However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
He who knows most, knows best how little he knows.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.
Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.