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.
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.
Votes do not fall from the trees like ripe plums. They have to be fought for.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
The seed of revolution is repression.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
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.
Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.