This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
Force always attracts men of low morality.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.
Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.
If there's anything a public servant hates to do it's something for the public.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.
Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
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