Henry Hazlitt quotes

Who on Earth is Henry Hazlitt?

Henry Stuart Hazlitt was an American journalist who wrote about business and economics.

Henry Hazlitt quotes

“Contrary to age-old prejudices, the wealth of the rich is not the cause of the poverty of the poor, but helps to alleviate that poverty.”

Henry Hazlitt The Conquest of Poverty

“Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man.”

Henry Hazlitt Economics in One Lesson

“If a government resorts to inflation, that is, creates money in order to cover its budget deficits or expands credit in order to stimulate business, then no power on earth, no gimmick, device, trick or even indexation can prevent its economic consequences.”

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“No matter whether it is their intention or not, almost anything that the rich can legally do tends to help the poor. The spending of the rich gives employment to the poor. But the saving of the rich, and their investment of these savings in the means of production, gives just as much employment, and in addition makes that employment constantly more productive and more highly paid, while it also constantly increases and cheapens the production of necessities and amenities for the masses.”

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“Practically all government attempts to redistribute wealth and income tend to smother productive incentives and lead toward general impoverishment.”

Henry Hazlitt Economics in One Lesson

“The capitalist system has lifted mankind out of mass poverty. It is this system that in the last century, in the last generation, even in the last decade, has acceleratively been changing the face of the world, and has provided the masses of mankind with amenities that even kings did not possess or imagine a few generations ago.”

Henry Hazlitt The Conquest of Poverty

“The crying need today is not for more laws, but for fewer. The world must be saved from its saviors. If the friends of liberty and law could have only one slogan it should be: Stop the remedies!”

Henry Hazlitt Man vs. the Welfare State

“The envious are more likely to be mollified by seeing others deprived of some advantage than by gaining it for themselves. It is not what they lack that chiefly troubles them, but what others have.”

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“The government has nothing to give to anybody that it doesn't first take from someone else.”

Henry Hazlitt Man vs. the Welfare State

“The only real cure for poverty is production.
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Henry Hazlitt Man vs. the Welfare State

“The surest way for a poor nation to stay poor is to harass, hobble, and straitjacket private enterprise or to discourage or destroy it by subsidized government competition, oppressive taxation, or outright expropriation.”

Henry Hazlitt Man vs. the Welfare State

“The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects - his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity.”

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“When Alexander the Great visited the philosopher Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for him, Diogenes is said to have replied: ‘Yes, stand a little less between me and the sun.’ It is what every citizen is entitled to ask of his government.”

Henry Hazlitt Economics in One Lesson

“When the government makes loans or subsidies to business, what it does is to tax successful private business in order to support unsuccessful private business.”

Henry Hazlitt Economics in One Lesson