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Isaiah Berlin Quotes and Sayings

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

To understand is to perceive patterns.
- Isaiah Berlin

Few new truths have ever won their way against the
resistance of established ideas save by being overstated.
- Isaiah Berlin

The fundamental sense of freedom is freedom from chains,
from imprisonment, from enslavement by others.
The rest is extension of this sense,
or else metaphor.
- Isaiah Berlin

 

The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are
men of ideas and free minds.
- Isaiah Berlin

Philosophers are adults who persist in asking childish questions.
- Isaiah Berlin

All forms of tampering with human beings,
getting at them, shaping them against their will to your own pattern,
all thought control and conditioning is,
therefore, a denial of that in men which makes them
men and their values ultimate.
- Isaiah Berlin

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Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from,
how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going,
whether they wish to go there, and if so,
why, and if not, why not.
- Isaiah Berlin

The very desire for guarantees that our values are
eternal and secure in some objective heaven is perhaps
only a craving for the certainties of childhood or
the absolute values of our primitive past.
- Isaiah Berlin

Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance -
these may be cured by reform or revolution.
But men do not live only by fighting evils.
They live by positive goals, individual and collective,
a vast variety of them, seldom predictable,
at times incompatible.
- Isaiah Berlin

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

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 PHOTO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Union - It is dear to us, but liberty is dearer.
- Duff Green

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

What more felicity can fall to creature,
than to enjoy delight with liberty?
- Edmund Spenser

He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish
illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
- Mikhail Bakunin

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

The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from
the grasp of executive power.
- Daniel Webster

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

Liberty is the prevention of control by others.
- John Acton

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

It is his restraint that is honorable to a person,
not their liberty.
- John Ruskin

The desire for security must be balanced with our regard for liberty.
- Samuel Schmid

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy,
for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

If we really want liberty - if we really want liberty -
then we need to go out and get it,
we need to take it, because nobody is going to give it to us.
And we need to do it now.
- Michael Badnarik

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty,
but also by the abuse of power.
- James Madison

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy,
and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery
out of the most extreme liberty.
- Plato

Give me liberty or a bran muffin!
- Colin Mochrie

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

Many of America's and New York's sons and daughters
are around the world fighting for the freedoms that
the Statue of Liberty stands for.
- Michael Bloomberg

If you ask me to summarise our mission,
I would put it this way: We were a military regime
that sought to lay the foundations for freedom and
liberty in a complex society.
- Ibrahim Babangida

I feel constricted if I become too much aware of the act of making.
Liberty is lost and instead of an instinctual lyrical
expression the whole thing becomes arid.
- William Scott

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive
a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
- George Washington

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order.
I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
- Will Durant

It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards
of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.
- Felix Frankfurter

It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.
- John C. Calhoun

In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law
were the stuff of dreams.
But in Paris I discovered the value of those words.
- Bianca Jagger

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
- David Hume

It is terrible to speak of you, Liberty,
for one who lives without you.
- Jose Marti

For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity,
but also about responsibility.
- Jacques Delors

Show me the country that has no strikes and I'll show
you the country in which there is no liberty.
- Samuel Gompers

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.
- Woodrow Wilson

Over grown military establishments are under any form
of government inauspicious to liberty,
and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
- George Washington

The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty,
to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
- William Hazlitt

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

The same liberty that protects me also protects members of the Mafia.
- Barbara Amiel

I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled
to the inalienable right to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Victoria Woodhull

It is easy to take liberty for granted,
when you have never had it taken from you.
- Dick Cheney

Having federal officials, whether judges,
bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new definition
of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering
profoundly hostile to liberty.
- Ron Paul

The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens,
though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind.
- William Blackstone

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

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

There is only one kind of freedom and that's individual liberty.
Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator.
It has nothing to do with government granting it.
- Ron Paul

Liberty means responsibility.
That's why most men dread it.
- Antonio de Mendoza


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