It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.
Information is the currency of democracy.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.