All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
America... goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.
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.
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
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.
A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.
It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.
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.
For an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
That government is best which governs least.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
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