Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Man is by nature a political animal.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistrates in a state.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.
Wisdom is the fruit of a balanced development.
Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.
The rule of reason is the true sovereign in the American system.
Most people in politics draw energy from backslapping and shaking hands and all that. I draw energy from discussing ideas.
There’s lots about politics I don’t feel comfortable with. To talk about the politics of future ideas is impossible in soundbite form.
Those who have no understanding of the political world around them have no right to criticize or complain.
There is a better chance of seeing a camel pass through the eye of a needle than of seeing a really great man ‘discovered’ through an election.
What luck for rulers that men do not think.
The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.