“Men must be governed. Often not wisely, I will grant you, but governed nonetheless.”
“Anybody who says he's got "the answer" is going to attract desperate people.”
“Remember the first rule of politics. The ballots don't make the results, the counters make the results. The counters - keep counting.”
"The day we stop believing democracy will work is the day we lose it."
“I've been such a fool, Vassili. Man will always be a man. There is no new man. We tried so hard to create a society that was equal, where there'd be nothing to envy your neighbor. But there's always something to envy. A smile, a friendship, something you don't have and want to appropriate. In this world, even a Soviet one, there will always be rich and poor. Rich in gifts, poor in gifts. Rich in love, poor in love.”
“Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they'll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it's the sand of the coliseum.”
“I think the only 'ists' there should be are humanists.”
“Be strong yet subtle, this is the way to rule.”
“It seems there exists a growing compulsion to use power merely to beget more power, money merely to beget more money, irrespective of the true cost to the nation's soul. And it is this sickness, a kind of moral blindness, commerce without conscience, which threatens to strike at the very soul of this nation.”
"The closer you are to Caesar, the greater the fear."