Saturday, September 15, 2007

Quotes on Government

I'm moving some quotes from my sidebar to a post instead.

Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.--Thomas Paine

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.--Thomas Jefferson

It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men. --Henry L. Mencken, 1926

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. --(1777) Thomas Jefferson

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2 comments:

Laura said...

A friend gave me some writings by Thomas Paine to read once and i found them absolutely fascinating! I should dig those out again...

Silvia said...

Do you remember what the book was called?