1. 10

    The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.

    67
  2. 9

    If philanthropy is not voluntary, it destroys liberty and justice. The law can give nothing that has not first been taken from its owner.

    84
  3. 8

    Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.

    105
  4. 7

    Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim - when he defends himself - as a criminal.

    112
  5. 6

    Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.

    112
  6. 5

    The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.

    113
  7. 4

    The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.

    123
  8. 3

    If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?

    145
  9. 2

    When plunder becomes a way of life, men create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

    172
  10. 1

    When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.

    173
  11. Last Update: 8 February 2023

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