In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.
In the choice between changing one's mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
More die in the United States from too much food that from too little.
Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars.
Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.