Liberty Quotes

 A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. 
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1712  - d. 2 July 1778
  
 A day, an hour of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. Eventually, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public Treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy. The world's greatest civilizations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again to bondage. 
Author: Andrew Tyler Fraser
Nationality: English   
 A fig for those by law protected! Liberty's a glorious feast! Courts for cowards were erected! Churches built to please the priest! 
Author: Robert Burns
Nationality: Scottish
b. 25 January 1759  - d. 21 July 1796
  
 A library is an arsenal of liberty. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Scottish   
 A modesty in delivering our sentiments leaves us a liberty of changing them without blushing. 
Author: Thomas Wilson
Nationality: English
b. December 1524  - d.  December 1581
  
 A race that binds Its body in chains and calls them liberty And calls each fresh link progress. 
Author: Robert Williams Buchanan
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1841  - d.  December 1901
  
 A traitor is good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 A well-governed appetite is a great part of liberty. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself. 
Author: Henry Brooks Adams
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1838  - d. 27 March 1918
  
 Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 All power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 America is a strong nation and honorable in the use of our strength. We exercise power without conquest, and we sacrifice for the liberty of strangers. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Anything for a quiet life. 
Author: George Middleton
Nationality: African-American
b. December 1735  - d. 06 April 1815
  
 As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending. 
Author: Andrew Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1767  - d. 8 June 1845
  
 Between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes to be his duty against the influences of Literatureity and majorities, custom and opinion. 
Author: Lord John Emerich Acton
Nationality: English
b. 10 January 1834  - d. 19 June 1902
  
 Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual. 
Author: Walter Williams
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1854  - d. 19 December 1959
  
 Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. 
Author: Wendell Phillips
Nationality: American
b. December 1811  - d.  December 1884
  
 Every law is an infraction of liberty. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 Excessive liberty leads both nations and individuals into excessive slavery. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue. 
Author: Barry Goldwater
Nationality: American
b. 2 January 1909  - d. 29 May 1998
  
 Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue 
Author: Barry Goldwater
Nationality: American
b. 2 January 1909  - d. 29 May 1998
  
 For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act? 
Author: Dante Alighieri
Nationality: Italian
b. 14 May 1265  - d. 13 September 1321
  
 Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, But it is never recovered if it is once lost. 
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1712  - d. 2 July 1778
  
 From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms! Through the land let the sound of it flee; Let the far and the near all unite, with a cheer, In defense of our Liberty Tree. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. 
Author: John Milton
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1608  - d. 8 November 1674
  
 God grant, that not only the Love of Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the Rights of Man, may pervade all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, 'This is my Country.' 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. 
Author: Daniel Webster
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1782  - d. 24 October 1852
  
 He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man ... The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people. 
Author: Samuel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1722  - d. 2 October 1803
  
 I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. 
Author: John Randolph
Nationality: American
b. 2 June 1773  - d. 24 May 1833
  
 I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 
Author: John Davison Rockefeller Sr.
Nationality: American
b. December 1839  - d.  December 1937
  
 I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death. 
Author: Patrick Henry
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1736  - d. 6 June 1799
  
 I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms, until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers... We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds. 
Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Nationality: English
b. 26 May 1689  - d. 21 August 1762
  
 I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me also remind you that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. 
Author: Barry Goldwater
Nationality: American
b. 2 January 1909  - d. 29 May 1998
  
 If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. The People are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free, - Angels alone that soar above, Enjoy such liberty. 
Author: Richard Lovelace
Nationality: English
b. December 1618  - d.  December 1657
  
 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. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 If the events of September 11 have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us Americans - our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that. 
Author: Jon Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 28 November 1962
  
 If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other. 
Author: Carl Schurz
Nationality: American
b. December 1829  - d.  December 1906
  
 In my youth, I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. 
Author: Will Durant
Nationality: American
b. 05 November 1885  - d. 07 November 1981
  
