Quotes and Sayings about Property



"Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty."
- John Adams
(Related: Liberty, Mankind, Property, Right)

"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can."
- Samuel Adams
(Related: Life, First, Rights, Liberty, Property)

"The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Power, Being, Man, Rules)

"The intellectual property situation is bad and getting worse. To be a programmer, it requires that you understand as much law as you do technology."
- Eric Allman
(Related: Technology, Law, Property)

"The relative property of the Son is to be begotten, that is, so to proceed from the Father as to be a participant of the same essence and perfectly carry on the Father's nature."
- William Ames
(Related: Nature, Father, Son, Property)

"It's a remake of a film called Inferno Affairs. It's a Hong Kong film, and if we come anywhere close to what they did in the original, we're going to have a hot property on our hands, because Inferno Affairs is a great piece."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Film, Property)

"There is no rule without revolts and conspiracies, even as there is no property without work and worry."
- Ivo Andric
(Related: Work, Property, Worry)

"The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more."
- Aristotle
(Related: Beginning, Desire, Property, Reform)

"Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers."
- Aristotle
(Related: Men, Democracy, Property)

"It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition."
- Aristotle
(Related: Business, Men, Property)

"When a system is considered in two different states, the difference in volume or in any other property, between the two states, depends solely upon those states themselves and not upon the manner in which the system may pass from one state to the other."
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Related: Difference, May, Property, State, states)

"We have to make their livelihoods viable, get them the proper prices for their produce, try and make them stay rather than sell their property and leave again."
- Paddy Ashdown
(Related: Property)

"Some people really trip on success or popularity. My friends would talk to me about that, about tripping on all this stuff, but you know what I tripped on? I started buying property."
- Roy Ayers
(Related: Success, People, Buying, Friends, Popularity, Property, Talk)

"There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits."
- Thomas Babington
(Related: Community, Contradiction, Habits, May, Opinions, Property, Rest, Saying)

"Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions."
- Roger Babson
(Related: Money, Health, Power, Knowledge, Character, May, Property, Will)

"I just want everyone to know that 20,000 gun laws in the United States are unconstitutional. They infringe on your right to protect your life, the lives of your loved ones, and your property."
- Michael Badnarik
(Related: Life, Laws, Property, Right, states, United, Want)

"I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself... I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal."
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Related: Control, Goal, Wealth, Class, Communism, Ownership, Property, Socialism, State)

"Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: Cancer, Linux, Property, Sense)

"To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Pleasure, Property)

"The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority."
- George Bancroft
(Related: Government, People, Development, Authority, Opinion, Property, Public, Public opinion)

"I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods. It's a tricky thing to try to own something that remains in your possession even after you give it to many others."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: Economy, Possession, Property)

"Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property."
- Frederic Bastiat
(Related: God, Liberty, Property, Right)

"Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place."
- Frederic Bastiat
(Related: Men, Life, Fact, First, Laws, Liberty, Property)

"I wish to note that intellectual property theft by a government represents the very essence of organized crime."
- Howard Berman
(Related: Government, Crime, Property, Theft)

"Land: A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Society, Control, Earth, Land, Ownership, Property, Theory)

"Abscond - to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Property)

"So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community."
- William Blackstone
(Related: Community, Law, Property, Will)

"The Secret Doctrine is the common property of the countless millions of men born under various climates, in times with which History refuses to deal, and to which esoteric teachings assign dates incompatible with the theories of Geology and Anthropology."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: History, Men, Anthropology, Doctrine, Property, Theories)

"A property in the 100-year floodplain has a 96 percent chance of being flooded in the next hundred years without global warming. The fact that several years go by without a flood does not change that probability."
- Earl Blumenauer
(Related: Change, Being, Chance, Fact, Global warming, Property, Years)

"Part of the American dream is to own your own property - something no one can take from you."
- Henry Bonilla
(Related: Dream, American, Property)

"The principal purpose of the Democratic Party is to use the force of government to take property away from the people who earn it and give it to people who do not."
- Neal Boortz
(Related: Government, People, Purpose, Force, Party, Property)

"At one point, when I was 20 and living in Kentucky, I got shot - it was a land dispute over six inches of property that ran a hundred yards through my grandfather's land. It was really over the honor of my family and that of another family."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Family, Honor, Kentucky, Land, Living, Property)

"Only the old are innocent. That is what the Victorians understood, and the Christians. Original sin is a property of the young. The old grow beyond corruption very quickly."
- Malcolm Bradbury
(Related: Corruption, Old, Property, Sin)

"My home was 25 miles from the gulf, and I did not want to see it become a shorefront property."
- John Breaux
(Related: Home, Property, Want)

