If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
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 upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Politics have no relation to morals.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.
I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.