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The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. Learned Hand
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act? Cyril Connolly
Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence. Hannah Arendt
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. Abraham Lincoln
A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Aristocracy is always cruel. Wendell Phillips
To silence criticism is to silence freedom. Sidney Hook
The ancients understood the regulation of power better than the regulation of liberty. Edward Dahlberg
Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them. Thomas Mann
Liberty is worth paying for. Jules Verne
Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters. Rosa Luxemburg
Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood. Gloria Steinem
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it. Germaine Greer
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. Patrick Henry
If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America... that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom. Ernestine Rose
The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people. Ron Paul
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. Edward Everett
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners. Vladimir Lenin
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. Bertrand Russell
Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality. Harlan Stone
Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. John Quincy Adams
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Salman Rushdie
No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. Hannah Arendt
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. James Madison
Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive. Victor Hugo
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. Edward R. Murrow
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance. John Philpot Curran
Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. Henry Cabot Lodge
A free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination, even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin. Rand Paul
All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it. Alexis de Tocqueville
A lot of people out there pay good lip service to the idea of personal freedom... right up to the point that someone tries to do something that they don't personally approve of. Neal Boortz
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society. Felix Frankfurter
The American people are sheep. They're comfortable, rich, working. It's like the Romans, they're happy with bread and their spectator sports. The Super Bowl means more to them than any right. Jack Kevorkian
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
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. Alfred Whitney Griswold
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. Alexander Hamilton
Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting. Alan Dean Foster
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. Charles Evans Hughes
Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man. Hubert Humphrey
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. James A. Garfield
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. John Adams
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
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. Milton Friedman
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. John Milton
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. Thomas Jefferson
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. Hannah Arendt
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority. Eric Hoffer
A mere forty years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about. Newt Gingrich
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. Ayn Rand
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. Mahatma Gandhi
Only very slowly and late have men come to realize that unless freedom is universal it is only extended privilege. John Edward Christopher Hill
History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition. Milton Friedman
No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy. Herbert Spencer
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. Abraham Lincoln
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate. Hubert Humphrey
Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. Heinrich Heine
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Franklin D. Roosevelt
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free. Walter Cronkite
The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect. Felix Adler
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. John Acton
The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime. Edward Grey
A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind. John Maynard Keynes
It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives. Dorothy Thompson
The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought. Leon Blum
Only the educated are free. Epictetus
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 to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy
This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself. Andre Breton
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. Thomas Jefferson
It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty. John C. Calhoun
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. Thomas Jefferson
You, the foreign media, have been the companion of my people in its long and painful journey to freedom. Corazon Aquino
It is the safeguard of the strongest that he lives under a government which is obliged to respect the voice of the weakest. Robert Purvis
There's something contagious about demanding freedom. Robin Morgan
The function of the law is not to provide justice or to preserve freedom. The function of the law is to keep those who hold power, in power. Gerry Spence
Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings. Walter Lippmann
Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure. Kingman Brewster, Jr.
The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance. Lyndon B. Johnson
A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. Ramsey Clark
The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more. Georges Bernanos
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. George Carlin
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free. Charles de Montesquieu
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. William Hazlitt
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus. Aneurin Bevan
Man should be master of his environment, not its slave. That is what freedom means. Anthony Eden
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. Edmund Burke
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell
Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. Edward Gibbon
In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs. Walter Lippmann
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. Frederick Douglass
The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being. Emma Goldman
It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship. Corazon Aquino
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George Orwell
So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy. Roger Nash Baldwin
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire
Freedom is something that dies unless it's used. Hunter S. Thompson
Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to. Denis Diderot
In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy. Learned Hand
Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law. Demosthenes
No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. Alexis de Tocqueville
The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. John Gilmore
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set. Adlai Stevenson
Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Rosa Luxemburg
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards. Felix Frankfurter
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. David Hume
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint. Daniel Webster
We have been taught to regard a representative of the people as a sentinel on the watch-tower of liberty. Daniel Webster
God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. Daniel Webster
Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do. Robin G. Collingwood
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. Virginia Woolf
... the complete and definite emancipation of the peoples [the Arabs] so long oppressed by the Turks and the establishments of national governments and administrations deriving their authority from the initiative and free choice of the indigenous populations. England (France)
Workers ... do not eat legal rights but bread. History, especially recent history, gives much evidence to support the contention that men want security more than freedom and that for an indefinite time they may be successfully governed by a dictator who keeps in mind the maxim that 'contented cows give the best milk.' Norman Thomas
Our battle is against the bourgeoisie as the enemy of German Socialism and the saboteur of national freedom. Gregor Strasser
We are enjoying the longest sustained growth period in recent history. But the capital controls are very damning for investment interest in Iceland but also very damaging to the real economy where we are losing opportunities. Bjarni Benedikisson Jr.
