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Defend your liberty and repel the forces that seek to take it from you. J.K. Rowling, novelist
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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell, author
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To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. James Madison, president
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When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson, president
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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. Thomas Jefferson, president
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The right to be heard does not autmatically include the right to be taken seriously. Hubert Humphrey, politician
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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. Henry David Thoreau, author
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Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. James Madison, president
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Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought. Lord Acton, historian
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Liberty has no crueler enemy than license. Proverbs,
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They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. Edward Gibbon, historian
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It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. David Hume, philosopher
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Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. James Madison, president
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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. George Berkeley, philosopher
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Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. Harry Emerson Fosdick, clergyman
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Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran, artist
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Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. William Allen White, editor
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The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Charlie Chaplin, actor
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The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. Alexis de Tocqueville, historian
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To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury. Benjamin Tucker, activist
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The more liberty you give away the more you will have. Robert G. Ingersoll, lawyer
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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson, president
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Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. Thomas Jefferson, president
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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist
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The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases. William Hazlitt, critic
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Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country. Marquis de Lafayette, revolutionary
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The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. James Madison, president
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Socialism values equality more than liberty. Dennis Prager, journalist
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Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy. Jose Marti, activist
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Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed. Edmund Burke, statesman
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Where liberty is, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization. Sigmund Freud, psychologist
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The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. Thomas Jefferson, president
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A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself. Francis Picabia, artist
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A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician
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The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician
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What a pity we don't pursue the salvation of humans with the same verve we pursue the salvation of animals Source Unknown,
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Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world. Earl Warren, judge
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Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. George Washington, president
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Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint. Daniel Webster, politician
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Liberty consists in wholesome restraint. Daniel Webster, politician
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The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws. Walt Whitman, poet
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When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
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Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. Samuel Adams, revolutionary
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Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
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It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. Dick Cheney, vice president
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Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive. Theodore Roosevelt, president
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Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. Ronald Reagan, president
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In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty. Thomas Jefferson, president
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Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. Thomas Jefferson, president
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I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. John Randolph, leader
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Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs. Isaiah Berlin, philosopher
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And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty. Plato, philosopher
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Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Abraham Lincoln, president
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Liberty is God's gift, liberties the devil s. Proverbs,
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Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself. Henry Adams, historian
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There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself. Andre Breton, poet
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Show me the country that has no strikes and I'll show you the country in which there is no liberty. Samuel Gompers, activist
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What light is to the eyes Robert G. Ingersoll, lawyer
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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson, president
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It behooves 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. Thomas Jefferson, president
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We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. James Madison, president
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I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone. H. L. Mencken, writer
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I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty. Phaedrus, poet
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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. Edmund Burke, statesman
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What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support? James Madison, president
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The loss of liberty which must attend being a wife was of all things the most horrible to my imagination. Sarah Fielding,
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The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws. Andrew Jackson, president
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There can be no liberty without the law. Cecil B. DeMille, producer
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There is only one kind of freedom and that's individual liberty. Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator. It has nothing to do with government granting it. Ron Paul, politician
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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson, president
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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, philosopher
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A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty. Nadia Boulanger, musician
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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, lawyer
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All government, of course, is against liberty. H. L. Mencken, writer
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The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. John Stuart Mill, philosopher
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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, judge
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The truth is that men are tired of liberty. Benito Mussolini, politician
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My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. Dylan Thomas, poet
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We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed. Thomas Jefferson, president
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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. Lin Yutang, author
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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. Aldo Leopold, environmentalist
