Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Truth through experience
In order that all men might be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
Ye shall know the truth
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
Party above truth
A true party-man hates and despises candour.
There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.
A jolt of Western civilization
Nothing could be more jolting and discordant with the vision of today’s intellectuals than the fact that it was businessmen, devout religious leaders, and Western imperialists who together destroyed slavery around the world. And if it doesn’t fit their vision, it is the same to them as if it never happened.
Give ’em hell
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.
It is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedom’s defenses are found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.
Think for yourself
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
Debt overthrows public morality
Allow a government to decline paying its debts and you overthrow all public morality — you unhinge all the principles that preserve the limits of free constitutions. Nothing can more affect national prosperity than a constant and systematic attention to extinguish the present debt and to avoid as much as possible the incurring of any new debt.