„Generosity is a virtue for individuals, not Governments. When governments are generous it is with other people's money, other people's safety, other people's future.“

—  P. D. James, The Children of Men (1992)
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„Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
Leader of the Opposition, TV interview for Thames TV This Week (5 February 1976) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=102953

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„May the people and the government respect the rights of all. Between individuals, as between nations, peace means respect for the rights of others.“

—  Benito Juárez President of Mexico during XIX century 1806 - 1872
Context: Mexicans: let us now pledge all our efforts to obtain and consolidate the benefits of peace. Under its auspices, the protection of the laws and of the authorities will be sufficient for all the inhabitants of the Republic. May the people and the government respect the rights of all. Between individuals, as between nations, peace means respect for the rights of others. As quoted in Global History, Volume Two : The Industrial Revolution to the Age of Globalization (2008) by Jerry Weiner, Mark Willner, George A. Hero and Bonnie-Anne Briggs, p. 175

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„Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism.“

—  Earl Warren United States federal judge 1891 - 1974
1950s, Address to National Press Club in Washington DC, as quoted in Freedom and Union (April 1952) Variants: Most people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism. As quoted in Politics and Policies : The Continuing Issues (1970) by Duane W. Hill, p. 170. Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism. As quoted in Encarta Book of Quotations (2000) edited by Bill Swainson, p. 969

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„It is easy to be lenient at other people's expense, and call it generosity of mind.“

—  Theodore Dalrymple English doctor and writer 1949
The Social Affairs Unit (2006 - 2008), It is right to imprison drug addicts - argues Theodore Dalrymple http://www.socialaffairsunit.org.uk/blog/archives/001744.php (March 18, 2008).

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„The proper role of government is exactly what John Stuart Mill said in the middle of the 19th century in On Liberty. The proper role of government is to prevent other people from harming an individual.“

—  Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006
America's Drug Forum interview (1991), Context: The proper role of government is exactly what John Stuart Mill said in the middle of the 19th century in On Liberty. The proper role of government is to prevent other people from harming an individual. Government, he said, never has any right to interfere with an individual for that individual's own good. The case for is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating. We all know that overeating causes more deaths than drugs do. If it's in principle OK for the government to say you must not consume drugs because they'll do you harm, why isn't it all right to say you must not eat too much because you'll do harm? Why isn't it all right to say you must not try to go in for skydiving because you're likely to die? Why isn't it all right to say, "Oh, skiing, that's no good, that's a very dangerous sport, you'll hurt yourself"? Where do you draw the line?

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„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.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Citas, Questions sur l'Encyclopédie (1770–1774), En général, l’art du gouvernement consiste à prendre le plus d’argent qu’on peut à une grande partie des citoyens, pour le donner à une autre partie. "Money" (1770)

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„When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Misattributed, Variant: Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty. First attributed to Jefferson in 1945, this does not appear in any known Jefferson document. When governments fear the people, there is liberty... http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/When_governments_fear_the_people,_there_is_liberty...(Quotation), Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. It first appears in 1914, in [Barnhill, John Basil, John Basil Barnhill, Indictment of Socialism No. 3, Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism, http://debs.indstate.edu/b262b3_1914.pdf, PDF, 2008-10-16, 1914, National Rip-Saw Publishing, Saint Louis, Missouri, p. 34]

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„Generally when people speak to each other they use words.“

—  Enda Kenny Irish Fine Gael politician and Taoiseach 1951
2010s, At a public event in July 2012. Irish Independent http://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/lost-for-words-3174922.html

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