What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty, and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.
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! (American Revolutionary War)
The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that
is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and
in the courts of justice.
We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.
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.
The notion of religious liberty is that you cannot be forced to participate in a religious ceremony that's not of your choosing simply because you're out-voted
It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.
Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass
Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness.
Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave
To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties
Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.