It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
That is why we fight - in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it
If you make peaceful revolution impossible you make violent revolution inevitable
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
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.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
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.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest
If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.