--Liberty & Freedom Quotes--

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Liberty Quotes

"We the People of the united States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

"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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, ... That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."

"But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."
Declaration of Independence July 4,1776

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." First Amendment in the Bill of Rights

"By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion." Lord Acton
[John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902), First Baron Acton of Aldenham

"Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being." Lord Acton
[John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902), First Baron Acton of Aldenham

"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing." John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom." John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers." John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

"Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation." John Quincy Adams
(1767-1848) 6th US President

"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions." Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."

"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them
by the artifices of false and designing men." Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."

"A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader...
If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be= enslaved. This will be their great security." Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."

"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them
in the best manner they can." Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."

"All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should." Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."

"If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of Almighty God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution." Samuel Adams instigated the Boston Tea Party, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, called for the first Continental Congress, and served as a member of Congress until 1781. Samuel Adams formed the Committees of Correspondence, which were largely responsible for the unity and cohesion of the Colonists preceding the Revolution. The original committee, formed in Boston, had three goals: (1) To delineate the rights of Colonists as men; (2) To detail how these rights had been violated; (3) To publicize these rights and the violations thereof throughout the Colonies.

"That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression." Alabama, Declaration of Rights Article I Section 35

"Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall that the basic principle is freedom of choice,
which saying many have on their lips but few in their minds." Dante Alighieri
(1265-1320) Italian Poet

"...[W]e insist on the principle that no danger or crisis, foreign or domestic, will be solved by Americans surrendering more of their constitutional liberties, in the foolish hope that a bigger government will provide greater security." Larry P. Arnn
(1952- ) President of Hillsdale College, MI

"Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it." Mikhail A. Bakunin

"Freedom is not something that can be given. Freedom is something people take,
and people are as free as they want to be." James Baldwin
(1924-1987) Novelist, Essayist, and Playwright

"One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used
in the great struggle for independence." Charles A. Beard

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands; one Nation, indivisible, with Libery and Justice for all." Rev. Francis Bellamy
(1855-1931) Baptist minister, Christian Socialist

"The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands." Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice

"The interest of the people lies in being able to join organizations, advocate causes, and make political "mistakes" without being subjected to governmental penalties." Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice

"The first step in saving our liberty is to realize how much we have already lost,
how we lost it, and how we will continue to lose it unless fundamental political changes occur." James Bovard

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." Justice Louis D. Brandeis
(1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice

"...The Bill of Rights is a literal and absolute document.
The First Amendment doesn't say you have a right to speak out unless the government has a 'compelling interest' in censoring the Internet.
The Second Amendment doesn't say you have the right to keep and bear arms until some madman plants a bomb.
The Fourth Amendment doesn't say you have the right to be secure from search and seizure unless some FBI agent thinks you fit the profile of a terrorist. The government has no right to interfere with any of these freedoms under any circumstances." Harry Browne
(1933-2006) American libertarian writer, politician, and free-market investment analyst. Libertarian candidate for US President 1996 & 2000

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one,
an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker

"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing."

"They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance."

"The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity." Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker

"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military." William S. Burroughs
(1914-1997) American novelist, essayist, social critic

Freedom and the power to choose should not be the privilege of wealth. They are the birthright of every American. PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH George Herbert Walker Bush
(1924- ) 41st US President, CIA Director, CFR Director, Trilateralist, Yale Skull & Bones Society

"He that complies against his will, Is of his own opinion still." Samuel Butler

"Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." Albert Camus

"Attack another’s rights and you destroy your own." John Jay Chapman
(1862-1933) American Essayist and Poet

"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as
slaves." Sir Winston Churchill
(1874-1965) Prime Minister of England

"If you have 10,000 regulations, you destroy all respect for the law."

"I like a man who grins when he fights."

"Everybody is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like,
but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage." Sir Winston Churchill
(1874-1965) Prime Minister of England

"Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than
freedom never endangered." Marcus Tullius Cicero
(106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator

"A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you." Ramsey Clark
U. S. Attorney General

"No one is free who is not master of himself." Claudius

"Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive." Henry Steele Commager
(1902-1998) Historian and author

"Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty." Calvin Coolidge
(1873-1933), 30th US President

"The law, unfortunately, has always been retained on the side of power; laws have uniformly been enacted for the protection and perpetuation of power." Thomas Cooper

"It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it." Oliver Cromwell
(1599-1658) British Lord General of the Army, Lord Protector of the Realm

"The Republic was not established by cowards; and cowards will not preserve it ... This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis
(1800-1858), American writer, commentator

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." Bertrand de Jouvenel

"Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong."
"Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent... The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words." John G. Diefenbaker
(1895-1979) Prime Minister of Canada

"The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom."
"It is better, so the Fourth Amendment teaches us, that the guilty sometimes go free than the citizens be subject to easy arrest."
"A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to dictatorship of the right or the left."
Justice William O. Douglas
(1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice

"The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government
off the backs of people."
"Ideas are indeed the most dangerous weapons in the world. Our ideas of freedom are the most powerful political weapons man has ever forged." William O. Douglas
(1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice

"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
(1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

"He is free who lives as he wishes to live; who is neither subject to compulsion nor to hindrance, nor to force; whose movements to action are not impeded, whose desires attain their purpose, and who does not fall into that which he would avoid." Epictetus
(ca 55-135 A.D.) Greek philospher

"Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. ... Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase,
and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them."

"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father

"The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." Albert Gallatin
of the NY Historical Society

"Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which
neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained." James A. Garfield
(1831-1881) 20th President of the United States (1881)

"In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free." Edward Gibbon

"Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free. Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion." William Godwin

"To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism." G. Edward Griffin
Historian, Author