1. When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

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  2. Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.

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  3. The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

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  4. 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.

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  5. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.

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  6. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

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  7. I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

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  8. Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

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  9. The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

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

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