Quotation Explorer - 'Liberty'

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Life is a journey that gives you the liberty to draw your own map, and choose your own route. - Dennis E. Adonis
Be it remembered, that liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we have not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood. - John Adams
A soul of hospitality and a heart of humanity is a house of love, peace, freedom, liberty and justice. - Auliq Ice
The greatest obstacle to human liberty is that the vast majority of people do not wish to be free. - Michel Templet
Liberty is like those solid and tasty foods or those full-bodied wines which are appropriate for nourishing and strengthening robust constitutions that are used to them, but which overpower, ruin and intoxicate the weak and delicate who are not suited for them. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. - Edmund Burke
I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry
I fear not, I see not reason for fear. In the end we will be the victors. For though at times the flame of liberty may cease to shine, the ember will never expire. - Thomas Paine
The advance of liberty is the path to both a safer and better world. - George W. Bush
It behoves 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
A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment. - Walter Lippmann
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness... but only when you pay your taxes? That means your freedom is rented, leased, & not unalienable. - Steve Maraboli
they're so fond of Liberty in this part of the globe, that they buy her and sell her and carry her to market with 'em. They've such a passion for Liberty, that they can't help taking liberties with her. - Charles Dickens
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. --Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759 - Wendy Goerl
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one's liberty. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country. - Marquis De Lafayette
I care not for the body which may rot. Yet, for the transgression of the spirit, of moral ethics, of life, liberty and the soul itself, I must and shall cross the line of battle or lose the very reason not to. - The Great Pacifist
Think what you do when you run into debt; you give another power over your liberty. - Benjamin Franklin
True liberty comes from education, knowledge, and wisdom. - Debasish Mridha
The greatest abuse that we perpetrate on liberty is our assumed right to it. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness. - Virginie des Rieux
The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class. It is not the realization of a political ideal; it is the discharge of a moral obligation. - John Dalberg
To live in a state of liberty is not to live apart from law. It is, on the contrary, to live under the highest law, the only law that can really profit a man, the law which is consciously and deliberately imposed by himself on himself. - Auberon Herbert
Education gives light, life and liberty. - Lailah Gifty Akita
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws. - Walt Whitman
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. - Woodrow Wilson
I like contradictions. We have never attained the infinite variety and contradictions that exist in nature. Tomorrow I shall contradict myself. That is the one way I have of asserting my liberty, the real liberty one does not find as a member of society. - Man Ray
It is not in our forming battlements or bristling seacoasts, or our Army and Navy that makes America great - but rather our reliance in the law of liberty and the religious law God has planted in us. - Abraham Lincoln
Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. - Louis D. Brandeis
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed. - Thomas Jefferson
I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts. - Ronald Reagan
Sadly enough, individual liberty remains the ideal of revolutionary thinkers even in the 21st Century. - A.E. Samaan
Without Freedom or Liberty, creativity can not exist. - Richard Diaz
Liberty opens the door to possibility. Freedom gives us a chance to make that possibility a reality. - Debasish Mridha
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. - Henry David Thoreau
The two things he most valued, which is to say liberty and equality, were not natural allies. - Christopher Hitchens
Liberty, with all its drawbacks, is everywhere vastly more attractive to a noble soul than good social order without it than society like a flock of sheep, or a machine working like a watch. - Johann Schiller
A limited state with free economic systems is the soil where the liberty tree blossoms. - Orrin Woodward
Despots are elected and deposed.Laws are passed and repealed.Nations rise and fall.Individual liberty is eternal. - A.E. Samaan
Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. - Paul Valéry
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. - Benjamin Franklin
Free and quality education is a fundamental liberty - Anwar Ibrahim
The U.S. didn't achieve its liberty or prosperity by mistake. It was by design, and the architects were the Founding Fathers. Don't mess with the Constitution. The Constitution matters. - A.E. Samaan
What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights. - B.R. Ambedkar
Statism is political fashion.Individual liberty is eternal. - A.E. Samaan
No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy
