Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
When the goal of political action is no longer the defense of liberty, no word other than demagoguery can describe the despicable nature of politics.
Freedom is living without government coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less.
I’m convinced that you never have to give up liberties to be safe. I think you’re less safe when you give up your liberties.
The more powerful the national government grows, the less free Americans will become.
He is free who knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide at each step, the course of his life, and who lives in a society which does not block the exercise of that power.
Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally enjoyed by all?
Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They’ll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.
Where there is no law there is no freedom.