First, I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in my little giveaway. The quotes you all offered were wonderful reminders of the wit, intelligence, and common sense of conservative thought. I’m listing my all time favorite quote, a runner up, and five honorable mentions. So here we go.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would 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.
The runner up is Brad’s suggested quote by Ayn Rand:
America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
AJ’s suggested quote by Ronald Reagan:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Dennis Robbin’s suggested quote by Eric Hoffer:
Unity and self-sacrifice, of themselves, even when fostered by the most noble means, produce a facility for hating. Even when men league themselves mightily together to promote tolerance and peace on earth, they are likely to be violently intolerant toward those not of a like mind.
Iwogisdead’s suggested quote by Alexis de Toqueville:
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
Drew Wagner’s suggested quote by PJ O’Rourke (I laughed out loud when I read it):
The free market is ugly and stupid, like going to the mall; the unfree market is just as ugly and just as stupid, except there is nothing in the mall and if you don’t go there they shoot you.
Arthur’s suggested quote by Margaret Thatcher:
The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
Thank you again to everyone for participating! I had a great time hosting this giveaway, and I hope you all had a great time reading and enjoying the wit, wisdom, intelligence, and common sense of some great conservative, free market, and liberty-loving thinkers.