I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
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.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
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.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
Let my enemies devour each other.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
Sometimes you have to pick the Gun up to put the Gun down
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.