The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Social doctors … ignore all the effects on other members of society than the ones they have in view.
To lift one man up we push another down … trampling on those who are trying to help themselves.
The workingman needs no improvement in his condition except to be freed from the parasites who are living on him.
Nearly all the schemes for ‘improving the condition of the working man’ involve an elevation of some working men at the expense of other working men.
The forgotten man … ought to be first and always remembered … What … becomes of the natural rights of the one whose energies are to be diverted from his own interests?
The forgotten man is weighted down with the cost and burden of the schemes for making everyone happy … take some of the burdens off him … It will only be justice for him, and society will greatly gain by it.
If you learn to look for the forgotten man and to care for him, you will be very skeptical toward all the philanthropic and humanitarian schemes.
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.