Liberty Quotes

The advance of freedom is the calling of our time; it is the calling of our country. From the Fourteen Points to the Four Freedoms, to the Speech at Westminster, America has put our power at the service of principle. We believe that liberty is the design of nature; we believe that liberty is the direction of history. We believe that human fulfillment and excellence come in the responsible exercise of liberty. And we believe that freedom the freedom we prize is not for us alone, it is the right and the capacity of all mankind.

George Walker Bush

This is, above all, the age of liberty.

George Walker Bush

No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session


I sought not in her visage, for the tinge of the morning, and the lustre of heaven. These had vanished with life; but I hoped for liberty to print a last kiss upon her lips. This was denied me; for such had been the merciless blow that destroyed her, that not a lineament remained!

Charles Brockden Brown

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

Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

Ben Franklin

Even on the white English crags A few strong spirits, in a race that binds Its body in chains and calls them Liberty, And calls each fresh link Progress, stood erect With faces pale that hunger'd to the light.

Robert Williams Buchanan

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

The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection

John Stuart Mill

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground

Thomas Jefferson

That so much time was wasted in this pain. Ten thousand years ago he might have let off down To not return again! A dreadful laugh at last escapes his lips; The laughter sets him free. A Fool lives in the Universe! he cries. The Fool is me! And with one final shake of laughter Breaks his bonds. The nails fall skittering to marble floors. And Christ, knelt at the rail, sees miracle As Man steps down in amiable wisdom To give himself what no one else can give: His liberty.

Ray Douglas Bradbury

Though I bequeath you no estate, I leave you in the enjoyment of liberty.

William Bradford

The forests have taught man liberty.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

At the moment of a revolution there is no question of setting up a democracy like that in America. If they accuse me of dictatorship, I accept. I am creating a nation. Liberty must be suppressed until the end of the war in Algeriauntil the nation becomes homogeneous.

Habib Bourguiba

You are wrong. The state and its existence are essential before everything else. All this preoccupation with liberty is not serious.

Habib Bourguiba
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