Progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress.
I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave. (H. L. Mencken)
"Verschwörungszeugs" ist heute offenbar die Kurzformel für die unaussprechliche Wahrheit. (Gore Vidal)
A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. (H.L. Mencken)
Das Wesen aller Tyrannei in Staat und Kirche ist: Offener Hochmut und geheime Furcht in unlösbarer Verbindung. Das Wesen aller Freiheit ist ideale Kraft des Geistes, der gewaltsame Verfolgungen des Gegners verschmäht. (Franz von Holtzendorff)