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These are some of my favorite sayings. I have used them as email signatures. Many of these quotes were sent to me by a libertarian web site which, I believe, no longer exists.

  1. Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience. - George Washington
  2. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. -- Robert Heinlein
  3. He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars. General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer. -- William Blake
  4. Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. -- William Pitt
  5. It is seldom that any liberty is lost all at once. -- David Hume
  6. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, showers its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. -- Andrew Jackson
  7. Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: "Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I." -- Alexis de Tocqueville
  8. The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. -- P.J. O'Rourke
  9. If you pray hard enough, water will run uphill. How hard? Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course! -- Robert Heinlein
  10. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. -- Herbert Spencer
  11. It is against the grain of modern education to teach children to program. What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self-critical? -- Alan Perlis
  12. People who vote mean nothing, but the people who get to count the vote mean everything. -- Stalin
  13. The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive. -- Thomas Sowell
  14. The most basic question is not what is best but *who shall decide* what is best. -- Thomas Sowell
  15. Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind. Expediency and greed create high taxation, and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down. -- Charles Adams
  16. A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. -- Will Durant
  17. All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies. -- John Arbuthnot
  18. The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else. -- Frederic Bastiat
  19. The framers gave us the Second Amendment not so we could go deer or duck hunting but to give us a modicum of protection against congressional tyranny. -- Walter Williams
  20. Envy plus rhetoric equals "social justice." -- Thomas Sowell
  21. The more corrupt the State the more numerous the laws. -- Cornelius Tacitus
  22. There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. -- F.A. Hayek
  23. To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt. -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  24. A man that would expect to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that thinks men can be turned into angels by an election is a reformer and remains at large. -- Finley Peter Dunne
  25. To put your life in danger from time to time ... breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities. -- Nevil Shutte
  26. It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law... that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts. -- H.L. Mencken
  27. The more laws, the less justice. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
  28. A little government and a little luck are necessary in life; but only a fool trusts either of them. -- P.J. O'Rourke
  29. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -- Thomas Jefferson
  30. The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. -- Ayn Rand
  31. When outrageous government expenditures are divided finely enough, the public will not have enough stake in any one expenditure to squelch it. -- The Guppy Law
  32. If we truly cared about our children and future generations, instead of demagoging about them, we'd worry more about saving liberty than saving Social Security. -- Walter Williams
  33. Social justice is a semantic fraud from the same stable as People's Democracy. -- C. Curran
  34. A government bureau is the nearest thing we'll ever see to eternal life on earth. -- Ronald Reagan
  35. The government's view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases. If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it. -- Ronald Reagan
  36. Government is like a big baby - an alimentary canal with a big appetite on one end and no sense of responsibility on the other. -- Ronald Reagan
  37. For the power to make Man himself what he pleases means, [...], the power of some men to make some other men what they please. - C.S. Lewis - The Ă…bolition of Man
  38. If nothing is self-evident, nothing can be proved. - C.S. Lewis - The Ă…bolition of Man
  39. You can't take money from the people on the right side of a room, give it to the people on the left, and expect there to be more money in the room.
  40. Government is not reason; it is not eloquent -- it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. -- George Washington
  41. We must engage in the activity of self-government for the same reason we must engage in the activity of self-exercise. If someone else does either for us, then we are robbed of any benefit. Someone else governing for us is like having someone else do our pushups or take our walk. In the same way physical exercise makes us healthy[...], the exercise of governing makes us self governing and thereby less in need of some outside power to rule our unruliness. -- Benjamin Wiker
  42. Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist' .
  43. Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not. -- Thomas Jefferson
  44. Proof of the existence of God. I laugh. -- James H. Burrill,
  45. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. -- John 3-16
  46. First, it's your money, not the government's. Second, raising taxes reduces economic productivity and government revenue. Third, Can't you spend your money better than then government can. Finally, you can always give the government more of your money if you want to.
  47. A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one. -- Alexander Hamilton
  48. This too shall pass away.
  49. Depressions and mass unemployment are not caused by the free market but by government interference in the economy. -- Ludwig von Mises

(Last Changed: December 9, 2016.)