"I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property."
- Norman O. Brown
(Related: Personality, Property)

"We all lived in the same house, or most of us did. And as far as I can make out we were confined to the property, because at twenty-four hours' notice we'd have to do a gig somewhere. So you couldn't leave the building for more than twelve hours in case a gig came through."
- Bill Bruford
(Related: Building, Property)

"The EU and the U.S. often work together to develop international standards. This is the case in fighting terrorism and transnational crime, advancing trade liberalization, and combating piracy and intellectual property violations."
- John Bruton
(Related: Work, Crime, Fighting, Property, Terrorism, Trade)

"Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Health, Conscience, Property)

"Even in November 1938, after five years of anti-Semitic legislation and persecution, they still owned, according to the Times correspondent in Berlin, something like a third of the real property in the Reich."
- Arthur Bryant
(Related: Legislation, Persecution, Property, Years)

"In a system where the cost of care is hidden by taxes levied on your income, property, and business activities, it is no wonder why so many Americans rely on Medicaid to pay their long term care."
- Michael Burgess
(Related: Business, Americans, Care, Income, Property, Taxes, Wonder)

"A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Dream, Man, Property)

"Why not pool your resources? And so we broke into the concept of the sacredness of private property."
- Barbara Castle
(Related: Property)

"It seems the most logical thing in the world to believe that the natural resources of the Earth, upon which the race depends for food, clothing and shelter, should be owned collectively by the race instead of being the private property of a few social parasites."
- Ralph Chaplin
(Related: Food, Being, Earth, Property, Race, World)

"The law of the Creator, which invests every human being with an inalienable title to freedom, cannot be repealed by any interior law which asserts that man is property."
- Salmon P. Chase
(Related: Being, Freedom, Law, Man, Property)

"Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: May, Property, Respect)

"Private property is a very fundamental and very long-term institution."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Property)

"Killing the private property-that was the center of the Marxist economy and Marxist ideology. That was the center of the Lenin ideology."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Economy, Ideology, Killing, Property)

"The Bolsheviks started not just on the killing of private property; they were trying to abolish money itself."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Money, Killing, Property, Trying)

"Neither can men, by the same principles, be considered as lands, goods, or houses, among possessions. It is necessary that all property should be inferiour to its possessor. But how does the slave differ from his master, but by chance?"
- Thomas Clarkson
(Related: Men, Chance, Houses, Possessions, Principles, Property)

"So use your own property as not to injure that of another."
- Edward Coke
(Related: Property)

"Women do two thirds of the world's work. Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor."
- Barber B. Conable, Jr.
(Related: Women, Work, Income, Poor, Property, World)

"Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Rights, Property)

"I never say too much about that in public interviews, because it disappoints the public to tell them you're not that crazy about a property you did that possibly they liked."
- Jackie Cooper
(Related: Property, Public)

"The Olympic Spirit is neither the property of one race nor of one age."
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Related: Age, Property, Race, Spirit)

"The interest which lay behind Federalism was that of well-to-do citizens in a stable political and social order, and this interest aroused them to favor and to seek some form of political organization which was capable of protecting their property and promoting its interest."
- Herbert Croly
(Related: Interest, Order, Property)

"The electronic spectrum is the only natural resource in which there's no such thing as private property rights. You can't own a piece of the spectrum."
- Adrian Cronauer
(Related: Rights, Property)

"It has been my aim throughout present operations to afford the greatest amount of protection to life and property interests, and troops have been stationed accordingly."
- George Crook
(Related: Life, Present, Property, Protection, Troops)

"Private property began the instant somebody had a mind of his own."
- e. e. cummings
(Related: Mind, Property)

"In the present state of our knowledge, it would be useless to attempt to speculate on the remote cause of the electrical energy... its relation to chemical affinity is, however, sufficiently evident. May it not be identical with it, and an essential property of matter?"
- Humphry Davy
(Related: Knowledge, Cause, Energy, May, Present, Property, State)

"Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Property)

"I actually do my own renovations. I designed and built a 100-foot split-cedar rail fence to enclose my property. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Don't recommend doing it alone. I also built a 100-square-foot back porch. Again, don't recommend doing it alone."
- Jeffrey Donovan
(Related: Property)

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: Society, Class, Ignorance, Justice, Poverty, Property, Will)

"Every day President Bush and Congress refuse to fulfill their obligation to special ed is another day Wisconsin property taxpayers are stuck with the bill. It's unfair, irresponsible and must stop."
- Jim Doyle
(Related: Congress, Day, Obligation, President, Property)

