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.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
99% of failures come from people who make excuses.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
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.
It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.