Liberty Quotes

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 the government to the utmost.


If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve.

Philip Wylie

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal -- well-meaning but without understanding.

Louis D. Brandeis

Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass

Emma Goldman

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.


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

John Adams

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

John Adams

Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others

John Locke

To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave

Thomas Jefferson

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

Kahlil Gibran

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.

Thomas Paine

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.


Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.

Benjamin Franklin

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

Thomas Jefferson

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

George Orwell

Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty


There may be liberty and justice for all, but there are tax breaks only for some.

Martin A. Sullivan

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.

Nadia Boulanger

I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.

Mary Worley Montagu

Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness.

Madame de Rieux

Discipline must come through liberty. . . . We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.

Maria Montessori

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

Frank Herbert

Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least.

Wendy Kaminer
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