Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
Assembled in a crowd, people lose their powers of reasoning and their capacity for moral choice.
It is only when it takes the form of physical addiction that sex is evil. It is also evil when it manifests itself as a way of satisfying the lust for power or the climber's craving for position and social distinction.
The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray. It is better that one should suffer than that many be corrupted.
The nature of power is such that even those who have not sought it, but have had it forced upon them, tend to acquire a taste for more.
Democracy can hardly be expected to flourish in societies where political and economic power is being progressively concentrated and centralized. But the progress of technology has led and is still leading to just such a concentration and centralization of power.
It is a political axiom that power follows property.