In America, the citizen is sovereign

Men and women must prevail over the endless agencies and bureaus that would reduce human beings to computerized abstractions and program people into numbers and statistics. Today’s mounting danger is from mass government … we must not let them prevail. … Never forget that in America our sovereign is the citizen. … The state is a servant … It must never become an anonymous monstrosity that masters everyone.

The primacy of the individual

At the heart of western freedom and democracy is the belief that
the individual man … is the touchstone of value, and all society,
groups, the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement
of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and
abiding practice of any western society.

Circumstances

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.