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.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
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.
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
(...) when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
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.
Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Don't fight forces, use them.
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.