Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.
Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
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.
One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional right to free speech, it acts lawlessly; and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
War is just one more big government program.
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.
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 would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
Foreign aid goes from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
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