The aim of socialism is to give more individual freedom to people. Clement Attlee
It is a risky step to interfere with the most intimate details of other people's lives while loudly claiming liberty for yourself. Douglas Laycock
The phrase 'religious liberty' has become an overused talisman. Most of the invocations lately have nothing to do with actual infringements of free exercise [of religion]. They're about political and cultural dissent from gay rights. Steve Sanders
Lincoln's paper proclamation must now become iron, lead and fire. Frederick Douglass
Moral teaching should always be used as a gift and not a cudgel.... It is important that we all be able to share our moral viewpoints without hurting each other. That is what is wrong with political discourse today. Arthur C. Brooks
Antislavery England continues to coquet with the Southern Slaveocracy. Karl Marx
The key thing for us at Twitter is to recognize our role as the provider of this open platform for free expression ... to recognize that the speech is not our own.... We feel we have a duty to respect and to defend these voices on the platform. The platform of any debate is neutral. The platform doesn't take sides. Colin Crowell
Compulsion destroys cooperation. Jawaharlal Nehru
After centuries the time has come when India has gained independence from foreign rule and it's the time when we all [the Independent Princely States) should unite for our motherland"" Yadvinder Singh Mahendra Bahadur
I fully appreciate the fears of our brothers from [the Muslim-majority areas]. Nobody likes the division of India and my heart is heavy. But the choice is between one division and many divisions. We must face facts. We cannot give way to emotionalism and sentimentality.... Whether we like it or not, de facto Pakistan already exists in the Punjab and Bengal. Under the circumstances I would prefer a de jure Pakistan, which may make the [Muslim] League more responsible. Freedom is coming. We have 75 to 80 percent of India, which we can make strong with our own genius. The League can develop the rest of the country. Vallabhbhai Patel
Here, in this same city, the blood of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims mingled in the bloodbath ... I am grieved to think that things have come to such a pass that no Muslim can go about in Amritsar and no Hindu or Sikh can even think of living in Lahore. The butchery of innocent and defenseless men, women and children does not behoove brave men ... I am quite certain that India's interest lies in getting all her men and women across the border and sending out all Muslims from East Punjab. I have come to you with a specific appeal. Pledge the safety of Muslim refugees crossing the city. Any obstacles or hindrances will only worsen the plight of our refugees who are already performing prodigious feats of endurance. If we have to fight, we must fight clean. Such a fight must await an appropriate time and conditions and you must be watchful in choosing your ground. To fight against the refugees is no fight at all. No laws of humanity or war among honorable men permit the murder of people who have sought shelter and protection. Let there be truce for three months in which both sides can exchange their refugees. This sort of truce is permitted even by laws of war. Let us take the initiative in breaking this vicious circle of attacks and counter-attacks. Hold your hands for a week and see what happens. Make way for the refugees with your own force of volunteers and let them deliver the refugees safely at our frontier. Vallabhbhai Patel
America has spiritual energy in her in which no other nation can contribute to the liberation of mankind. Woodrow Wilson
As our commerce spreads, the flag of liberty will circle the globe and the highway of the ocean–carrying trade to all mankind–will be guided by the guns of the republic. And as their thunders salute the flag, benighted people will know the voice of liberty is speaking, at last, for them ... that civilization is dawning at last, for them. Albert J. Beveridge
No child should be born to work at the cost of his childhood and freedom.. Kailash Satyarthi
... one of the most monumental laws in the entire history of American freedom. Lyndon B. Johnson
Property with peace and order; with civil and social manners ... are good things too; and, without them, liberty is not a benefit ... not likely to continue long. Edmund Burke
The effect of liberty is to let individuals ... do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations, which may be soon turned into complaints. Edmund Burke
American Negroes understand, far better than Soviet propagandists, that in the American system lies the hope for all submerged people who have the ability and determination to rise to the full status of free men. George Samuel Schuyler
One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project—. this program [Medicare] I promise you will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow. And behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until, one day— we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don't do this [write letters and call members of Congress], and if I don't do it, one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free. Ronald Reagan
... a free, tolerant and unaggressive Empire Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
Once upon a time, it might have been possible to deal with Iraq alone, without having to face the murderous forces of the other terror masters in Tehran, Damascus, and Riyadh, but that time has passed. Iraq is a battle, not a war. We have to win the war, and the only way to do that is to bring down the terror masters, and spread freedom throughout the region. Michael Ledeen
This right to privacy ... doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution, this right that was created, it was created in Griswold–Griswold was the contraceptive case–and abortion. And now we're just extending it out. And the further you extend it out, the more ...this freedom actually intervenes and affects the family. You say, 'Well, it's my individual freedom.' Yes, but it destroys the basic unit of our society because it condones behavior that's antithetical to strong healthy families. Whether it's polygamy, whether it's adultery, where it's sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family. Rick Santorum
Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons. Voltaire
Man is free at the instant he wants to be. Voltaire
We must dismiss the fallacious notion that white people can give anybody his freedom. A man is born free. Stokely Carmichael
Where but in America could a European thinker convinced of the elite nature of genuine education produce pupils who would go on to make common cause with populist politicians? Mark Lilla
Liberty regulated by law is the underlying principle of our institutions. John Marshall Harlan
Born a slave and now free Joined the Tenth Cavalry Anonymous
It shall be lawful to any person, for the future, to go out of our kingdom, and to return, safely and securely ... Magna Carta (John Lackland)
In times of impending calamity and distress; when the liberties of America are imminently endangered by the secret machinations and open assaults of an insidious and vindictive administration, it becomes the indispensable duty of these hitherto free and happy colonies, with true penitence of heart, and the most reverent devotion, publickly to acknowledge the over ruling providence of God; to confess and deplore our offences against him; and to supplicate his interposition for averting the threatened danger, and prospering our strenuous efforts in the cause of freedom, virtue, and posterity. William Livingston
Power always follows Property. This I believe to be as infallible a Maxim, in Politicks, as, that Action and Re-action are equal, is in Mechanicks. Nay I believe We may advance one Step farther and affirm that the Ballance of Power in a Society, accompanies the Ballance of Property in Land. The only possible Way then of preserving the Ballance of Power on the side of equal Liberty and public Virtue, is to make the Acquisition of Land easy to every Member of Society: to make a Division of the Land into Small Quantities, So that the Multitude may be possessed of landed Estates. If the Multitude is possessed of the Ballance of real Estate, the Multitude will have the Ballance of Power, and in that Case the Multitude will take Care of the Liberty, Virtue, and Interest of the Multitude in all Acts of Government. John Adams
This you may … rely on, that none of them will ever submit to the loss of those valuable rights & privileges which are essential to the happiness of every free State, and without which, Life, Liberty & property are rendered totally insecure. George Washington
In America we don’t apologize for opinions, that’s why we have a 1st Amendment. If we can’t discuss even controversial opinions in the pages of our newspapers, where are we going to do it? Doug Marlette
