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Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
Jan. 7, 1914 - from a speech delivered to the Massachusetts Senate when he became its president
We [Canadians] don't go for heroes. As soon as a man begins to achieve some sort of high stature, we want to cut him down and get rid of him, embarrass him.
Dec. 15, 1994 - quoted in the
New York Times
Utopias of equality are biologically doomed, and the best that the amiable philosopher can hope for is an approximate equality of legal justice and educational opportunity.
1968 - from
The Lessons of History
A society in which all potential abilities are allowed to develop and function will have a survival advantage in the competition of groups.
1968 - from
The Lessons of History
What protectionism teaches us, is to do to ourselves in time of peace what enemies seek to do to us in time of war.
Let's not concentrate on disabilities, let's focus on abilities
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John Robert Columbo
A country's competitiveness starts not on the factory floor or in the engineering lab. It starts in the classroom.
1988 - from
John Paul II, Pope
Where self-interest is suppressed, it is replaced by a burdensome system of bureaucratic control that dries up the wellsprings of initiative and creativity.
May 1, 1991 - from
Llosa, Mario Vargas
Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose. I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.
'All things being equal... ' But things never are equal. The traumas of the Sixties persuaded that my generation's egalitarianism was a sentimental error. ... After endless quarrels with authority, prankish disruptiveness, and impatience with management and procedure, I now see the hierarchical as both beautiful and necessary. Efficiency liberates; egalitarianism tangles, delays, blocks, deadens. ... In history the human drive is toward monarchy. Western culture has produced the best system yet for organizing and taming those king-seeking energies: representative democracy, part of our pagan heritage.
1992 - from
Sex, Art, and American Culture
, Random House Vintage Books
Pope Leo XIII
People differ in capacity, skill, health, strength; and unequal fortune is a necessary result of unequal condition. Such inequality is far from being disadvantageous either to individuals or to the community.
Every coercive monopoly was created by government intervention into the economy: by special privileges, such as franchises or subsidies, which closed the entry of competitors into a given field, by legislative action.
The truth is that economic competition is the very opposite of competition in the animal kingdom. It is not a competition in the grabbing off of scarce nature-given supplies, as it is in the animal kingdom. Rather, it is a competition in the positive creation of new and additional wealth.
Samuel, Viscount Herbert Louis
Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity to prove unequal talents.
Price fixing does not represent simply windfall gains and losses to particular groups according to whether the price happens to be set higher or lower than it would be otherwise. It represents a net lose to the economy as a whole to the extent that many transactions do not take place at all, because the mutually acceptable possibilities have been reduced.
von Mises, Ludwig
Those fighting for free enterprise and free competition do not defend the interests of those rich today. They want a free hand left to unknown men who will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.