Frederic Bastiat quotes:
"The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else."
law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel
alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for
"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
"No legal plunder: This is the principle of
justice, peace, order, stability, harmony, and logic. Until the day of
my death, I shall proclaim this principle with all the force of my lungs
(which alas! is all too inadequate)."
"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended."
is in all of us 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."
"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone."
plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in
society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system
that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it..