The danger inherent in reform is that the cure may be worse than the disease…reformers are not on guard against unpredictable side effects which may divert the course of reform toward unwanted results. Moreover, quite often the social doctors become part of the disease.
We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.
Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
All leaders strive to turn their followers into children.
[A]bsolute power is the manifestation most inimical to human uniqueness.
The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity.
[M]en of power…their main purpose is the elimination or neutralization of the independent individual…every device they employ aims at turning men into a manipulable ‘animated instrument’ which is Aristotle’s definition of a slave.
The ability to get along without an exceptional leader is the mark of social vigor.
A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.
People unfit for freedom — who cannot do much with it — are hungry for power. The desire for freedom…says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities.