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.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
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.
The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
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.
A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils.
We tend to get what we expect.
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties.
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
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.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.