Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
The lady's not for turning.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
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.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
That is why we fight - in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.