Tardiness is the rudeness of kings, and punctuality the necessary politeness of their subjects.
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?
It is easy to rule people who are persuaded that they rule themselves.
For every empire history offers a hundred explanations for why it fell, when what we need to know is how it lasted.
It is futile to expect judges to uphold laws of which they disapprove when people refuse to believe anything they find unpleasant.
Beware the Houyhnhnms. The Yahoos are of no consequence.
The two great metaphors for society in political philosophy have been machine and organism: thus the two for the individual have been cog and cell.
Ideologies must be classed not by what they intend to build but by what they intend to destroy.
Hard cases make bad law, and good law makes hard cases.
The worse the government, the longer the speeches.
Abroad we make our soldiers pretend to be policemen, and at home we let our policemen pretend to be soldiers.