The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when youmove, fall like a thunderbolt.
I'm not hard, I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.
Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
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.
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
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.