120 Libertarian Quotes That Foster Free Will

These Libertarian quotes will give you knowledge about economics, politics, and freedom.

Libertarianism is a political philosophy that prioritizes liberty. It implies that the government’s power over the people should be reduced. It’s a pretty old concept that arose from the liberalism movement of the 1800s.

We’re sure the quotes in this list will give you some informative and insightful messages. We hope these quotes inspire you to live your life freely and to fight for your rights!

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Best Libertarian Quotes

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Five Quotes That Could Change Everything

1. “The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.” – George Orwell

2. “A libertarian presidential candidate isn’t going to win anyway, so he can afford to say that all taxation is theft, and it isn’t the job of a libertarian presidential candidate to cook up new ways to commit theft.” – L. Neil Smith

3. “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

4. “Libertarianism is the philosophy which says that you can run your life better than the government can, and you have the right to be left alone in order to do it.” – Anonymous

5. “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” – Milton Friedman

6. “I love my country, not my government.” – Jesse Ventura

7. “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell

8. “I’m a Libertarian. I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all.” – Big Boi

9. “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it.” – H.L Mencken

10. “I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.” – Robert Frost

11. “The Libertarian position on immigration is to have, not open borders with no restrictions, but to have controlled borders that allow hard-working people to come into America to help raise their standard of living and improve the American economy.” – Michael Badnarik

12. “Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of the modern world and for that reason assert that individual liberty is at least part of the common good.” – Tom G. Palmer

13. “Libertarian principles are very simple, but you can’t violate any of them and still call yourself Libertarian.” – John McAfee

14. “That’s libertarians for you—anarchists who want police protection from their slaves.” – Kim Stanley Robinson

15. “Libertarians believe consenting adults have the right to do whatever they choose, except band together.” – Emo Philips

Libertarian Quotes on Socialism

16. “Libertarians are essentially what the Republicans were 30 years ago. Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan. They’d all fit more under the Libertarian label than the modern day Republican label.” – Drew Carey

17. “The Jacksonians were libertarians, plain and simple. Their program and ideology were libertarian; they strongly favored free enterprise and free markets, but they just as strongly opposed special subsidies and monopoly privileges conveyed by the government to business or to any other group.” – Murray Rothbard

18. “Lots of us have been plugging away, building a platform to talk about libertarian communism and post-scarcity economics.” – Ash Sarkar

19. “Libertarian socialism is properly to be regarded as the inheritor of the liberal ideals of the Enlightenment.” – Noam Chomsky

20. “Everyone’s goals are the same with very small differences. I mean, the goal of a socialist and the goal of a libertarian are exactly the same. The goals are happiness and security and freedom, and you balance those.” – Penn Jillette

Libertarian Quotes From the Founding Fathers

21. “The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

22. “If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

23. “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” – Benjamin Franklin

24. “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

25. “What a man has honestly acquired is absolutely his own, which he may freely give, but cannot be taken from him without his consent.” – Samuel Adams

26. “The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.” – Thomas Jefferson

Informative Libertarian Quotes on Economics and Taxation

27. “I believe that the Libertarian movement is and should be more encompassing than the narrow-minded advocacy of economic anarchy.” – Augustus Sol Invictus

28. “Economics is sometimes associated with the study and defense of selfishness and material inequality, but it has an egalitarian and civil libertarian core that should be celebrated.” – Tyler Cowen

29. “But let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then, tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you—and why?” – Walter E. Williams

30. “I believe in taxation and health care that is outside the usual libertarian mandate because I don’t want people to have to suffer. It’s as simple as that.” – Neil Peart

31. “I took the obligatory economics classes in school, but I’ve long been a fan of the Milton Friedman philosophy and its libertarian bent: one must be free to do what one wants to do, as long as you don’t harm another. This is the seminal treatise on free-market economics.” – Charlie Trotter

32. “Countries adopting free-market capitalism have increased output 70-fold, halved workdays and doubled lifespans.” – Stefan Molyneux

Quotes That Show How Politicians, Critics, and Authors Perceive Libertarianism

33. “For libertarians, freedom entails the right of people to live their lives any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. For conservatives, freedom entails the right of government to do just about anything it wants, even if its conduct is violent.” – Jacob Hornberger

34. “A Libertarian society of unfettered individualism spreads its benefits to virtually everyone – not just those who have the resources to seize political power.” – Harry Browne

35. “That’s the first sign you know you’re a Libertarian. You see the red light. You stop. You realize that there’s not a car in sight. And you put your foot on the gas.” – Gary Johnson

