Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
99% of failures come from people who make excuses.
When everything has to be right, something isn't.
Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
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.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.