"Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
John Quincy Adams
"Nothing is easier than the expenditure of public money. It doesn't appear to belong to anyone. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody."
"Public business must always be done by somebody. . . . If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not."
"Hypocrite, n. One who, professing virtues that he does not respect, secures the advantage of seeming to be what he despises."
"Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish."
"When my grandparents arrived in this country from Germany, they were dirty, frightened, and penniless. I swear, that's the last time we let them vacation by themselves."
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure."