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James Q. Wilson Quotes and Sayings

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Without Liberty, Law loses its nature and its name,
and becomes oppression.
Without Law, Liberty also loses its nature and its name,
and becomes licentiousness.
- James Q. Wilson

In the long run, the public interest depends on private virtue.
- James Q. Wilson

There are no more liberals They've all been mugged.
- James Q. Wilson

I believe that the high rates of property crime (and
some of the increase in violent crime) are part of
the price you pay for freedom.
- James Q. Wilson

 

In terms of other functions, we are making a mistake
about insisting on a public school monopoly.
- James Q. Wilson

I believe we ought to subsidize some health care for the poor,
but Medicare subsidizes everyone's health care.
- James Q. Wilson

Crime is the price society pays for abandoning character.
- James Q. Wilson

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I will have an administrative system where there is
no way to extricate red tape.
- James Q. Wilson

There aren't any liberals left in New York.
They've all been mugged by now.
- James Q. Wilson

But no one has yet succeeded in reducing the size or
scope of the federal government.
- James Q. Wilson

A government without the power of defense!
It is a solecism.
- James Q. Wilson

There is no way the American public will sit still
for the banning of or putting any significant restrictions
on the kinds of guns they want.
- James Q. Wilson

Community-based policing has now come to mean everything.
It's a slogan.
It has come to mean so many different things that people who endorse it,
such as the Congress of the United States,
do not know what they are talking about.
- James Q. Wilson

Some people suggest that the problem is the separation of powers.
If you had a parliamentary system, the struggle for
power would not result in such complex peace treaties
that empower so many different people to pursue so many contradictory aims.
- James Q. Wilson

I mean that the function of the police is to solve
problems that have law-enforcement consequences in
a way that is based on a genuine partnership with the
neighborhood in both the venting of the problem and
the discussion of the solution.
- James Q. Wilson

If a radical devolution of powers was possible,
it would have been done before.
The assumption of states' rights is gone.
There's no support for it in the Supreme Court and
there's no support for it in public opinion.
- James Q. Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

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

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

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

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

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
- Theodore Roosevelt

If vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist;
but if virtue have the advantage,
arbitrary power cannot be established.
- Algernon Sidney

As so often before, liberty has been wounded in the house of its friends.
- Otto Hermann Kahn

Each of us has a natural right, from God,
to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.
- Frederic Bastiat

It is essential that all Americans take the time to
honor and remember those individuals who gave their
lives in defense of our liberty.
- Charles Schumer

Law represents the effort of man to organize society;
governments,
the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I therefore beg that you would indulge me with the
liberty of declining the arduous trust.
- Christopher Gadsden

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

The happy Union of these States is a wonder;
their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope
of Liberty throughout the world.
- James Madison

How I longed to see these things; how I longed to see
the Liberty Bell and walk on the streets where Thomas Jefferson,
Tom Paine and Benjamin Franklin had walked.
- Burl Ives

Liberty is worth paying for.
- Jules Verne

Do people really want liberty, equality,
fraternity? Is it not some manner of speaking?
- Krzysztof Kieslowski

Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization.
- August Bebel

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

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

Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free;
that for the moment you are not under lock and key:
you have simply been granted a reprieve.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

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

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

Liberty is the most precious gift we offer our citizens.
- Tom Ridge

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end.
It is itself the highest political end.
- Lord Acton

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

For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
- Cyril Connolly

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

Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization.
It was greatest before there was any civilization.
- Sigmund Freud

We are all of us the worse for too much liberty.
- Terence

The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
- Woodrow Wilson

Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.
- Marquis de Sade

Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the
pledge that assures fidelity.
- Ellen Key

The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.
- Georg Buchner

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

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty,
that makes human nature rise above itself,
in acts of bravery and heroism.
- Alexander Hamilton

Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
- John Adams

The proper balance between individual liberty and central
authority is a very ancient problem.
- Arthur Keith

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which
liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
- Dorothy Thompson

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
- Thomas Jefferson

Our homeland is the whole world.
Our law is liberty.
We have but one thought, revolution in our hearts.
- Dario Fo


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