Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
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.
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.
The Constitution shall never be construed . . . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
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.
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