In 1945, there were more people killed, more buildings destroyed, more high explosives set off, more fires burning than before or since.
By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.
Back then, I couldn’t have left a poem a year and gone back to it.
The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.
He is strong and pain is worse to the strong, incapacity is worse.
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 tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends.
The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.