Frederic Bastiat - Quotes

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Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone. ---->>>

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.

The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else. ---->>>

Often the masses are plundered and do not know it. ---->>>

They will come to learn in the end, at their own expense, that it is better to endure competition for rich customers than to be invested with monopoly over impoverished customers. ---->>>

When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will. ---->>>

Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism - including, of course, legal despotism?

Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism - including, of course, legal despotism?

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? ---->>>

Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self-defense; of punishing injustice? ---->>>

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? ---->>>

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: June 30, 1801
Birthplace: Bayonne, France
Die: December 24, 1850
Occupation: Economist
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Claude-Frédéric Bastiat (French: [klod fʁedeʁik bastja]; 29 June 1801 – 24 December 1850) was a French economist and author who was a prominent member of the French Liberal School. He developed the economic concept of opportunity cost, and introduced the Parable of the Broken Window. He was also a Freemason, and member of the French National Assembly (wikipedia)