"Nothing needs reforming so much as other people's habits."
"Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no other is, and to do what no other can do."
"The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind."
"It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance."
"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."
"My reputation precedes me. Otherwise I'd be late for all my appointments."
"The end cannot justify the means for the simple and obvious reason that the means employed determine the nature of the ends produced."
"At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time? Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that?"
"A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security."
"Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything."