Quotes

A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.Thomas Jefferson (1801)

The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. -Norman Thomas, U.S. Socialist Party presidential candidate 1940, 1944 and 1948

It is unethical for any man to tax another man’s home to fund his social agenda. Friends don’t do that, your enemies will. - John Taft

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. -Ronald Reagan (1986)

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -P.J. O’Rourke

We must not look to government to solve our problems. Government is the problem. -Ronald Reagan

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -G. Gordon Liddy

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! -P.J. O’Rourke

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. -President Ronald Reagan

The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another. –Milton Friedman

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help. -President Ronald Reagan

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

I’ve always believed that this blessed land was set apart in a special way, that some divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love for freedom and the courage to uproot themselves, leave homeland and friends, to come to a strange land. And coming here they created something new in all the history of mankind–a land where man is not beholden to government, government is beholden to man. -President Ronald Reagan

One hundred nations in the UN have not agreed with us on just about everything that’s come before them, where we’re involved, and it didn’t upset my breakfast at all.  -President Ronald Reagan

When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money. -Cy Thao, Democrat MN Rep. DFL 65-A speaking to a Republican)

I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom and limited government. -Ron Paul

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man -Thomas Jefferson in “Commonplace Book,” 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764.

To the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to tell you something: You can have my gun. You can pry it from my cold dead hands! -Charelton Heston

America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. -George W. Bush State of the Union Address, January 2004

I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer, just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals…The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. -President Ronald Reagan

We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much. -President Ronald Reagan

No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words “no” and “not” employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights. –Edmund A. Opitz

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. -President Ronald Reagan

We have depended on government for so much for so long that we as people have become less vigilant of our liberties. As long as the government provides largesse for the majority, the special interest lobbyists will succeed in continuing the redistribution of welfare programs that occupies most of Congress’s legislative time. -Ron Paul, Congressman (R – Texas)

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul. –George Bernard Shaw

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. John Adams (1814)

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

No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. Mark Twain (1866)

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.James Bovard (1994)

The power to tax is the power to destroy. – John Marshall

There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws. Ayn Rand

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves [favors] out of the public treasury. –Alexander Tytler

“In capitalism you are free to earn as much or as little as you like. If you want to grow your own food in your own backyard you are free to do so or you can start your own business and try to become wealthy. The point is that you decide for yourself. In communism, however, a group of elites in power decide not only what you do for society, but how much you’re worth doing it.” -Unknown

It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence. –Charles A. Beard

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. –Mark Twain

I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men’s rights.Abraham Lincoln

Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. –Henry David Thoreau

The best government is the one that charges you the least blackmail for leaving you alone. –Thomas Rudmose-Brown (1996)

In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. –Voltaire (1764)

Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more. –Allan H. Meltzer (1993)

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. –Robert Heinlein

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