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Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk

The monopolist . . . never has unlimited control; he merely has the choice within the laws of price of different “economically possible” price levels. He can select that price at which the combination of profit for each article, and the number of articles to be sold at that price,

P. J. O’Rourke

There is a heartfelt and near-universal refusal to understand the basic economic principles behind the creation of wealth. P. J. O’Rourke, Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics (1998), p. 235.

Pres. Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) calls Premiere Kissoff in Dr. Strangelove

President Merkin Muffley

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room. U.S. President Merkin Muffley, as performed by actor Peter Sellers in the (fictional) black comedy Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb (1964), a film directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Kubrick,

John Bright

The moral law was not written for men alone in their individual character, but it was written as well for nations, and for nations great as this of which we are citizens. If nations reject and deride that moral law, there is a penalty which will inevitably follow. It may

Wendy McElroy

Freedom means self-fulfillment. It also means putting up with others’ irritating pursuit of the same. It means being confronted with disturbing images and ideas.


“Knowledge is the conformity of the object and the intellect.”

Ubi libertas

Where liberty dwells, there is my country. H.L. Mencken attributed this popular statement to Benjamin Franklin, written in a March 14, 1783 letter to Benjamin Vaughan. That letter, however, has not been located. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations notes this was the motto of James Otis (Latin: Ubi libertas, ibi patria; the

C.-F. Volney

The courageous and strong man repulses oppression, defends his life, his liberty, and his property; by his labor he procures himself an abundant subsistence, which he enjoys in tranquillity and peace of mind. If he falls into misfortunes, from which his prudence could not protect him, he supports them with

Ernest Bramah

Better a dish of husks to the accompaniment of a muted lute than to be satiated with stewed shark’s fin and rich spiced wine of which the cost is frequently mentioned by the provider. Ernest Bramah, Kai Lung Beneath the Mulberry Tree, “The Story of the Poet Lao Ping, Chun

Will Rogers

“Always drink upstream from the herd.” Will Rogers, in ‪The Friars Club Bible of Jokes, Pokes, Roasts, and Toasts‬ (2001), by Nina Colman, p. 316

John Bright

I believe there is no permanent greatness to a nation except it be based upon morality. I do not care for military greatness or military renown. I care for the condition of the people among whom I live. John Bright, from a speech in Birmingham (October 29, 1858), quoted in


There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. Epictetus,

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