A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Democracy is...the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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.
Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.