"What does it mean to be an American? While each of us may have our own specific answer to that question, we likely can agree on the basic principles of America: freedom, equal opportunity, and rights accompanied by responsibilities."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Ben Nelson on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Ben Nelson on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Ben Nelson on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Ben Nelson on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Ben Nelson on Mahatma Gandhi
"I certainly want campaign finance reform. I just wish this would do it in a way that would stand up to a constitutional challenge."
"Let me be clear. I support the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman."
"We can take full comfort in realizing the continuing strength of our nation. America's lands remain radiantly rich with diversity, and freedom still reigns."