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Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.

— Adam Smith


The state provides a legal, orderly, systematic channel for the predation of private property.

— Murray Rothbard


Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.

— Thomas Paine


Mayor: "At any rate, you have a bad habit of taking your own course. And that, in a well-ordered community is almost as bad. The individual must subordinate himself to society, or more precisely, to the authorities whose business it is to watch over the welfare of society."

Dr. Stockmann: "Maybe. But what the devil has that to do with me?"

— Henry Ibsen, in "An Enemy of the People"


A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.

— Ramsey Clark


Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

— Thomas Jefferson


The gold standard makes the money's purchasing power independent of the changing, ambitions and doctrines of political parties and pressure groups. This is not a defect of the gold standard; it is its main excellence.

— Ludwig von Mises


It is easy to be conspicuously "compassionate" if others are being forced to pay the cost.

— Murray Rothbard


Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

— Seneca


In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. [...] This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists' antagonism toward the gold standard.

— Alan Greenspan
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