In a dying civilization, political prestige is the reward not of the shrewdest politician, but of the man with the best bedside manner. It is the decoration conferred on mediocrity by ignorance.

Men being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent.

I spend all day figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure.

Every man who repeats the dogma of mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.

Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered

No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it.

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.

I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction.