Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
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.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Don't fight forces, use them.
That is why we fight - in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
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.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.