Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
I'm not a member of any organized party, I'm a Democrat.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Democracy is the road to socialism.
Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
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.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.