When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before.
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.
One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.
No man ever quite believes in any other man. One may believe in an idea absolutely, but not in a man.
All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.
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.
Adultery is the application of democracy to love.
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
All government, of course, is against liberty.
Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
Let's not burn the universities yet. After all, the damage they do might be worse.
No one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.
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.
Alimony - the ransom that the happy pay to the devil.
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.