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Book: I, Pencil

February 25, 2019

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Title: I, Pencil: My Family Tree
Author: Leonard Edward Read

One can’t expect to make an omelet without breaking eggs

Here lies a contrivance engineered by know-it-alls who broke eggs with abandon but never, ever created an omelet

None of the Robespierres of the world knew how to make a pencil, yet they wanted to remake entire societies. How utterly preposterous, and mournfully tragic

free people accomplish economic miracles of which socialist theoreticians can only dream


Writing is both my vocation and my avocation; that’s all I do

Since only God can make a tree, I insist that only God could make me

a faith in free people. Freedom is impossible without this faith


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