If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
It must never be forgotten … that the liberties of the people are not so safe under the gracious manner of government as by the limitation of power.
Be not intimidated … nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.
The political left has never understood that, if you give the government enough power to create ‘social justice,’ you have given it enough power to create despotism. Millions of people around the world have paid with the lives for overlooking that simple fact.
Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual.
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint; the more restraint on others to keep off from us, the more liberty we have.
Liberty means the security given to each man that … he shall dispose of the produce exclusively as he chooses. It is impossible to know whence any definition or criterion of justice can be derived, if it is not deduced from this view of things; or if it is not the definition of justice that each shall enjoy the fruit of his own labor and self-denial.
The reason why liberty … is a good thing is that it means leaving people to live out their own lives in their own way, while we do the same.
Leave each man to run his career in life in his own way, only guaranteeing to him that whatever he does in the way of industry, economy, prudence, sound judgment, etc., shall redound to his own welfare and shall not be diverted to someone else’s benefit.