The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
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.
A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
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.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
99% of failures come from people who make excuses.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.