• 10 Libertarian Quotes Every Liberal Should Read

November 22, 2017 8 Comments

10 Libertarian Quotes Every Liberal Should Read



  • “A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have" ~Thomas Jefferson


Jefferson was correct. If you consider all of the free college and minimum wage increases. Where does it all come from? Are you doing it yourself or giving the control to people in power who could easily take it all away? 


  • “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


This is one of my favorite Nietzsche quotes. As I pointed out in one of my earlier posts about political correctness and religion, our younger generation needs to be careful with their righteous indignation. You may see yourselves as freedom-fighting anti-racists with unresolved savior-complexes, but history may view you otherwise if you veer toward violence and stratification.


  • “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages” ~Adam Smith


Adam smith's invisible hand clearly illustrates that capitalism is necessary for human existence. The Free Market governs the process. Every dollar is a vote, and every person has the power to change the world. This organic exchange between free people is absolutely essential, and it is why you enjoy the most luxurious items in the world.


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


Let that sink in. Now that you've thought it through. Who are you eager to vote for in elections to come? 


  • "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it." ~H.L Mencken


Leftists need to understand this the most. People ascending to power have always found it to be a soft touch to do so on the backs of the poor. You don't want a big corporation exploiting the poor, but you are comfortable with a politician doing worse? Many dictators have risen to power by promising to save the poor. 


  • “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

How often do you voluntarily support the big businesses you seek to destroy?


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  • "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




Ponder this quote every time you want the government to step in to silence someone you disagree with. 


  • “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”  ~Margaret Thatcher


I know your blood is probably boiling at this one, but nevertheless it's true. We do not live in a world of endless resources. You are not entitled to the fruits of another's labor. 


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


This is so true. Whether it be guns or pit bulls or whatever, running to the government to stop the criminals has always taken more away from law abiding citizens than you could ever possibly imagine. Except you probably already know this - you probably already see the loopholes in the drug war where millions of innocent marijuana users are imprisoned to "weed out" the bad guys. 


  • “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~Jack Kerouac 


This one speaks for itself. 



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8 Responses

Nathan Clark
Nathan Clark

September 09, 2021

Ben Clark.
While Marxist communism did not exist until after Thomas Jefferson had passed socialism in one form or another has existed for as far back as 322 BCE starting with the Maurya Empire.


It may be possible to Thomas Jefferson knew about and was referring to such empires it was more likely that he spoke of monarchies as they sure the same qualities in which all rights that an individual has are granted to them by the government and that government can easily strip away all of those rights

Ben Clark
Ben Clark

January 12, 2019

The quote that Jefferson allegedly made about government big enough to give you everything is not something he ever said. There was no such government in existence during Jefferson’s time. Marxism is a modern phenomenon.


January 12, 2019

It was not Voltaire who said that comment. Evelyn Beatrice Hall coined the phrase while writing about the way Voltaire felt about something. Hall coined the phrase, not Voltaire, but it was Voltaire’s general feeling.


March 02, 2018

It was the French Philosopher Voltaire who said I may disagree with what you say, but…

Eff Dubbs
Eff Dubbs

February 26, 2018

It actually wasn’t Gerald Ford either…

Bill Langley
Bill Langley

December 30, 2017

Reading these quotes and hoping most folks aren’t so ignorant as to not see these wise truisms.

Shirley Shreve
Shirley Shreve

December 09, 2017

Very well written and if only others would read it to the end with an open mind.

Andrew Pitman
Andrew Pitman

November 22, 2017

Except the first one wasn’t Thomas Jefferson, it was Gerald Ford who said that.

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