The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith.
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end.