Government is best which governs least
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
You can only be free if I am free.
The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
... I have sworn upon the altar of god...
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.
...that standing army can never be formidable (threatening) to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in the use of arms.
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.
Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA - ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State.
There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
When all government ...in little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
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