Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it? The first one is at least disposed of.
The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions per minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.
The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.
The spirit of improvement is not always a spirit of liberty, for it may aim at forcing improvements on an unwilling people.
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder ‘censorship,’ we call it ‘concern for commercial viability.
The essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another's labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live.
I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong.
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure.
For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.
Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional rights, we are weakening our own claim to them.
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
The most powerful single force in the world today is neither Communism nor Capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile -- it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing - the truly democratic thing about it - is that you don't even have to be a player to lose.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
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