Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.