36. “Whether you’re a libertarian liberal or a more egalitarian liberal, the idea is that justice means being non-judgmental with respect to the preferences people bring to public life.” – Michael Sandel

37. “Freedom is living without government coercion. So, when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less.” – Ron Paul

38. “No good libertarian I know wants us to completely isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. It’s not even possible. I mean there are economic ties—there are trade routes that need to be secured. You know international trade can’t happen if you don’t have open oceans.” – Dan Bongino

39. “Libertarianism is ‘cultish,’ say the sophisticates. Of course, there’s nothing cultish at all about allegiance to the state, with its flags, its songs, its mass murders, its little children saluting and paying homage to pictures of their dear leaders on the wall, etc.” – Thomas E. Woods Jr.

40. “There’s no way that a third party wins without being in the presidential debates. I think the vast majority of Americans are Libertarian; they just don’t know it.” – Gary Johnson

41. “Maybe it’s my libertarian philosophy, but being in government is hard.” – John Bolton

42. “My parents both defected from communist Hungary and were what most people would today call libertarian. I grew up with a general distaste for taxation and any policy that intruded on our lives.” – David Harsanyi

43. “In my view, as a country, we need to rediscover some of that skepticism about government and revisit that libertarian agenda.” – Charles Kennedy

Quotes Depicting the Ideals and Experiences of Some Libertarians

44. “I think I’m turning into a libertarian. I’m not part of the gaggle of Hollywood liberals. I gaggle for no one, and I’m not a liberal. I’m libo-conservo-rado-middle-of-the-roado.” – Richard Dreyfuss

45. “I’m a hardcore libertarian—I want everything legal—but I also believe that you have the right to free association.” – Penn Jillette

46. “Now, I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I do believe in the principles of Libertarianism as an ideal—because I’m an idealist.” – Neil Peart

47. “I am more of a constitutionalist libertarian.” – Dan Bilzerian

48. “I mean, I’ve always been a libertarian. Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want. Just stay out of everybody else’s hair.” – Clint Eastwood

49. “A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.” – Thomas Jefferson

50. “Well, I’m a libertarian conservative, so I believe in limited government/maximum individual freedom.” – John Bolton

51. “I stated that I’m a libertarian Republican, which means I believe in a series of issues, such as smaller government, the constraint on budget deficits, free markets, globalization, and a whole series of other things, including welfare reform.” – Alan Greenspan

52. “I’m an extreme libertarian, but I realize we’re in a democracy, and in a democracy, people can have views of all stripes, and there’s no reason to argue about it.” – Eugene Fama

53. “I’m not a complete libertarian. There is a proper role in some areas of the government to have rules and regulations—I’m not an anarchist.” – Jack Abramoff

Libertarian Quotes About the Government

54. “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: if it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan

55. “Libertarians make no exceptions to the golden rule and provide no moral loophole, no double standard, for the government.” – Murray N. Rothbard

56. “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” – Milton Friedman

57. “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” – Edward R. Murrow

58. “There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it.” – P. J. O’Rourke

59. “The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.” – Ludwig von Mises

60. “Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.” – Will Rogers

61. “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln

62. “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed—unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” – James Madison

63. “Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, the government gets bigger and you become less free.” – Harry Browne

64. “Economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics.” – Ludwig von Mises

Hilarious Libertarian Quotes That Will Have You Laughing

65. “A conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, and a libertarian is a conservative who’s been indicted.” – Jack Abramoff

66. “Libertarians are constantly arguing with each other who is the most pure libertarian and who is most ideologically pure.” – John Mackey

67. “I wish the Libertarian Party would get more play in the media but they don’t.” – Glenn Danzig

68. “I’m a libertarian. It’s a terrible word.” – John Stossel

69. “A Libertarian is someone who says you can be as liberal or conservative as you want to be, just don’t force others to be like you.” – Larry Sharpe

70. “I’m willing to zap conservatives when they do things that are not libertarian.” – William Safire

71. “That government is best, which governs least.” – Henry David Thoreau

72. “I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement—Libertarians—in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough.” – Christopher Hitchens

Quotes That Will Tell You More About Libertarianism

73. “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.” – Learned Hand

74. “He considered himself an anarchist, and his core beliefs were developing and supporting people’s right to freedom.” – Jim Smith

75. “The libertarian can have no truck with left or right because he regrets any form of authoritarianism.” – Leonard Read

