Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't
- Philip K. Dick
What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man
has tried to make it his heaven.
--Friedrich Holderlin, quoted by Friedrich Hayek in "The Road To Serfdom,"
A State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile
instruments in its hand even for beneficial purposes - will find that with
small men no great thing can really be accomplished.
--John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty," 1859
"I don't favor a complete cutoff of welfare
programs. The shock on our moral senses would be
too great. If you get addicted to heroin, you don't
just stop. This is the narcotic of a paternalistic
-- WRNG Radio's Neal Boortz in an interview
with CL (May 29, 1976)
The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason: terror and force.
-- Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf," 1924
Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but
perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to meet it.
-- Emerson, "The Conduct of Life," 1860.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I
-- Mark Twain
True, it is evil that a single man should crush the herd, but see not there
the worst form of slavery, which is when the herd crushes out the man.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "Citadelle," 1948.
Take life into your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one
-- Erica Jong
The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepard of the people still
demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
-- Eric Hoffer, "The Ordeal of Change," 1964
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a person's initiative
and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what
they could and should do for themselves.
-- Abraham Lincoln, 1861.
The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who
reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer the truth than he
whose mind is filled with errors and falsehood.
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Norvell, June 11, 1807.
Nay, the number of armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak
courage; for as Virgil saith, "It never troubles the wolf how many the
-- Sir Francis Bacon, Essays, 1625.
"Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money ---
only for wanting to keep your own money." (Joseph Sobran)
The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the
largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of
-- Jean Baptiste Colbert, 1665.
A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune,
Luck or one's neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload
it upon a star.
-- The definition of responsibility according to Ambrose Bierce, "The
Devil's Dictionary," 1911.
The free state offers what a police state denies -- the privacy of the
home, the dignity and peace of mind of the individual.
-- Justice William O. Douglas, 1953.
The flood of money which gushes into politics today is a pollution of
-- Theodore H. White, "Time," Nov. 1984.
Not one cent should be raised unless it is in accord with
-- Napoleon, November 15, 1804.
A foreign war is a lot milder than a civil war.
-- Michel de Montaigne, "Essays," 1580-88.
Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, are not as important as a
wild and healthy planet. I know social scientists who remind me that
people are part of nature, but it isn't true. Somewhere along the line --
at about a billion years ago, maybe half that -- we quit the contract and
became a cancer. We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the
Until such time as Homo Sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us
can only hope for the right virus to come along.
-- David M. Graber, National Park Service.
In all tyrannical governments the supreme magistracy, or the right both of
making and enforcing the laws, is vested in one and the same man, or one
and the same body of men; and wherever these two powers are united
together, there can be no public liberty.
-- Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1783.
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