Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
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.
Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Let my enemies devour each other.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.
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.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.