There has never been a government that didn’t sooner or later try to reduce the freedom of its subjects and gain more control over them, and there probably will never be one. Therefore, instead of trying to convince our current government not to try, we’ll develop the technology that will make it impossible for the government to succeed.— Wei Dai, 1995-02
The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.— Satoshi, 2009-01-03(embedded in the Genesis block)
Running bitcoin— Hal Finney, 2009-01-10(in a tweet announcing his experimentation with the Bitcoin software, as possibly the first person after Satoshi to run it)
There are more coming.— Satoshi, 2009-12-12(discussing new exchanges and payment systems joining the network)
If you don't believe it or don't get it, I don't have the time to try to convince you, sorry.— Satoshi, 2010-07-29(in response to a disagreement about 10-minute block settlement)
Writing a description for this thing for general audiences is bloody hard. There's nothing to relate it to.— Satoshi, 2011-07-05(lamenting the difficulty of capturing the essence of Bitcoin succinctly)
History shows it is not possible to insulate yourself from the consequences of others holding money that is harder than yours.— Saifedean Ammous, 2018-04(from The Bitcoin Standard)
For the first time in human history, we can grant property rights to 8 billion people.— Michael Saylor, 2021-06-05(at the Bitcoin 2021 conference; in the Fireside chat with Max Keiser)
We don't need the banks anymore.
I don't think there is anything more important in my lifetime to work on [than Bitcoin].
Bitcoin changes absolutely everything.
Bitcoin is the most valuable, most secure, and most credibly neutral internet-native asset in the world.— Andrew M. Bailey and Craig Warmke, 2022-11-17