It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
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.
We tend to get what we expect.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
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.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Sometimes you have to pick the Gun up to put the Gun down
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.
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.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.