A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the congress is in session.
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
Carlye said, A lie cannot live; it shows he did not know how to tell them.
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.
The history of the race, and each individual's experience, are thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove. We have two opinions: one private, which we are afraid to express; and another one - the one we use - which we force ourselves to wear to please Mrs. Grundy, until habit makes us comfortable in it, and the custom of defending it presently makes us love it, adore it, and forget how pitifully we came by it. Look at it in politics.
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
I wasn't worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two million dollars.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Few things are more irritating than when someone who is wrong is also very effective in making his point.
Often the less there is to justify a traditional custom the harder it is to get rid of it.
[N]o country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more.
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.