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" Forcing people to be generous isn't humanitarian, effective, compassionate or moral. Only acts that are truly voluntary for all concerned can be truly compassionate. "
" A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything. "
" Freedom and responsibility aren't interconnected things. They are the same thing. "
" There was no military reason to drop atomic bombs on Japan. They were used as terrorist weapons - killing innocent people to influence other people. "
" A fair trial is one in which the rules of evidence are honored, the accused has competent counsel, and the judge enforces the proper courtroom procedures - a trial in which every assumption can be challenged. "
" In the 1880s, people all over the world looked to America for inspiration. Its very existence was proof that it was possible to have a relatively free and peaceful country. No income tax, no foreign wars, no welfare state, no intrusions on civil liberties. "
" Since no one but you can know what's best for you, government control can't make your life better. "
" Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his act are right, he'll get good consequences; if they're not, he'll suffer for it. "
" The Bill of Rights isn't some legalistic fine print. It was written to make our lives freer, more prosperous, and happier. By forsaking it, America has become no better than any other country in the world. "
" For most of our history, Americans enjoyed both liberty and security from foreign threats. "
" Whatever the price, identify it now. What will you have to go through to get where you want to be? There is a price you can pay to be free of the situation once and for all. It may be a fantastic price or a tiny one - but there is a price. "
" Each person is living for himself; his own happiness is all he can ever personally feel. "
" A Libertarian society of unfettered individualism spreads its benefits to virtually everyone - not just those who have the resources to seize political power. "
" It is well known that in war, the first casualty is truth - that during any war truth is forsaken for propaganda. "
" I'm sorry that I can't snap my fingers and undo 50 years of bad American foreign policy. "
" I found that I was getting a warm reception for my message of freeing you from the income tax, releasing you from Social Security, ending the insane war on drugs, restoring gun rights, and reducing the federal government to just its constitutional functions. "
" Everything we know about human nature and about government tells us that individuals using their own money will achieve far more good for themselves and far more for others than politicians spending money they didn't have to work to earn. "
" The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do - by yourself, upon your own initiative. "
" You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad - in fact, to do anything it wants. "
" Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything. "
" Some people object to libertarian ideas because there are too many irresponsible people in the world - people who will cause trouble if the government doesn't restrain them. "
" You don't need an explanation for everything, Recognize that there are such things as miracles - events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily. "
" Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free. "
" Libertarians know that a free country has nothing to fear from anyone coming in or going out - while a welfare state is scared to death of poor people coming in and rich people getting out. "
" Security... it's simply the recognition that changes will take place and the knowledge that you're willing to deal with whatever happens. "