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"Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things."
~ Ronald Reagan

"When politics are used to allocate resources, the resources all end up being allocated to politics."
~ P.J. O’Rourke

"A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired. This maxim, drawn from the experience of all ages, makes it the height of folly to entrust any set of men with power, which is not under every possible control."
~ Alexander Hamilton

"When a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is an usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate itself."
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect -- freedom of thought and freedom of action."
~ Frank Murphy

"If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They’ll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads."
~ Dwight Eisenhower

"But still the people themselves must be the chief support of liberty. While the great body of the freeholders (voters) are acquainted with the duties which they owe to their God, to themselves, and to men, remain free. But if ignorance and depravity should prevail, they will inevitably lead to slavery and ruin."
~ Samuel Huntington

"In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened."
~ George Washington

"We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice."
~ Friedrich Hayek

"Capitalism is the only system that can make freedom, individuality, and the pursuit of values possible in practice."
~ Ayn Rand

"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men."
~ Edmund Burke

"We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"The political class can't imagine a decentralized world where good things happen-without them. But in the real world, that's exactly how good things happen, and how jobs are created. When government sets simple rules that everyone understands and then gets out of the way, free people create jobs."
~ John Stossel

"It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power."
~ John Adams

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"If one rejects laissez faire on account of mans fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action."
~ Ludwig von Mises

"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
~ Thomas Brackett Reed

"Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises, it costs nothing."
~ Edmund Burke

"Maybe I did well and maybe I led the battle but nobody ever said we were going to win this thing at any point in time. Eternal vigilance is required and there have to be people who step up to the plate, who believe in liberty, and who are willing to fight for it."
~ Milton Friedman

"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Asking liberals where wages and prices come from is like asking six-year-olds where babies come from."
~ Thomas Sowell

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics."
~ Thomas Sowell

"I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"The tyranny of a principal in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy."
~ Montesquieu

"Let me...warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party...[it's] common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it...It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another,...It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions...in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged."
~ George Washington

"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one!"
~ Alexander Hamilton

"The blame for [the national debt] lies with the Congress and the President, with Democrats and Republicans alike, most all of whom have been unwilling to make the hard choices or to explain to the American people that there is no such thing as a free lunch."
~ Warren R. Rudman

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
~ John Stuart Mill

"It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder."
~ Frederic Bastiat

"Some people mistake weakness for tact. If they are silent when they ought to speak and so feign an agreement they do not feel, they call it being tactful. Cowardice would be a much better name. Tact is an active quality that is not exercised by merely making a dash for cover. Be sure, when you think you are being extremely tactful, that you are not in reality running away from something you ought to face."
~ Sir Frank Medlicott

"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men."
~ Edmund Burke

"When once the right of the individual to liberty and equality is admitted, there is no escape from the conclusion that he alone is entitled to the rewards of his own industry. Any other conclusion would necessarily imply either privilege or servitude."
~ Calvin Coolidge

"Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored."
~ Thomas Sowell

"What is called 'orthodox' economics is in most countries barred from the universities and is virtually unknown to the leading statesmen, politicians, and writers. The blame for the unsatisfactory state of economic affairs can certainly not be placed upon a science which both rulers and masses despise and ignore."
~ Ludwig von Mises

"True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate."
~ Marquis de Lafayette

"Let the youth of America...instead of indulging a rapturous admiration for the modern superficial speechifyers in favor of an American monarchy, let them examine the principles of the late glorious revolution...and before they embrace the chains of servitude, let them scrutinize...if their pride...will suffer them to lick the hand of a despotic master...Let him be stigmatized with the odium...the base betrayer of the rights of his country...though he may artfully have obtained an election." ~ James Warren (1726-1808)

"When a government takes over a people's economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs."
~ Maxwell Anderson

"Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
~ Frederick Douglass

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."
~ James Madison

"What does it mean when Republicans and Democrats alike warn us about the 'pain' involved in cutting government spending -- in their spending less of our money? For the average citizen, what pain is there in his keeping more of his money to invest it the way he wants? Taxes cost people. Tax cuts do not cost government."
~ Theodore J. Forstmann

"There is only one antidote to racism: the philosophy of individualism and its politico-economic corollary, laissez-faire capitalism."
~ Ayn Rand

"The principle involved here is time-honored and true: and that is -- it's your money."
~ Robert Dole

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget ye were our countrymen."
~ Samuel Adams

"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation."
~ John Adams

"I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"The common man is the sovereign consumer whose buying or abstention from buying ultimately determines what should be produced and in what quantity and quality."
~ Ludwig von Mises

"It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny."
~ James Fenimore Cooper

"The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none."
~ Andrew Jackson

"The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit."
~ Milton Friedman

"In war, the stronger overcomes the weaker. In business, the stronger imparts strength to the weaker."
~ Frederic Bastiat

"The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"One of the wonderful things about free markets is that the path to greater wealth comes not from looting, plundering and enslaving one's fellow man, as it has throughout most of human history, but by serving and pleasing him."
~ Walter Williams

"We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice."
~ Friedrich Hayek

"Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people."
~ John F. Kennedy

"A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom."
~ Friedrich Hayek

"When a citizen gives his suffrage [vote] to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country."
~ Noah Webster

"Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world...and never will."
~ Mark Twain

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
~ Mark Twain

"The people can never willfully betray their own interests: But they may possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be evidently greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one body of men, than where the concurrence of separate and dissimilar bodies is required in every public act."
~ James Madison

"Let us, therefore, beware of being lulled in to a dangerous security; and of being enervated and impoverished by luxury: of being weakened by internal contentions and divisions; of being shamefully extravagant in contracting private debts, while we are backward in discharging honourably those of the public: of neglect in military exercises and discipline, and in providing stores of arms and munition of war, to be ready on occasion: for all these are circumstances that give confidence to enemies, and diffidence to friends; and the expenses required to prevent a war, are much lighter than those that will, if not prevented, be absolutely necessary to maintain it."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
~ Albert Einstein

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
~ John Stuart Mill

"Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants."
~ Alexander Hamilton

"In 1940, 4 million Americans worked for government and 11 million worked in manufacturing. Today, there are 7 million-plus more Americans working for government (21.5 million-plus) than in all manufacturing industries (14.5 million-plus). We have shifted from an economy of people who make things, to an economy of people who tax, regulate, subsidize and outlaw things."
~ Stephen Moore

"The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government."
~ Milton Friedman

"The wealth of the country, its capital, its credit, must be saved from the predatory poor as well as the predatory rich, but above all from the predatory politician."
~ James J. Hill

"In spite of its alluring name, the welfare state stands or falls by compulsion. It is compulsion imposed upon us with the state's power to punish noncompliance. Once this is clear, it is equally clear that the welfare state is an evil the same as every restriction of freedom."
~ Wilhelm Ropke

"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."
~ Plutarch

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission."
~ Ayn Rand

"It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"History has shown that a government's redistribution of shrinking wealth, in preference to a private sector's creation of new sources of it, can prove more destructive than even the most deadly enemy"
~ Victor Davis Hanson

"One does not encourage 'responsibility' by forcibly restricting the range of people's authority over their own lives."
~ Butler Shaffer

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."
~ Charles Austin Beard

"Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart."
~ Henry Clay

"Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas."
~ Ronald Reagan

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt."
~ John Philpot Curran

"People are getting so fragmented and part of that is that fewer and fewer people are making a real effort anymore to find out who they are. Most people are forced to do things they don't want to most of the time, and so they get to the point where they no longer have any choice about anything important, including who they are."
~ Charles Mingus

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

"The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves."
~ William Ellery

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
~ James Madison

"A society that puts equality - in the sense of equality of outcome - ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality or freedom."
~ Milton Friedman








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