Liberty Quotes

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

Anne Baxter

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.

Henry B. Adams

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.

James Madison

The people are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

Thomas Jefferson

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate

Bertrand Russell

Liberty and equality--lovely and sacred words!

Giuseppe Mazzini

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.

William Allen White

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Henry David Thoreau

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

Thomas Jefferson

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

Benjamin Franklin

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.

Oscar Wilde

The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.

Napoleon

Without Liberty, Law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without Law, Liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.

James Q. Wilson

A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.

Benjamin Disraeli

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!

Benjamin Franklin

Liberty is obedience to the law which one has laid down for oneself.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.

George Bernard Shaw

[E]conomic liberty and creative entrepreneurship are the basis of any solution to todays social and economic difficulties. Blaming business, setting wages, and attempting to run the economy by decree from Washington only exacerbates the problems. Consider the minimum wage. It seems so simple: Tell business to pay its workers more. But a hike in the minimum wage is essentially a tax, punishing precisely those companies that hire workers with the least skills.

Doug Bandow

Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty.

Samuel Johnson

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

Thomas Jefferson

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.

Thomas Jefferson

The cruel irony is that abortion has been presented as something that would set a woman free. This brings to mind the gypsy in Verdi's opera Il Trovatore. Outraged by the count's cruel injustice, she stole his infant son and, in a crazed act of vengeance, flung him into the fire. Or so she thought. For, in turning around, she discovered the count's son lay safe on the ground behind her; it was her own son she had thrown into the flames. Abortion can present itself as glittering liberty, a defiant way to cast off the shackles of injustice. That illusion lasts only until you realize who it was that you threw into the flames. So the second point to make when trying to persuade is that abortion hurts women; it does not deliver on its promise to liberate them.

Frederica Matthewes-Green
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