is a tendency to forget that the most important social service that a government can do for its people is to keep them alive and free.
A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause; speech; without profit; change, without progress; inquiry, without object; putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends.
An indiscreet man is more hurtful than an ill natured one; for the latter will only attack his enemies, and those, he wishes ill to; the other injuries indifferently both friends and foes.