 Indeed, education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. 
Author: Edward Everett
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1794  - d. 15 January 1865
  
 Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death! 
Author: Patrick Henry
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1736  - d. 6 June 1799
  
 It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? 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! 
Author: Patrick Henry
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1736  - d. 6 June 1799
  
 It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. 
Author: David Hume
Nationality: Scottish
b. 26 April 1711  - d. 25 August 1776
  
 It is the theory of all modern civilized governments that they protect and foster the liberty of the citizen; it is the practice of all of them to limit its exercise, and sometimes very narrowly. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 It is with government as with medicine, its only business is the choice of evils. Every law is an evil, for every law is an infraction of liberty. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 It was so cold in New York City today that the Statue of Liberty had her torch under her dress. 
Author: David Letterman
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1947
  
 It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. 
Author: Oliver Cromwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 April 1599  - d. 3 September 1658
  
 Justice, was done, and the President of the Immortals (in Aeschylean phrase) had ended his sport with Tess. 
Author: Thomas Hardy
Nationality: English
b. 02 June 1840  - d. 11 January 1928
  
 L et every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of Liberty. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Law is order in liberty, and without order liberty is social chaos. 
Author: Archbishop John Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1838  - d. 25 September 1918
  
 Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty & dangerous encroachments on the public liberty. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights. 
Author: Junius
Nationality: English
b. December 1740  - d.  December 1818
  
 Let there be light! said Liberty, And like sunrise from the sea, Athens arose! 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 Let us not be unmindful that liberty is power, that the nation blessed with the largest portion of liberty must in proportion to its numbers be the most powerful nation upon earth. 
Author: John Quincy Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 July 1767  - d. 23 February 1848
  
 Liberty and happiness have a powerful enemy on each hand; on the one hand tyranny, on the other licentiousness anarchy. To guard against the latter, it is necessary to give the proper powers to government; and to guard against the former, it is necessary that those powers should be properly distributed. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Liberty consists in wholesome restraint. 
Author: Daniel Webster
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1782  - d. 24 October 1852
  
 Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint. 
Author: Daniel Webster
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1782  - d. 24 October 1852
  
 Liberty has restraints but not frontiers. 
Author: David Lloyd George
Nationality: British
b. 17 January 1863  - d. 26 March 1945
  
 Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. 
Author: Harry Emerson Fosdick
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1878  - d. 5 October 1969
  
 Liberty is given by nature even to mute animals. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired. 
Author: David Lloyd George
Nationality: British
b. 17 January 1863  - d. 26 March 1945
  
 Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. 
Author: William Allen White
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1868  - d. 31 January 1944
  
 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. 
Author: Henry St. John Bolingbroke
Nationality: English
b. 16 September 1678  - d. 12 December 1751
  
 Liberty is worth more than gold. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Liberty will not descend to a people; A people must raise themselves to liberty; It is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world. 
Author: Earl Warren
Nationality: American
b. December 1891  - d.  December 1974
  
 Liberty, not license. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Liberty! Equality! Brotherhood! 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Man is not free unless government is limited. As government expands, liberty contracts. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 Men in Great Place are thrice Servants: Servants of the Sovereign or State; Servants of Fame; and Servants of Business ... It is a strange desire to seek Power and to lose Liberty. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil - and if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Men well governed should seek after no other liberty, for there can be no greater liberty than a good government. 
Author: Walter Raleigh
Nationality: English
b. December 1552  - d. 29 October 1618
  
 Money for me has only one sound: liberty. 
Author: Coco Chanel
Nationality: French
b. 19 August 1883  - d. 10 January 1971
  
 Money is the sign of liberty. To curse money is to curse liberty - to curse life, which is nothing, if it be not free. 
Author: Remy de Gourmont
Nationality: French
b. 4 April 1858  - d. 27 September 1915
  
