If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
The defence of our rights and our dignity, as well as efforts never to let ourselves to be overcome by the feeling of hatred - this is the road we have chosen.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.