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Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women;
by Learned Hand

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women;
when it dies there,
no constitution, no law, no court can save it.
- Learned Hand

In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.
- Learned Hand

A self-made man may prefer a self-made name.
- Learned Hand

Life is made up of constant calls to action,
and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
- Learned Hand

 

I shall ask no more than that you agree with Dean Inge
that even though counting heads is not an ideal way to govern,
at least it is better than breaking them.
- Learned Hand

Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers;
the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution.
- Learned Hand

No doubt one may quote history to support any cause,
as the devil quotes scripture.
- Learned Hand

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If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment:
Thou shalt not ration justice.
- Learned Hand

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.
- Learned Hand

Thou shalt not ration justice.
- Learned Hand

It 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.
- Learned Hand

Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.
- Learned Hand

The art of publicity is a black art;
but it has come to stay,
and every year adds to its potency.
- Learned Hand

It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff
of life into some form of our own choosing;
when we do,
the performance is itself the wage.
- Learned Hand

Words are not pebbles in alien juxtaposition.
- Learned Hand

The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man.
- Learned Hand

What to an outsider will be no more than the vigorous
presentation of a conviction,
to an employee may be the manifestation of a determination
which it is not safe to thwart.
- Learned Hand

Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data,
and if we waited to run down all our doubts,
it would flow past us.
- Learned Hand

We may win when we lose, if we have done what we can;
for by so doing we have made real at least some part
of that finished product in whose fabrication we are most concerned:
ourselves.
- Learned Hand

The mid-day sun is too much for most eyes;
one is dazzled even with its reflection.
Be careful that too broad and high an aim does not
paralyze your effort and clog your springs of action.
- Learned Hand

You cannot raise the standard against oppression,
or leap into the breach to relieve injustice,
and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact,
or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt.
- Learned Hand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

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

Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty,
and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.
- George Berkeley

Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred;
it is a habit to be acquired.
- David Lloyd George

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

When there is life and mankind, a person will live striving for good deeds,
liberty and a bright life, and wish that goodness and
justice will reign in the world.
- Islom Karimov

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free,
but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum
on earth for civil and religious liberty.
- Samuel Adams

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedience, and by parts.
- Edmund Burke

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

Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle;
but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.
- Michel de Montaigne

With the blessings of liberty, we have responsibilities to defend it.
- Michael Reagan

Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the
liberties of the world are put in peril.
- William Lloyd Garrison

Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
- Sallust

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

If you pinch the sea of its liberty,
though it be walls of stone or brass,
it will beat them down.
- John Cotton

A country cannot subsist well without liberty,
nor liberty without virtue.
- Daniel Webster

Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

Give me liberty or a bran muffin!
- Colin Mochrie

This young century will be liberty's century.
- George W. Bush

Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times.
- Florence E. Allen

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins
of liberty abused to licentiousness.
- George Washington

If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve.
- Philip Wylie

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect
liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.
- Louis D. Brandeis

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.
- Nadia Boulanger

Claiming for ourselves liberty of conscience,
liberty to worship, we shall see to it that every other
individual enjoys the same right.
- James Larkin

I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends
on the success of liberty in other lands.
The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion
of freedom in all the world.
- Bill Frist

God grants liberty only to those who love it,
and are always ready to guard and defend it.
- Daniel Webster

Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions.
- Ambrose Bierce

I regard the principle of conscription of life as a
flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom,
democratic liberty and Christian teaching.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

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

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like,
but the right to do what we ought.
- Lord Acton

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


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