Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end.
— Lord Acton
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
— C. S. Lewis, author of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
That government is best which governs least.
— Henry David Thoreau
The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer the people become.
— Lao Tsu
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.
— Pericles (430 BC)
The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
— Lao Tsu
Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
— Benjamin Disraeli, 1874