Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
Fate loves the fearless.
I think the first duty of society is justice.
The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaration; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
Neither a man nor a crowd nor a could be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
The effect of liberty on people is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.
Men do a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.
Apologize: to lay the foundation for a future offense.
Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.
What a man thinks of himself, that is what determines, or rather indicates, his fate.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
Truth is exact correspondence with reality.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
It is easy – terribly easy – to shake a man’s faith in himself. To take advantage of that, to break a man’s spirit is devil’s work.
When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.
Promise and pie-crust are made to be broken.
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route.
How sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will stop to be popular.
When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
One of the effects of fear is to disturb the senses and cause things to appear other than what they are.
Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.
If you shoot at a king you must kill him.
The greatest intellectual capacities are only found in connection with a vehement and passionate will.
Demagogues and agitators are very unpleasant, but they are incidents to a free and constitutional country, and you must put up with these inconveniences or do without many important advantages.
He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.
One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
Everything comes if a man will only wait.
The pen is the tongue of the mind
Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never…. In nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions or honor and good sense!
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Indeed Leadership needs Courage and Dedication, as well as Commitment!
Lastly! Leaders should be there for the Interest of the Nation and the People who Elected them, Not for their Own Gain and Benefits!