§ "Every law is an infraction of liberty."
§ "The benificial effects of state intervention, especially in the form of legislation, are direct, immediate, and so to speak, visible, whilst its evil effects are gradual, indirect and lie out of sight ..."
§ "Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. ... The most desirable laws are those that are rarest, simplest, and most general ..."
§ "One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation." (Thomas Brackett Reed, Speaker of the House, State of Maine, 1886.)
§ "When law is considered as immutable, and the immutable law happens at the same time to be too foolish and mischievous to be endured, instead of being repealed, it is clandestinely evaded, or openly violated; and thus the authority of all law is weakened."
§ "He who tries to determine everything by law will foment crime rather than lesson it."