Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
You can only be free if I am free.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans...
He who controls the past controls the future.
Freedom is not a luxury that we can indulge in when at last we have security and prosperity and enlightenment; it is, rather, antecedent to all of these, for without it we can have neither security nor prosperity nor enlightenment.
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