They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.
Any cook should be able to run the country.
Let my enemies devour each other.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when youmove, fall like a thunderbolt.
Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.