Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
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.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
You can never stop and as older people, we have to learn how to take leadership from the youth and I guess I would say that this is what I'm attempting to do right now.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.
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.
I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
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.
Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.