It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
Nearly all men can withstand adversity; if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Military glory -- the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.
It is the eternal struggle between these two principles - right and wrong - throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time...
This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism.
The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who
would pervert it!
Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! -- All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a Thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
I have been told I was on the road to hell, but I had no idea it was just a mile down the road with a Dome on it.
The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of government tomorrow.