Monday, January 26, 2009
A strong and well-constituted man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds all included) just as he digest his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow.
— Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals 
Friday, January 23, 2009
The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
— Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America 
Thursday, January 22, 2009
When men get in the habit of helping themselves to the property of others, they cannot easily be cured of it.
— The New York Times, in a 1909 editorial opposing the very first income tax
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Quotes from FFF
From recent edition of the Email Update from the Future of Freedom Foundation: