Principium Volume II, Book 10, Quote 1010, 1011, and 1013

1010. (11-30-2010) It is because we do not know how individuals will use their freedom that it is so important….It is therefore not necessarily freedom that I can exercise myself that is most important for me. It is certainly more important that anything can be tried by somebody than that all can do the same things. It is not because we like to be able to do particular things, not because we regard any particular freedom as essential to our happiness, that we have claim to freedom. The instinct that makes us revolt against any physical restraint, though a helpful ally, is not always a safe guide for justifying or delimiting freedom. What is important is not what freedom I personally would like to exercise but what freedom some person may need in order to do things beneficial to society. This freedom we can assure to the unknown person only by giving it to all.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Freedom, 1978


1011. (12-1-2010) The benefits of freedom are therefore not confined to the free – or, at least, a man does not benefit mainly from those aspects of freedom which he himself takes advantage of. There can be no doubt that in history unfree majorities have benefitted from the existence of free minorities and that today unfree societies benefit from what they obtain and learn from free societies.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978


1013. (12-1-2010) The importance of freedom, therefore, does not depend on the elevated character of the activities it makes possible. Freedom of action, even in humble things, is as important as freedom of thought.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978

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