Your Petitioners apprehend we have in common with all other men a natural right to our freedoms without Being depriv'd of them by our fellow men as we are a freeborn People and have never forfeited this Blessing by any compact or agreement whatever. But we were unjustly dragged by the cruel hand of power from our dearest friends and sum of us stolen from the bosoms of our tender Parents and from a Populous Pleasant and plentiful country and Brought hither to be made slaves for Life in a Christian land. Thus are we deprived of everything that hath a tendency to make life even tolerable, the endearing ties of husband and wife we are strangers to for we are no longer man and wife then our masters or mistresses thinks proper marred or unmarried. Our children are also taken from us by force and sent many miles from us where we seldom or ever see them again there to be made slaves of for Life which sometimes is very short by Reason of Being dragged from their mothers Brest Thus our Lives are embittered to us on these accounts By our deplorable situation we are rendered incapable of showing our obedience to Almighty God how can a slave perform the duties of a husband to a wife or parent to his child How can a husband leave master and work and cleave to his wife How can the wife submit themselves to their husbands in all things. How can the child obey their parents in all things. Anonymous
In France, and other nations, the mere will of the Prince is Law, his word takes off any man's head, imposeth taxes, or seizes any man's estate …. In England the Law is both the measure and the bound of every Subject's duty and allegiance, each man having a fixed Fundamental Right born with him, as to freedom of his person and property in his estate, which he cannot be deprived of, but either by his consent, or some crime, for which the law has imposed such a penalty or forfeiture. William Penn
To maintain this Separation (from England) is to maintain the Religion, Liberty and Property of ourselves and our Posterity; to renounce it is to Sink into the lowest meanness and Slavery. May God remove every such thought from every American Breast! Welcome first the Life of the most uncivilized Savages! Welcome Death itself and everlasting Oblivion to our race! Continental Congress
There must be a just native policy or the white man would go under in South Africa. Walter Ernest Mortimer Stanford
No man’s station, in this free country, is determined by the accident of his colour. William Porter
The German voting system is the freest in the world, much freer than the French, English, or American system, because not only does it operate in accordance with the principle that every one shall have a direct and secret vote, but the powers of the State are exercised faithfully and conscientiously to carry out that principle in practice. The constitutional life of the German Nation is of a thoroughly democratic character. Karl Gottfried Lamprecht
In the dispensation of justice, no distinction is to be admitted, whether between the man of wealth or the poor man, the master or the slave, the European or the Hottentot. John Cradock
Ordinary Chinese can actually make choices about their own lives which wasn’t possible 25 years ago. Tim Clissold
America is the friend of all the liberties of the world. She is the guardian only of her own. John Quincy Adams
We do well in a country where people determine their own future. We suffer then there are dictators. Paul Wolfowitz
If you are living in a free society then use the freedom. What good is freedom if you do not use it. Salman Rushdie
Speak not of liberty — poverty is slavery. Peter Kropotkin
Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. Jiddu Krishnamurti
The seditious Bolivar has occupied Santa Fe, and the fateful result of that battle has placed at his disposition the whole kingdom and the immense resources of a very populated country, rich and abundant from which he will plunder what he needs to continue the war in these provinces because the insurgents have no rules or inhibitions Pablo Morillo y Morillo; Marques de La Puerta
Nothing can compare with the untiring activity of that leader. His fearlessness and his talents entitle him to his place at the head of the revolution and of the war; but he possesses as well, from his noble Spanish strain and his education, also Spanish, qualities of elegance and generosity which elevate him far above all who surround him. He is the revolution...Bolivar is an indominatable soul whom a single victory of the smallest nature is enough to make master of five hundred leagues of territory. Pablo Morillo y Morillo; Marques de La Puerta
The deed is done, the nail is driven, Spanish America is free; and if we do not mismanage our affairs sadly, she is English George Canning
The conservation of monarchy in any portion of South America will tend to break the shock of that inevitable divorce by which the New World is about to be divided by the Old... But as to putting it forward, as a project or proposition of ours, that is out of the question. Monarchy in Mexico, and monarchy in Brazil, would cure the evils of universal democracy, and prevent the drawing of the line which I almost dread – America versus Europe. The United States, naturally enough, aim at this division and cherish the democracy which leads to it. George Canning
When public rejoicing carries to their families the news of a victory, they will be able to say with the exultation of their enthusiasm: ‘I armed the hand of that valiant man who assures his glory and our liberty’. Maria San Martin
Chile announces a new refuge in these countries for the industry, the friendship, and all the citizens of the globe Bernardo O'Higgins
this battle is going to decide the fate of all America and it is preferable to die on the field of honour than at the hands of our executioners. Jose de San Martin
This Society has been established for the purpose of grouping together American gentlemen who, distinguished by the liberality of their ideas and the fervour of their patriotic zeal, shall work together systematically and methodically for the independence and well-being of America, devoting to this most noble end all their strength, their influence, their faculties and talents, loyally sustaining one another, labouring honourably and proceeding with justice. Lautoro Lodge of Chile
A British nobleman is a free man, and therefore has a right to adopt any country which is endeavoring to reestablish the rights of aggrieved humanity Thomas Cochrane
You know that independence is purchased at the point of the bayonet. Know also that liberty is founded on good faith, and on the laws of honor, and that those who infringe upon these, are your only enemies, amongst whom you will never find Lord Cochrane Thomas Cochrane
They are against nature and the principles of liberty Bernardo O'Higgins
A man of extreme fickleness of principle and full of childish vanity Jose de San Martin
I have solemnly renounced all political power. I shall never reassume it – never – even should the votes of the nation seek to restore me to it. This I have publicly declared and I do not go back on my word. Bernardo O'Higgins
We decided to act carefully, concealing our aims, because if the movement were frankly revolutionary it would not be supported by the general mass of people... Since the natives are indifferent to the word liberty it is necessary to make them believe that the rising is undertaken simply to favor King Ferdinand. Ignacio Allende
I have sworn to the nation to govern it under a constitutional system. But if, through the vices of its organization or the passions of its agents, it wants to convert itself into an instrument of anarchy, the nation itself in use of its sovereign rights will give a new representation, and I will be the first to invoke it. Agustin I; Agustin de Iturbide
Yes, citizens, Iturbide was a traitor, a hypocrite and an impious man who destroyed the assembly in which the people had deposited their sovereignty in order to appropriate it all to himself Mexico Jalisco
Iturbide became a non-person in Mexico. His body was not removed to the great Independence Monument erected in 1925 with those of Hidalgo, Morelos, Matamoros, and Guerrero – all of whom had so signally failed to secure Mexico’s independence. The man who actually gave Mexico nationhood remains despised and obscure. Robert Lambart Harvey
Prison … for the detention of persons and not for flagellating them or undermining their health. Pedro I
Arise, ye noble citizens, cast out all fear for good or ill, for our brave breasts and arms, shall be the walls that guard Brazil. Pedro I
The war in the Pacific having been happily terminated by the total destruction of the Spanish naval force, I am, of course, free for the crusade of liberty in any other quarter of the globe. Thomas Cochrane
America is the most individualist, libertarian culture in the world. David Boas
I am anti-ideological. Ideology destroys your freedom. It binds you to the herd. Martin Amis
The submission of free people to the executive authority of government, is no more than a compliance with laws which they themselves have enacted. Junius; Philip Francis
We owe it to our ancestors to preserve entire those rights, which they have delivered to our care: we owe it to our posterity, not to suffer their dearest inheritance to be destroyed. Junius; Philip Francis
Retaliation is sometimes mercy, mercy to both parties Henry Clay
Freedom is a dangerous intoxicant and very few people can tolerate it in any quantity; it brings out the old raiding, oppressing, murderous instincts; the rage for revenge, for power, the lust for bloodshed. The longing for freedom takes the form of crushing the enemy — there is always the enemy! — into the earth; and where and who is the enemy if there is no visible establishment to attack, to destroy with blood and fire? Remember all that oratory when freedom is threatened again. Freedom, remember, is not the same as liberty. Katherine Anne Porter
Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them… We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal. Karl Popper
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.... Moderation in the pursuit of freedom is no virtue. Barry Goldwater
Human freedom is realized in the adoption of humanity as an end in itself, for the one thing that no-one can be compelled to do by another is to adopt a particular end Immanuel Kant
Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally. Immanuel Kant
What strikes a Bulgarian when he enters Turkey is, before everything else, the air of freedom that one breathes. Under a theoretically despotic government, one definitely enjoys more freedom than in constitutional state…one almost does not feel that there is a government…the absence of an irksome police, of crushing taxation, or very heavy civic duties here is what the non-Muslim subjects of the Sultan should appreciate. Gabriel Arie
Today the Turkish nation is called on to defend its capacity for civilization, its right to life and independence – its entire future. Kemal Ataturk
Rhode Island: The home of Jews, Turks and Infidels! Anonymous
Freedom is won by violence, but needs mutual tolerance to survive. Huseyin Cahit
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow-men. Kemal Ataturk
Every adult is free to choose his own religion, but fanaticism has to be fought lest freedom perish. Kemal Ataturk
Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. Thomas Jefferson
It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation and deportation peaceably and in such slow degree as that the evil will wear off insensibly, and their place be pari passu filled up by free white laborers. If on the contrary it is left to force itself on, human nature must shudder at the prospect held up. Thomas Jefferson
The Great Spirit has placed us in different situations. He has given you many advantages. But he has not created us to be your slaves Old Tassel; Kaiyah-tahee
The Congress finds and declares that for many Indian people, the traditional ceremonial use of the peyote cactus as a religious sacrament has for centuries been integral to a way of life, and significant in perpetuating Indian tribes and cultures. United States Congress
The sovereignty of republics is an historical inevitability. Boris Yeltsin
Being a reporter is at the very core of a democracy, being a free person in a free society. David Halberstam
The Voices of freedom live : newspapers of the allies published in Britain Anonymous
Free labor will win. Anton Bruehl
Freeing oppressed nationalities is perhaps the most dangerous of all philanthropic enterprises. William Bolitho
This Man Is Your Friend He Fights For Freedom Anonymous
Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code. Anthony Kennedy
For more than fifty years the question of slavery has been more or less a subject of discord and contention; and, more recently, in some shape or other, it has been continually coming up in the councils of the nation, in the State Legislatures of the non-slaveholding States, before the people of the North, as an issue in elections, local and federal, and before the people of the South as an offset to its agitation at the North, to be considered with reference to its vindication as one of the essential elements of our society, its maintenance as an institution for the public good, and the protection of our rights, originating in it and under it, as the great God-given guaranty of the freedom of the white man through the thralldom of the black -- the accomplishment of the destiny of the African and Anglo-Saxon races by an observance and enforcement of the relations between them designed and decreed by divinity. Enquirer
We do not know how other persons may feel in view of the recent dicta of the Supreme Court in the case of Dred Scott … but it appears to us that the almost diabolical spirit it evinces in going out of the way to Freedom at the expense of Slavery, ought to be sufficient to arouse to indignation the coolest and most torpid of northern men. The decision is a fitting crown to the aborted tyranny which has just submerged with Pierce; an iron clasp, well forged to link the dead with the living administration. It comes pat upon the recent inaugural, "rounds and caps it to the tyrant's eye" and just fills up the cup of inequity. Pennsylvania Gazette Pittsburgh
How different has been the course pursued by the Unitarian party. How few of that numerous body, powerful from wealth and education, whether ministers or laymen, have placed themselves by the side of the suffering bondman. The freedom of discussion, which was fearlessly applied to metaphysical doctrines and theological subtleties, was found to be a dangerous weapon when it was used for the examination of an institution, the ramification of which entwined themselves around every altar of mammon worship Edmund Quincy
What has the North to do with slavery? What have we to do with it, indeed! when it encircles us like the air we breathe -- as invisible but as ever near us -- when it makes our laws, controls our interests, appoints our rulers, sets a price upon our heads, demands the sacrifice of our free utterance, disfranchises in one half the States the citizens when the Constitution has made free every where--when it makes Religion its pander, and the Church its sanctuary! Edmund Quincy
The Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, --the earliest association in this country founded upon the principle that the institution of slavery is, under all circumstances, a sin against God, and there to be immediately and unconditionally abolished Edmund Quincy
…liberals have traditionally distinguished themselves from conservatives by insisting that to promote liberty, America must promote opportunity as well. Peter Beinart
I do not exaggerate in designating the present state of affairs in the Southern country as a reign of terror. Persons are torn away from their residences and pursuits…letters are opened at the Post Offices; discussion upon slavery is entirely prohibited under penalty of expulsion…The Northern merchants and travelers are leaving in great numbers. Robert Bunch
They who think that it is accidental, unnecessary, the work of interested or fanatical agitators, and therefore ephemeral, mistake the case altogether. It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces, and it means that the United States must and will, sooner or later, become either entirely a slaveholding nation, or entirely a free—labor nation. William H. Seward
We cannot have tomorrow’s miracles if we tie scientists’ hands with yesterday’s rules. Gordon Smith
If you put too much emphasis on human rights, then people will call anything they want a human right. Taufaahau Tupou IV
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. Paul Belien
No Person or Body in this Province has any Right to make publick his Majesty’s Commands to me, signified by a Secretary of State, further than I shall think proper, and as I conceive it may be very prejudicial to his Majesty’s Service to publish those Letters, I do therefore notify the same to you, and do hereby forbid you to publish the same. Robert Hunter (governer)
Emancipation is the demand of civilization. That is a principle; everything else is an intrigue. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We cannot avoid facing the fact that we occupied a new place among the people of the world… Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny. Theodore Roosevelt
Their whole constitution breathes nothing but liberty; and when there is equality of condition, manners and privileges, and a constant familiarity in society, as prevails in every Indian nation, and through all our British colonies, there glows such a cheerfulness and warmth of courage in each of their breasts, as cannot be described James Adair
It astonishes me to find... that so many of our countrymen... should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury in civil cases, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty Thomas Jefferson
A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences. Thomas Jefferson
I have a right to nothing, which another has a right to take away; and Congress will have a right to take away trials by jury in civil cases. Let me add, that a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth. Thomas Jefferson
I disapproved from the first moment... the want of a bill of rights to guard liberty against the legislative as well as the executive branches of the government … Thomas Jefferson
What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose Thomas Jefferson
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost Thomas Jefferson
The Honor of the United States was at stake. William Eaton
A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson
You must avoid letting anyone usurp your freedom of thought in any way, whether on religious or other grounds. People must use their minds and think and there are situations where the use of the intellect is necessary so that excessive fantasy or fancy can be held in check. Quaboos bin Said
Liberty finds no refuge in a jurisprudence of doubt. Anthony Kennedy
How many of you are willing to go to jail for freedom? Martin Luther King Jr.
