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.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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.
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
If you make peaceful revolution impossible you make violent revolution inevitable
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind