Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
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.
Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
He who tampers with the currency robs labour of its bread.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
We tend to get what we expect.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
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.
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.