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The first census in 1790 asked just six questions:
by Tom G. Palmer

The first census in 1790 asked just six questions:
the name of the head of the household,
the number of free white males older than 16,
the number of free white males younger than 16,
the number of free white females, the number of other free persons,
and the number of slaves.
- Tom G. Palmer

Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply
impose obligations on others,
for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated.
- Tom G. Palmer

Group personification obscures, rather than illuminates,
important political questions.
- Tom G. Palmer

Obviously, all of us have been influenced by those around us.
- Tom G. Palmer

 

It is obvious that different individuals require different things to live good,
healthy, and virtuous lives.
- Tom G. Palmer

But there is no obvious reason for holding that some
normal adults are entitled to make choices for other normal adults,
as paternalists of both left and right believe.
- Tom G. Palmer

What libertarians assert is simply that differences
among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights.
- Tom G. Palmer

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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

The reason the government sells the census as your
ticket to getting goodies -
rather than as your civic duty -
is that distributing goodies is now all the government does.
- Tom G. Palmer

To repeat, communitarians maintain that we are constituted
as persons by our particular obligations,
and therefore those obligations cannot be a matter of choice.
- Tom G. Palmer

The government has become a mechanism for distributing largess,
and your census form is your ticket.
- Tom G. Palmer

Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying
to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem;
it does not require a belief in abstract entities.
- Tom G. Palmer

Guardians are necessary for children and abnormal adults,
because they cannot make responsible choices for themselves.
- Tom G. Palmer

It is precisely because neither individuals nor small
groups can be fully self-sufficient that cooperation
is necessary to human survival and flourishing.
- Tom G. Palmer

Most Europeans have no idea how wild life can be in north America.
- Tom G. Palmer

Libertarians typically argue that particular obligations,
at least under normal circumstances,
must be created by consent; they cannot be unilaterally imposed by others.
- Tom G. Palmer

Obligations may be universal or particular.
- Tom G. Palmer

If an individual is born with the obligation to obey,
who is born with the right to command?
- Tom G. Palmer

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

Libertarians argue that no normal adult has the right
to impose choices on other normal adults,
except in abnormal circumstances, such as when one
person finds another unconscious and administers medical
assistance or calls an ambulance.
- Tom G. Palmer

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Okay, here's your first lesson: how to take a FALL!
- the movie Karate Kid

The first quality that is needed is audacity.
- Winston Churchill


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