Liberty Quotes

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

I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms

Henry Louis Mencken

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

I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.

H. L. Mencken

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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

Eugene McCarthy

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost

Thomas Jefferson

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

Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Will Durant

Teenage boys, goaded by their surging hormones run in packs like the primal horde. They have only a brief season of exhilarating liberty between control by their mothers and control by their wives.

Camille Paglia

Patriotism is a menace to liberty.

Emma Goldman

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women

Learned Hand

Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country

Marquis De Lafayette

Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable.

Daniel Webster

In necessary things, unity;in doubtful things, liberty;in all things, charity.

Anne Baxter
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