Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
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.
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.