People I Consider Great

What better way to get to know someone than by knowing who they consider "great". And by great I mean someone whose ideas and life was/is incomparably large in importance and distinction. The only person in order is the first. The rest are an un-ordered list. I've hyperlinked them for context.

Joseph Smith
Thomas Sowell
Ludwig von Mises
Hugh Nibley
Albert Jay Nock
Murray Rothbard
Thomas Jefferson
Llewellyn Rockwell
Norman Borlaug
Stanislaw Burzynski
Ron Paul

And here're some of my favorite quotes:

"I seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country." - Moroni in the Book of Alma, 60:36

"Only among free men do pioneers emerge." - Leonard Read, Founder of FEE

"By what right do men exercise power over each other?" - Auberon Herbert

“… [A] wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government ….” - Thomas Jefferson

"Security is mostly superstition." - Helen Keller

"True conservationists know that the world is not given by our fathers but borrowed from our children." - Audubon

"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul." - Ghandi

"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance." - Murray Rothbard

"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - John Stark

"'I want to keep what I earn' is regarded as greedy and unenlightened. 'I want to take what you earn' is regarded as selfless and progressive." - Donald J. Boudreaux

"A citizen who casts his ballot without having to the best of his abilities studied as much economics as he can fails in his civic duties." - Ludwig von Mises

"Let anyone do anything he pleases that's peaceful or creative.... Limit society's agency of organized force - government - to juridical and policing functions...; let the government do this and leave all else to the free, unfettered market!" -Leonard Read

"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." - H. L. Mencken

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken

"The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic." - H.L. Mencken

"A man may act as his conscience dictates so long as he does not infringe upon the rights of others. That is the spirit of true democracy, and all government by the Priesthood should be actuated by that same high motive." - David O. McKay

"In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. When truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble." - Ron Paul

"[W]hat can be more absurd in Nature and contrary to all common sense, than to call him Thief and kill him that comes alone or with a few to rob me; and to call him Lord Protector and obey him that robs me with regiments and troops?" - William Allen

‎"If you wish to know how libertarians regard the State and any of its acts, simply think of the State as a criminal band, and all of the libertarian attitudes will logically fall into place." - Murray Rothbard

‎"Force and compulsion will never establish the ideal society." - David O. McKay

"Only libertarianism is truly radical. Only we can complete the unfinished revolution of our great forebears, the bringing of the world from the realm of despotism into the realm of freedom." - Murray Rothbard

"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty." - Albert Einstein

‎"As to your families my counsel is, never lay down your authority to a wife or child, but treat them so kindly they will never want to leave you." - Brigham Young

"I am persuaded that violent fathers produce violent sons. I am satisfied that such punishment in most instances does more damage than good. Children don’t need beating. They need love and encouragement. They need fathers to whom they can look with respect rather than fear. Above all, they need example." - Gordon B. Hinckley