"Failing to talk about liberty in terms of personal responsibility is like trying to cut through tyranny with half of a pair of scissors. Put differently, it's like trying to win a soccer game by fielding only offensive players. While opposing the government's illegitimate interventions is an important and necessary part of the war to reclaim our liberty, we will not win without also practicing and encouraging personal responsibility."
"Taking personal responsibility is like learning martial arts. Sometimes you leave the ring with a black eye and fat lip. Other times you come out champion and the world adores you. It's the punches and kicks coupled with the defeats and victories that give you confidence and skill."
"Taking personal responsibility is like weight training. At first it feels heavy and you don't know if you can carry the load. But with every new self empowered act of initiative you get stronger and stronger. Bend from the knees. This is what makes you flexible. You have all the strength, balance, energy and determination you need to carry any weight asked of you. "
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