Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski Quotes

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1. “Believing that there is a conflict between rationality and spirituality is like believing that there is a conflict between knowledge and inspiration.”

Tags : Inspiration Knowledge Rationality Religion Science Spirituality

2. “The surest way to damage society is to call for a "great man" to lead it. The surest way to improve society is to become a great man to lead oneself and convince others to do likewise.”

Tags : Autonomy Leadership Society Voluntaryism

3. “Whenever one feels like saying “the money that billionaire spent on his fleet of yachts could have been used better by the "public sector”“, one should ask oneself when was the last time one heard of a billionaire buying an army of tanks and a set of nuclear weapons.”

Tags : Billionaire Greed Money Nuclear Weapons Profligacy Public Sector
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

4. “Voter: someone smart enough to choose how to be fooled.”

Tags : Election Stupidity Voter Voting

5. “Entrepreneurship is the use of self-interest in the service of others. Politics is the use of others in the service of self-interest.”

Tags : Cooperation Entrepreneurship Politics Self Interest

6. “Nationalism: the curious notion that barbarism becomes a virtue when it reaches tribal proportions.”

Tags : Barbarism Chauvinism Jingoism Nationalism Xenophobia

7. “The best way to turn the earth into hell is to turn the state into a god.”

Tags : God Hell Hell On Earth State Statism Totalitarianism

8. “If you want peace, prepare for ideological war with those who want others to prepare for physical war.”

Tags : Militarism Pacifism Peace War

9. “What makes the difference between a gang and a state is the belief that there is a difference between a gang and a state.”

Tags : Libertarianism Propaganda Statism Stockholm Syndrome

10. “An anarcho-capitalist is someone who agrees that the best way to eliminate the tragedy of the commons is to privatize it away, and realizes that state politics is the mother of all such tragedies.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Libertarianism Tragedy Of The Commons Voluntaryism

11. “Anarcho-capitalism: the realization that the only way to effectively govern the market is to have an effective market in governance.”

Tags : Anarcho Capitalism Government Libertarianism Voluntaryism

12. “The only common good is the common liberty to pursue individual goods.”

Tags : Collectivism Common Good Individualism Liberty
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

13. “An anarchist is someone who rejects the curious notion that crimes become virtues as they grow in size.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchist Crime Peace Virtue
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

14. “Perhaps the most flagrant testimony to the intellectual shallowness of statism is that the typical statist believes that the fantastically hypothetical threat of a corporation monopolizing the supply of water is a devastating objection to libertarianism, but the painfully real threat of a state methodically exterminating tens of millions of individuals is not a devastating objection to statism.”

Tags : Corporation Libertarianism Monopoly Statism
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

15. “A fool believes that the society of the future will transcend the laws of economics. A person of reason hopes that it will finally learn to respect them.”

Tags : Economics Praxeology Scarcity

16. “Governments represent their citizens in the same way as parasites represent their hosts.”

Tags : Citizenship Democracy Government Parasite Politics Representation
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

17. “Individualism turns a band into a society. Collectivism turns society into a mob.”

Tags : Autonomy Collectivism Individualism Society

18. “It takes a common thug to commit injustice, but it takes an exceptional thug to call it "social justice".”

Tags : Hypocrisy Justice Social Justice
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

19. “If anarchy is chaos, and chaos is war, why wasn't a single war started by anarchists?”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Chaos Peace War

20. “A libertarian is someone who graduated from thinking that there are problems with the state to realizing that the state is the problem.”

Tags : Anarchism Libertarianism Liberty State

21. “Totalitarianism begins with using the word "we" without every I's permission.”

Tags : Collectivism Individualism Totalitarianism

22. “Patience is the ability to enjoy the calm of boredom.”

Tags : Boredom Motivational Patience Perseverance
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

23. “A foolish environmentalist wants to save nature from the greed of the market by exposing it to the tragedy of the commons. A smart environmentalist wants to save nature from the tragedy of the commons by exposing it to the greed of the market.”

Tags : Environmentalism Greed Market Nature
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

24. “For the greater good":the phrase that always precedesthe greatest evil.”

Tags : Ethics Greater Good Haiku Sacrifice

25. “Society is a voluntary scheme of mutual benefit. The state is a compulsory scheme of mutual exploitation.”

Tags : Benefit Exploitation Society State
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

26. “Economics without ethics is a caricature. Ethics without economics is a fairy tale.”

Tags : Business Ethics Economics Ethics Morality Philosophy

27. “Abolitionism was a movement to end private slavery. Libertarianism is a movement to end private and public slavery.”

Tags : Abolitionism Libertarianism Slavery
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

28. “It takes abstract thinking to see how greed can lead to prosperity, but it takes wishful thinking to claim that violence can lead to charity.”

Tags : Charity Greed Prosperity Violence
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

29. “Politics is an endless, borderless war against individual liberty.”

Tags : Individuality Liberty Politics War
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

30. “Bad economics teaches that computers can design markets. Good economics teaches that markets can design computers.”

Tags : Computers Economics Markets
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

31. “The greatest obstacle to liberty is not the existence of evil rulers, but the belief in the existence of good rulers.”

Tags : Authority Liberty Power Slavery

32. “To create a free society is not to accomplish the impossible task of convincing all people to abandon aggression, but to accomplish the essential task of convincing enough people to abandon the belief that aggression is ever legitimate.”

Tags : Aggression Legitimacy Liberty Voluntaryism

33. “Individual liberty may be unable to solve every social problem, but collective violence is unable to solve any social problem.”

Tags : Collectivism Individualism Libertarianism Liberty Society Violence

34. “Nationalism: the love of tribal fictions inspired by the hatred of social realities.”

Tags : Jingoism Nationalism Tribalism

35. “Failure to find the truth is perhaps an intellectual defeat, but failure to look for the truth is an intellectual surrender.”

Tags : Intellect Knowledge Reason Truth

36. “The world will know peace when the entrepreneur fully masters the art of starving the politician.”

Tags : Entrepreneurship Peace Politics