In politics: We need X, therefore we must do Y. With equal logic, and more truth: We need to do Y, therefore X must become necessary.
Good governance is when the populace makes most of its own misery.
It is no harder to foresee the future than to construe the past.
Bad manners can put someone off once; it takes perfect manners to put him off for good.
Two parties will often heatedly dispute a fact which, if it could be definitely established, would change the opinion of neither.
A side effect of prolonged silent meditation is being unable to shut up about it afterward.
Facts, n. Values that one is unwilling or unable to articulate.
I wish I could disapprove of what you say without always having to defend to the death your right to say it.
We all want different things, at different times, in different circumstances — this is the source of the great paradoxes of human nature.
Caligula wished that the people of Rome had but one neck: in modern terms, he had a passion for equality.