To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
The chief qualification of a mass leader has become unending infallibility; he can never admit an error.
Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up.
These are the fifties, you know. The disgusting, posturing fifties.