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.
War is the Health of the State.
The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.
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.
Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more.
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.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
War is just one more big government program.
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.
Foreign aid goes from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
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.
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.
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
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