"Property has its duties as well as its rights."
- Thomas Drummond
(Related: Rights, Property)

"From the business point of view - not to overstate it - intellectual property is dead; long live intellectual process. Long live service; long live performance."
- Esther Dyson
(Related: Business, Performance, Property, Service)

"The definition of winning has become distorted. If winning the rights to a property brings with it hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, what have you won? When faced with the prospect of heavy financial losses, we have consistently walked away and have done so again."
- Dick Ebersol
(Related: Financial, Winning, Rights, Property)

"Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property."
- Maria Edgeworth
(Related: Religion, Morality, People, Property, Talk)

"Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Men, Truth, Property, Treasure)

"Property is a nuisance."
- Paul Erdos
(Related: Property)

"God hates violence. He has ordained that all men fairly possess their property, not seize it."
- Euripides
(Related: Men, God, Property, Violence)

"Our flag represents every American and it should not be hidden away as a result of property agreements."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: American, Property, Result)

"I'm a human being I'm not a piece of property. I am not a consignment of goods."
- Curt Flood
(Related: Being, Property)

"We've got horse property and there's other stuff to do. Like, four wheel driving, we barbeque, drink beers, sit around and play guitars and have a merry 'ol time."
- Lita Ford
(Related: Time, Driving, Play, Property)

"Challenging unfairly subsidized products, fighting counterfeit goods and intellectual property theft and holding countries accountable for an unfair currency regime will help American companies remain competitive."
- Virginia Foxx
(Related: American, Countries, Fighting, Help, Property, Theft, Will)

"Because animals are property, we consider as "humane treatment" that we would regard as torture if it were inflicted on humans."
- Gary L. Francione
(Related: Animals, Property)

"I just want Texas to be number one in something other than executions, toll roads and property taxes."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Property, Taxes, Want)

"Authority is not a quality one person "has," in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Quality, Authority, Property, Sense)

"The fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that no private property shall be taken for a public use without the payment of just compensation."
- Elton Gallegly
(Related: Constitution, Property, Public)

"Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Life, Property)

"If China wants to be a constructive, active player in the world economy, it's got to respect intellectual property rights or it makes it pretty impossible to do business with them."
- Dan Glickman
(Related: Business, Economy, Rights, Pretty, Property, Respect, World)

"Moreover, in Russia there was an enormous amount of landed property to be divided, large estates, crown lands, government land, and the estates held by the monasteries."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: Government, Land, Property, Russia)

"Let me respond with a few points, the first being that all immigrants pay taxes, income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, cigarette taxes, every tax when they make a purchase."
- Luis Gutierrez
(Related: Being, First, Tax, Income, Property, Sales, Taxes)

"Indeed, our particular concept of private property, which deters us from exhausting the positive resources of the earth, favors pollution."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Positive, Earth, Favors, Pollution, Property)

"In an approximate way, the logic of commons has been understood for a long time, perhaps since the discovery of agriculture or the invention of private property in real estate."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Time, Agriculture, Discovery, Invention, Logic, Property)

"But as population became denser, the natural chemical and biological recycling processes became overloaded, calling for a redefinition of property rights."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Rights, Population, Property, Recycling)

"In six short years, small business owners and family farmers will once again be assessed a tax on the value of their property at the time of their death, despite having paid taxes throughout their lifetime."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Business, Family, Time, Death, Tax, Property, Taxes, Value, Will, Years)

"An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think."
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Related: Idea, Property, Thinking)

"The older view of the nature of heat was that it is a substance, very fine and imponderable indeed, but indestructible, and unchangeable in quantity, which is an essential fundamental property of all matter."
- Hermann von Helmholtz
(Related: Nature, Property, Quantity)

"I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion."
- Patrick Henry
(Related: Religion, Family, Christian, Now, Property)

"While Congress can't overturn the Supreme Court, we can provide carrots and sticks to prevent local governments from unfairly taking property from landowners."
- Stephanie Herseth
(Related: Congress, Court, Property)

"It was at the beginning of all this tabloid frenzy. Our garbage was being gone through, and we were involved in all these chases getting home, and people camping out on our property to get pictures."
- Lauren Holly
(Related: Home, People, Beginning, Being, Camping, Property)

"Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Honor, Party, Property)

"I think that zinc white has a property of scaling and cracking."
- Edward Hopper
(Related: Property)

"Labor diligently to increase your property."
- Horace
(Related: Labor, Property)

"We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution."
- Charles Evans Hughes
(Related: Constitution, Judges, Liberty, Property)

"It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Idea, Democracy, May, Property)

"Few rich men own their property; their property owns them."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Men, Property)

