You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
A leader leads by example, not by force
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.