We have to lock up people, without trial, whether they are communists, whether they are language chauvinists, whether they are religious extremists. If you don't do that, the country would be in ruins. Lee Kuan Yew
If you believe in democracy, you must believe in it unconditionally. If you believe that men should be free, then, they should have the right of free association, of free speech, of free publication. Then, no law should permit those democratic processes to be set at nought. Lee Kuan Yew
A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. Milton Friedman
Freedom and diversity of thought do not threaten society. Mohammed Khatami
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism –-- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We are not going to subjugate ourselves to a constitution ... signing away all our rights and agreeing to be slaves. Mahendra Chaudhry
The two greatest enemies of free enterprise in the United States, in my opinion, have been, on the one hand, my fellow intellectuals and, on the other hand, the business corporations of this country. They are enemies for opposite reasons. Milton Friedman
Not since the collapse of the attempt to prohibit the ingestion of alcohol has our liberty been in such danger as it now is from the misnamed “war on drugs.” Milton Friedman
Political freedom can be inimical to economic freedom. Milton Friedman
Economic freedom is an end in itself …. Economic freedom is an indispensable means towards the achievement of political freedom. Milton Friedman
If you ask me why I believe in human freedom, I don’t know. But it is the most important thing to me. Milton Friedman
We declare complete freedom to all persons, both those newly arriving and those who, having removed from the country, now desire to return to their native land, insofar as every person newly arrived from any part, or returning, to the states of the Republic, as soon as he set foot upon Polish soil is completely free to use his industry as and where he will, is free to make agreements for settlement, wages or rents as and to such time as he agree, is free to settle in city or countryside, and is free to reside in Poland or to return to whichever country he wish; Poland
We recognize the nobility as the foremost defenders of liberty and of the present constitution. We charge unto the virtue, citizenship and honor of every nobleman the reverence of its sanctity and the safeguarding of its durability, as the sole bulwark of the country and of our liberties. Poland
For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county. Massachusetts Bay Colony
That sort of fundamentalism which treats possession of private property not as a desirable economic and personal asset but as a condition of liberty is a form of primitive religion. Neil Kinnock
The free world should not wait for dictatorial regimes to consent to reform. Natan Sharansky
A simple way to determine whether the right to dissent in a particular society is being upheld is to apply the town square test: Can a person walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm? If he can, then that person is living in a free society. If not, it's a fear society. Natan Sharansky
A lack of moral clarity is also the tragedy that has befallen efforts to advance peace and security in the world. Promoting peace and security is fundamentally connected to promoting freedom and democracy. Natan Sharansky
There is a myth that though we love freedom, others don’t---that our attachment to freedom is a product of our culture---that freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law are American values or Western values. Member of Congress, they are not Western values. They are universal values of the human spirit. Tony Blair
If we Americans are too concerned about freedom and liberty, it is because we have read too much of John Locke and Adam Smith. Woodrow Wilson
The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. But, as in every army, the soldier obeys blindly, and the war aims and operating plans change without his knowledge. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play. There is no more appalling caricature of freedom of thought. Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to want to think, and this they consider freedom. Oswald Spengler
Some cultures and some religions do better than others in promoting democracy and prosperity…. Where culture is adverse, a blind belief in the power of freedom is a frail foundation for U. S. policy. Lawrence E. Harrison
The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. William Pitt the Younger
Freedom is a great horse to ride, but you have to know your destination Matthew Arnold
I feel very sad that my personal freedom was taken away like this. I grew up under authoritarian governments in the Middle East, and one of the reasons I chose to move to the U. S. is that I didn’t want an officer to make me change my T-shirt. He said ‘You can’t wear a T-shirt with Arabic script and come to an airport. It is like wearing a T-shirt that reads ‘I am a robber’ and going to a bank.’ Raed Jarrar
There can be no living culture in the world if you cannot criticize its foundations –- the religion. We lack the courage to ask any question about any religious issue. For example, as a Muslim, I cannot say a single word about the Prophet Moses. The Prophet Moses did not say anything to me as a Muslim, whereas the Israeli Jew can criticize Moses and all the prophets in the Torah, and he can even question the divinity of the Torah. We, in Arab society, do not understand the meaning of freedom. We say that freedom means writing an article. Freedom is much deeper than that. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
I should think the souls of the Africans would sit heavily on the swords of the Americans. Horace Walpole; 4th Earl of Oxford
Rather than being any longer a threat to the established … order, Christianity became what practically all this earth's religions, launched in the name of spiritual enlightenment and freedom, have also become: a powerful way of perpetuating that order. Riane Eisler
From a biological viewpoint, patriarchal religion denied women the natural rights of every other mammalian female: the right to choose her stud, to control the circumstances of her mating, to occupy and govern her own nest, or to refuse all males when preoccupied with the important business of raising her young. Barbara G. Walker
Real freedom for women is possible only through Communism. Vladimir Lenin
I have huge debts, and know of no other way to resolve them than to re-enter the slave trade. John Brown
Imagine your own daughters being sold into a life of rape and bone crushing labor. Henry Ward Beecher
Democracies have been, and governments called, free; but the spirit of independence and the consciousness of unalienable rights, were never before transfused into the minds of a whole people....The feeling of equality which they proudly cherish does not proceed from an ignorance of their station, but from the knowledge of their rights; and it is this knowledge which will render it so exceedingly difficult for any tyrant ever to triumph over the liberties of our country. Sarah Josepha Hale
It is subversive to set up inquisitions like this, state or national, into the thoughts and consciences of Americans. . . . It is subversive for commissions like this to spread hysteria and intimidation throughout the land that Americans are afraid to sign petitions, afraid to read progressive magazines, afraid to make out checks for liberal causes, afraid to join organizations, afraid to speak their mind on public issues. Americans dare not be free citizens! This is the destruction of democracy. Florence Luscomb
Liberation is no longer, and can be no longer, merely a national concern. The dimension of the struggle, as Lenin and the Bolsheviks so clearly saw, is international: its road is the socialist revolution David Horowitz
Despite the great vision, it is only drop by drop that we squeeze the slave out of ourselves. Anton Chekhov
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. George Washington
Liberty is the absence of constraints and impediments. Barbara Jordan
Equality State Wyoming
The achievement of independence for my own country will be fragmentary and incomplete so long as one square inch of African soil remains unfree. Kwame Nkrumah
Occupancy of the Front Bench imposes penalties as well as privileges. Its members have to surrender some of the freedom which the back benches afford, and they have to consider much more closely whether what they do and say may help or compromise the position of the Party.. These obligations are so trying at times that men … do not care to assume them, preferring the greater freedom of the back benches. I would not personally press anyone to change back bench freedom for Front Bench reticence and circumspection, but I should like you to consider whether or not you cared to do so. If you thought that you could stand the yoke (and I have not found it too difficult) it would be a pleasure to me to tell the members of the Party that I proposed to ask you to join those who sit on the Front Bench. Harry Snell
The time seems right for a new conception of association within the Commonwealth, not necessarily owing allegiance to the Crown, especially for those countries which have no ties of blood, culture, or religion Hubert Elvin Rance
There is no difference between Muslim life, Christian life or Jewish life. Esam Omeish
Riot is the voice of the unheard. Maxine Waters
