“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.” 

– Samuel Johnson

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” 

– C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 2002), p. 292

“I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind.” 

– David Ricardo, The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. VII, p. 372

“Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.” 

– Ronald Reagan

“I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit.”

– William F. Buckley (1925-2008) in Up from Liberalism (1959)