Libertarian Quotes & Memes

Libertarian Quotes & Memes

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Thomas Sowell Quotes & Memes

The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.

Thomas Sowell
The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers. - Thomas Sowell
“The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.” – Thomas Sowell

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Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.

Thomas Sowell
Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty. - Thomas Sowell
“Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.” – Thomas Sowell

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It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.

Thomas Sowell
It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. -  Thomas Sowell
“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” – Thomas Sowell

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It is a way to take people’s wealth from them without having to openly raise taxes. Inflation is the most universal tax of all.

Thomas Sowell
It is a way to take people's wealth from them without having to openly raise taxes. Inflation is the most universal tax of all. -  Thomas Sowell
“It is a way to take people’s wealth from them without having to openly raise taxes. Inflation is the most universal tax of all.” – Thomas Sowell

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Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination.

Thomas Sowell
Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination. -  Thomas Sowell
“Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination.” – Thomas Sowell

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Do countries with strong gun control laws have lower murder rates? Only if you cherry-pick the data.

Thomas Sowell
Do countries with strong gun control laws have lower murder rates? Only if you cherry-pick the data. -  Thomas Sowell
“Do countries with strong gun control laws have lower murder rates? Only if you cherry-pick the data.” – Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Jefferson Quotes and Memes

A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.

Thomas Jefferson
A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have. -  Thomas Jefferson
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.” – Thomas Jefferson

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NOTE: While multiple sources have attributed this quote to Thomas Jefferson, there is evidence that this may be a misquote. He may not have actually made this statement. Please do your research before sharing this meme.

Penn Jillette Quotes & Memes

Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.

Penn Jillette
Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people. -  Penn Jillette
“Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.” – Penn Jillette

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Milton Friedman Quotes & Memes

The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.

Milton Friedman
The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit. -  Milton Friedman
“The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.” – Milton Friedman

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Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.

Milton Friedman
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. -  Milton Friedman
“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” – Milton Friedman

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Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.

Milton Friedman
Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government. -  Milton Friedman
“Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.” – Milton Friedman

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Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.

Milton Friedman
Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation. -  Milton Friedman
“Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.” – Milton Friedman

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If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.

Milton Friedman
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand. -  Milton Friedman
“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” – Milton Friedman

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Ludwig von Mises Quotes & Memes

All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out.

Ludwig von Mises
All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out. -  Ludwig Von Mises
“All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out.” – Ludwig von Mises

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H.L. Mencken Quotes & Memes

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it.

H. L. Mencken
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it. -  H. L. Mencken
“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it.” – H. L. Mencken

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George Orwell Quotes & Memes

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

George Orwell
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. -  George Orwell
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell

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Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes & Memes

Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. -  Friedrich Nietzsche
“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Frederic Bastiat Quotes & Memes

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
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
“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

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

Frederic Bastiat
The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended. -  Frederic Bastiat
“The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.” – Frederic Bastiat

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

Frederic Bastiat
The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else. -  Frederic Bastiat
“The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.” – Frederic Bastiat

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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
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
“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

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The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.

Frederic Bastiat
The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education. -  Frederic Bastiat
“The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.” – Frederic Bastiat

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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.

Frederic Bastiat
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. -  Frederic Bastiat
“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.” – Frederic Bastiat

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It’s always tempting to do good at someone else’s expense.

Frederic Bastiat
It's always tempting to do good at someone else's expense. -  Frederic Bastiat
“It’s always tempting to do good at someone else’s expense.” – Frederic Bastiat

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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
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
“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
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If goods don’t cross borders, armies will.

Frederic Bastiat
If goods don't cross borders, armies will. -  Frederic Bastiat
“If goods don’t cross borders, armies will.” – Frederic Bastiat

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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
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
“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

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Ah, you miserable creatures! You who think that you are so great! You who judge humanity to be so small! You who wish to reform everything! Why don’t you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough.

Frederic Bastiat
Ah, you miserable creatures! You who think that you are so great! You who judge humanity to be so small! You who wish to reform everything! Why don't you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough. - Frederic Bastiat
“Ah, you miserable creatures! You who think that you are so great! You who judge humanity to be so small! You who wish to reform everything! Why don’t you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough.” – Frederic Bastiat

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Evelyn Beatrice Hall Quotes & Memes

While I may not agree with what you have to say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall
While I may not agree with what you have to say, I'll defend to the death your right to say it. -  Evelyn Beatrice Hall
“While I may not agree with what you have to say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

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