The wealth of a nation is created by private enterprise, not by government. Government must not put on too many regulations, lest it crush creativity. Never let regulation become too heavy or taxation too high. Don’t let the government take the lion’s share of the nation’s wealth. Lady Thatcher
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’Ã¢ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh
There were so many candidates on the platform that there were not enough promises to go around. Ronald Reagan
Newsweek, February 6, 1984, on the Democratic New Hampshire primary
[S]uffering like this proves you are still a man! This pain is part of being human. J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, June 2003, p 824
When a firm’s rivals complain about a deal being ‘anti-competitive,’ obviously they mean the opposite, that it would produce benefits for customers that they’d have to respond to. Wall Street Journal
June 15, 2001
For any individual, there are two ways to become wealthier. One is to do something productive. The other is to redistribute existing resources in one’s own favor. If we all work, we create wealth, and society is better off. But if we all do nothing except try to get our hands into our neighbors’ pockets, we will all be very busy, yet we will all eventually starve.
Reason, May 1994
Of all the systems of political economy which have shaped our history, none has so revolutionized ordinary expectations of human life — lengthened the life span, made the elimination of poverty and famine thinkable, enlarged the range of human choice — as democratic capitalism. . . Michael Novak
For intending to establish three departments, co-ordinate and independent, that they might check and balance one another, it has given, according to this opinion, to one of them alone, the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others, and to that one too, which is unelected by, and independent of the nation. … The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please. … These are examples of my position, that each of the three departments has equally the right to decide for itself what is its duty under the constitution, without any regard to what the others may have decided for themselves under a similar question. Thomas Jefferson
letter to Judge Spencer Roane, September 6, 1819. ‘The Writings of Thomas Jefferson,’ edited by Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, p. 213 (1904). On the limits of Judicial review and the importance of all three branches supporting the constitution.
Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something wearing stripes with plaid comes easy. Albert Einstein
During my 11 years in congress, I have consistently opposed federal funding for abortions. In my opinion, it is wrong to spend federal funds for what is arguably taking of a human life. Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must be protected, and I am committed to furthering this goal. Al Gore
In a May 26, 1987 letter to a constituent.