Education is a weapon the effect of which is determined by the hands which wield it, by who is to be struck down.— Joseph Stalin
Irresistibly Limiting Freedom quotations
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms .
. . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.
Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government;
when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed;
as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.
The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else;
hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights.
He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all
Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.
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.
The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.
I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free.
The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.
I am not myself free or human until or unless I recognize the freedom and humanity of all my fellowmen... I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.
This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.
There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.
They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters
A person who doesn't breathe deeply reduces the life of his body.
If he doesn't move freely, he restricts the life of his body. If he doesn't feel fully, he narrows the life of his body. And if his self-expression is constricted, he limits the life of his body.
It is not the function of government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
Having limits to push against is how you find out what you can do.
I have always been full of contradictions. I am shy but I love the freedom of the stage. I need reassurance but at the same time I don’t want it. I hate being afraid but I can’t help wanting to frighten myself. That is how you grow.
I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.
Foreign aid goes from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit.
There's a time and a place for getting a smart mouth.
Freedom stretches only as far as the limits of our consciousness.
Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did.
And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.
Motorists who want to save money on gas will demand and buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. We should not limit their freedom with more government regulations.
Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.
When all government ...in little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.
The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims.
The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.
When freedom prevails, the ingenuity and inventiveness of people creates incredible wealth. This is the source of the natural improvement of the human condition.