If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
For libertarians, freedom entails the right of people to live their lives any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. For conservatives, freedom entails the right of government to do just about anything it wants, even if its conduct is violent.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.
When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free.
Government is best which governs least
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. - Second Amendment to the Constitution An armed society is a polite society.
Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.
Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly.
Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots.
And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Good intentions will always be pleaded, for every assumption of power; but they cannot justify it ... It is hardly too strong to say, that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intention, real or pretended.
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