The French nation, content to be free, does not wish to engage herself in any war and wishes to live with all peoples in that brotherhood ordained by nature. Maximilien Robespierre
Now in the whole of Europe there are only two parties: France for the freedom of peoples against all the rulers, and all the monarchs against France for despotism and old traditions. Hugo Kollataj
The nation is formed through the law of nature alone. Government stems from the will of nation. The nation stands before all things and is the source of all things. Its will is always law. Above it and before it is but the law of nature alone. By virtue of its very existence, the nation is all things that it may be. The nation cannot surrender its right to a tyrant. Society of Polish Republicans
To quell all nations - to dethrone all Kings, and plant the Tree of Liberty in our Irish land. Defenders
... gross, barefaced inconsistency. Samuel Hopkins
Whereas I am clearly convinced that the buying and selling of men of what color soever is contrary to the Divine Mind manifest in the conscience of all men however some may smother and neglect its reprovings, and being also made sensible that the holding of negroes in slavery however kindly treated has a tendency to encourage the iniquitous practice of importing them from their native country and is contrary to that justice, mercy, and humanity enjoined as the duty of every Christian, I do therefore by these presents for myself, my heirs etc. manumit and set free the following negroes being all I am possessed of or any ways interested in. Moses Brown
No black mankinde may be forced to serve a master for longer than ten years, after which they would be free, as the manner is with English servants. Rhode Island
Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom—physical, mental, and spiritual—and help others to do so. Swami Vivekananda
Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Swami Vivekananda
Faced by the actual practice of freedom, the French and American revolutions would be forced to stand by their words. William S. Burroughs
Any government is free to the people under it where the laws rule and the people are a party to the laws. William Penn
I may not know how to tune a lyre, but I know all that I need to know to make a city great and free. Themistocles
My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot; for I owe my conscience to no mortal man. William Penn
Absolute discretion is a ruthless master. It is more destructive of freedom than any of man's other inventions William O. Douglas
The policy of freedom for Eastern Europe was for domestic purposes only for an America that did not want to face its limited power in the world. Charles Gati
Where there is a vast multitude of slaves as in Virginia, those who are free, are by far the most proud and jealous of their freedom Edmund Burke
The right to suffer is one of the joys of a free economy. Howard Pyle
Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty. Immanuel Kant
Freedom: An occupied space which must be reoccupied every day. John Ralston Saul
I disagree with the University’s decision but we have to let them make it. If we have politicians telling universities who they should hire, we are going to a place we don’t want to be. Jim Doyle
Rooted in freedom, bonded in the fellowship of danger, sharing everywhere a common human blood, we declare again that all men are brothers, and that mutual tolerance is the price of liberty Will Durant
The Pilgrim Fathers believed in freedom of thought for themselves and for all other people who believed exactly as they did. William Jacobiam Cuppy
The price of freedom is less than the cost of repression. W. E. B. Du Bois
The most important thing to do in your life, is to not interfere with somebody else's life Frank Zappa
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him against the liberty of his fellow-men Kemal Ataturk
During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution. In no instance have...the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people James Madison
Apostle of liberty. Adam Zamoyski
We should not forget that the essence of the European culture is freedom. For the European, freedom is a calling from above as truth and freedom are inseparable. Alejo Vidal-Quadras
A wise and frugal Government shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. John E. Schwartz
There is no doubt that Hitlerian Nazism will ultimately be defeated, for in the end the civilized nations will rise up to defend the liberty which the German barbarians seek to steal from mankind. However, I doubt that we will live through this carnage. Chaim A. Kaplan
The most powerful single force in the world today…man’s eternal desire to be free and independent. John F. Kennedy
The marketing department of any given publishing house has far more power over free expression in America than any government office. Rachel Donadio
There is growing use of government intrusion into your creative space…. The government is able to see more deeply into our intellectual lives. Larry Siems
Most Americans do not think of liberty and freedom as a set of texts, or a sequence of controversies or a system of abstractions. They understand these ideas in another way, as inherited values that they have learned early in life and deeply believe. David Hackett Fischer
If a free society is ever destroyed in America, it will be done in the name of one particular vision of liberty and freedom. David Hackett Fischer
The free, self-determining, self-developing soul may not walk its own path, however innocently, but must fit into the scheme and pattern … Arnold J. Toynbee
In the matter of purely personal contacts like marriage, intimate friendships and sociable gatherings, 'equality' means the right to select one's own mates and close companions. The basis of choice may be cultured taste or vacant whim, but it is an unquestionable right so long as my free choice does not deny equal freedom on the part of others. No one can for a moment question the preference of a white man to marry a white woman or invite only white friends to dinner. But by the same token if a white Desdemona prefers a black Othello; or if Theodore Roosevelt includes among his dinner guests Booker T. Washington, their right also is undeniable and its restriction by law or custom an inadmissible infringement of civil rights. W. E. B. Du Bois
We have to deal with the despotism of Princes. This increases every day. But then, the spirit of freedom breathes and sighs in every corner, and, by the assistance of hidden schools of wisdom, Liberty, and Equality, the imprescribable rights of man, warm and glow in every breast. We must therefore unite these extremes. Adolph Friedrich Ludwig Freiherr von Knigge
Nothing would be more profitable to us than a right history of mankind. Despotism has robbed them of their liberty. How can the weak obtain protection? Only by union; but this is rare. Nothing can bring this about but hidden societies. Hidden schools of wisdom are the means which will one day free men from their bonds. These have in all ages been the archives of nature, and the rights of men; and by them shall human nature be raised from her fallen state. Princes and nations shall vanish from the earth. The human race will then become one family, and the world will be the dwelling of Rational Men. Adam Weishaupt
The Illuminati is inviting to Christians of every communion; gradually frees them from all religious prejudices; cultivates the social virtues; and animates them by a great, a feasible, a speedy prospect of universal happiness, in a state of liberty and moral equality, freed from the obstacles which subordination, rank, and riches, continually throw in our way …. Our secret association works in a way that nothing can withstand, and man shall soon be free and happy. Adam Weishaupt
His Highness the President, Protector of the Liberties of the United States United States Congress
When a slave leaves the jurisdiction of a state he ceases to be a slave, because he continues to be a man and leaves behind him the law which made him a slave Salmon P. Chase
… as happy as Jews in America French Saying
Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a Nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by the arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class. Annie Besant
Why don’t we fight harder for freedom of opinions in our own societies, a freedom that no one needs to be told scarcely exists? Edward Said
Our brother (many of the Jews of the Middle East) has gone to Europe and to the West [and] come back a Russified Jew, a Polish Jew, a German Jew, an English Jew. He has come back with a totally different conception of things. Western and not Eastern…, coming back with imperialistic ideas, with reactionary or revolutionary ideas… he is not the old cousin, and we do not extend to him a very good welcome Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam
Let there arise out from among you a party inviting to all that is good; enjoying what is right and forbidding what is wrong: they are the ones to attain felicity Muhammad
No free government or the blessings of liberty can be preserved by any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. George Mason
Sure, we could send in the troops, but the threat of communism wouldn’t diminish until the people’s standard of living was improved and the totalitarian countries of Latin America gave them more freedom. Ronald Reagan
