A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.
Democracy is the road to socialism.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.
Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
More men have been elected between Sundown and Sunup than ever were elected between Sunup and Sundown.
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.