Principium Volume I, Book 3, Quote 418, 420, 421

418. …the state has no resources of its own. It has nothing, it possesses nothing that it does not take from the workers. When, then, it meddles in everything, it substitutes the deplorable and costly activity of its own agents for private activity.

- Frederic Bastiat – The Law, 1850


420. …the government offers to cure all the ills of mankind. It promises to restore commerce, make agriculture prosperous, expand industry, encourage arts and letters, wipe out poverty, etc., etc. All that is needed is to create some new government agencies and to pay a few more bureaucrats.

- Frederic Bastiat – The Law, 1850


421. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.” But everyone wants as much bread and as little sweat as possible.

- Frederic Bastiat – The Law, 1850

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