If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.
More men have been elected between Sundown and Sunup than ever were elected between Sunup and Sundown.
Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.
Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.
Hence 'the overthrow of government' as a coercive power, thereby denying God in another form.
I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.
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.
I'm not hard, I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.
Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.