Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
The lady's not for turning.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
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.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
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.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.