Selected Quotes about Liberty

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites... Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. -- Edmund Burke

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. -- Will Durant

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,Here once the embattled farmers stood,And fired the shot heard round the world. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -- Benjamin Franklin

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. -- Kahlil Gibran

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue! -- Barry Goldwater

“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.” -- Judge Learned Hand

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. -- Patrick Henry

The right to be heard does not autmatically include the right to be taken seriously. -- Hubert Humphrey

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. -- Robert G. Ingersoll

We must remember that a right lost to one is lost to all. -- William Reece Smith, Jr.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall 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. -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -- George Bernard Shaw

General Stark sent this toast to be read at the reunion, he was too ill to attend; "Live Free or Die" became the New Hampshire State Motto in 1945 -- General John Stark

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.N. B.: This quote is commonly attributed to Voltaire, but it is not found in his writing. -- S. G. Tallentyre

Liberty never came from government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. -- Woodrow Wilson

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