Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
Society is impossible without inequality, inequality intolerable without a code of morality, and a code of morality unacceptable without religion.
Orders and decorations are necessary in order to dazzle the people.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.