I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me... Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them. - David Crockett
Many embrace the concepts of life and liberty; yet shirk its consequent responsibilities; the first notion being an inalienable right, the latter, an insufferable wrong. - Glenn A. Maltais
Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it. - G.K. Chesterton
The ethics of psychiatric therapy is the very negation of the ethics of political liberty. The former embraces absolute power, provided it is used to protect and promote the patient's mental health. The latter rejects absolute power, regardless of its aim or use. - Thomas Szasz
The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited, he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. - John Stuart Mill
The tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson
So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause. - George Lucas
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. - James Madison
It was about as easy getting the Statue of Liberty to spread cunny, which did take some dynamite persuasion. - William T. Vollmann
The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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; for now man should take me alive. - Harriet Tubman
Give me liberty, or give me death. - Patrick Henry
The case for trade is not just monetary, but moral. Economic freedom creates habits of liberty. And habits of liberty create expectations of democracy. - George W. Bush
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry
What is the end of our revolution? The tranquil enjoyment of liberty and equality; the reign of that eternal justice, the laws of which are graven, not on marble or stone, but in the hearts of men, even in the heart of the slave who has forgotten them, and in that of the tyrant who disowns them. - Maximilien Robespierre
Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law. - Margaret Thatcher
Just as war is the natural consequence of monopoly, peace is the natural consequence of liberty. - Gustave de Molinari
The four L's: Love Light Life Liberty!! - Lailah GiftyAkita
It's important to remember that peace, liberty and freedom changes many aspects in our thoughts as far as life is concerned. - Auliq Ice
Is liberty your compass needle? Do you live by it? Do you seek it out equally for yourself as for others? Is it your creed? Do you observe its tenets and principles? Are you truly free? - A.E. Samaan
The higher your station, the less your liberty. - Sallust
To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts. - Jean Jacques Rousseau
There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither.
When there is liberty, you expect a higher degree of freedom and not human rights abuse. - Auliq Ice
A nanny state is hostile to liberty. Any attempt to institute or continue it should be opposed, root and branch. Government intervention is never the solution; it is always part of the problem. - Laurence M. Vance
Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity. - George W. Bush
The contest, for ages, has been to rescue Liberty from the grasp of executive power. - Daniel Webster
Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches. - Will Rogers
In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity. - Richard Baxter
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
To educate man is to give him a liberty for life. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Liberty means refusing to allow some men to use the state to compel other men to serve their interests or opinion. - Auberon Herbert
Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded. - Friedrich Hayek
Liberty will not descend to a people. A people must raisethemselves to liberty. It is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. - Charles Caleb Colton
What seems most significant to me about our movement [Impressionism] is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story. - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Liberty has restraints but no frontiers.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. - Thomas Paine
Private property and free trade stand on exactly the same footing, both being essential and indivisible parts of liberty, both depending upon rights, which no body of men, whether called governments or anything else, can justly take from the individual. - Auberon Herbert
Human nature is universally imbued with a desire for liberty, and a hatred for servitude. - Julius Ceasar
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. - James Madison
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered... deeply, ...finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. - George Washington
Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. - Alexis de Tocqueville
Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. - Abraham Lincoln
Liberty a word without which all other words are vain. - Robert G. Ingersoll
If liberty sang a song, little,as the larynx of a bird,nowhere would there remain a tumbling wall. - Ahmad Shamlou
Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.
EMANCIPATION, n. A bondman's change from the tyranny of another to the despotism of himself. He was a slave: at word he went and came; His iron collar cut him to the bone. Then Liberty erased his owner's name, Tightened the rivets and inscribed his own. G.J. - Ambrose Bierce
The tree of liberty grows only when watered by the blood of tyrants.
Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain. - John F. Kennedy
If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other. - Carl Schurz
Insofar as men gain time, ease, independence, or liberty from women's domestic labors, they lack incentive to change. - Linda P. Rouse
Legalize the right to choose wrong.Legalize individual liberty. - A.E. Samaan
A sensibility that wails almost exclusively over the enemies of liberty seems suspect to me. Stop shaking the tyrant's bloody robe in my face, or I will believe that you wish to put Rome in chains. - Maximilien de Robespierre
To him that you tell your secret you resign your liberty. - Anonymous
The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. - Woodrow Wilson
I am not interested in having freedom from burdens. I don't need any authority to free me from responsibility.I am not interested in having freedoms within an authoritarian's parameters. I am only interested in self-determination.I have only respect for liberty as I am a libertarian. - A.E. Samaan
We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. - Grover Cleveland
LIBERTY, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. - George Washington
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos. - Will Durant
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. - Edmund Burke
The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrant. It is its natural manure. - Thomas Jefferson
I refuse to let fear subjugate all my freedoms & liberty; I refuse to let it be the guiding beacon in my life. - Mamur Mustapha
Devoid of any real liberty or justice, America and her children had fallen prey to what amounted to little more than a thinly veiled dictatorship. She now represented not the proud citadel of freedom, but the failed experiment of democracy. - Eric J. Martindale
Liberty should be understood as freedom from the government, specifically, freedom from the initiation of physical force by the government. - George Reisman
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson
Liberty also means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. - George Bernard Shaw
If I have become so pathetically dulled that I hold freedom as my right and the privileges of liberty as my due, I can stand beside the stilled graves of a thousand soldiers fallen in defense of freedom and not feel a thing. And my most solemn prayer is that I will never be this. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. - Bertrand Russell
Too many of us view liberty as something that ‘just is,’ and too few see it as something that ‘is’ only because someone, somewhere was faced with the formidable reality that to keep liberty meant paying a stiff price. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
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 in the holy name of liberty or democracy? - Mahatma Gandhi
We Libertarians believe in "Limited Government" precisely because we believe in unlimited liberty. Reduce one, and you decrease the other. - A.E. Samaan
Capitalism is not a form of government. Capitalism is but one thing only: Buy Low - Sell High. Capitalism is what happens when a government allows free association and respects property rights. It is a symptom of liberty. - A.E. Samaan
Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain. - John F. Kennedy
What light is to the eyes what air is to the lungs what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man. - Robert G. Ingersoll
I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty. But we shall not be poor if we love liberty, because the nation that loves liberty truly sets every man free to do his best and be his best. - Woodrow Wilson
Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and 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
...for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works. - Frédéric Bastiat
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. - William Hazlitt
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. - George Bernard Shaw
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. - Edward Everett
Emancipation of mind is the greatest liberty. - Lailah Gifty Akita
When there is injustice someone should speak. When there is unfairness someone should act.We cannot have liberty and justice for all if we only want it only for ourselves. We must serve God in humble righteousness. - Tom Krause
Of all the religions in the world, perhaps the religion of liberty is the only faith capable of purity. - Tiffany Madison
Liberty does not mean doing as you like, it means liking as you ought, and doing that.(From Slave) - John F. MacArthur Jr.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of gratitude, now that would’ve worked. They would have been readily led to contentment, which would’ve then better lead them on to happiness. - Geoffrey Wood
LIBERTY, n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions. The rising People, hot and out of breath, Roared around the palace: "Liberty or death!" "If death will do," the King said, "let me reign; You'll have, I'm sure, no reason to complain." Martha Braymance - Ambrose Bierce
In inventing [General Juan Manuel de] Rosas’ self-justification, I have taken the liberty of drawing almost exclusively on the words of Tony Blair, and the various self-justifications he produced to defend his foreign policy adventures with George Bush in the Middle East and the Central Asia. - Harry Thompson
O Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name! - Madame Roland
Liberty is the proper end and object of authority, and cannot subsist without it; and it is liberty to that which is good, just, and honest.
