Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have … a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers.
We want a society in which we are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. That is what we mean by a moral society – not a society in which the State is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the State.
Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that is celebrated with champagne … Oh no! It’s a … long distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting.
It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.
Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
If Americans wish to preserve a country they will recognize, then the first step is to recognize the enemy. Public education is the enemy. The entertainment industry is the enemy. The corporate culture is the enemy. The advertising industry is the enemy. And most of the politicians in both parties are the enemy. An enemy is defined as anybody, or any organization, which is attacking the traditional beliefs of Americans.
It is the great parent of science & of virtue: and that a nation will be great in both, always in proportion as it is free.
As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.