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Volume 17 No. 9 • October 2014


APPETIZERS

Fools need Advice most, but only wise Men are the better for it.

— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.

— Jules Renard

It is perfectly okay to write garbage— as long as you edit brilliantly.

— C. J. Cherryh

Ah, you miserable creatures! You who think that you are so great! You who judge humanity to be so small! Why don’t you reform your-selves? That task would be sufficient enough.

— Frederic Bastiat, The Law in a rare display of anger,
directed at do-gooders and would-be rulers of mankind.

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.

— Frederic Bastiat, The Law

Every new tribunal, erected for the decision of facts, without the intervention of a jury … is a step towards establishing aristocracy, the most oppressive of absolute governments.

— Sir William Blackstone (1723–1780)
Commentaries On the Laws of England 1765–1769

Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.

— Lord Acton

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men with a favorable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

— Lord Acton

For all individuals, secrecy carries some risk of corruption and of irrationality; if they dispose of greater than ordinary powers over others, and if this power is exercised in secret, with no accountability to those whom it affects, the invitation to abuse is great.

— Sissela Bok, Secrets (1983)

When a Friend deals with a Friend
Let the bargain be clear and well penn’d
That they may continue Friends to the end.

— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

Any increase in the FDA’s authority over anything is a clear and present danger to the nation’s health.

— Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate in
Economics (in a letter to us, July 1993)

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