- "There can be no just compensation in a forced sale. The just price is the one a buyer and seller freely agree on. What makes a transaction legitimate is not compensation but consent."
Sheldon Richman, Editor, Ideas on Liberty
- "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
Plato (427-347 BC)
- There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws
- A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
- Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
- 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; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
- "In Australia we no longer have a democracy, we have an elected dictatorship. We elect a political party one day every three years and the rest of the time, it dictates to us."
Sir Mark Oliphant, former Governor of South Australia.
- "Tis' not shackles of iron that will chain the people, but apathy. Twill' not be weapons of steel that will keep them free, but the will to act."
- Political correctness is tyranny with manners.
Charlton Heston, speech at the Harvard Law School (1999)
- "In politics stupidity is not a handicap."
- "Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary."
Robert Louis Stevenson
- "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the public."
- "Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful."
- "Wise men argue causes, and fools decide them."
- Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est - "A sword is never a killer, it is but a tool in the killer's hands."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC-65 AD)
- "For men of understanding do not say that the sword is to blame for murder, nor wine for drunkenness, nor strength for outrage, nor courage for foolhardiness, but they lay the blame on those who make an improper use of the gifts which have been bestowed upon them by God, and punish them accordingly."
St. John Chrysostom (circa 341-410 A.D.), from "Treatise on the Priesthood,"
- "One Sword keeps another in it's sheath."
George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640
- "When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace."
- "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one."
- "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
- "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
- "Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day
I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false."
- "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- "It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."
- "No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent."
- "If guns are the token of power they belong in the hands of the people."
- "If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."
- "Those who beat their swords into plowshares, often do the plowing for those who did not."
- "After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it."
William Burroughs, 1992
- "All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
- "There is no such thing as equality. It is a beautiful and worthy ideal, but highly impractical as it discriminates against those who excel at what they do."
- "I do not believe it is the governments role to "protect" people from their own stupidity. That should be left up to life's consequences."
A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
- "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
Richard Grenier, 1993
- "It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."
Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
- "In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American."