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I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it. John Thune, politician
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The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. Learned Hand, judge
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Man's liberty ends, and it ought to end, when that liberty becomes the curse of its neighbors. Frederic William Farrar, theologian
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The ingrained idea that, because there is no king and they despise titles, the Americans are a free people is pathetically untrue. There is a perpetual interference with personal liberty over there that would not be tolerated in England for a week. Margot Asquith, author
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I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation. Mikhail Bakunin, revolutionary
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You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue. William Blake, poet
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The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. Edmund Burke, statesman
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The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion. Edmund Burke, statesman
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The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations. Edmund Burke, statesman
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Peace is liberty in tranquillity. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman
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The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt. John Philpot Curran, public servant
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We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. Angela Y. Davis,
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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, historian
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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, poet
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One's liberty should end when it becomes the curse of his neighbor. Frederick Farrar,
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Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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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, politician
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It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you. M. Grundler,
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Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty. Lord Quintin Hogg Hailsham,
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The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion. William Hazlitt, critic
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When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated. G. W. F. Hegel,
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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, politician
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The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied. Otto Herman Kahn,
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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, president
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We are as great as our belief in human liberty -- no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves. Archibald MacLeish, poet
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We recall the joy and excitement of a nation that had found itself, the collective relief that we had stepped out of our restrictive past, and the expectant air of walking into a brighter future. Nelson Mandela, statesman
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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. Mary McCarthy, author
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License they mean when they cry liberty. John Milton, poet
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Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments. Charles Montesquieu,
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Liberty is the right to do what the law permits. Charles Montesquieu,
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An educational method that shall have liberty as its basis must intervene to help the child to a conquest of liberty. That is to say, his training must be such as shall help him to diminish as much as possible the social bonds which limit his activity. Maria Montessori, educator
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He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. Thomas Paine, writer
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Once we roared like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security! The solution for America's problem is not in terms of big government, but it is in big men over whom nobody stands in control but God. Norman Vincent Peale, clergyman
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Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches. Will Rogers, actor
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I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty. George Santayana, philosopher
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We must remember that a right lost to one is lost to all. William Reece Smith, Jr.,
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Live Free Or Die; Death Is Not The Worst of Evils. General John Stark,
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Old England liberty -- to be robbed by the Ministry, and insulted by the populace without redress. Captain J. G. Stedman,
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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,
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They who are in the highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are the most observed. John Tillotson, theologian
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A sound like a sound of thunder rolled, And the heart of a nation stirred William Ross Wallace,
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It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of those liberties which make the defense of the nation worthwhile. Earl Warren, judge
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It would seem that man was born a slave, and that slavery is his natural condition. At the same time nothing on earth can stop man from feeling himself born for liberty. Never, whatever may happen, can he accept servitude; for he is a thinking creature. Simone Weil, philosopher
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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. Woodrow Wilson, president
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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, president
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If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve. Philip Wylie, writer
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There can be no liberty that isn't earned. Robert R. Young,
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No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves. John P. Zenger,
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A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself. George Berkeley, philosopher
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The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman. Junius,
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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, vice president
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Having federal officials, whether judges, bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new definition of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering profoundly hostile to liberty. Ron Paul, politician
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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? Mahatma Gandhi, leader
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Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. Samuel Adams, revolutionary
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As liberty and intelligence have increased the people have more and more revolted against the theological dogmas that contradict common sense and wound the tenderest sensibilities of the soul. Catharine Beecher, educator
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A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States. James Madison, president
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There is nothing that I shudder at more than the idea of a separation of the Union. Should such an event ever happen, which I fervently pray God to avert, from that date I view our liberty gone. Andrew Jackson, president
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We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution. Charles Evans Hughes, judge
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Without Liberty, Law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without Law, Liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness. James Q. Wilson, politician
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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?' Robin Williams, comedian
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Justifying conscription to promote the cause of liberty is one of the most bizarre notions ever conceived by man! Forced servitude, with the risk of death and serious injury as a price to live free, makes no sense. Ron Paul, politician
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Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them. B. R. Ambedkar, politician
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I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office. Andrew Jackson, president
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So what is so strange about saying I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to reconstruct and reform this nation so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation? I want the country to survive. I want the country to succeed. Rush Limbaugh, entertainer
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I told them that free people always had to decide where to draw the line between their liberty and their security. I noted that the attacks would almost certainly push us as a nation more toward security. Michael Hayden, public servant
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Give me liberty or a bran muffin! Colin Mochrie, actor
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