“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”
“He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.”
“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents....”
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated.”
“If you want your secret to be kept, keep it yourself.”
“I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
“Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.”
“What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living.”
“That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”
—Henry David Thoreau
“People who wait for all conditions to be perfect before acting never act”
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. "
History is always repeating itself, but each time the price goes up.