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Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."

The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.




Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone."

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.




Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "If philanthropy is not voluntary, it destroys liberty and justice. The law can give nothing that has not first been taken from its owner."

If philanthropy is not voluntary, it destroys liberty and justice. The law can give nothing that has not first been taken from its owner.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law."

When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.




Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended."

The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "There are people who think that plunder loses all its immorality as soon as it becomes legal. Personally, I cannot imagine a more alarming situation."

There are people who think that plunder loses all its immorality as soon as it becomes legal. Personally, I cannot imagine a more alarming situation.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "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?"

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?




Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism - including, of course, legal despotism?"

Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism - including, of course, legal despotism?



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Trade barriers constitute isolation; isolation gives rise to hatred, hatred to war, and war to invasion."

Trade barriers constitute isolation; isolation gives rise to hatred, hatred to war, and war to invasion.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property."

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "If you wish to prosper, let your customer prosper."

If you wish to prosper, let your customer prosper.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "If goods don't cross borders, armies will."

If goods don't cross borders, armies will.




Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Often the masses are plundered and do not know it."

Often the masses are plundered and do not know it.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Competition is merely the absence of oppression."

Competition is merely the absence of oppression.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Why don't you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough."

Why don't you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder."

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "And this is what has taken place. The delusion of the day is to enrich all classes at the expense of each other; it is to generalize plunder under pretense of organizing it."

And this is what has taken place. The delusion of the day is to enrich all classes at the expense of each other; it is to generalize plunder under pretense of organizing it.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The politician attempts to remedy the evil by increasing the very thing that caused the evil in the first place: legal plunder."

The politician attempts to remedy the evil by increasing the very thing that caused the evil in the first place: legal plunder.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "It's always tempting to do good at someone else's expense"

It's always tempting to do good at someone else's expense



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The solution of the social problem is in liberty."

The solution of the social problem is in liberty.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The law can be an instrument of equalization only as it takes from some persons and gives to other persons. When the law does this, it is an instrument of plunder."

The law can be an instrument of equalization only as it takes from some persons and gives to other persons. When the law does this, it is an instrument of plunder.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The mind never fully accepts any convictions that it does not owe to its own efforts."

The mind never fully accepts any convictions that it does not owe to its own efforts.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The law commit legal plunder by violating liberty and property."

The law commit legal plunder by violating liberty and property.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Taking Five and Returning Four is not Giving"

Taking Five and Returning Four is not Giving



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The plans differ; the planners are all alike."

The plans differ; the planners are all alike.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self-defense; of punishing injustice?"

Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self-defense; of punishing injustice?



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Justice is achieved only when injustice is absent."

Justice is achieved only when injustice is absent.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "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."

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.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Legal plunder has two roots: One, as we have just seen, is in human selfishness; the other is in false philanthropy."

Legal plunder has two roots: One, as we have just seen, is in human selfishness; the other is in false philanthropy.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Treat all economic questions from the viewpoint of the consumer, for the interests of the consumer are the interests of the human race."

Treat all economic questions from the viewpoint of the consumer, for the interests of the consumer are the interests of the human race.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The balance of trade is an article of faith."

The balance of trade is an article of faith.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will."

When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice."

Law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others."

By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Repetition may not entertain, but it teaches."

Repetition may not entertain, but it teaches.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Since the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to allow them liberty, how comes it to pass that the tendencies of organizers are always good?"

Since the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to allow them liberty, how comes it to pass that the tendencies of organizers are always good?



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor."

When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them."

Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Property does not exist because there are laws, but laws exist because there is property."

Property does not exist because there are laws, but laws exist because there is property.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "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."

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.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Liberty is an acknowledgement of faith in God and his works."

Liberty is an acknowledgement of faith in God and his works.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Let us first of all frugality in government-peace and freedom we will have as a bonus."

Let us first of all frugality in government-peace and freedom we will have as a bonus.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "The mission of law is not to oppress persons and plunder them of their property, even thought the law may be acting in a philanthropic spirit. Its mission is to protect property."

The mission of law is not to oppress persons and plunder them of their property, even thought the law may be acting in a philanthropic spirit. Its mission is to protect property.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "What, then is law [government]? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense."

What, then is law [government]? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice."

No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Either fraternity is spontaneous, or it does not exist. To decree it is to annihilate it. The law can indeed force men to remain just; in vain would it try to force them to be self-sacrificing."

Either fraternity is spontaneous, or it does not exist. To decree it is to annihilate it. The law can indeed force men to remain just; in vain would it try to force them to be self-sacrificing.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "If everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing."

If everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing.



Frederic Bastiat Quotes: "Countries which enjoy the highest level of peace, happiness and prosperity are the ones where the law least interfered with private affairs."

Countries which enjoy the highest level of peace, happiness and prosperity are the ones where the law least interfered with private affairs.