A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
A leader leads by example, not by force
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
He who tampers with the currency robs labour of its bread.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
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.
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.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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.
Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.