"Those people who want to express their religious beliefs on public property should enjoy the same rights that we provide to those protesting the war in Iraq."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: War, People, Beliefs, Rights, Iraq, Property, Public, Religious, Want)

"Our economic freedom is founded on individual property rights; government should never be permitted to take those away."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Government, Freedom, Rights, Property)

"As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Government, People, Conscience, Rights, Liberty, Press, Property, Will, Worth)

"No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent."
- John Jay
(Related: Power, Earth, Property, Right)

"When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Trust, Man, Property, Public, Public trust)

"The earth is the Lord's. Psalm 24 basically says the earth is God's property. We have been given the privilege and responsibility of living on earth to see it isn't ruined."
- Allen Johnson
(Related: God, Earth, Living, Privilege, Property, Responsibility)

"Around the property I have here, I'm about to put an all weather race track. I'm about to build stables. I'm about to ship over a couple of my thoroughbreds from England."
- Davy Jones
(Related: England, Property, Race, Weather)

"I own property in a quiet little town of Pennsylvania."
- Davy Jones
(Related: Property, Quiet)

"We do not deride the fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and the deprived."
- June Jordan
(Related: America, Nation, Property, Reason, Violence)

"The courts cannot garnish a father's salary, nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat."
- June Jordan
(Related: Car, Society, Father, Children, Property)

"The fact is, that with the creation of the Jewish state in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Jews fled Arab countries, almost all of whom left behind all their property for which compensation was never paid."
- Meir Kahane
(Related: Countries, Creation, Fact, Property, State)

"When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities."
- Jack Kemp
(Related: People, Opportunity, Jobs, Ownership, Property)

"The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned about your family's income, to be personally concerned about your future. This is hard work."
- Mikhail Khodorkovsky
(Related: Time, Work, Family, Duty, Future, Hard work, Income, Property, Right)

"What everybody misses here is that we are doing the same thing my father did. He licensed and litigated and protected his property, and we have to follow the same tradition, because the way the law reads, if you don't protect it, you lose it."
- Dexter S. King
(Related: Father, Law, Property, Tradition)

"Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Life, Being, Earth, Rights, Man, Property, Respect)

"It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause."
- Michael Kinsley
(Related: Equality, Activism, Liberals, Property, Protection)

"Almost any government activity can also be seen as taking property "without just compensation." The basic model of an unconstitutional "taking" would be if the government threw you out of your house."
- Michael Kinsley
(Related: Government, Property)

"It's a piece of property that, if you're going to have a development out here, you need to have a golf course because you need to take care of the effluent water being created by the development."
- Tom Kite
(Related: Development, Being, Care, Golf, Property, Water)

"We must have the time to create strict rules so that property is not sold by Communist managers for a low price. They often get payments under the table to sell to the first bidder. This does not build public support for a market economy."
- Vaclav Klaus
(Related: Time, Economy, First, Managers, Property, Public, Rules, Support)

"In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of institutions that give precedence to the property rights of "the Haves" over the human rights of "the Have Nots" is inevitably called into serious question."
- David Korten
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Inequality, Property, Question, World)

"The real protection of life and property, always and everywhere."
- Rose Wilder Lane
(Related: Life, Property, Protection)

"Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue. Society as a whole has complex issues to face here: private ownership vs. open source, and so on."
- Tim Berners Lee
(Related: Legal, Society, Open, Ownership, Property)

"Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery."
- Daniel De Leon
(Related: Power, Civilization, Man, Property, Right, Slavery)

"Notwithstanding the fact that the most innovative and progressive space we've seen - the Internet - has been the place where intellectual property has been least respected. You know, facts don't get in the way of this ideology."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Fact, Facts, Ideology, Internet, Property, Space)

"So uncritically do we accept the idea of property in culture that we don't even question when the control of that property removes our ability, as a people, to develop our culture democratically."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: People, Idea, Control, Ability, Culture, Property, Question)

"A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Artists, Culture, Property)

"Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Progress, Selling, Americans, Property, Protection)

"A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Anarchy, Culture, Freedom, Property)

"Unionization, as opposed to communism, presupposes the relation of employment; it is based upon the wage system and it recognizes fully and unreservedly the institution of private property and the right to investment profit."
- John L. Lewis
(Related: Communism, Investment, Profit, Property, Right, Wage)

"Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main ballpark."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Freedom, Property)

"In Venezuela, with Chavez, is really an incredible revolution - a democratic revolution. To begin to put in place things that are going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela. The property owners and the folks who then controlled the media in Venezuela rebelled - worked, frankly, with folks here in the U.S. government - worked to oust him. But he came back with another revolution, and then Chavez began to take very seriously the media in his country. And we've had complaints about this ever since."
- Mark Lloyd
(Related: Government, People, Complaints, Country, Revolution, Media, Property)

"Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself."
- John Locke
(Related: Man, Property, Right)

"Where there is no property there is no injustice."
- John Locke
(Related: Injustice, Property)

"The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property."
- John Locke
(Related: Men, Society, Property, Reason)

"Government has no other end, but the preservation of property."
- John Locke
(Related: Government, End, Property)

"Our private property must be sacrificed."
- Dolley Madison
(Related: Property)

"I am accordingly ready; I have pressed as many Cabinet papers into trunks as to fill one carriage; our private property must be sacrificed, as it is impossible to procure wagons for its transportation."
- Dolley Madison
(Related: Property)

"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions."
- James Madison
(Related: Power, Excess, Man, Opinions, Possessions, Property)

"The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted."
- James Madison
(Related: Government, Rights, Property, Protection)

"The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right."
- James Madison
(Related: Property, Protection, Right)

"The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government."
- James Madison
(Related: Government, Diversity, First, Rights, Property, Protection)

"As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights."
- James Madison
(Related: Rights, Man, May, Property)

"By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt."
- James Madison
(Related: Hatred, Labor, Luxury, Pride, Property, Vanity, Vice)

"A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them."
- James Madison
(Related: Communication, Man, Opinions, Property)

"I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property."
- James Madison
(Related: Government, Doubt, Laws, Misery, Property, Will)

"We cannot but feel uneasy about the losses caused by humanity themselves. Apart from the losses of life and property in destructive wars, the environment and natural resources are also being destroyed by human hands."
- Nong Duc Manh
(Related: Life, Being, Environment, Humanity, Property)

"The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Communism, May, Property, Theory)

"But please know, whether you believe campaign contributions are speech or property, that I learned to love very dearly the right of free expression when I lived without that freedom for a while a long time ago."
- John McCain
(Related: Love, Time, Expression, Freedom, Property, Right, Speech)

"Private ownership of property is vital to both our freedom and our prosperity."
- Cathy McMorris
(Related: Freedom, Ownership, Property, Prosperity)

"People in Eastern Washington should be confident in knowing that the government will not come and seize their property or farm land. Legislation is needed to correct this decision and restore the principle of having limited government involvement."
- Cathy McMorris
(Related: Government, People, Decision, Land, Legislation, Property, Washington, Will)

"There are certain things that are inherently scarce. For example, there is only a certain amount of beachfront property in California. It is going to be scarce, it is going to be expensive."
- Ralph Merkle
(Related: Example, Property)

"This is how psychiatry has functioned-as a kind of property arm of the government, who can put you away if your husband doesn't like you."
- Kate Millett
(Related: Government, Husband, Property, Psychiatry)

"In those days, when you got boxed, that was it. A lot of old people were there because somebody wanted the farm. It was about property. People are treated like property."
- Kate Millett
(Related: People, Old, Property)

"If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization."
- Ludwig von Mises
(Related: History, Civilization, Property)

"National honor is the national property of the highest value."
- James Monroe
(Related: Honor, Property, Value)

"The financial history of the Baltimore and Ohio since the close of the nineteenth century is interesting chiefly in connection with changes in the control of the property."
- John Moody
(Related: History, Control, Financial, Connection, Property)

"An offensive war, I believe to be wrong and would therefore have nothing to do with it, having no right to meddle with another man's property, his ox or his ass, his man servant or his maid servant or anything this is his."
- Daniel Morgan
(Related: War, Man, Nothing, Property, Right, Wrong)

"The Gen. Commanding, takes this means of informing the people that he has not come among them to disturb them in the enjoyment of their rights, either of person or property."
- John H. Morgan
(Related: People, Enjoyment, Rights, Property)

"It is the lash of hunger which compels the poor man to submit. In order to live he must sell - 'voluntarily' sell - himself every day and hour to the 'beast of property.'"
- Johann Most
(Related: Day, Hunger, Man, Order, Poor, Property)

"He who negates present society, and seeks social conditions based on the sharing of property, is a revolutionary whether he calls himself an anarchist or a communist."
- Johann Most
(Related: Society, Present, Property, Sharing)

"Anarchists are socialists because they want the improvement of society, and they are communists because they are convinced that such a transformation of society can only result from the establishment of a commonwealth of property."
- Johann Most
(Related: Society, Improvement, Property, Result, Want)

"The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of."
- Gilbert Murray
(Related: Happiness, Life, Liberty, Man, Mercy, Property, Quarrels, World)

