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"The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise see in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws."
Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman
––American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist (1819-1892)

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"Democratic communities have a natural taste for freedom: left to themselves they will seek it, cherish it, and view any deprivation of it with regret.

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"I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice."
Fredrich von HayekFredrich von Hayek
––Austrian economist and philosopher (1899-1992)

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"To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
George WashingtonGeorge Washington
––First President of the United States, Founding Father

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"I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer."

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"Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community."

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"By pursuing his own interest [every individual] frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good."

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"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
––Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete (1854-1900)

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"Every central government worships uniformity: uniformity relieves it from inquiry into an infinity of details, which must be attended to if rules have to be adapted to different men, instead of indiscriminately subjecting all men to the same rule."

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"To be controlled in our economic pursuits means to be controlled in everything."
Fredrich von HayekFredrich von Hayek
––Austrian economist and philosopher (1899-1992)

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"Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

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"If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics."
Will RogersWill Rogers
––American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor (1879-1935)

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"A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."
Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
––British philosopher, logician, historian & socialist (1872-1970)

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"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages."

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"Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob."
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
––Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete (1854-1900)

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"Trade is the natural enemy of all violent passions because it loves moderation, delights in compromise an is most careful to avoid anger."
Alexis de TocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville
––French political thinker and historian (1805-1859)

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"The essential characteristic of Western civilization that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified civilizations of the East was and is its concern for freedom from the state."

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"I am not surprised at what George has done, for he was always a good boy."
(about the success of the revolution, and her son George, 1784)

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"The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer."
Will RogersWill Rogers
––American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor (1879-1935)

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"The word government is from the Greek word, which means 'to steer'. The job of government is to steer, not to row the boat. Delivering services is rowing and government is not very good at rowing."
E.S. SavasE.S. Savas
––Baruch College Presidential Professor (

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