Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from.'
It is better to be alone than in bad company.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
America is too great for small dreams.
Ask not what I can do for you. Ask what you can do for me
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have either one.
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
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