Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
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, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees
Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.
If given the choice between Righteousness and Peace, I choose Righteousness.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
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.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
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.
That is why we fight - in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property
Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
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.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.