There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another either a smile a handshake or a fond eye.
The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history like the grains of gold in the sand of a river and the knowledge of the past the record of truths revealed by experience is eminently practical as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
Save for the wild force of Nature nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.
Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute it is a moral evil teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Opinions alter manners change creeds rise and fall but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
Machiavelli’s teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith.
I’m not a driven businessman but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today we sigh.