We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else.
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice.
What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?
These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people’s money to settle the quarrel
Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.
Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
And whereas this House desires to obtain a full knowledge of all the facts which go to establish whether the particular spot of soil which the blood of our citizens was so shed was, or was not, our own soil.
My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.
The greatest lessons I have every learned were at my mother’s knees… All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
You already know I desire that neither Father or Mother shall be in want of any comfort either in health or sickness while they live.
I always remember the prayers of my mother as they always forever.
No man is poor who has a Godly mother.
Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap – let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice.
If you intend to go to work there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work, you can not get along anywhere.