 Most females will forgive a liberty rather than a slight. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Mutual respect implies discretion and reserve even in love itself; it means preserving as much liberty as possible to those whose life we share.We must distrust our instinct of intervention, for the desire to make one's own will prevail is often disguised under the mask of solicitude. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session. 
Author: Gideon J. Tucker
Nationality: American   
 No sacrifice short of individual liberty, individual self-respect, and individual enterprise is too great a price to pay for permanent peace. 
Author: Clark H. Minor
Nationality: American   
 O liberty! what crimes are committed in thy name! 
Author: Madame Roland
Nationality: French
b. 17 March 1754  - d. 8 November 1793
  
 Order is the first requisite of liberty. 
Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Nationality: German
b. 27 August 1770  - d. 14 November 1831
  
 Order means light and peace, inward liberty and free command over one's self; order is power. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being. 
Author: Morris Joseph
Nationality: American   
 Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, And others extremely difficult. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Preferring Hard liberty, before the easy yoke Of servile Pomp. 
Author: John Milton
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1608  - d. 8 November 1674
  
 Virtue supposes liberty, as the carrying of a burden supposes active force. Under coercion there is no virtue, and without virtue there is no religion. Make a slave of me, and I shall be no better for it. Even the sovereign has no right to use coercion to lead men to religion, which by its nature supposes choice and liberty. My thought is no more subject to authority than is sickness or health. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The basis of a democratic state is liberty. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of America is justice and securing the blessings of liberty. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 The cost of liberty is less than the cost of repression. 
Author: W. E. B. Du Bois
Nationality: American
b. 23 February 1868  - d. 27 August 1963
  
 The court has placed individual rights above those of the community and entrenched them in the Constitution. Instead of the community's liberty being controlled by an act of Parliament, it will be controlled by decisions of the court, all made on narrow majorities and not always expressed in unambiguous language. 
Author: Sir Garfield Barwick
Nationality: Australian
b. 22 June 1903  - d. 14 July 1997
  
 The creed of our democracy is that liberty is acquired and kept by men and women who are strong and self-reliant, and possessed of such wisdom as God gives mankind, men and women who are just, and understanding, and generous to others, men and women who are capable of disciplining themselves. For they are the rulers and they must rule themselves. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 The gentlemen may cry, Peace, peace! But there is no peace. The war has actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that the gentlemen wish? What would they have? 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! 
Author: Patrick Henry
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1736  - d. 6 June 1799
  
 The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 The liberty of the press is the Palladium of all the civil, political, and the religious rights of an Englishman. 
Author: Junius
Nationality: English
b. December 1740  - d.  December 1818
  
 The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. 
Author: William Hazlitt
Nationality: English
b. 10 April 1778  - d. 18 September 1830
  
 The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright ... The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion. 
Author: Matthew Arnold
Nationality: English
b. 24 December 1822  - d. 15 April 1888
  
 The obscure only exists that it may cease to exist.In it lies the opportunity of all victory and all progress.Whether it call itself fatality, death, night, or matter, it is the pedestal of life, of light, of liberty and the spirit.For it represents resistance -- that is to say, the fulcrum of all activity, the occasion for its development and its triumph. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. 
Author: Eugene McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 29 March 1916  - d. 10 December 2005
  
 The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication.He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature.He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are.It is in this that his liberty consists - in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true Poet, and of the Devil's party without knowing it. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 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. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 The sovereignty of one's self over one's self is called Liberty. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The tree of liberty only grows when watered by the blood of tyrants. 
Author: Bertrand de Jouvenal
Nationality: French
b. 31 October 1755  - d. 1 March 1841
  
 The typical American of today has lost all the love of liberty, that his forefathers had, and all their disgust of emotion, and pride in self- reliance. He is led no longer by Davy Crocketts; he is led by cheer leaders, press agents, word mongers, uplifters. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being. 
Author: Emma Goldman
Nationality: Lithuanian
b. 27 June 1869  - d. 14 May 1940
  
 The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters 
Author: Frederick Douglass
Nationality: American
b. December 1817  - d. 20 February 1895
  
