Principium Volume I, Book 3, Quote 424, 425, 426, 427

424. Hence, I should like each man to have, on his own responsibility, the free disposition, administration, and control of his own person, his acts, his family, his transactions, his associations, his intelligence, his faculties, his labor, his capital, and his property.

- Frederic Bastiat – The Law, 1850

425. Advise me, but do not force your opinion on me. I shall decide at my peril and risk; that is enough, and for the law to interfere would be tyranny.

- Frederic Bastiat – The Law, 1850

426. Competition is merely the absence of oppression.

- Frederic Bastiat – The Law, 1850

427. …self-interest is that indomitable individualistic force within us that urges us on to progress and discovery, but at the same time disposes us to monopolize our discoveries. Competition is that no less indomitable humanitarian force that wrests progress, as fast as it is made, from the hands of the individual and places it at the disposal of all mankind. These two forces, which may well be deplored when considered individually, work together to create our social harmony.

- Frederic Bastiat – The Law, 1850

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