Once you understand the economics of the Austrian School and the philosophy of liberty in the tradition of Rothbard, you never look at anything not the state, the media, the central bank, the political class, nothing the same way again. - Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. - US Declaration of Independence
One of the bravest, grandest of human liberty the world has ever seen.{Darrow on the great Robert Ingersoll} Clarence Darrow - champions
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. - John Adams
Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. - Thomas Paine
The greatest obstacle to liberty is not the existence of evil rulers, but the belief in the existence of good rulers. - Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski
The champions of liberty have the medal for any necklace. (Les champions de la liberte - Ont la médaille pour tout collier) - Charles de Leusse
Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. - Friedrich Hayek
We have buried the putrid corpse of liberty - Benito Mussolini
A world of Peace and liberty is my dream - Jim Jensen
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. - Thomas Jefferson
The happiness of America is intimately connected with the happiness of all mankind; she is destined to become the safe and venerable asylum of virtue, of honesty, of tolerance, and quality and of peaceful liberty. - Marquis De Lafayette
Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult. - Samuel Johnson
So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you. - B.R. Ambedkar
Liberty of any kind is never lost all at once. - David Hume
[George Everett Macdonald was] a valiant soldier for human liberty. - Clarence Darrow
One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, "I have it," merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it. - Henrik Ibsen
I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death. - Patrick Henry
Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can! - J.R.R. Tolkien
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! - Benjamin Franklin
Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of those who threaten it. - U.S. Department of the Navy
Democracy is in the blood of the Muslims, who look upon complete equality of mankind, and believe in fraternity, equality, and liberty. - Muhammad Ali Jinnah
A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill. - Ronald Reagan
Small tyrants, threatened by big,sincerely believethey love liberty. - W.H. Auden
The condition upon which God has given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
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? - Mahatma Gandhi
When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power. - Benjamin Franklin
Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose. - Simone Weil
Philosophy means the complete liberty of the mind. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin
What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty. - Edmund Spenser
Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice. - Anonymous
If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. - George Orwell
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Henry David Thoreau
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
the ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain by fear, nor to exact obedience, but to free every man from fear that he may live in all possible security... In fact the true aim of government is liberty. - Baruch Spinoza
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. - Abraham Lincoln
Irresponsible power is inconsistent with liberty, and must corrupt those who exercise it. - John Calhoun
The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. - Alexis de Tocqueville
Our legal system does not grant adults a right to liberty, because they already possess that right; it only revokes the right to liberty (for certain offenses) or restores it (if the deprivation did not conform to due process). - Thomas Szasz
Liberty is no less a blessing because oppression has so long darkened the mind that it can not appreciate it. - Lucretia Mott
LIBERTY! FREEDOM! DEMOCRACY!True anyhow no matter how manyLiars use those words. - Langston Hughes
Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty? - Patrick Henry
America will never run... And we will always be grateful that liberty has found such brave defenders. - George W. Bush
Where the people fear the government you have tyranny; where the government fears the people, you have liberty. - William Feather
Liberty will never yield equality. Freewill produces a mess that you either accept or reject in favor of slavery. - A.E. Samaan
Anarchy and Liberty are synonymous. Anything less is merely gradient levels of slavery. - Dane Whalen
As government expands, liberty contracts. - Ronald Reagan
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private liberty. - A.E. Samaan
Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted. - Franz Kafka
Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty but it is religion and morality alone that can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. - John Adams
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. - Thomas Jefferson
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. - Thomas Jefferson
I realized that conservatism was the philosophy that best suited me, with its emphasis on individual liberty, personal responsibility, and merit. - Mark R. Levin
That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone. (to Horatio Gates, 1798) - Thomas Jefferson
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. - David Hume
Too much liberty corrupts us all. - Terence
When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. - Thomas Jefferson
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain
But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge. - Mikhail Bakunin
How is it that when we see politics permeate every life sector we call it totalitarianism and when we see religion everywhere we call it theocracy, but when commerce dominates everything we call it liberty? - Benjamin Barber
The securest place is a prison cell, but there is no liberty - Benjamin Franklin
Joy is a right and liberty of non other than me and you who struggled and fought for it and attained it at last. - Auliq Ice
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.... While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, seek discipline and find your liberty. - Frank Herbert
Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.
I'm convinced that the greatest lover of freedom & liberty is God almighty himself. He gave us free will, the greatest liberty of all. - Justin Steckbauer
Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. - Abraham Lincoln
As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together. - Isaac Bashevis Singer
The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benediction: not indeed For that which is most worthy to be blest— Delight and liberty, the simple creed Of Childhood, whether busy or at rest, With new-fledged hope still fluttering in his breast. - William Wordsworth
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. - Eugene J. McCarthy
There are very few professions in which people just sit down and think hard for five or six hours a day all by themselves. Of course it's why you want to become a writer because you have the liberty to do that, but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it. - Tobias Wolff
Liberty is like rich food and strong wine: the strong natures accustomed to them thrive and grow even stronger on them; but they deplete, inebriate and destroy the weak. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
FUCK UNITY! FUCK CONSENSUS! There was no unity or consensus during the American Revolution. We had principled leadership from a small, vocal, minority that refused to compromise on the issue of individual liberty. - A.E. Samaan
More often than not, a statist's argument against Anarchism boils down to an unwillingness to take control and responsibility for their own lives, actions, and communities. The sad truth is that the human animal has been domesticated to the point where it actually fears Liberty. - Dane Whalen
The law says you have the right to hold a nigger, but begging the law's pardon, it lies. . . Is everything right because the law allows it? Suppose they'd pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave? - Solomon Northup
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization. - Sigmund Freud
You can either have individual liberty, or dependence on the government. One is designed to undo the other. - A.E. Samaan
Political figures who talk a lot about liberty and freedom invariably turn out to mean the freedom to not pay taxes and discriminate based on race; freedom to hold different ideas and express them, not so much. - Paul Krugman
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session. - Gideon J. (Gideon John) Tucker
My liberty depends on you being free, too. - Barack Obama
As long as I am an American citizen and American blood runs in these veins, I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, and to publish whatever I please on any subject.
