Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Quitting is leading too.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
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.