Our secularism is hard-won, the product of centuries of political, intellectual, and sometimes physical courage. Secularism is the institutionalization of doubt, or more precisely of respect for doubt. It is harder to love doubt than to love freedom. So we are grudging about our secularism, and some of us are a little ashamed of it. Hendrik Hertzberg
The long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. A. Whitney Griswold
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now I was free. There was such a glory through the trees and over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven. Harriet Tubman
The army is a poor school for democracy. Pierre Trudeau
There is no doubt that terrorism has been a major spur in the public’s yearning for a strong hand to bring order. People see the loss of freedom as a tax that has to be paid for security. And it’s clear that, after the traumas that have occurred, Russians are very willing to pay that price. Sergei Kazyonnov
Home is where my dignity lives, not necessarily where my ancestors put down roots. Irshad Manji
Free societies allow for the reinvention of self and the evolution of faith. Irshad Manji
Many of the very best law-abiding and peace-loving citizens have no confidence in the willingness of the civil officers to pursue and bring to justice that element of outlawry so largely disturbing the sense of security, and so often committing highway robbery and smaller thefts. The opinion in Tombstone and elsewhere in that part of the Territory is quite prevalent that the civil officers are quite largely in league with the leaders of this disturbing and dangerous element. Something must be done, and that right early, or very grave results will follow. If is an open disgrace to American liberty and the peace and security of her citizens, that such a slate of affairs should exist. John J. Gosper
No Province shall be transferred from one Government to another without the consent by plebiscite or otherwise of the population of such Province. Union of Democratic Control
I do not intrude to tell you - for you must know already - that a great proportion of those who triumphed in your election, and of all who desire the unqualified suppression of the rebellion now desolating our country, are solely disappointed and deeply pained by the policy you seem to be pursuing with regard to the slaves of the Rebels. We think you are strangely and disastrously remiss in the discharge of your official and imperative duty with regard to the emancipating provisions of the new Confiscation Act. Those provisions were designed to fight slavery with liberty Horace Greeley
What shall the workers do? Sit idly by and see the vast resources of nature and the human mind be utilized and monopolized for the benefit of the comparative few? No. The laborers must learn to think and act, and soon, too, that only by the power of organization, and common concert of action, can either their manhood be maintained, their rights to life (work to sustain it) be recognized, and liberty and rights secured. Samuel Gompers
Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe. Winston Churchill
What we suffragettes aspire to be when we are enfranchised is ambassadors of freedom to women in other parts of the world, who are not so free as we are. Christabel Pankhurst
Deed of Gift Robert King Carter
I have not the smallest doubt that, if we had a purely democratic government here, the effect would be the same. Either the poor would plunder the rich, and civilization would perish; or order and property would be saved by a strong military government, and liberty would perish. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Democracy—the essential thing as distinguished from this or that democratic government—was primarily an attitude of mind, a spiritual testament, and not an economic structure or a political machine. The testament involved certain basic beliefs—that the personality was sacrosanct, which was the meaning of liberty; that policy should be settled by free discussion; that normally a minority should be ready to yield to a majority, which in turn should respect a minority’s sacred things. John Buchan
The term "free society" is a meaningless, empty phrase if it does not mean a society that is free from harassment from its own police. S. R. Shearer
Terrorism is the enemy of all free people… John Howard
One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted. Eleanor Roosevelt
At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want--for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war. Eleanor Roosevelt
The newspapers, magazines and other journals of the country, it is safe to say, have shed and continue to shed, more light on the public and business affairs of, the nation than any other instrumentality of public; and since informed public opinion is the most potent of all restraints upon misgovernment, the suppression or abridgment of the publicity afforded by a free press cannot be regarded otherwise than with grave concern. George Sutherland
The people of the Island of Cuba are, and of right ought to be, free and independent… it is the duty of the United States to demand, and the Government of the United States does hereby demand, that the Government of Spain at once relinquish its authority and government in the Island of Cuba and withdraw its land and naval forces from Cuba and Cuban waters. United States Congress
The right of property is before and higher than any constitutional sanction, and the right of the owner of a slave to such slave and its increase is the same, and as inviolable as the right of the owner of any property whatever…. The legislature shall have no power to pass laws for the emancipation of slaves without the consent of the owners, or without paying the owners previous to their emancipation a full equivalent in money for the slaves so emancipated. They shall have no power to prevent emigrants to the State from bringing with them such persons as are deemed slaves by the laws of any one of the United States or Territories… Kansas
Democracy is something more, vastly more, than a mere form of government by which society is restrained into free and orderly life. It is a moral entity, a spiritual force, as well. And these are things which live only and alone in the atmosphere of liberty. William E. Borah
True liberalism seeks all legitimate freedom first in the confident belief that without such freedom the pursuit of all other blessings and benefits is vain. That belief is the foundation of all American progress, political as well as economic. Herbert Hoover
Can freedom be maintained under the most severe attack it has ever known? I think it can be. And I think in the final analysis it depends upon what we do here John F. Kennedy
The doctrine of freedom applies everywhere in the world…. Freedom from hunger, freedom from disease, and freedom from tyranny for all mankind Richard Nixon
Wholehearted devotion to liberty is unassailable and half-hearted devotion to justice is indefensible. Barry Goldwater
Moral principles of liberty that endow a person with the right to claim and acquire property at the same time oblige that person to respect every other person’s equal right to do the same. John Schwartz
What vested rights so high or so sacred as a man’s right to himself, to his wife and children, to his liberty, and to the fruits of his own industry? Did not our fathers declare that those rights were inalienable? John Farnsworth
Personal liberty and personal rights are placed in the keeping of the nation, that the right to life, liberty, and property shall be guarantied to the citizen in reality . . . We must make American citizenship the shield that protects every citizen, on every foot of our soil. James A. Garfield
The most general rights, which belong to all mankind, may be said to be the right to life, to liberty and to property. Joseph Story
The absolute rights of individuals may be resolved into the right of personal security, the right of personal liberty, and the right to enjoy and acquire property James Kent
The Negro though nominally free, so far as discriminating legislation could make him so he was yet a slave John Brooks Henderson
If every person has the right to defend --- even by force --- his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right --- its reason for existing, its lawfulness --- is based on individual right. Frederic Bastiat
I cannot possibly understand how fraternity can be legally enforced without liberty being legally destroyed Frederic Bastiat
Slavery and tariffs. These are the only two issues where, contrary to the general spirit of the republic of the United States, law has assumed the character of plunder. Slavery is a violation, by law, of liberty. The protective tariff is a violation, by law, of property. Frederic Bastiat
We all know that books burn—yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die but books never die. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sorry I am to hear the liberty of speech in this house, imputed as a crime. No gentleman ought to be afraid to exercise it. It is a liberty by which the gentleman who calumniates it might have profited, and by which he ought to have profited. William Pitt the Younger
It must cut up Liberty by the root and poison the Fountain of Publick Security William Pitt the Younger
The Pilgrim and the Puritan whom we honor tonight were men who did a great deal of work in the world. They had their faults and their shortcomings, but they were not slothful in business and they were most fervent in spirit. They formed prosperous commonwealths and built on government by law and not of men. They carried the light of learning undimmed through the early years of settlement. They planted a school-house in every village, and fought always a good fight for ordered liberty and for human rights. Henry Cabot Lodge
