They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.
I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.