"Society is composed of men, and every man is a FREE agent. Since man is free, he can choose; since he can choose, he can err; since he can err, he can suffer. I go further: He must err and he must suffer; for his starting point is ignorance, and in his ignorance he sees before him an infinite number of unknown roads, all of which save one lead to error."
Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848
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Said in many different ways, in many different places, all accurate.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Not many writings have withstood the test of time as Bastiat's have. A very intelligent and wise man.
     -- Anon     
    Its called "life". And the right to choose is something we should all cherish, before the "Hope and Change" crowd pre arrange our very existence for us.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Well stated, J Carlton.
     -- jim k, austin     
    Those who yearn for the safety and security of slavery will have their chance soon enough. The nanny state is a slave state forcing men to repeat old mistakes.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
    I'd definitely prefer to make my own mistakes rather than have the mistakes of the majority forced upon me. The mistakes of the individual have a much more limited range than the mistakes of those who wield political power.
     -- Pol Pot, Phnum Penh, Cambodia     
    Obama is fixing that problem for us. He is going to prevent err by removing the choice where ever he can.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Perfect! The other being SELF
     -- RBESRQ     
    correction: ...all of which save one... being SELF
     -- RBESRQ     
    Read Bastiat's THE LAW. Timeless Truth.
     -- Howard Romano, Bangkok     
    Man, if this were truly understood, we could eliminate 75% of government bureaus and programs.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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