'One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.'
'I think we are for telling our senior citizens that ‘no one in this country should be denied medical care because of a lack of funds,’ but I think we’re against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program.'
'’Trust me government’ asks that we concentrate our hope and dreams on one man; that we trust him to do what’s best for us. Well my view of government places trust, not in one person or one party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties.'
'We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.'
'The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.'
'Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.'
'We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.'
'A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.'
'There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by praying.'