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Top 60 Frédéric Bastiat Quotes (2024 Update)

Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “When plunder becomes a way of life, men create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “If goods don’t cross borders, armies will.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “If philanthropy is not voluntary, it destroys liberty and justice. The law can give nothing that has not first been taken from its owner.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “By virtue of exchange, one man’s prosperity is beneficial to all others.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Trade barriers constitute isolation; isolation gives rise to hatred, hatred to war, and war to invasion.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The plans differ; the planners are all alike...”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Since the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to allow them liberty, how comes it to pass that the tendencies of organizers are always good?”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Repetition may not entertain, but it teaches.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Nothing is more senseless than to base so many expectations on the state, that is, to assume the existence of collective wisdom and foresight after taking for granted the existence of individual imbecility and improvidence.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Taking Five and Returning Four is not Giving.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so?”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Ah, you miserable creatures! You who think that you are so great! You who judge humanity to be so small! You who wish to reform everything! Why don’t you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The politician attempts to remedy the evil by increasing the very thing that caused the evil in the first place: legal plunder.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice...”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Justice is achieved only when injustice is absent.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Competition is merely the absence of oppression.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The solution of the social problem is in liberty.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Property does not exist because there are laws, but laws exist because there is property.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The law has been perverted through the influence of two very different causes-naked greed and misconceived philanthropy.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Either fraternity is spontaneous, or it does not exist. To decree it is to annihilate it. The law can indeed force men to remain just; in vain would it would try to force them to be self-sacrificing.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “There are people who think that plunder loses all its immorality as soon as it becomes legal. Personally, I cannot imagine a more alarming situation.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Treat all economic questions from the viewpoint of the consumer, for the interests of the consumer are the interests of the human race.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “If you wish to prosper, let your customer prosper.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “It’s always tempting to do good at someone else’s expense.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The law can be an instrument of equalization only as it takes from some persons and gives to other persons. When the law does this, it is an instrument of plunder.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “The law commit legal plunder by violating liberty and property.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “And what is liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties – liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, or labor, or trade?”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Property, the right to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor, the right to work, to develop, to exercise one’s faculties, according to one’s own understanding, without the state intervening otherwise than by its protective action; this is what is meant by liberty.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “We cannot doubt that self-interest is the mainspring of human nature. It must be clearly understood that this word is used here to designate a universal, incontestable fact, resulting from the nature of man, and not an adverse judgment, as would be the word selfishness.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism – including, of course, legal despotism?”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Legal plunder has two roots: One, as we have just seen, is in human selfishness; the other is in false philanthropy.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Why don’t you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Since no individual acting separately can lawfully use force to destroy the rights of others, does it not logically follow that the same principle also applies to the common force that is nothing more than the organized combination of the individual forces?”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “It is easier to show the disorder that must accompany reform than the order that should follow it.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “There is in all of a strong disposition to believe that anything lawful is also legitimate. This belief is so widespread that many persons have erroneously held that things are “just” because the law makes them so.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose – that it may violate property instead of protecting it – then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Countries which enjoy the highest level of peace, happiness and prosperity are the ones where the law least interfered with private affairs.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “If everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property. The existence of persons and property preceded the existence of the legislator, and his function is only to guarantee their safety.”
Frédéric Bastiat Quote: “Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”
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