Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
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.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
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.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.