Frederic Bastiat

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Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.More Frederic Bastiat [10/11/2011 11:10:49]
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.More Frederic Bastiat [10/11/2011 11:10:59]
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.More Frederic Bastiat [10/11/2011 11:10:09]
Often the masses are plundered and do not know it.More Frederic Bastiat [10/11/2011 11:10:13]
The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.More Frederic Bastiat [10/11/2011 11:10:18]
They will come to learn in the end, at their own expense, that it is better to endure competition for rich customers than to be invested with monopoly over impoverished customers.More Frederic Bastiat [10/11/2011 11:10:22]
And what is liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties - liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, or labor, or trade?More Frederic Bastiat [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so?More Frederic Bastiat [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism - including, of course, legal despotism?More Frederic Bastiat [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People are beginning to realize that the apparatus of government is costly. But what they do not know is that the burden falls inevitably on them.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In war, the stronger overcomes the weaker. In business, the stronger imparts strength to the weaker.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The plans differ; the planners are all alike...More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain- and since labor is pain in itself- it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.It is evident, then, that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of to woMore Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you wish to prosper, let your customer prosper.When people have learned this lesson, everyone will seek his individual welfare in the general welfare. Then jealousies between man and man, city and city, province and province, nation and nation, will no longer trouble the world.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We cannot but be astonished at the ease with which men resign themselves to ignorance about what is most important for them to know; and we may be certain that they are determined to remain invincibly ignorant if they once come to consider it as axiomatic that there are no absolute principles.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When under the pretext of fraternity, the legal code imposes mutual sacrifices on the citizens, human nature is not thereby abrogated. Everyone will then direct his efforts toward contributing little to, and taking much from, the common fund of sacrifices. Now, is it the most unfortunate who gains from this struggle? Certainly not, but rather the most influential and calculating.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The mind never fully accepts any convictions that it does not owe to its own efforts.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The sort of dependence that results from exchange, i.e., from commercial transactions, is a reciprocal dependence. We cannot be dependent upon a foreigner without his being dependent on us. Now, this is what constitutes the very essence of society. To sever natural interrelations is not to make oneself independent, but to isolate oneself completely.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is easier to show the disorder that must accompany reform than the order that should follow it.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.More Frederic Bastiat [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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