One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government; he promised Dad he'd go straight.
A camel is a horse designed by committee.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail.
It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.