America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
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.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
We will not be led like sheep to the slaughter.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
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.
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.
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.
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!
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.