If there is anything in the universe that can’t stand discussion, let it crack.
To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
The labor movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.
Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.
Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.
Every step of progress the world has made has been from scaffold to scaffold, and from stake to stake.
Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress.
Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.
Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.
Two kinds of men generally best succeed in political life; men of no principle, but of great talent; and men of no talent, but of one principle – that of obedience to their superiors.
You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency.
What is fanaticism today is the fashionable creed tomorrow, and trite as the multiplication table a week after.
To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.
What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.