Historical and Contemporary Quotes Bearing Insights on Liberty, Capitalism, Constitutionalism, The Rule of Law, Human Morality and Human Nature


“Instincts, character, and the divine spark in the human soul are the property alone of the individual.  There can be no human thought, no impulse to action, which does not arise from the individual.  A free people maintains as many potential centers of enterprise, leadership, and intellectual and spiritual progress as there are individuals.  We might as well talk of abolishing the sun’s rays if we would secure our food, as to talk of abolishing individualism as a basis of successful society.”  -Herbert Hoover


“The state, by its very nature, is the political means to wealth.” -Kevin Carson

“To insure the continuance of this political and economic system (Soviet totalitarian communism), education is also absolutely regimented. Man must be reduced to intellectual slavery to be kept in political bondage.”  -Raoul Desvernine

“The State is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength. I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is strongest.”  –Henry David Thoreau

“Everyone has come to doubt truth, justice and God.”  -Anne Frank

“Government-created capital satisfies the needs of the political classes and the special interests connected to it, whereas privately-directed capital is directed at the satisfaction of consumer wants.”  -Christopher Westley

“The sacred principle of democratic government is denied by anyone who uses the power of public office to stir up class conflict, to oppose class against class, to make it appear that the economic or social interests of one group are opposed to those of others, and that all cannot live and work together toward a common national destiny.”  -Raoul E. Desvernine

“Profitability works as a signal that guides selection towards what makes man more fruitful: only what is more profitable will, as a rule, nourish more people, for it sacrifices less than it adds.”  -Friedrich Hayek

“It was by the sober sense of our citizens that we were safely and steadily conducted from monarchy to republicanism, and it is by the same agency alone we can be kept from falling back.”  –Thomas Jefferson

“It is not in the interest of a legislator to vote against a particular appropriation bill if that vote would create strong enemies while a vote in its favor would alienate few supporters. That is why simply electing the right people is not a solution.”  –Milton Friedman

“The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”  -John Stuart Mill

“Private property of the material factors of production is not a restriction of the freedom of all other people to choose what suits them. It is, on the contrary, the means that assigns to the common man in his capacity as a buyer, supremacy in all economic affairs. It is the means to stimulate a nation’s most enterprising men to exert themselves to the best of their abilities in the service of all the people.”  -Ludwig von Mises

“To destroy an error is to build up the truth that stands opposed to it.”  -Frédéric Bastiat

“What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.”  -Adam Smith

“Whoever writes an elementary treatise on political economy, capable of being … understood by all public bureaucrats … by countrymen and by artisans, would be the savior of the country.” -Jean-Baptiste Say

“When words lose their meaning people will lose their liberty.”  -Confucius

“To get the bad customs of a country changed, and new ones, though better, introduced, it is necessary first to remove the prejudices of the people, enlighten their ignorance, and convince them that their interest will be promoted by the proposed changes: and this is not the work of a day.”  -Benjamin Franklin

“If a drought strikes them, animals perish—man builds irrigation canals; if a flood strikes them, animals perish—man builds dams; if a carnivorous pack attacks them, animals perish—man writes the Constitution of the United States.”  –Ayn Rand


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