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Liberty Quotes

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Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

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They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

Those who won our independence...
valued liberty as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
- Louis D. Brandeis

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

 

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people ...
They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

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Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
- Douglas MacArthur

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself,
to resist invasions of it in the case of others:
or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
- Thomas Jefferson

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious
liberty from a room of silent,
thoughtful schoolchildren.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Fourscore and seven years ago
our fathers brought forth on this continent,
a new nation, conceived in Liberty,
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
- Abraham Lincoln

We are not to expect to be translated from
despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
- Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Thomas Jefferson

I am an aristocrat.
I love liberty; I hate equality.
- John Randolph

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

True justice is not a matter of courts and law books,
but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
- Jimmy Carter

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
- Thomas Jefferson

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
- Khalil Gibran

The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time:
the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
- Thomas Jefferson

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I would rather be exposed to
the inconveniences attending too much liberty
than those attending too small a degree of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

In every country and every age,
the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.
The obedient must be slaves.
- Henry David Thoreau

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

The natural progress of things is for liberty
to yield and government to gain ground.
- Thomas Jefferson

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
- Edward Everett

Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.
- Isaiah Berlin

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
- John Adams

The difference between Liberty and liberties is as great as God and gods.
- Ludwig Borne

Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world.
- Earl Warren

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint;
responsibility is restraint; therefore,
the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
- Henry B. Adams

I know my country has not perfected itself.
At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty
and equality for all of our people.
We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times
when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
- Barack Obama

The free nations of the world will not be pushed around
by terrorist cowards whose goal is to spread fear and
destruction and destroy our liberty and way of life.
- Eliot Engel

Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.
- Ho Chi Minh

Challenging snow is one of my favorite kinds of skiing,
and I like being able to switch techniques at liberty.
- Paul Parker

Man loves liberty, even if he does not know that he loves it.
He is driven by it and flees from where it does not exist.
- Jose Marti

Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of
the modern world and for that reason assert that individual
liberty is at least part of the common good.
- Tom G. Palmer

If I may take the liberty to speak for science at least,
today his name and his prizes are without a peer in the world.
He not only elevates science but he influences it as well.
- Melvin Calvin

I am often reminded that the wellspring of Vermont
liberty flows from Main Street,
not State Street.
- James H. Douglas

We've shown the world that New York can never be defeated,
because of its dynamic and diverse population and because
it embodies the spirit of enterprise and the love of liberty.
- Michael Bloomberg

Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words,
but human rights is very specific.
- Joichi Ito

I know not what others may choose but,
as for me, give me liberty or give me death.
- Patrick Henry

The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil,
political and religious rights of an Englishman.
- Junius

Liberty is to the collective body,
what health is to every individual body.
Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man;
without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
- Thomas Jefferson

Throughout the day no time for memorandums now.
Go ahead!
Liberty and independence forever.
- Davy Crockett

Every law is an infraction of liberty.
- Jeremy Bentham

The first step toward liberty is to miss liberty;
the second,
to seek it; the third, to find it.
- Leopold Zunz

When the people fear the government,
there is tyranny.
When the government fears the people,
there is liberty.
- Christine O'Donnell

What difference does it make to the dead,
the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought
under the name of totalitarianism
or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The splendid empire of Charles the Fifth was erected
upon the grave of liberty.
- John Lothrop Motley

Listen, when you take my liberty away,
you've taken away more-something more precious than life.
I mean, what good is a life without liberty? Huh? None.
- Jack Kevorkian

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall
be protected in doing what he believes is his duty
against the influence of authority and majorities,
custom and opinion.
- John Acton

To threaten the institution is to threaten fair administration
of justice and protection of liberty.
- Stephen Breyer

All mankind...
being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life,
health, liberty or possessions.
- John Locke

Liberty is the only thing you can't have unless you give it to others.
- William Allen White

It is a strange desire, to seek power,
and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others,
and to lose power over a man's self.
- Francis Bacon

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of
two things I had a right to,
liberty or death; if I could not have one,
I would have the other.
- Harriet Tubman

Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.
- William Dean Howells

Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
- Edward Gibbon

But such is the irresistable nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine

Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases,
and vice versa.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will
within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
I do not add "within the limits of the law"
because law is often but the tyrant's will,
and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
- Thomas Jefferson

True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will,
and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will.
- Jonathan Edwards

I believe in only one thing: liberty;
but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
- H. L. Mencken

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue?
It is the greatest of all possible evils;
for it is folly,
vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
- Edmund Burke


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