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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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life,
for without it life is insupportable.
- Miguel de Cervantes

I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty,
because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
- David Antin

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

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

Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion,
has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift
or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior.
- Mary McCarthy

To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole
body of people always possess arms and be taught alike,
especially when young, how to use them.
- Richard Henry Lee

Man's liberty ends, and it ought to end,
when that liberty becomes the curse of its neighbors.
- Frederic William Farrar

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please:
we ought to see what it will please them to do,
before we risk congratulations.
- Edmund Burke

Most people want security in this world,
not liberty.
- H. L. Mencken

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

Perhaps the enemies of liberty are such only because
they judge it by its loud voice.
- Jose Marti

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious
encroachment by men of zeal,
well meaning but without understanding.
- Louis D. Brandeis

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

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

We are as great as our belief in human liberty -
no greater.
And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it
is larger than ourselves.
- Archibald MacLeish

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty.
Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace.
Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
- Lin Yutang

The Pledge of Allegiance says, "liberty and justice for all".
- Pat Schroeder

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which
the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

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

The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the
provisions against danger,
real or imagined, from abroad.
- James Madison

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

Liberty, when it begins to take root,
is a plant of rapid growth.
- George Washington

The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There can be but little liberty on earth while men
worship a tyrant in heaven.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

When people contend for their liberty they seldom get
anything for their victory,
but new masters.
- Edward F. Halifax

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

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

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

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

The more liberty you give away the more you will have.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free.
Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this;
no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion.
- William Godwin

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

The love of liberty and the sense of human dignity
are the basic elements of the Anarchist creed.
- Frederica Montseny

I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted,
and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.
- Harriet Tubman

While democracy must have its organization and controls,
its vital breath is individual liberty.
- Charles Evans Hughes

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

Personal liberty is not personal license.
- Billy Sunday

America stands for individual liberty,
but that means an ordered liberty.
- Bainbridge Colby

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

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

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

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

Our country may be likened to a new house.
We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all -
liberty!
- James Monroe

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

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

The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty.
- Phaedrus

The ancients understood the regulation of power better
than the regulation of liberty.
- Edward Dahlberg

The common Notions of Liberty are not from School Divines,
but from Nature.
- Algernon Sydney

Well, we can't afford blindness anymore.
There are tens of thousands of thugs who loathe liberty and love death,
and want to annihilate Western civilization.
- Tony Snow

The loss of liberty which must attend being a wife
was of all things the most horrible to my imagination.
- Sarah Fielding

Liberty is the right to do what I like;
license,
the right to do what you like.
- Bertrand Russell


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