A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
Power over a man’s subsistence is power over his will.
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.
Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.