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.
We have a problem here in Arizona that local law officials and local government and our federal officials fail to recognize — that we have a border problem out here … We’ve had raging battles down our freeways where rival drug gangs have shot it out with themselves, endangering people.
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.