We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
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.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees
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.
Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership.
Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
Example is leadership.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.