Let me remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me also remind you that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. - Barry Goldwater
Education is the key to liberty. - Lailah Gifty Akita
I AM AN INDIAN,LIKE OTHER BILLION,HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY,HOPE TO FIND A GOOD WAY,WHERE THOUGHTS DIVINITY,IS NOT IN INFINITY,ITS UR LIBERTY. - merlin8thomas
Old: Give me liberty or give me death. - New: Give me liberty or give me debt. - Orrin Woodward
It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you.
I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity. - Rupertus Meldenius
People who can't imagine order without imposition always end up favoring power over liberty. - Jeffrey Tucker
It is at the precise moment that I take something for granted that I have placed myself in the precarious position of losing that very thing. And if that thing I risk losing is liberty, taking it for granted is foolishness of the most foolish sort. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Thus, dear friends, I have said it clearly enough, and I believe you ought to understand it and not make liberty a law... - Martin Luther
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. - John Milton
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. - Barry Goldwater
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. - Thomas Jefferson
My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. - Dylan Thomas
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happy hour, the long weekend, the all-inclusive island resort, the sunny beach vacation. Happiness is somewhere else, someplace with boat drinks, some secret, distant state of bliss which if they were given would bore them in minutes. - Geoffrey Wood
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.(1778 - 1830) - William Hazlitt
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Only tyranny fears the full expression of liberty. - José Martí
A library is an arsenal of liberty. - Unknown
The basis of a democratic state is liberty. - Aristotle
Liberty is the act of making the Government Fear what you KNOW! - Faith Brashear
Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority--literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political.
Law is order in liberty, and without order liberty is social chaos. - Archbishop Ireland
Liberty is freedom constrained only by our responsibility to respect the equal rights of others. - Dave Champion
Democracy, freedom and liberty do not make us more than what we are; it is our commitment that matters. - M.F. Moonzajer
Be wary of those propagating too much about liberty, ideology, and civility; they just might be oppressors in the making. - Aniruddha Sastikar
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty - Ronald Reagan
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry
If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American -- our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that. - Jon Stewart
A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Finally liberty has come! - Liesbeth
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. - Patrick Henry
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act? - Dante Alighieri
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. - Edmund Burke
Liberty exists as the moral fiber within the political tapestry of man. - Albert Thomas Bifarelli
Our liberty will not be secured at the sword's point... We must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it. And when the people reaches that height, God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn. - José Rizal
May our land be a land of liberty, the seat of virtue, the asylum of the oppressed, a name and a praise in the whole Earth, until the last shock of time shall bury the empires of the whole world in one common undistinguished ruin! - Joseph Warren
People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take. - Emma Goldman
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy
Funny, I don't particularly care for either "laws" or "order". Liberty is messy. Freedom yields imperfect results. - A.E. Samaan
The "right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" begins with "life", and "life" begins at conception. - A.E. Samaan
Liberty was paid for by past sacrifices and given to us as a present gift. - Orrin Woodward
No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country...we did not, in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us. - Luis Valdez
In reality, though, the first thing to ask of history is that it should pointout to us the paths of liberty. The great lesson to draw from revolutions isnot that they devour humanity but rather that tyranny never fails to generatethem. - Pierre Trudeau
Marmee: Oh, Jo. Jo, you have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life? You’re ready to go out and and find a good use for your talent. Tho’ I don’t know what I shall do without my Jo. Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. - Louisa May Alcott
The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men. - John Randolph
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 the government to the utmost. - Aristotle
Unity in things necessary, liberty in things doubtful, charity in everything. - Anonymous
The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. - Woodrow Wilson
This liberty will look easy by and by when nobody dies to get it. - Maxwell Anderson
Money is a kind of freedom that can be felt and heard; it is an inestimable treasure for a man entirely deprived of true liberty. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it. - Woodrow Wilson
