Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favorites
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections
There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men
History must be our deliverer not only from the undue influence of other times, but from the undue influence of our own, from the tyranny of environment and the pressures of the air we breathe
Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing
In every age its (liberty's) progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food
(History is) not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul
I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity
There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another, either a smile, a handshake, or a fond eye
Truth is the only merit that gives dignity and worth to history
No country has suffered so much from the ruins of war while being at peace as the American
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.