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.
The defence of our rights and our dignity, as well as efforts never to let ourselves to be overcome by the feeling of hatred - this is the road we have chosen.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
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.
Politics have no relation to morals.
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.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
That is why we fight - in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.