Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
If the governments devalue the currency in order to betray all creditors, you politely call this procedure 'inflation'.
All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.
The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.
A socialist is somebody who doesn't have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody.
My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.