There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.
Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more.
Foreign aid goes from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed
When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.
The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.
War is just one more big government program.
War is the Health of the State.
The Constitution shall never be construed . . . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
When all government ...in little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
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