We make our own criminals, and their crimes are congruent with the national culture we all share. It has been said that a people get the kind of political leadership they deserve. I think they also get the kinds of crime and criminals they themselves bring into being.
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
To say that there is a case for heroes is not to say that there is a case for hero worship. The surrender of decision, the unquestioning submission to leadership, the prostration of the average man before the Great Man — these are the diseases of heroism, and they are fatal to human dignity. . . . History amply shows that it is possible to have heroes without turning them into gods. And history shows, too, that when a society, in flight from hero worship, decides to do without great men at all, it gets into troubles of its own.
What luck for rulers that men do not think.
The crowd gives the leader new strength.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
We will make them think it's their idea. That's how all great leaders fool people.