Friday, July 24, 2009

Yeah, what HE Said: History Repeating Itself Edition

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
- Dr. Adrian Rogers (1932-2005)

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

If you destroy a free market, you create a black market.

We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except for the politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges.
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

We ask you to be so good as to pass a law requiring the closing of ... all openings, holes, chinks, and fissures through which the light of the sun is wont to enter houses, to the detriment of the fair industries [of Candles, Tapers, Lanterns, sticks, Street Lamps, Snuffers, and Extinguishers, and from Producers of Tallow, Oil, Resin, Alcohol, and Generally of Everything Connected with Lighting].
(this from the excellent "Candlemaker's Petition")

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
- Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

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