'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.
A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.
One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
Life without Liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit.
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.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
They told me if I voted for Goldwater, he would get us into a war in Vietnam. Well, I voted for Goldwater and that's what happened.
This country was founded by religious nuts with guns.
Those (who) seek to establish systems of Government based on the regimentation of all Human Beings by a handful of individual rulers...call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.
Dependence leads to subservience.
Concentrated political power is the most dangerous thing on earth.
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