Liberty Quotes

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

Eugene McCarthy

In every country and in every age the priest has been hostile to liberty; he is always in allegiance to the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection of his own

Thomas Jefferson

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

Edmund Burke

The man who loves his country prefers its liberty to all other considerations, well knowing that without liberty life is a misery.

Andrew Hamilton

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.

Will Durant

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

Unknown

Every man who expresses an honest thought is a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty.

Robert Ingersoll

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit

Kahlil Gibran

Chivalry!---why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection---the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant ---Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword.

Sir Walter Scott

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Unknown

Despotism may govern without faith, but Liberty cannot.

Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville

To place yourself under an obligation is to sell your liberty

Decimus Laberius

That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles

George Mason

Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks -- no form of government can render us secure. To suppose liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.

James Madison

The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty

John Adams

As government expands, liberty contracts

Ronald Reagan

While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty

Charles Evans Hughes

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.

Plato

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding

Louis Dembitz Brandeis

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it

Nadia Boulanger

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

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis

History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.

Thurgood Marshall
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