76. “Libertarianism holds that the only proper role of violence is to defend person and property against violence, that any use of violence that goes beyond such just defense is itself aggressive, unjust, and criminal.” – Murray N. Rothbard

77. “If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself.” – Mikhail Bakunin

78. “If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.” – Friedrich Hayek

79. “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.” – Ludwig von Mises

80. “Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” – Milton Friedman

81. “Every single figure on Mount Rushmore was a third party at one time or another, so third parties become major parties, and I think that the Libertarian Party may become my major party.” – Gary Johnson

82. “Libertarians recognize the difference between adults and children, as well as differences between normal adults and adults who are insane or mentally hindered or retarded.” – Tom G. Palmer

Libertarian Quotes to Make You Reflect on Your Thoughts

83. “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” – Ronald Reagan

84. “Support for the arts—merde! A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!” – Robert A. Heinlein

85. “Libertarianism is a politics born to be subsidized. In the ‘free market of ideas,’ it is a sure winner.” – Thomas Frank

86. “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages.” – Adam Smith

87. “I am, at the Fed level, libertarian; at the state level, Republican; at the local level, Democrat; and at the family and friends level, a socialist. If that saying doesn’t convince you of the fatuousness of left versus right labels, nothing will.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

88. “No man owns me. All man can do is practice the timeless, criminal art of threatening to separate my soul from her physical host.” – Tiffany Madison

89. “The difference between libertarianism and socialism is that libertarians will tolerate the existence of a socialist community, but socialists can’t tolerate a libertarian community.” – David D. Boaz

90. “People are naturally born as Libertarians till governments and oppressive societies force them to adopt their ideologies and their ways.” – Hany Ghoraba

91. “Many people must be ruled to thrive. In their selfishness and greed, they see free people as their oppressors. They wish to have a leader who will cut the taller plants so the sun will reach them.” – Terry Goodkind

92. “When poverty declines, the need for government declines, which is why expecting the government to solve poverty is like expecting a tobacco company to mount an aggressive anti-smoking campaign.” – Stefan Molyneux

93. “While I may not agree with what you have to say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

94. “A great embarrassing fact—haunts all attempts to represent the market as the highest form of human freedom: that historically, impersonal, commercial markets originate in theft.” – David Graeber

95. “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster—for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

96. “All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out.” – Ludwig Von Mises

97. “Thing that got me was not her list of things she hated, since she was obviously crazy as a Cyborg, but fact that always somebody agreed with her prohibitions. Must be a yearning deep in the human heart to stop other people from doing as they please.” – Robert A. Heinlein

Libertarian Quotes That You Can Agree With

98. “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

99. “My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that’s because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism.” – Ann Coulter

100. “The libertarian worship of individual freedom, and contempt for social convention, comes easiest to people who have never really had to grow up.” – George Packer

101. “The libertarian position I once propounded now seems to me seriously inadequate, in part because it did not fully knit the humane considerations and joint cooperative activities it left room for more closely into its fabric.” – Robert Nozick

102. “Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.” – Penn Jillette

103. See, as a libertarian, I am actually far more liberal on the issue of immigration than many people might expect.” – Kat Timpf

104. “Any terrorism is an attack on libertarian values.” – P. J. O’Rourke

105. “I certainly have some very strong libertarian leanings, yes.” – Clarence Thomas

106. “Praxeology is a theoretical and systematic, not a historical, science. Its scope is human action as such, irrespective of all environmental, accidental, and individual circumstances of the concrete acts.” – Ludwig von Mises

107. “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Jack Kerouac

Libertarian Quotes Highlighting Political and Societal Realities

108. “Foreign aid goes from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.” – Rand Paul

109. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” – George Orwell

110. “The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.” – Thomas Sowell

111. “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” – Thomas Sowell

112. “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” – Ayn Rand

113. “A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” – Thomas Paine

114. “We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.” – Milton Friedman

115. “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” – Albert Einstein

116. “To disarm the people—was the best and most effective way to enslave them.” – George Mason

117. “Democracy is indispensable to socialism.” – Vladimir Lenin

118. “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill

119. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain

120. “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” – James Bovard

What Lessons Did This Teach You About the Importance of Liberty?

Freedom from an external force is what liberty entails. In fact, the government cannot deprive people of their fundamental rights.

To libertarians, equal rights for all people are essential. This is one of their most important core principles.

When people are free, we can make the world a better place for everyone. But, we must never forget that everything should come in moderation because too much of anything can also lead to some adverse effects.

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