 Then we are assured by Sartre that owing to the final disappearance of God our liberty is absolute! At this the entire audience waves its hat or claps its hands. But this natural enthusiasm is turned abruptly into something much less buoyant when it is learnt that this liberty weighs us down immediately with tremendous responsibilities. We now have to take all God's worries on our shoulders - now that we are become ''men like gods.'' It is at this point that the Anxiety and Despondency begin, ending in utter despair. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 There is a word sweeter than mother, home, or heaven - that word is liberty. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 These things I believe: That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant government will take it all away. That individual freedom demands individual responsibility. That government is (contrary to George W. Bush) not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid. That political parties have become close to meaningless. That government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. That government should provide for the national defense and work to insure domestic tranquility. That foreign trade should be fair rather than free. That America should be wary of foreign entanglements. That the tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. That guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government. That states are the bulwark of our freedom. That states should have the right to secede from the Union. That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 This is Liberty Hall, gentlemen. 
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Nationality: British
b. 10 November 1730  - d. 4 April 1774
  
 This is Liberty-Hall, gentlemen. 
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Nationality: British
b. 10 November 1730  - d. 4 April 1774
  
 Travel is the perfect liberty to think, feel, do just as one pleases. 
Author: William Hazlitt
Nationality: English
b. 10 April 1778  - d. 18 September 1830
  
 Truth and, by consequence, liberty, will always be the chief power of honest men. 
Author: Madame de Stael
Nationality: English   
 Vigilance is not only the price of liberty, But of success of any sort. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 We are at that very point in time when a 400-year-old age is dying and another is struggling to be born - a shifting of culture, science, society and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of regeneration of individuality, liberty, community and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another and with the divine intelligence such as the world has always dreamed. 
Author: Dee W. Hock
Nationality: American
b. December 1929
  
 We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our liberty and of our property under the Constitution. 
Author: Charles Evans Hughes
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1862  - d. 27 August 1948
  
 We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 We must keep a little back shop... where we may establish our own true liberty. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Wealth may be an ancient thing, for it means power, it means leisure, it means liberty. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage. 
Author: Bruce Fairchild Barton
Nationality: American
b. 5 August 1886  - d. 5 June 1967
  
 What can be happier than for a man, conscious of virtuous acts, and content with liberty, to despise all human affairs? 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 What is so beneficial to the people as liberty, which we see not only to be greedily sought after by men, but also by beasts, and to be preferred to all things. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 When the people contend for their Liberty, they seldom get anything by their Victory but new masters. 
Author: 1st Marquis of Halifax George Savile
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1633  - d. 19 January 1695
  
 When thirsty grief in wine we steep, When healths and draughts go free, Fishes, that tipple in the deep, Know no such liberty. 
Author: Richard Lovelace
Nationality: English
b. December 1618  - d.  December 1657
  
 When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 When you define liberty you limit it, and when you limit it you destroy it. 
Author: Brand Whitlock
Nationality: American
b. 04 March 1869  - d. 24 May 1934
  
 Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 Where liberty is, there is my country. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Where the very safety of the country depends upon the resolution to be taken, no consideration of justice or injustice, humanity or cruelty, nor of glory or of shame, should be allowed to prevail, But putting all other considerations aside, the only question should be: What course will save the life and liberty of the country? 
Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
Nationality: Italian
b. 3 May 1469  - d. 21 June 1527
  
 Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories. 
Author: Douglas MacArthur
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1880  - d. 5 April 1964
  
 While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty. 
Author: Charles Evans Hughes
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1862  - d. 27 August 1948
  
 Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 Our moneyed men have ruled us for the past thirty years. Under the flag of the slaveholder they hoped to destroy our liberty. 
Author: Denis Kearney
Nationality: American
b. December 1847  - d.  December 1907
  
 It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own.  
Author: James Otis
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1725  - d. 23 May 1783
  
 Now, one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house.  
Author: James Otis
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1725  - d. 23 May 1783
  
