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Yves Guyot

Yves Guyot

For all except the very few of extraordinary gifts, the spur of gain is not only powerful, it is indispensable. Yves Guyot, stating what he called “the third incentive of human action,” in Where and why Public Ownership Has Failed (H. F. Baker, trans., 1914).






Oscar Wilde

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1895.






Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1895.






F. A. Hayek

Freedom granted only when it is known beforehand that its effects will be beneficial is not freedom. Friedrich August von Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, p. 83






La Rochefoucauld

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune. La Rochefoucauld, Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales, (1665, 1678), 61st maxim.






F. A. Hayek

A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom. Friedrich August von Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, p. 79






La Rochefoucauld

Sincere enthusiasm is the only orator who always persuades. It is like an art the rules of which never fail; the simplest man with enthusiasm persuades better than the most eloquent with none. La Rochefoucauld, Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales, (1665, 1678), eighth maxim.






Patrick Henry

Suspicion is a virtue as long as its object is the public good, and as long as it stays within proper bounds. . . . Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Patrick Henry, Virginia Ratifying Convention (June 5, 1788), speech regarding the






Rose Wilder Lane

One thing I hate about the New Deal is that it is killing what, to me, is the American pioneering spirit. I simply do not know what to tell my own boys, leaving school and confronting this new world whose ideal is Security and whose practice is dependence upon government






Karl Kraus

When someone has behaved like an animal, he says: ‘I’m only human!’ But when he is treated like an animal, he says: ‘I’m human, too!’






José Ortega y Gasset

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are. José Ortega y Gasset, Man and Crisis (1962), p. 94.






Averroës

Knowledge is the conformity of the object and the intellect.






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