Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
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.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when youmove, fall like a thunderbolt.