We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one.
The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing.
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.
The sinews of war, a limitless supply of money.
Ability without honor is useless.
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
Where liberty is, there is my country.
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents ‘interests,’ I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.