such wanton, wild, and usual slips/ As are companions noted and most known/ To youth and liberty. - William Shakespeare
Liberty is only possible on the condition of regularity. We cannot be free and play the game of life without abiding to the rules, but the rules have to be adapted constantly in line with our experiences and the events we encounter. ( If he doesn't play ball ) - Erik Pevernagie
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. - Daniel Webster
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. - Lord Acton
We cannot defend liberty abroad by deserting it at home. - Edward R. Murrow
When you are close to Christ, you are enclosed in liberty. You can never be intimidated by man if you are intimate with Christ. - Israelmore Ayivor
Give me liberty or give me death."[From a speech given at Saint John's Church in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775 to the Virginia House of Burgesses; as first published in print in 1817 in William Wirt's Life and Character of .] - Patrick Henry
Liberty isn't everything. I just allows everything to happen. - A.E. Samaan
Liberty of imagination should be the most precious possession of a novelist. To try voluntarily to discover the fettering dogmas of its own inspiration, is a trick worthy of humna perverseness which, after inventing an absurdity, endeavours to find for it a pedigree of distinguished ancestors... - Joseph Conrad
What is grace? It is the inspiration from on high: it is love; it is liberty. Grace is the spirit of law. This discovery of the spirit of law belongs to Saint Paul; and what he calls "grace" from a heavenly point of view, we, from an earthly point, call "rigtheousness." - Victor Hugo
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. - John Adams
I am happy that I can aid those admirable men, both living and dead, who by their pens or their tongues have aided the great cause of human liberty and universal happiness. - James Watson
Men love liberty because it protects them from control and humiliation from others, and thus affords them the possibility of dignity. They loathe liberty because it throws them back on their own abilities and resources, and thus confronts them with the possibility of insignificance. - Thomas Szasz
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. - Ignatius of Loyola
The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of America is justice and securing the blessings of liberty. - George F. Will
Once people said: Give me liberty or give me death. Now they say: Make me a slave, just pay me enough. - Todd Garlington
A mind without freedom, a life without liberty, is like a heart without love, a journey without a destination. - Debasish Mridha
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 M. Goldwater
We must convince each generation that they are transient passengers on this planet earth. It does not belong to them. They are not free to doom generations yet unborn. They are not at liberty to erase humanity's past nor dim its future. - Bernard Lown
I became a Libertarian as a result of researching WWII and the Holocaust. Individual liberty is sacred. - A.E. Samaan
Jesus not only preached liberty, but has the authority to direct history toward its final victory. - The Liberty Book
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. - George Orwell
The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny - Maximilien Robespierre
There are those that want freedom from individual responsibility, and then there are those that want individual liberty. "Freedom" and "liberty" no longer mean what they used to. A desire for dependence has been made fashionably desirable. - A.E. Samaan
Discipline must come through liberty. . . . We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined. - Maria Montessori
Individual liberty may be unable to solve every social problem, but collective violence is unable to solve any social problem. - Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski
Every law is an infraction of liberty. - Jeremy Bentham
You can get to oppression through regulation, especially in an "Idea Economy" which necessitates liberty of the mind to explore. - A.E. Samaan
I am for the largest liberty for the poor man -- for the oppressed. - Lewis Tappan
Every command slaps liberty in the face. - Mikhail Bakhtin
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue. - William Blake
Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force for the same reason cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups. - Bastiat, Frederick
He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. - Thomas Paine
Liberty isn't bestowed; it's achieved. It is not a gift; it's a conquest. It does not abide; it must be preserved. - Albert E. Bowen
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: "This is my country." - Benjamin Franklin
Too little liberty brings stagnation and too much brings chaos. - Bertrand Russell
Our security is assured by our perseverance and by our sure belief in the success of liberty. - George W. Bush
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it. - Daniel Webster
Why should I fear death?If I am, then death is not.If Death is, then I am not.Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?Long time men lay oppressed with slavish fear.Religious tyranny did domineer.At length the mighty one of GreeceBegan to assent the liberty of man. - Epicurus
liberty, which means resisting all forms of cultural authoritarianism, be it from the right wing church, black ideologues, black nationalists, or mainstream white media. We have to accent liberty and freedom of expression and thought in all their forms. - Cornel West
Where faith increases, liberty follows.- - The Liberty Book
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