 The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress. 
Author: J. Ernest Renan
Nationality: French
b. December 1823  - d.  December 1892
  
 Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us.  
Author: Dr. Benjamin Rush
Nationality: American
b. 24 December 1745  - d. 19 April 1813
  
 There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty - of the indefinite expansion of possibility. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice. 
Author: Lin Yutang
Nationality: Chinese
b. 10 October 1895  - d. 26 March 1976
  
 Political equality consists of recognizing, as the Constitution says, that people have certain inalienable rights, namely life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Recognizing those rights is not the same thing as believing that people are indistinguishable in every respect. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 The splendid empire of Charles the Fifth was erected upon the grave of liberty. 
Author: John Lothrop Motley
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1814  - d. 29 May 1877
  
 Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive. 
Author: Aldo Leopold
Nationality: American
b. December 1886  - d.  December 1948
  
 We who are prosperous and independent have not sufficient homogeneity to champion on the ground of a common creed, common stock, a common history, a common heritage of misfortune, the rights of the lowest and poorest Jew-peddler who flees, for life and liberty of thought, from Slavonic mobs. 
Author: Emma Lazarus
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1849  - d. 19 November 1887
  
 Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 I do believe very much in the idea of unexpected or "convulsive" beauty - beauty in the service of liberty. 
Author: Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer
Nationality: American
b. December 1968
  
 It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood, and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women. As men become aware that few have had a fair chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens, though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind. 
Author: Sir William Blackstone
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1723  - d. 14 February 1780
  
 Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous - if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 When a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself. 
Author: Bishop George Berkeley
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 March 1685  - d. 14 January 1753
  
 Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free. 
Author: Bishop George Berkeley
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 March 1685  - d. 14 January 1753
  
 If you pinch the sea of its liberty, though it be walls of stone or brass, it will beat them down. 
Author: John Cotton
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1585  - d. 23 December 1652
  
 I am confident that with the wholesome character of our American people, justice will prevail and liberty will endure. 
Author: George Allen
Nationality: American
b. 8 March 1952
  
 If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people - women as well as men. And it is a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government - the ballot. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land. By it the blessings of liberty are forever withheld from women and their female posterity. To them this government has no just powers derived from the consent of the governed. To them this government is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is an odious aristocracy; a hateful oligarchy of sex; the most hateful aristocracy ever established on the face of the globe; an oligarchy of wealth, where the rich govern the poor. An oligarchy of learning, where the educated govern the ignorant, or even an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household - which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 If many influential people have failed to understand , or have just forgotten, what were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world's population and defending it for most of the rest. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Yet the basic fact remains: every regulation represents a restriction of liberty, every regulation has a cost. That is why, like marriage in the Prayer Book's words, regulation should not 'be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly'. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality - other than equality before the law - that government poses a threat to liberty. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 Such a faith would be fatal to my reason, to my liberty, and even to the success of my undertakings; it would immediately transform me into a stupid slave, an instrument of the will and interests of others. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases, and vice versa. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 There is no such thing as liberty. You only change one sort of domination for another. All we can do is to choose our master. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.  
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 Wherever there is liberty, the power of increase is exerted, and the superabundant effects are repressed afterwards by want of room and nourishment. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 I do not think it is for me, a foreigner, to indicate to the United States the time, the measures, or the men by whom Slavery shall be abolished. Still, as the persevering enemy of despotism everywhere, and under all its forms, I am pained and astonished by the fact that the freest people in the world is, at the present time, almost the only one among civilized and Christian nations which yet maintains personal servitude; and this while serfdom itself is about disappearing, where it has not already disappeared, from the most degraded nations of Europe. An old and sincere friend of America, I am uneasy at seeing Slavery retard her progress, tarnish her glory, furnish arms to her detractors, compromise the future career of the Union which is the guaranty of her safety and greatness, and point out beforehand to her, to all her enemies, the spot where they are to strike. As a man, too, I am moved at the spectacle of man's degradation by man, and I hope to see the day when the law will grant equal civil liberty to all the inhabitants of the same empire, as God accords the freedom of the will, without distinction, to the dwellers upon earth. 
Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1805  - d. 16 April 1859
  
