Note # 1
"The State! What is it? Where is it? What does it do? What should it do? We only know that it is a mysterious being; and, it is certainly the most petitioned, the most harassed, the most bustling, the most advised, the most reproached, the most invoked, and the most challenged of any being in the world."
Note # 2
"...you have designed Utopias, and if so, that you are looking to The State for the realization of them."
Note # 3
"The hundred thousand mouths of the press and of the platform cry out all at once—"
- Organize work and the workmen. Cover the country with railways. Irrigate the plains.
- Reforest the hills.
- Establish model farms.
- Educate the youth.
- Assist the aged.
- Equalize the profits of all trades.
- Lend money without interest to all who wish to borrow.
- Restrict commerce.
Note # 4
"The mission of The State is to enlighten, to develop, to ennoble, to strengthen, and to sanctify the soul of the people."
Note # 5
"...it has been proven that The State has no means of granting privileges to some without adding to the labor of others."
Note # 6
"The State is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody."
Note # 7
"The State quickly perceives the advantages it can derive from the role entrusted to it by the public. It will be the judge, the master of the destinies of all. It will take a lot: then much will remain for itself. It will multiply the number of its agents, and increase its functions, until it finally acquires crushing proportions."
Note # 8
"I contend that the personification of The State has been in the past and will be in the future, a fertile source of calamities and revolutions. There is the public on one side, The State on the other, considered as two distinct beings; the latter obligated to bestow upon the former, the former having the right to claim from the latter a flood of human benefits."
Note # 9
"The State has two hands, one for receiving and the other for giving—a rough hand and a smooth one. The activity of the second is necessarily subordinate to the activity of the first."
Note # 10
"It is utterly impossible for it to confer a specific benefit upon some of the individuals who make up the community, without inflicting a greater injury upon the community as a whole."
Note # 11
"Our demands, therefore, place The State in an obvious dilemma! If it refuses to grant the requested benefit, it is accused of weakness, and incapacity. If it tries to grant their requests, it is obliged to load the people with increased taxes—to do more harm than good—and to bring upon itself general displeasure from another quarter."
Note # 12
"To live upon credit, that is, to exhaust the future, is certainly a temporary method of reconciling them—an attempt to do a little good now, at the expense of a great deal of harm in the future."
Note # 13
"Citizens! At all times, two political systems have been in existence, and each can justify itself with good reasons. According to one of them, The State should do a lot, but then it should take a lot. According to the other, this twofold activity ought to be limited. We have to choose between these two systems."