"People recognize intellectual property the same way they recognize real estate. People understand what property is. But it's a new kind of property, and so the understanding uses new control surfaces. It uses a new way of defining the property."
- Michael Nesmith
(Related: People, Control, Property, Understanding)

"City government can and must help San Franciscans prepare for emergencies in order to avoid tragedy where possible and minimize loss of life and property when emergencies occur."
- Gavin Newsom
(Related: Government, Life, Help, Loss, Order, Property, Tragedy)

"Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles... respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law... or, in a word justice."
- Max Nordau
(Related: Equality, Life, Civilization, Justice, Law, Principles, Property, Punishment, Respect, Word)

"Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared."
- Henri Nouwen
(Related: Life, Illusion, Property, Violence)

"The whole notion of land property rights in the Arab world is different from that in Europe."
- William Odom
(Related: Europe, Rights, Land, Property, World)

"While I believe our Constitution allows for State and local governments to execute the power of eminent domain for those purposes that specifically serve the public good, condemning property solely to implement economic development plans is not serving the public good."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: Power, Development, Constitution, Property, Public, State)

"Soon afterwards I studied the inversion of sugar in the light of these considerations and immediately found that this classical reaction, too, was determined quantitatively by the same property of the acids, as was of course to be expected from the previous results."
- Wilhelm Ostwald
(Related: Light, Property, Results)

"Property in man, always morally unjust, has become nationally dangerous."
- Robert Dale Owen
(Related: Man, Property)

"Of the unjust rights which in virtue of this ceremony an iniquitous law gives me over the person and property of another, I cannot legally, but I can morally, divest myself."
- Robert Dale Owen
(Related: Virtue, Ceremony, Rights, Law, Property)

"Property that endangers the safety of a nation should not be suffered to remain in the hands of its citizens."
- Robert Dale Owen
(Related: Nation, Property, Safety)

"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Law, Order, Property, World)

"We are angry about paying the highest income taxes and property taxes in the nation and getting less and less for it. We are angry about our incompetent, dysfunctional government that pays no attention to the desires of the people. We are angry about the cesspool of corruption and conflicts of interests and self-dealing that is Albany."
- Carl Paladino
(Related: Government, People, Attention, Corruption, Income, Nation, Property, Self, Taxes)

"There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion."
- Emmeline Pankhurst
(Related: Life, Care, Enemy, Meeting, Property, Rebellion, Security)

"Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property. Obedience is the premium which we pay for it."
- William Penn
(Related: Justice, Obedience, Property)

"Reforming public education, cutting property taxes, fixing adult and child protective services and funding our budget can all occur when Democrats and Republicans engage in consensus and cooperation - not cynicism and combat."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Education, Cooperation, Cynicism, Democrats, Property, Public, Republicans, Taxes)

"Strict justice would demand total confiscation of your property, personal imprisonment and fines."
- Zebulon Pike
(Related: Imprisonment, Justice, Property)

"Property is unstable, and youth perishes in a moment. Life itself is held in the grinning fangs of Death, Yet men delay to obtain release from the world. Alas, the conduct of mankind is surprising."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Life, Men, Death, Delay, Mankind, Property, World, Youth)

"Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is exploitation of the strong by the weak."
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(Related: Communism, Exploitation, Inequality, Property)

"Property is theft."
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(Related: Property, Theft)

"The possessions of the rich are stolen property."
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(Related: Possessions, Property)

"Hawaii is the best form of comfort for me. When I die, I want to be cremated, and I want half my ashes spread in the Pacific around the island, the rest on the property."
- Richard Pryor
(Related: Comfort, Property, Rest, Want)

"Without that sense of security which property gives, the land would still be uncultivated."
- Francois Quesnay
(Related: Land, Property, Security, Sense)

"It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man."
- Francois Rabelais
(Related: Laughter, Man, Property, Tears)

"Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Work, Body, Rights, Man, Property, Reality, Results)

"There is a deliberate and quite outspoken attack on the whole idea of people owning private property."
- Dixie Lee Ray
(Related: People, Idea, Property)

"He has called for a repeal of the Fifth Amendment as it affects the right of private property."
- Dixie Lee Ray
(Related: Property, Right)

"The slaves of socialism are slaves, but they are no one's property and therefore no one's loss."
- George Reisman
(Related: Loss, Property, Socialism)

"Our industry is full of all sorts of eccentricities and one of them is owning property."
- Cliff Richard
(Related: Property)

"I usually point out that most loss of life and property has been due to the collapse of antiquated and unsafe structures, mostly of brick and other masonry."
- Charles Francis Richter
(Related: Life, Loss, Property)

"They're now turning those seeds into intellectual property, so they have a virtual lock on the seeds upon which we all depend for our food and survival."
- Jeremy Rifkin
(Related: Food, Survival, Now, Property)

"I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, 'Get the hell off my property.'"
- Joan Rivers
(Related: Mother, Hell, Property)

"The NBA believes if you play for a team and get paid by a team, you're the property of that team for 24 hours a day."
- Dennis Rodman
(Related: Day, Play, Property)

"The Industry's at war. I think it's about control. You can make all of the financial arguments that the industry has been shooting itself in the foot, but it is an industry built on a foundation of ownership and exploitation of intellectual property rights."
- Don Rose
(Related: War, Control, Financial, Arguments, Exploitation, Rights, Ownership, Property)

"We are going after a targeted group of businesses that are creating opportunities for themselves using other people's property. The Internet has very little to do with this."
- Hilary Rosen
(Related: People, Internet, Property)

"So as far as Serbia is concerned, it does not have the right to influence the privatization or to claim any property, because Kosovo is a former member of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia."
- Ibrahim Rugova
(Related: Influence, Property, Right)

"Whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared that the rich have no right to the property of the poor."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Poor, Property, Right)

"One would expect that private property taken by eminent domain would become land available for public use such as parks and roads. Unfortunately, this decision creates a loophole for government to manipulate the definition of public use simply to generate greater tax revenue."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Government, Decision, Tax, Land, Property, Public)

"Protection of private property is a fundamental right protected in a strong democracy."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Democracy, Property, Protection, Right)

"In a polling conducted by the Wall Street Journal, 11 out of 12 Americans said they oppose the taking of private property, even if it is for public economic good."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Americans, Property, Public)

"We were proposing, in a sense, that the rest of the world be made safe for American ideas, as they adopted intellectual property rights that gave patent protection to our very innovative economy."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Ideas, American, Economy, Rights, Property, Protection, Rest, Sense, World)

"The life of men and women is so cheap and property is so sacred. There are so many of us for one job it matters little if 146 of us are burned to death."
- Rose Schneiderman
(Related: Death, Life, Men, Women, Job, Property)

"Even though the museums guarding their precious property fence everything off, in my own studio, I made them so you and I could walk in and around, and among these sculptures."
- George Segal
(Related: Museums, Property)

"I deem it established, then, that the Constitution does not recognize property in man, but leaves that question, as between the states, to the law of nature and of nations."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Nature, Constitution, Law, Man, Nations, Property, Question, states)

"But you answer, that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves. It would be sufficient, then, to reply, that this constitutional recognition must be void, because it is repugnant to the law of nature and of nations."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Nature, Constitution, Law, Nations, Property)

"But I deny that the Constitution recognizes property in man."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Constitution, Man, Property)

"But assuming the same premises, to wit, that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations, the right of property in slaves falls to the ground; for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner or property of that other."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Men, Nature, Law, Nations, Property, Right, Wit)

"More than one-third of Mexicans in the United States own property in Mexico, nearly 80 percent send money home and 25 percent have a spouse in Mexico. Assimilation and becoming an American citizen are not the objective for many of them."
- John Shadegg
(Related: Home, Money, American, Property, states, United)

"As for now, we must not forget who would have to exchange the land? those villages which live more than others on irrigation, on orange and fruit plantations, in houses built near water wells and pumping stations, on livestock and property and easy access to markets."
- Moshe Sharett
(Related: Forget, Houses, Land, Now, Property, Water)

"Property is organized robbery."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Property)

"Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession - a property entirely our own."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Knowledge, Labor, Possession, Property)

"As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce."
- Adam Smith
(Related: Love, Men, Country, Land, Property)

"I do not subscribe to the doctrine that the people are the slaves and property of their government. I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Government, People, Doctrine, Property)

"I'm tired of being considered property."
- L. Neil Smith
(Related: Being, Property)

"In the event of fire in any of the public buildings troops would be of vast service in the protection of public property, and should insurrection break out the protection of life and property would be more safe guarded by our company of regulars, than by the whole City."
- Thomas L. Smith
(Related: Life, Company, Fire, Property, Protection, Public, Service, Troops)

"Both free speech rights and property rights belong legally to individuals, but their real function is social, to benefit vast numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: People, Exercise, Free speech, Rights, Numbers, Property)

"An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property is one of the elements of our nature."
- Herbert Spencer
(Related: Nature, Argument, Desire, Fact, Property, Theory)

"Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts."
- Joseph Stalin
(Related: Facts, Mankind, Poor, Property)

