1. 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
2. Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. – Thomas Paine
3. Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. – Harry Emerson Fosdick
4. The state in which the rulers are the most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed; and the state in which they are the most eager, the worst. – Anonymous
5. It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones. – Calvin Coolidge
6. To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. – Thomas Jefferson
7. It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. – Voltaire
8. The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of our freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government. – Eleanor Roosevelt
9. Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. – Herbert Hoover
10. Give me liberty or give me death! – Patrick Henry
11. First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I’m not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I’m not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I’m not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me. – Pastor Father Niemoller (1946)
12. Government at its best is a necessary evil, and at its worst, an intolerant one. – Thomas Paine
13. There’s never been a good government. – Emma Goldman
14. We must have government, but we must watch them like a hawk. – Millicent Fenwick (1983)
15. Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. – Montesquieu
16. A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them. – P. J. O’Rourke
17. Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. – Henry David Thoreau
18. Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. – Mark Twain
19. There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress. – Mark Twain
20. Talk is cheap – except when Congress does it. – Cullen Hightower
21. You cannot adopt politics as a profession and remain honest. – Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
22. [Political] offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a man cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct. – Thomas Jefferson (1799)
23. The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1976)
24. The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire. – Joseph Sobran (1995)
25. Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more. – Allan H. Meltzer (1993)
26. When important issues affecting the life of an individual are decided by somebody else, it makes no difference to the individual whether that somebody else is a king, a dictator, or society at large. – James Taggart (1992)
27. No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power. – P. J. O’Rourke (1992)
28. Here’s your enemy for this week, the government says. And some gullible Americans click their heels and salute – often without knowing who or even where the enemy of the week is. – Charley Reese (1998)
29. 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
30. The best government is the one that charges you the least blackmail for leaving you alone. – Thomas Rudmose-Brown (1996)
31. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free. – P.J. O’Rourke (1993)
32. The Government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. – Ronald Reagan
33. Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. – James Madison
34. The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals … It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of. – Albert Gallatin (1789)
35. The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. – Samuel Adams
36. I should have loved freedom, I believe, at all times, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it. – Alexis De Toqueville
37. I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. – Thomas Jefferson (1800)
38. I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change. – Al Gore
39. If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. – Winston Churchill
40. Tyranny is always better organized than freedom. – Charles Peguy
41. The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. – George Washington
42. A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4BC – 65AD.
43. He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. – the Bible, Luke 22:36.
44. Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest. – Mahatma Gandhi, in Gandhi, An Autobiography, p. 446
45. Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. – Benjamin Disraeli, 1874
46. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. – UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 29(3).
47. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. – Winston Churchill
48. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. – P.J. O’Rourke (1993)
49. 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)
50. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. – Douglas Casey (1992)
#8 makes me think of the false Mad-Eye Moody.
#37 makes me think of NCLB and the blithering asses who thought it up.
#45 makes me think of NCLB and the doddering old fools who thought it up.
#48 is my favorite. Protecting people from the consequences of their own actions is one of the sideshows of the bread and circuses we are becoming.