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Samizdata quote of the day

“The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage”.
Pericles’ Funeral Oration (431 BC)

This quotation was always attached to emails many of us used to get from Dr. Chris R. Tame, Libertarian Alliance founder, who died earlier this week. I find it a highly appropriate quotation.

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8 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • ethan

    Excellent quotation…..really encouraged and motivated me….will always keep in mind. Thanks for sharing such beautiful thoughts. You’ve made my day.

  • MB

    Seconded. I really needed to read that quote today, it sounds stupid, but its made a life choice much clearer.

  • Pavel

    How true and how simple.

  • John Steele

    Many of the world’s best ideas are fairly simple:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident …”

    “Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent change inevitable.”

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  • stephen ottridge

    My own personal definition of success is:
    “Success to me is the freedom to create and to choose, to know when to say no and when to say yes, embracing, enjoying and absorbing all that life offers”

  • veryretired

    And the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right…

    I believe I would have liked Dr. Tame very much, had I the chance to meet and converse with him. It appears he had that most elusive but valuable attribute—moral clarity.

  • Johnathan Pearce

    veryretired, if I can get some fix on the kind of guy you are from your level-headed comments over the months, you would definitely have loved Chris. Not only was he a smart and first-rate advocate of classical liberalism and had a vast store of knowledge about the literature and history of liberalism, he was also a fun person to be around. I once went out with him and his former wife to see Dick Dale, “king of the surf guitar”, play live in Islington. Absolute magic. Whenever I think of R&R or surf music, I will think of Chris.

    Oh, and he was a massive Heinlein fan. Most sensible people are.

  • veryretired


    That was a very kind and generous response. Thanks.

    My wife thinks I’m fun. The kids aren’t too sure.