Good quotes are condensed wisdom.  If a picture is worth 1000 words, a quote is worth at least 500.  Here are a few good quotes to ponder….


“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”  ― Thomas Jefferson

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”   ― Thomas Jefferson
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”   ― Thomas Jefferson

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”   ― Thomas Jefferson

“Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money.”   ― Margaret Thatcher

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.             ― Ronald Reagan

“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.”  ― Ronald Reagan

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder. “ ― Ronald Reagan

“How do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”           ― Ronald Reagan

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.”  ― Ronald Reagan

“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”  Milton Friedman

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”  Milton Friedman

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

“The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.”  Milton Friedman

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

“I think that nothing is so important for freedom as recognizing in the law each individual’s natural right to property, and giving individuals a sense that they own something that they’re responsible for, that they have control over, and that they can dispose of.”  Milton Friedman

“Education spending will be most effective if it relies on parental choice & private initiative — the building blocks of success throughout our society.”  Milton Friedman

“It is because it’s prohibited. See, if you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel. That’s literally true.”   Milton Friedman

“The key insight of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations is misleadingly simple: if an exchange between two parties is voluntary, it will not take place unless both believe they will benefit from it. Most economic fallacies derive from the neglect of this simple insight, from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.”  Milton Friedman

“From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man – the function of his reasoning mind.”  ― Ayn Rand

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.’   – Alexander Tytler

The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.     Albert Camus


“Continued dependence upon [government] relief induces a spiritual disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. ” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935


“What we need to do is we need to be able to discuss intelligent ways of solving the multitude of problems that threatens to destroy our nation….   Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies.”                                 Dr. Ben Carson