It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
99% of failures come from people who make excuses.
Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
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.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.
In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.
A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance.