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Liberty Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Liberty

Please enjoy these Liberty Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

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

Those who won our independence...
valued liberty as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
- Louis D. Brandeis

I am an aristocrat.
I love liberty; I hate equality.
- John Randolph

 

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

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

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 government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

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

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

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

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious
liberty from a room of silent,
thoughtful schoolchildren.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
- Douglas MacArthur

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
- Edward Everett

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.
- Will Durant

Liberty cannot be established without morality,
nor morality without faith.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

This young century will be liberty's century.
- George W. Bush

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
- Edmund Burke

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

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.
- Michel de Montaigne

I believe in the transformational power of liberty.
I believe that the free Iraq is in this nation's interests.
I believe a free Afghanistan is in this nation's interest.
- George W. Bush

Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it,
leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences;
wrongly understood,
as it has been so tragically in our time,
it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
- Barry Goldwater

A country cannot subsist well without liberty,
nor liberty without virtue.
- Daniel Webster

The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the
provisions against danger,
real or imagined, from abroad.
- James Madison

Many of America's and New York's sons and daughters
are around the world fighting for the freedoms that
the Statue of Liberty stands for.
- Michael Bloomberg

Our common liberty is consecrated by a common sorrow.
- George William Curtis

Liberty is the only thing you can't have unless you give it to others.
- William Allen White

For scholarship - if it is to be scholarship -
requires,
in addition to liberty, that the truth take precedence
over all sectarian interests,
including self-interest.
- John Charles Polanyi

The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
- Woodrow Wilson

The world must be made safe for democracy.
Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.
- Woodrow Wilson

Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.
- Ho Chi Minh

Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.
- Isaiah Berlin

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

Personal liberty is not personal license.
- Billy Sunday

In essentials, unity; in differences,
liberty; in all things, charity.
- Philipp Melanchthon

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedience, and by parts.
- Edmund Burke

The generation which lived through the Second World War is disappearing.
Post-war generations see Europe's great achievements -
liberty,
peace and prosperity - as a given.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.
- Bryant H. McGill

The same liberty that protects me also protects members of the Mafia.
- Barbara Amiel

Our moneyed men have ruled us for the past thirty years.
Under the flag of the slaveholder they hoped to destroy our liberty.
- Denis Kearney

This liberty will look easy by and by when nobody dies to get it.
- Maxwell Anderson

There are men who strike at liberty under the term licentiousness.
- Jonathan Mayhew

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
- John Adams

Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases,
and vice versa.
- Mikhail Bakunin

I never expect men to give us liberty.
No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.
- Voltairine de Cleyre

They will sustain the constitution and laws and institutions of the United States,
and be the champions of liberty and of that constitution
when its integrity shall be threatened.
- Lorenzo Snow

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 Green Ingersoll

Such security is equal liberty.
But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth.
- Benjamin Tucker

Liberty is worth paying for.
- Jules Verne

The truth is that men are tired of liberty.
- Benito Mussolini

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

In every man there is an instinctive and passionate
reaction if his person or liberty is attacked.
- Arthur Keith

Liberty is the right of every man to be honest,
to think and to speak without hypocrisy.
- Jose Marti

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
- Daniel Webster

The terrorist attacks upon our country changed the
way that we live forever and provided us with a cruel
reminder that freedom and liberty have a price.
- Jo Ann Davis

Liberty is the most precious gift we offer our citizens.
- Tom Ridge

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which
the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Laws and constitutions ought to be weighed...
to constitute that which is most conducing to the establishment of justice and liberty.
- Algernon Sydney

America stands for individual liberty,
but that means an ordered liberty.
- Bainbridge Colby

Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.
- William Dean Howells

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty,
but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Socialism values equality more than liberty.
- Dennis Prager

Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred;
it is a habit to be acquired.
- David Lloyd George

Our country's founders cherished liberty,
not democracy.
- Ron Paul

I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag,
and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom it stands,
one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again,
with life and liberty for all who believe.
- Dan Quayle

To suppose that any form of government will secure
liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people,
is a chimerical idea.
- James Madison

For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
- Cyril Connolly

To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole
body of people always possess arms and be taught alike,
especially when young, how to use them.
- Richard Henry Lee


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