Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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.
A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
I'm not a member of any organized party, I'm a Democrat.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
The seed of revolution is repression.
If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.