Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
A leader leads by example, not by force
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.
The defence of our rights and our dignity, as well as efforts never to let ourselves to be overcome by the feeling of hatred - this is the road we have chosen.
Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.
Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
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.