It is not laissez-faire that has failed. That would be an ill day for men. What has failed is the courage to see what is true and speak it to the people, to point to the true remedies.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
Courage is the first of all the virtues because if you haven’t courage, you may not have the opportunity to use any of the others.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions that differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
All government, of course, is against liberty.
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
In order that all men might be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.