As freak legislation, the antitrust laws stand alone. Nobody knows what it is they forbid.

— Isabel Paterson

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A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.


The only way to prevent prostitution altogether would be to imprison one half of the human race.


Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends.


There can be no greater stretch of arbitrary power than is required to seize children from their parents, teach them whatever the authorities decree they shall be taught, and expropriate from the parents the funds to pay for the procedure.


Freedom is dangerous. Possibly crawling on all fours might be safer than standing upright, but we like the view better up there.


The biggest pests are the people who use altruism as an alibi.

What they passionately wish is to make themselves important.


Do you think nobody would willingly entrust his children to you or pay you for teaching them? Why do you have to extort your fees and collect your pupils by compulsion?


The philanthropist, the politician, and the pimp are inevitably found in alliance because they have the same motives, they seek the same ends, to exist for, through, and by others.


Now the sole remedy for the abuse of political power is to limit it;

but when politics corrupt business, modern reformers invariably demand the enlargement of the political power.


If you hear some bad collectivistic notions, chances are that they came from [modern] liberals. But if you hear or read something outrageously, god-awfully collectivistic, you may be sure that the author is a conservative.


An army is a diversion of energy from the productive life of a nation.


The craving for power is in itself a sign of inferior abilities and unfitness for responsibility.


About Isabel Paterson

Quotes 37 sayings
Nationality Canadian
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

The power to do things for people is also the power to do things to people.


As such, the least practicable measure of government must be the best.

Anything beyond the minimum must be oppression.


The humanitarian wishes to be a prime mover in the lives of others.

He cannot admit either the divine or the natural order, by which men have the power to help themselves. The humanitarian puts himself in the place of God.


No law can give power to private persons;

every law transfers power from private persons to government.


The military state is the final form to which every planned economy tends rapidly.


Trade and money, which go together in a stream of energy, inevitably wash away the enclosing walls of a society of status.


The great truth is that women actually like men, and men can never believe it.


One genius is about all a house will hold.


Money is indispensable to a long-circuit heavy load energy system.

It must be used when a sufficient surplus is being produced to allow a margin for exchange, and cost of transport, over a considerable distance. Money represents a storage battery when idle, and a generalized mode of the conversion of energy when it is in motion, with a function of equating time and space.


If Americans should now turn back, submit again to slavery, it would be a betrayal so base the human race might better perish.


But when the good people do know, as they certainly do, that three million persons (at the least estimate) were starved to death in one year by the methods they approve, why do they still fraternize with the murderers and support the measures? Because they have been told that the lingering death of the three millions might ultimately benefit a greater number. The argument applies equally well to cannibalism.


Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse or omission.


Nothing increases the number of jobs so rapidly as labor-saving machinery, because it releases wants theretofore unknown, by permitting leisure.


The humanitarian in theory is the terrorist in action.


An abstraction will move a mountain: Nothing can withstand an idea.


If you go back 150 years you are a reactionary;

but if you go back 1000 years, you are in the foremost ranks of progress.


People mostly do as they like, and that would be fine if they'd let other people do the same.


It takes the best part of a lifetime to find out what you don't want.


What kind of world does the humanitarian contemplate as affording him full scope? It could only be a world filled with breadlines and hospitals, in which nobody retained the natural power of a human being to help himself or to resist having things done to him. And that is precisely the world that the humanitarian arranges when he gets his way.


Right now it is a terrible thing to be a rugged individualist;

but we don't know what else to be except a feeble nonentity.


Whoever is fortunate enough to be an American citizen came into the greatest inheritance man has ever enjoyed. He has had the benefit of every heroic and intellectual effort men have made for many thousands of years, realized at last. If Americans should now turn back, submit again to slavery, it would be a betrayal so base the human race might better perish.


If there were just one gift you could choose, but nothing barred, what would it be? We wish you then your own wish; you name it. Ours is liberty, now and forever.


Not uncommonly one hears some romantic young woman say, 'Oh, I would give anything to be a writer.' But she would not; and 'anything' is not enough. One must give everything.


Leadership is obliged to justify itself daily.

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