I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.
In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
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