A leader leads by example, not by force
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
That is why we fight - in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.