Liberty Quotes

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

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.


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.


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

The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants

Thomas Jefferson

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
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