Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
How do you tell a Communist? Well, its someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? Its someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
He who tampers with the currency robs labour of its bread.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest
An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
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.