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It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.
The art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens to give to the other.
It is the characteristic of the most stringent censorships, that they give credibility to the opinions they attack.
What is not in nature can never be true.
All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws.
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
The monster, fanaticism, still exists, and whoever seeks after truth will run the risk of being persecuted.
The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
The tyranny of the many would be when one body takes over the rights of others, and then exercises its power to change the laws in its favor.
...So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
Let the laws be clear, uniform and precise; to interpret laws is almost always to corrupt them.
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I may not agree with what you say, but to the death I will defend your right to say it.
It is amusing that a virtue is made of the vice of chastity; and it's a pretty odd sort of chastity at that, which leads men straight into the sin of Onan, and girls to the waning of their color.
Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value -- zero.
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