There are many things the government can't do, many good purposes it must renounce. It must leave them to the enterprise of others. It cannot feed the people. It cannot enrich the people. It cannot teach the people. It cannot convert the people
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
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule
It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error
The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and ontrolled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced. If the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt, people must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance
Suppose your were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself
One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation
If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law
Liberals want the government to be your Mommy. Conservatives want government to be your Daddy. Libertarians want it to treat you like an adult
A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them
Some people say that Libertarians want anarchy. But anarchy is what we have now. Our cities aren't safe, our schools are centers of violence, the politicians have turned the rule of law into a chaotic web of millions of regulations and mandates. Libertarians want to restore order by removing, wherever possible, the destabilizing influence of government
There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action
For every action there is an equal and opposite government program
I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.
The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
So they the Government go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. To approve the measure would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded
The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions
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