Claude Bastiat

1801 - 1850

A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on conscience, defense, destruction, education, freedom, heart, individuality, injustice, labor, laws, liberty, people, politics, struggle, trade, travel, and world

Actually, what is the political struggle that we witness? It is the instinctive struggle of all people toward liberty. And what is this 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, of labor, of trade? 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? Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism-including, of course, legal despotism? 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?

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on god and liberty

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

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on destruction, force, individuality, liberty, men, organize, reason, and support

If every person has the right to defend - even by force - his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force - for the same reason - cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on desires, learning, liberty, mankind, order, organize, and writers

It must be admitted that the tendency of the human race toward liberty is largely thwarted, especially in France. This is greatly due to a fatal desire-learned from the teachings of antiquity-that our writers on public affairs have in common: They desire to set themselves above mankind in order to arrange, organize, and regulate it according to their fancy.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on fiction

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The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on good

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The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on danger, force, history, labor, laws, men, morality, pain, power, punishment, purpose, religion, and work

Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain - and since labor is pain in itself - it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it. When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor. It is evident, then, that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of to work. All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on cities, individuality, learning, nations, people, trouble, welfare, wishes, and world

If you wish to prosper, let your customer prosper. When people have learned this lesson, everyone will seek his individual welfare in the general welfare. Then jealousies between man and man, city and city, province and province, nation and nation, will no longer trouble the world.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on business, overcoming, strength, and war

In war, the stronger overcomes the weaker. In business, the stronger imparts strength to the weaker.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on acceptance, effort, and mind

The mind never fully accepts any convictions that it does not owe to its own efforts.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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