Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
Tyranny or liberty
When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
All might be free
All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Any man can be a radical
Any man who has the brains to think and the nerve to act for the benefit of the people of the country is considered a radical by those who are content with stagnation and willing to endure disaster.
Keep up the fight
Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
Truth is incontrovertible
Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is.
When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
Thinking, logic, and facts
The psychologists and the metaphysicians wrangle endlessly over the nature of the thinking process in man, but no matter how violently they differ otherwise they all agree that it has little to do with logic and is not much conditioned by overt facts.
Governments preserve by hobbling
Governments, whatever their pretensions otherwise, try to preserve themselves by holding the individual down … Government itself, indeed, may be reasonably defined as a conspiracy against him. Its one permanent aim, whatever its form, is to hobble him sufficiently to maintain itself.
Religion and morality
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indespensible supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness — these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. … [L]et us with caution indulge the opposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Occupants of public offices
Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it.