A police state is a country run by criminals.
But clever people all make one mistake. They all think everyone else is stupid. And everyone isn't stupid. They just take a bit more time, that's all.
History is too important to be left to the historians.
History is what we bring to it, not just the events themselves, but how we interpret those events.
Humans have changed little over time. We think we've invented the modern world but they were making better speeches 2,000 years ago and grappling with issues of empire and terrorism.
I think it's very, very hard not to go slightly crazy if you're in the top in politics- especially if you're there for a long time.
I think that whenever a nation feels itself to be at is zenith, it starts to feel a creeping sense of anxiety.
If you spend too long trying to avoid death, you will be dead in at least one way.
Politics is never a victory, it's just the remorseless grinding forward of events.
Politics? Boring? Politics is history on the wing!
Power brings a man many luxuries, but a clean pair of hands is seldom among them.
Suicide leaves everyone feeling guilty.
The natural impulse of men is to follow and whoever has the strongest sense of purpose will always dominate.
The true currency of life is time, not money, and we've all got a limited stock of that.
To be brave, by definition, one has first to be afraid.
What a heap of ash most political careers amount to, when one really stops to consider them!
What is leadership, after all, but the blind choice of one route over another and the confident pretense that the decision was based on reason.
You can always spot a fool, for he is a man who will tell you he knows who is going to win an election.
You can't ever win the war on crime, or the war on terror. You can't repeal human nature.
You can't make sense of the present unless a part of you lives in the past.
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