Countries are artificial: cities are natural.
In ’37 Stalin made a hash
Of party loyalists and army brass.
Decimation: One in ten are shot.
What’s the word when one in ten are not?
Every new power allies itself with the dispossessed, for the possessed are its competition.
To wield power wisely it is necessary to obtain it.
Punishment deters best when regarded as expiation.
No government strong enough to provide liberty is weak enough to preserve it.
We all speak truth to power that we are sure will pay us no mind.
Politicians do not place their personal interests before the national interest: they regard them as indispensable to the national interest.
No government suppresses thought and speech as effectively as your friends and neighbors do.
The revolutionary is nine parts hatred and envy of the oppressor, and one part sympathy and love for the oppressed.
Revolutions spare nothing but the machinery of the state at which they are ostensibly directed.