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The following quotations about liberty and power have been selected from titles in the Online Library of Liberty.

Quotations about Property Rights

"Property Rights"

[Compiled: March 31, 2013]


Since the OLL went live to the public in March 2004 we have had a quote of the week to highlight some of the interesting content we have in the library. To date [March31, 2013] there are 408 quotes in the collection. See the entire list of quotations in chronological order of date of appearance or by theme. The quotations are organized into the following themes:

Colonies, Slavery & Abolition | Economics | Education | Food & Drink | Free Trade | Freedom of Speech | Law | Liberty | Literature & Music | Money & Banking | Natural Rights | Odds & Ends | Origin of Government | Parties & Elections | Philosophy | Politics & Liberty | Presidents, Kings, Tyrants, & Despots | Property Rights | Religion & Toleration | Revolution | Science | Socialism & Interventionism | Sport and Liberty | Taxation | The State | War & Peace | Women's Rights

Below we list all the qutotations on the theme of "Property Rights" [the links will take you to the full quote in the OLL. The passages in bold are the parts of the quote which appeared on the front page of the website]:

  1. (18 February, 2013) Say on a person’s property right in their own “industrious faculties” (1819)
  2. (7 May, 2012) - Molinari defends the right to property against the socialists who want to overthrow it, and the conservatives who defend it poorly (1849)
  3. (30 April, 2012) - Auberon Herbert on the “magic of private property” (1897)
  4. (18 October, 2010) - Auberon Herbert on compulsory taxation as the “citadel” of state power (1885)
  5. (5 April, 2010) - Gaius states that according to natural reason the first occupier of any previously unowned property becomes the just owner (2nd Century)
  6. (15 February, 2010) - Wollaston on crimes against person or property as contradictions of fundamental truths (1722)
  7. (7 September, 2009) - James Mill on the natural disposition to accumulate property (1808).
  8. (6 October, 2008) - Lysander Spooner spells out his theory of “mine and thine”, or the science of natural law and justice, which alone can ensure that mankind lives in peace (1882)
  9. (4 September, 2008) - Sir William Blackstone argues that occupancy of previously unowned land creates a natural right to that property which excludes others from it (1753)
  10. (10 March, 2008) - Lord Kames states that the “hoarding appetite” is part of human nature and that it is the foundation of our notion of property rights (1779)
  11. (26 February, 2007) - Thomas Hodgskin argues for a Lockean notion of the right to property (“natural”) and against the Benthamite notion that property rights are created by the state (“artificial”) (1832)
  12. (24 February, 2007) - J.B. Say on the self-evident nature of property rights which is nevertheless violated by the state in taxation and slavery (1817)
  13. (2 January, 2006) - J.S. Mill's great principle was that “over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign” (1859)
  14. (15 November, 2004) - Wolowski and Levasseur argue that Property is “the fruit of human liberty” and that Violence and Conquest have done much to disturb this natural order (1884)
  15. (6 September, 2004) - John Taylor on how a “sound freedom of property” can destroy the threat to Liberty posed by “an adoration of military fame” and oppressive governments (1820)