Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.
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.
Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
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.
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.