September 12, 1880. Died January 29, 1956.
American editor, essayist and social critic.
- I believe that
all government is evil, and that trying to improve it
is largely a waste of time.
- Every decent man
is ashamed of the government he lives under.
- A politician is
an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both
ears to the ground.
- No one ever went
broke underestimating the taste of the American
- All the
extravagance and incompetence of our present
Government is due, in the main, to lawyers, and, in
part at least, to good ones. They are responsible for
nine-tenths of the useless and vicious laws that now
clutter the statute-books, and for all the evils that
go with the vain attempt to enforce them. Every
Federal judge is a lawyer. So are most Congressmen.
Every invasion of the plain rights of the citizens has
a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged
tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory,
we'd be freer and safer, and our taxes would be
reduced by almost a half.