Baron Thomson of Fleet

The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and
guided, men are seldom forced to act, but they are
constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not
destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize,
but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a
people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than
a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the
government is the shepherd

— Alexis de Tocqueville

There is no sphere of human thought in which it is easier to show superficial cleverness and the appearance of superior wisdom than in discussing questions of currency and exchange

— Winston Churchill