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.
Any cook should be able to run the country.
Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are
I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
Hence 'the overthrow of government' as a coercive power, thereby denying God in another form.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
99% of failures come from people who make excuses.
I'm not a member of any organized party, I'm a Democrat.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
The seed of revolution is repression.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
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.