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Quotes by Frederic Bastiat

Let these Frederic Bastiat quotes help you to appreciate all aspects of life, and to cope with whatever comes along.

When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.
- Frederic Bastiat

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
- Frederic Bastiat

Each of us has a natural right, from God,
to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.
- Frederic Bastiat

The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone
seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.
- Frederic Bastiat

 

They will come to learn in the end, at their own expense,
that it is better to endure competition for rich customers
than to be invested with monopoly over impoverished customers.
- Frederic Bastiat

Often the masses are plundered and do not know it.
- Frederic Bastiat

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state.
They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.
- Frederic Bastiat


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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

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

Living in fear of anything is a terrible waste
of what could be a great life.
If you live in fear of losing your job,
either you fear the embarrassment of being jobless,
or you fear the loss of material goods -
house, car, and such.
If you live in fear of losing your stuff and money,
it is clear that they own you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lawsuit abuse is a major contributor to the increased costs of healthcare,
goods and services to consumers.
- Charles W. Pickering

In a finite world this means that the per capita share
of the world's goods must steadily decrease.
- Garrett Hardin

We are come for your good, for all your goods.
- King George II

We are entering a new phase in human history -
one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed
to produce the goods and services for the global population.
- Jeremy Rifkin

Collectively, we are in thrall to media -
because they deliver to us many of the psychic goods we crave,
and we know no other way to live.
- Todd Gitlin

Material goods consist of useful material things,
and of all rights to hold, or use, or derive benefits from material things,
or to receive them at a future time.
- Alfred Marshall

A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice
the goods while the policeman searches you.
- Will Rogers

Speculation is only a word covering the making of money
out of the manipulation of prices,
instead of supplying goods and services.
- Henry Ford

The guiding principle is not to manufacture the goods everyone needs,
rather to earn profits for a few capitalists.
- Walter Ulbricht

In the absence of any short term in common use to represent all desirable things,
or things that satisfy human wants, we may use the
term Goods for that purpose.
- Alfred Marshall

The E.U.
imports more agricultural goods from developing countries
around the world than does the U.S.,
Canada and Japan, combined.
- John Bruton

Goods move in response to price differences from points
of low to points of higher price,
the movement tending to obliterate the price difference and come to rest.
- Frank Knight

I'm a human being I'm not a piece of property.
I am not a consignment of goods.
- Curt Flood

If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing
the land with sticks and transporting goods on our backs.
- William Feather

The CAFTA region currently imports $15 billion annually of U.S.
agriculture and manufactured goods.
- Ron Lewis

Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth,
and they lead to lower prices on many goods.
- Robert Reich

There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
- Elizabeth Warren

Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them
continue as forms of mutual exploitation,
a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when
one or both parties run out of goods.
- W. H. Auden

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
- H. L. Mencken

The American consumer is also the American worker,
and if we don't do something to protect our manufacturing base here at home,
it is going to be hard to buy any retail goods.
- Lindsey Graham

There is one rule for the industrialist and that is:
Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible,
paying the highest wages possible.
- Henry Ford

The bodies lay on the ground like damaged goods from a warehouse.
- Peter Goldman

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul,
impossible.
- Michel de Montaigne

Advertising moves people toward goods;
merchandising moves goods toward people.
- Morris Hite

It is very wicked for you not to take care of your masters goods,
but how much worse is it to pilfer and steal from them,
whenever you think you shall not be found out.
- Jupiter Hammon

Local economies are suffering as people spend more
on fuel and less on consumer goods and travel.
- Dan Lipinski

Sporting goods companies pay me not to endorse their products.
- Bob Uecker

Opposing the free flow of goods or people is a bad idea.
- William Weld

If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride,
here it is delivering the goods.
- Theodor Adorno

The transponder requirements have three major sections,
namely the chip; the antenna; and the assembly of the
chip and the antenna onto the goods being labelled.
- Mike Marsh

The American people want economic prosperity,
high-quality goods and low prices, all of which I support.
- John Linder

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means
of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
- Thorstein Veblen

To be interested in the public good we must be disinterested,
that is, not interested in goods in which our personal selves are wrapped up.
- George H. Mead

Unemployment is due to the large import of goods from
Britain and other countries.
The Government haven't used the powers which they have
for the benefit of the country.
- Eamon de Valera

He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again,
and ten times more.
- John Bunyan

I'd like to provide information, inspiration,
and access to whatever goods and services are needed
to make it super easy for everyone to change their
lifestyle to a sustainable one.
- Daryl Hannah

Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly
rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price
of goods that they cannot do without.
- Albert Camus

A human being fashions his consequences as surely as
he fashions his goods or his dwelling his goods or his dwelling.
Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.
- Norman Cousins

Sporting goods sales have suffered because Americans
have become too sedentary.
- Mike May

Gold, on the contrary, though of little use compared with air or water,
will exchange for a great quantity of other goods.
- David Ricardo

Every retailer, when they price their goods,
looks at their total cost overall.
When they have costs go up, they'll price their products accordingly.
- Dan Butler

The public has been sold a bill of goods about the
free market being a panacea for mankind.
- Tom Scholz

Rules are to be initiated for the allotment of scarce raw materials etc;
and their use and processing for other than war,
or otherwise absolutely vital, goods is prohibited.
- Hjalmar Schacht

This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions
for ourselves and our nearest friends,
is insatiable, perpetual, universal,
and directly destructive of society.
- David Hume

That it is logical, fair and reasonable to maintain
the purchasing power of an hour's work in terms of
goods and services the employee must purchase in his daily living.
- Charles E. Wilson

Life yields only to the conqueror.
Never accept what can be gained by giving in.
You will be living off stolen goods,
and your muscles will atrophy.
- Dag Hammarskjold

An epitaph is a belated advertisement for a line of
goods that has been discontinued.
- Irvin S. Cobb

A store's best advertisement is the service its goods render,
for upon such service rest the future,
the good-will, of an organization.
- James Cash Penney

Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods,
choose both.
- Tryon Edwards

The overwhelming majority of my rated wealth consists
of investments in companies that produce goods and services.
- Paul Getty

War can really cause no economic boom,
at least not directly, since an increase in wealth
never does result from destruction of goods.
- Ludwig von Mises

We can serve our customers well only if our buying jobs are right.
You cannot sell if you haven't ordered wanted goods into your store.
- James Cash Penney

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life
that it shall yield them any of those personal goods
that are subject to the mutations of time.
- Bertrand Russell

The way this whole novel thing came together was,
I sold them one bill of goods and then didn't communicate very well.
I am like Captain Run-on Sentence.
- Ahmet Zappa

We function in a pack mentality.
This is our tribe.
And this is how we are exploited - sold a bill of goods
and a household of products.
- Joey Skaggs

Lawsuits - and frivolous lawsuits - are just sapping
the life out of the people who perform the services
and deliver the goods for the rest of the citizenry in the State of Montana.
- Conrad Burns

We all agree that manufacturers have a right to ensure
that fake goods are not marketed in their names and
that their own goods are not marketed under fake names.
- John Conyers

Trade isn't about goods.
Trade is about information.
Goods sit in the warehouse until information moves them.
- C. J. Cherryh

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it
is the cheapest way of selling goods,
particularly if the goods are worthless.
- Sinclair Lewis

While prices of goods continue to rise,
American worker's wages remain stagnant.
- Ed Pastor

Clearly, the Chinese need the resources,
but I don't think they want to clash with the industrial
world which happens to be the market for their goods.
- Daniel Yergin


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