 It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. 
Author: Dick Cheney
Nationality: French
b. 30 January 1941
  
 The United States is the world's best hope, but if you fetter her in the interests and quarrels of other nations, if you tangle her in the intrigues of Europe, you will destroy her powerful good, and endanger her very existence. Leave her to march freely through the centuries to come, as in the years that have gone. Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance; this great land of ordered liberty. For if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 Standing, as I believe the United States stands for humanity and civilization, we should exercise every influence of our great country to put a stop to that war which is now raging in Cuba and give to that island once more peace, liberty, and independence. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvellous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. 
Author: F. A. von Hayek
Nationality: Austrian
b. 8 May 1899  - d. 23 March 1992
  
 It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood! 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain. 
Author: Marquis de Sade
Nationality: French
b. 2 June 1740  - d. 2 December 1814
  
 Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 It is true that liberty is precious - so precious that it must be rationed. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 Man's liberty ends, and it ought to end, when that liberty becomes the curse of its neighbors. 
Author: Frederic William Farrar
Nationality: English
b. December 1831  - d.  December 1903
  
 But our society - unlike most in the world - presuppose that freedom and liberty are in frame of reference that makes the individual, not the government, the keeper of his tastes, beliefs, and ideas. That is the philosophy of the First Amendment; and it is the article of faith that sets us apart from most nations in the world. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials, and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 The spirit of revolution, the spirit of insurrection, is a spirit radically opposed to liberty. 
Author: François Guizot
Nationality: French
b. 4 October 1787  - d. 12 September 1874
  
 What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 What is the true end of Monarchy? Not to deprive people of their natural Liberty; but to correct their actions, in order to attain the supreme good. The form of Government, therefore, which best attains this end, and at the same time sets less bounds than others to natural Liberty, is that which coincides with the views and purposes of rational creatures, and answers the end, upon which we ought to fix a steadfast eye in the regulations of civil polity. 
Author: Catherine II of Russia
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 May 1729  - d. 17 November 1796
  
 The Intention and the end of Monarchy, is the glory of the citizens, of the State, and of the Sovereign. But, from this glory, a sense of Liberty arises in a people governed by a Monarch; which may produce in these States as much energy in transacting the most important affairs, and may contribute as much to the happiness of the subjects, as even Liberty itself. 
Author: Catherine II of Russia
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 May 1729  - d. 17 November 1796
  
 The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered deeply. Finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself. 
Author: André Breton
Nationality: French
b. 19 February 1896  - d. 28 September 1966
  
 The view from my apartment, was the World Trade Center, and now it's gone, and they attacked it. This symbol of American ingenuity, and strength, and labor, and imagination and commerce, and it is gone. But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the South of Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty. You can't beat that. 
Author: Jon Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 28 November 1962
  
 The truth is that men are tired of liberty. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. 
Author: Lyn Nofziger
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1924  - d. 27 March 2006
  
 And when they do spin out of control there are important ramifications that affect America, not just its direct national interest but its broader interests as a nation which has thought of itself as a beacon to other nations, of freedom, liberty, democracy, whatever. 
Author: John Pomfret
Nationality: American   
 O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea. O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassion'd stress A thorough?fare for freedom beat Across the wilderness. America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law. O beautiful for heroes prov'd In liberating strife, Who more than self their country lov'd And mercy more than life. America! America! May God thy gold reflne Till all success be nobleness, And ev'ry gain divine. O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years, Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.  
Author: Katherine Lee Bates
Nationality: American
b. 12 August 1859  - d. 28 March 1929
  
 Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgement dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me. 
Author: Davy Crockett
Nationality: American
b. 17 August 1786  - d. 6 March 1836
  
 Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever. 
Author: Davy Crockett
Nationality: American
b. 17 August 1786  - d. 6 March 1836
  
 Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, 'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat and yelling, 'You want a piece of me?'  
Author: Robin Williams
Nationality: American
b. 21 July 1951
  
 America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal - to discover and maintain liberty among men. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 The history of liberty is a history of resistance. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Liberty is the proper end and object of Literatureity, and cannot subsist without it; and it is liberty to that which is good, just, and honest.  
Author: John Winthrop
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1588  - d. 26 March 1649
  
 Give me Liberty, or give me Death. 
Author: Patrick Henry
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1736  - d. 6 June 1799
  
 The crime problem in New York is getting really serious. The other day the Statue of Liberty had both hands up. 
Author: Jay Leno
Nationality: American
b. 28 April 1950
  
 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. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between the personal right to liberty and the personal right in property. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives. 
Author: Dorothy Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1893  - d. 30 January 1961
  
 We who hate your gaudy guts salute you. 
Author: William Allen White
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1868  - d. 31 January 1944
  
 Our common liberty is consecrated by a common sorrow. 
Author: George William Curtis
Nationality: American
b. 24 February 1824  - d. 31 August 1892
  
 Our revolutionary message is that a self-disciplined people can create a political community in which an ordered liberty will promote both economic prosperity and political participation. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 Life, faculties, production - in other words, individuality, liberty, property - this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 It seems to me that this is theoretically right, for whatever the question under discussion - whether religious, philosophical, political, or economic; whether it concerns prosperity, morality, equality, right, justice, progress, responsibility, cooperation, property, labor, trade, capital, wages, taxes, population, finance, or government - at whatever point on the scientific horizon I begin my researches, I invariably reach this one conclusion: The solution to the problems of human relationships is to be found in liberty. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 Try to imagine a regulation of labor imposed by force that is not a violation of liberty; a transfer of wealth imposed by force that is not a violation of property. If you cannot reconcile these contradictions, then you must conclude that the law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 It is for man to establish the reign of liberty in the midst of the world of the given. To gain the supreme victory, it is necessary, for one thing, that by and through their natural differentiation men and women unequivocally affirm their brotherhood. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 The Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to own, possess, and use personal firearms, and as President I will ensure that this right is not compromised. People convicted of violent crime should forfeit their right to own firearms, but sportsmen, hunters, & law-abiding Americans should be allowed to use guns for pleasure or personal or family safety. Private ownership of guns gives citizens of this free republic the means to protect life, liberty and property - and I will fully & faithfully protect that right. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of. 
Author: Gilbert Murray
Nationality: English
b. 3 January 1866  - d. 20 May 1957
  
 Empire and liberty. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Peace is liberty in tranquillity. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.  
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 The American heritage was one of individual liberty, personal responsibility and freedom from government. Unfortunately, that heritage has been lost. Americans no longer have the freedom to direct their own lives. Today, it is the government that is free - free to do whatever it wants. There is no subject, no issue, no matter that is not subject to legislation. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 I would have these good people to recollect, that the laws of this country hold out to foreigners an offer of all that liberty of the press which Americans enjoy, and that, if this liberty be abridged, by whatever means it may be done, the laws and the constitution, and all together, is a mere cheat; a snare to catch the credulous and enthusiastic of every other nation; a downright imposition on the world. 
Author: William Cobbett
Nationality: English
b. 9 March 1763  - d. 18 June 1835
  
 Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving to the citizen as much freedom of action and of being, as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 A nation is truly corrupt, when, after having by degrees lost its character and liberty, it slides from democracy into aristocracy or monarchy; this is the death of the political body by decrepitude. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 What is the end of our revolution? The tranquil enjoyment of liberty and equality; the reign of that eternal justice, the laws of which are graven, not on marble or stone, but in the hearts of men, even in the heart of the slave who has forgotten them, and in that of the tyrant who disowns them. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. - Benjamin Franklin. 
Author: Famous Misquotations
Nationality: French   
 To me, today, at age sixty-one, all prayer, by the humble or highly placed, has one thing in common: supplication for strength and inspiration to carry on the best human impulses which should bind us together for a better world. Without such inspiration, we would rapidly deteriorate and finally perish. But in our troubled time, the right of men to think and worship as their conscience dictates is being sorely pressed. We can retain these privileges only by being constantly on guard and fighting off any encroachment on these precepts. To retreat from any of the principles handed down by our forefathers, who shed their blood for the ideals we still embrace, would be a complete victory for those who would destroy liberty and justice for the individual. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 The true Vedantic spirit does not start out with a system of preconceived ideas. It possesses absolute liberty and unrivalled courage among religions with regard to the facts to be observed and the diverse hypotheses it has laid down for their coordination. Never having been hampered by a priestly order, each man has been entirely free to search wherever he pleased for the spiritual explanation of the spectacle of the universe. 
Author: Romain Rolland
Nationality: French
b. 29 January 1866  - d. 30 December 1944
  
 Will you proclaim to the world that you who carry liberty and democracy to Europe have no liberty here, that you who are fighting for democracy in Germany, suppress democracy right here in New York, in the United States? Are you going to suppress free speech and liberty in this country, and still pretend that you love liberty so much that you will fight for it five thousand miles away? 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 If your object is to secure liberty, you must learn to do without authority and compulsion. If you intend to live in peace and harmony with your fellow-men, you and they should cultivate brotherhood and respect for each other. If you want to work together with them for your mutual benefit, you must practice cooperation. The social revolution means much more than the reorganization of conditions only: it means the establishment of new human values and social relationships, a changed attitude of man to man, as of one free and independent to his equal; it means a different spirit in individual and collective life, and that spirit cannot be born overnight. It is a spirit to be cultivated, to be nurtured and reared, as the most delicate flower it is, for indeed it is the flower of a new and beautiful existence. 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril. 
Author: William Garrison
Nationality: American
b. 12 December 1805  - d. 24 May 1879
  
 Liberty? Why it doesn't exist. There is no liberty in this world, just gilded cages. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage. 
Author: Bruce Fairchild Barton
Nationality: American
b. 5 August 1886  - d. 5 June 1967
  
 Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all. 
Author: Richard Baxter
Nationality: English
b. 12 November 1615  - d. 8 December 1691
  
 Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class. 
Author: Annie Besant
Nationality: English
b. 1 October 1847  - d. 20 September 1933
  
 I am not a political man and I have no political convictions. I am an individual and a believer in liberty. That is all the politics I have. On the other hand I am not a super-patriot. Super-patriotism leads to Hitlerism - and we've had our lesson there. I don't want to create a revolution - I just want to create a few more films. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 This is a story of a period between two World Wars - an interim in which insanity cut loose. Liberty took a nose dive, and humanity was kicked around somewhat. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Hynkel, the dictator, ruled the nation with an iron fist. Under the new emblem of the double cross, liberty was banished, free speech was suppressed and only the voice of Hynkel was heard. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 You don't hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: "the Kingdom of God is within man" - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Land and Liberty! 
Author: Emiliano Zapata
Nationality: Mexican
b. 8 August 1879  - d. 10 April 1919
  
 We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 In summer, intolerable closeness; in winter, unendurable cold. All the floors were rotten. Filth on the floors an inch thick; one could slip and fall...We were packed like herrings in a barrel...There was no room to turn around. From dusk to dawn it was impossible not to behave like pigs...Fleas, lice, and black beetles by the bushel... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 This has been a learning experience for me. I also thought that privacy was something we were granted in the Constitution. I have learned from this when in fact the word privacy does not appear in the Constitution. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Freedom is desirable, if not, would men sacrifice their time, their property and finally their lives in the pursuit of this? 
Author: George Middleton
Nationality: African-American
b. December 1735  - d. 06 April 1815
  




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