Quotes

A compilation of some of our favorite quotes:

“Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.” – Frederich Nietzsche

“Just come home.  We just marched in so we can just march out.” – Ron Paul

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” – Frederic Bastiat

“When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.” – Fredric Bastiat

“It is easy to be conspicuously “compassionate” if others are being forced to pay the cost.” – Murray N. Rothbard

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” – Milton Friedman

“There comes a time when a moral man can’t obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.” – Thomas Jefferson

“1913 wasn’t a very good year. 1913 gave us the income tax, the 16th amendment and the IRS.” – Ron Paul

“Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism.” – Ron Paul

“All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves.” – John Locke

“Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.” – Thomas Jefferson

“It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people to govern others. Every man is the best, the most responsible, judge of his own advantage.”  – Lord Acton

“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.” - Aristotle

“You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.” – Robert A Heinlein

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a universal act.” – George Orwell

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Give me liberty or give me death.” – Patrick Henry

“For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.” – Patrick Henry

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.” – Henry V, William Shakespeare

“I, with two more to help me,
Will hold the foe in play.
In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three.
Now who will stand on either hand,
And keep the bridge with me?” – Horatius, Thomas Babington Macaulay (235-240)

“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.” – Thomas Jefferson

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” –Thomas Jefferson

“All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.” – Ben Franklin

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused . . . .” – George Washington

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force.  Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington

“I swear by my Life and my love of it
That I will never live for the sake of another man,
Nor ask another man to live for the sake of mine.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Ours is not a fated existence, for nowhere is our destiny etched in stone. In the final analysis, the last line of defense in support of freedom and the Constitution consists of the people themselves. If the people want to be free, if they want to lift themselves out from underneath a state apparatus that threatens their liberties, squanders their resources on needless wars, destroys the value of their dollar, and spews forth endless propaganda about how indispensable it is and how lost we would all be without it, there is no force that can stop them.

If freedom is what we want, it is ours for the taking. Let the revolution begin.” – The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul

“No government fights fascism to destroy it. When the bourgeoisie sees that power is slipping out of its hands, it brings up fascism to hold onto their privileges. … We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing in this minute.” – Buenaventura Durruti

“Do not worry over the charge of treason to your masters, but be concerned about the treason that involves yourselves. Be true to yourself and you cannot be a traitor to any good cause on earth.” – Eugene V. Debs

“Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” – H.L. Mencken

“Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority.” – Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr.

“We should never define Libertarian positions in terms coined by liberals or conservatives — nor as some variant of their positions. We are not fiscally conservative and socially liberal. We are Libertarians, who believe in individual liberty and personal responsibility on all issues at all times.” – Harry Browne

“Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.” – Edward Abbey

“Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.” – Albert Einstein

“We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.” – Errico Malatesta

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