If one rejects laissez faire on account of man's fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.
Ne vous laissez point des ensorceler par les attraits diaboliques de la géométrie.françois fénelon
There is nothing in the basic principles of liberalism to make it a stationary creed; there are no hard-and-fast rules fixed once and for all. ... Probably nothing has done so much harm to the liberal cause as the wooden insistence of some liberals on certain rules of thumb, above all the principle of laissez faire.friedrich hayek
laissez lire, et laissez danser; ces deux amusements ne feront jamais de mal au monde.voltaire
Most of those who say so easily that this is our way out do not, I am convinced, understand that fundamental changes of attitude, new disciplines, revised legal structures, unaccustomed limitations on activity, are all necessary if we are to plan. This amounts, in fact, to the abandonment, finally, of laissez faire. It amounts, practically, to the abolition of "business".