"Last Thursday, our Supreme Court backed that local governments can co-opt private property, and give it to another private entity, for economic development."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Development, Court, Property)

"I do have two data identities. I have my name, Bruce Sterling, which is my public name under which I write novels. I also have my other name, which is my legal name under which I own property and vote."
- Bruce Sterling
(Related: Legal, Name, Property, Public, Vote)

"The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one. Property does not have rights. People have rights."
- Potter Stewart
(Related: People, Rights, Property)

"In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between the personal right to liberty and the personal right to property."
- Potter Stewart
(Related: Fact, Liberty, Property, Right)

"With the people, especially a people seized of property, resides the aggregate of original power."
- Ezra Stiles
(Related: Power, People, Property)

"And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice."
- Joseph Story
(Related: Wisdom, Integrity, Justice, Property, Rest, Security, Stability)

"There ought to be no laws to guarantee property against the folly of its possessors."
- William Graham Sumner
(Related: Folly, Laws, Property)

"I have before me a newspaper slip on which a writer expresses the opinion that no one should be allowed to possess more than one million dollars' worth of property."
- William Graham Sumner
(Related: Opinion, Property, Worth, Writer)

"It is remarkable that jealousy of individual property in land often goes along with very exaggerated doctrines of tribal or national property in land."
- William Graham Sumner
(Related: Jealousy, Land, Property, Remarkable)

"Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Houses, Property)

"In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Love, Country, Majority, Property, states, United, World)

"A fellow oughtn't to let his family property go to pieces."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Family, Property)

"No one can feel as the owner of the country and no one can feel excluded from the right of property. We must all suffer Colombia."
- Alvaro Uribe Velez
(Related: Country, Property, Right)

"By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property."
- Voltaire
(Related: Appreciation, Excellence, Property)

"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."
- Voltaire
(Related: Home, Books, Fire, Property)

"If a man carries his horse out of a slave State into a free one, be does not lose his property interest in him; but if he carries his slave into a free State, the law makes him free."
- Benjamin F. Wade
(Related: Interest, Law, Man, Property, State)

"Allowing Texas to display the Ten Commandments on State property but disallowing Kentucky courthouses from doing the same is a poor and flawed interpretation of the U.S. Constitution."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Constitution, Kentucky, Poor, Property, State)

"The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself."
- Derek Walcott
(Related: English, Language, Property)

"We're taking on Social Security as a property rights issue. We figure that every single American has an absolute property right interest in the fruits of his or her own labor. What I work for should be my property."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: Work, American, Rights, Interest, Labor, Property, Security)

"I believe the National Park Service has demonstrated strong partnerships geared towards respecting the private property of citizens in its administering of the current Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and will continue to do so upon the addition of the routes."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Property, Service, Tears, Will)

"Which is a wonderful irony, I have property there. I go back every chance I get. One of the main reasons I actually wrote the book, agreed to write it having never wanted to do that in my life, very intimidating by the way to write a book."
- Sela Ward
(Related: Life, Chance, Irony, Property)

"No man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property."
- Charles Dudley Warner
(Related: Deep, Man, Property, World)

"It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it."
- George Washington
(Related: Government, Defense, May, Property, Protection)

"One of the functions of government is to act as a safeguard not just of property but of our liberties."
- William Weld
(Related: Government, Act, Property)

"So government acts as a safeguard of our property."
- William Weld
(Related: Government, Property)

"Who of us knows or can by possibility arrive at a knowledge of the laws that govern our property and lives?"
- William H. Wharton
(Related: Knowledge, Possibility, Laws, Property)

"Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes."
- George Will
(Related: Americans, Property, Today)

"As human beings we have a tendency when we like something to tie it up and make sure it's there for a long time. I've been working on being able to let things go. I don't think I ever want to buy property again."
- Ricky Williams
(Related: Time, Being, Property, Want)

"I believe that the high rates of property crime (and some of the increase in violent crime) are part of the price you pay for freedom."
- James Q. Wilson
(Related: Crime, Freedom, Property)

"Property as compared with humanity, as compared with the red blood in the American people, must take second place, not first place."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: People, American, Blood, First, Humanity, Property)

"In Einstein's general relativity the structure of space can change but not its topology. Topology is the property of something that doesn't change when you bend it or stretch it as long as you don't break anything."
- Edward Witten
(Related: Change, Property, Relativity, Space)

"What, but the rapacity of the only men who exercised their reason, the priests, secured such vast property to the church, when a man gave his perishable substance to save himself from the dark torments of purgatory."
- Mary Wollstonecraft
(Related: Men, Church, Man, Property, Reason)