Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
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.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.