Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Example is leadership.
In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.
We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees
Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
We tend to get what we expect.
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.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow 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.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.