Quotes of the Week Library: 2009 / 2010

Many, though not all quotes of the week are taken from the collection entitled “The Free Market and Its Enemies – A Book of Quotes assembled by Mr. James R. Cook. Thank you James.

“Government spending cannot create additional jobs. If the government provides the funds required by taxing the citizens or by borrowing from the public, it abolishes on the one hand as many jobs as it creates on the other.” {Ludwig von Mises}

“Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.” {Thomas Paine}

“The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.” {Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #11}

“Those who fight to correct injustice must be willing to accept suffering, if necessary, but never to inflict it.” {Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.}

“The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.” {Dr. Thomas Sowell}

“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” {Albert Einstein}

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” {Thomas Sowell}

“The bigger the government the smaller the citizen”. {Dennis Prager}

“Today there are more Marxists on the Harvard faculty than there are in Eastern Europe”. {George Will}

“The State is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.” {Frederic Bastiat}

“If you put the Federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand”. {Milton Friedman}

“The only thing wrong with the world is the unequal distribution of capitalism”. {Rush Limbaugh}

“Liberals ask all the right questions, but they rarely see the correct answers”. {Bruce Kolinski}

“Government could screw up a one piece puzzle”. {Craig Smith}

“It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the “right” to education, the “right” to health care, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle”. {Alexis De Tocquiville}

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” {Abraham Lincoln}

“Socialism is workable only in heaven where it isn’t needed, and in hell where they’ve got it”. {Cecil Palmer}

“Create conditions so frightful at home and abroad, that the abandonment of personal liberties and national sovereignty, will appear as a reasonable price for a return to domestic tranquility and world peace.” {G. Edward Griffin}

“In questions of power, let us hear no more of trust in men, but rather bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.” {Thomas Jefferson}

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” {John F. Kennedy}

“The more powerful government becomes, the more abuses it commits and the more lies it must tell.” {James Bovard}

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence – it is a force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” {George Washington}

“The advocates of public control cannot do without inflation. They need it in order to finance their policy of reckless spending and of lavishly subsidizing and bribing the voters.” {Ludwig von Mises}

“With guns we are citizens. Without them we are subjects.” {Unknown}

“Capitalism gives a poor person an opportunity to become rich. It does not lock people into the condition of poverty.” {Perry Gresham}

“Capitalism denies the right of government to take the property of a private citizen at will, or to tax away his livelihood at will, or to tell him when and where he must work or how and where he must live. Capitalism is built on the firm foundation of individual liberty.” {Perry Gresham}

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.” {Barry Goldwater}

“If any behavior needs to be reined in, it should be the propensity of people to use the political system to take other people’s money.” {Jeffery A. Singer}

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves”  {William Pitt}

“An essential point in the social philosophy of interventionism is the existence of an inexhaustable fund which can be squeezed forever.  The whole system of interventionism collapses when this fountain is drained off:  The Santa Claus principle liquidates itself.”  {Ludwig von Mises}

“Everything government touches turns to crap.” {Ringo Starr}


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