Courage is the first of all the virtues because if you haven’t courage, you may not have the opportunity to use any of the others.
Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
Man must be bigger than the state
A State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands — even for beneficial purposes — will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished.
Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.
Power doesn’t equal greatness
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
Neutrality requires strength
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.