The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.
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.
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.
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.
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.
If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh.
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another, either a smile, a handshake, or a fond eye.
Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.