We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Hence 'the overthrow of government' as a coercive power, thereby denying God in another form.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
A leader leads by example, not by force
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.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
He who tampers with the currency robs labour of its bread.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.