Without union, our independence and liberty would never have been achieved; without union they never can be maintained. Andrew Jackson
It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom. It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges. We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. William G. Young
As human beings, we reach out for justice. You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature… if you think you are a soldier, you are not----- you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice. William G. Young
We believe in freedom for our neighbors across the street or across the seas---the same freedom we expect for ourselves. Thomas E. Dewey
As labor is free, so all are free. William Green
We all know from a study of history the progress of the working people from the stage of barbarism to that of slavery, serfdom and later individual freedom. . . . William Green
As individual life has more and more given place to crowded community life, the rights and privileges once deemed essential to the perfect liberty of the individual are often found to stand in the way of the public welfare, and to breed wrong and injustice to the community at large. John B. Winslow
When an 18th century constitution forms the charter of liberty of a 20th century government, must its general provisions be construed and interpreted by an eighteenth century mind in the light of eighteenth century conditions and ideals? Clearly not. This were to command the race to halt in its progress, to stretch the state upon a veritable bed of Procrustes. John B. Winslow
I have no animosity towards those who object to the war. Regardless of which side of the fence you're on, just give a moment of thanks to the hundreds of thousands of our forefathers who gave themselves so we can live in a world where we can do this. Myron Thompson
It takes lives to save lives. Myron Thompson
The idea of freedom is the most contagious idea in history. Paul Nitze
The free society tolerates those within it who would use that freedom to destroy it. Paul Nitze
The tongue is more to be feared than the sword. Japanese Proverb
I feel that at any of our rights can be taken away at any moment. Sadullah Kahn
Power over men is itself a satisfaction, besides providing opportunity to better one's circumstances with a minimum of exertion. Hence, the lust for power increases with its enjoyment and restraint is added to restraint. The government instituted to prevent men from transgressing one another's equal rights thus tends to become a transgressor of the rights of all. The injustice is far more oppressive than anyone man can do unto another, and the interests of freedom can be served only by restraint of government. Frank Chodorov
Freedom is a personal experience; a free society is an association of free individuals, nothing else. Freedom consists simply in the absence of external restraints on thought and behavior. Yet, because the individual, in his efforts to improve upon his circumstances, not infrequently transgresses the equal freedom of his fellow man, restraint becomes a necessary condition of social living; it is the means of maintaining an equilibrium, or justice. Frank Chodorov
The great questions that have troubled the country are about the authority of the magistrates and the liberty of the people. John Winthrop
It belongs to American liberty to separate entirely the institution which has for its object the support and diffusion of religion from the political government. Francis Lieber
The intelligent quest is for the free society with equality of opportunity. The quest for equality of result is the path to the widest equality of all: despotism. R. Emmett Tyrrell
No people in the world ever did achieve their freedom by goody-goody talk and moral suasion. Mark Twain
We are not compelled to believe in biological uniformity in order to affirm human freedom and dignity. Edward O. Wilson
No dictatorship can have any other aim but that of self-perpetuation, and it can beget only slavery in the people tolerating it; freedom can be created only by freedom, that is, by a universal rebellion on the part of the people and free organization of the toiling masses from the bottom up. Mikhail Bakunin
North of the 49th parallel we value equality, south of it, they treasure freedom. Michael Adams
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Opinions are free but facts cost money. Anonymous
If men are not kept straight by duty, they must be by fear. The more they are kept by fear, the less they are free. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
We declare complete freedom to all persons, both those newly arriving and those who, having removed from the country, now desire to return to their native land, insofar as every person newly arrived from any part, or returning, to the states of the Republic, as soon as he set foot upon Polish soil is completely free to use his industry as and where he will, is free to make agreements for settlement, wages or rents as and to such time as he agree, is free to settle in city or countryside, and is free to reside in Poland or to return to whichever country he wish Poland
Find me the men on earth who care / Enough for faith or creed today / To seek a barren wilderness / For simple liberty to pray. Helen Hunt Jackson
Prosperity or egalitarianism—you have to choose. I favor freedom—you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion. Mario Vargas Llosa
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. Edward R. Murrow
Americans want individual freedom and yet they want strong communities. There is some contradiction there. Sheldon Hackney
Freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship. Patrick Henry
Freedom has been used throughout history to mean different things…. In the Civil War the North fought for individual freedom while the South fought for community freedom. Sheldon Hackney
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate. Martin Luther King Jr.
Suppression? Persecution? The revolution was fought for this? Emma Goldman
Within the Russian system, everything depends on the character of those few who hold full power in their hands. The position of the individual within present-day Russia has been described as follows: far-reaching economic security by sacrificing personal liberty. Albert Einstein
As long as I have any choice in the matter, I will live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law are the rule. . . . These conditions do not exist in Germany at the present time. Albert Einstein
When you have people in a geographical area who do not want to be a part of a country, you cannot keep them in that country forever. Peter W. Galbraith
Amr ibn Al-'Aas has an important place in Islam and therefore we will not permit any secularist to deride him. Abd Al-Sabour Shahin
Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens. Alastair Farrugia
After having overcome Fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism. We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all. Michelle Malkin
The Mubarak regime is adamantly opposed, and resorts to extra-judicial means, such as emergency courts and national security and military courts, which do not observe international standards …. despite the Emergency Law, 89 people were killed and 236 wounded in terrorist attacks in Egypt during the previous 12 months. In neighboring Israel, which is still in the midst of a struggle with the Palestinians, only 18 were killed and 25 wounded in similar attacks during the same period. Yet Israelis do not live under an Emergency Law. Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
Man’s freedom is lacking if somebody else controls what he needs, for need may result in man’s enslavement of man.. Muammar Qaddafi
Religious and civil marriage to be replaced by free marriage. Adult men and women have the right to unite and separate as they please....With the abolition of the right of inheritance and the education of children assured by society, all the legal reasons for the irrevocability of marriage will disappear....In marriage, man and woman must enjoy absolute liberty. Mikhail Bakunin
The more developed a nation is, the more complete is the independence of the individual, and the safer the individual from encroachments by another. Dmitry I. Pisarev
Willfull Absenteeism Strikes At Liberty Anonymous
Perhaps the greatest threat to freedom and democracy in the world today comes from the formation of unholy alliances between government and business. This is not a new phenomenon. It used to be called fascism. . . .The outward appearances of the democratic process are observed, but the powers of the state are diverted to the benefit of private interests. George Soros
Freedom without opportunity is a devil’s gift. Noam Chomsky
If freedom makes social progress possible, so social progress strengthens and enlarges freedom. Robert Kennedy
Political freedom cannot exist in any land where religion controls the state, and religious freedom cannot exist in any land where the state controls religion. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The seeds of freedom ... have now been scattered where despotism and tyranny ranked and ruled, will be watered by the enlivening dews of God's clemency, till the reapers [abolitionists] shall shout the harvest home. Henry McNeal Turner
Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all -- liberty! James Monroe
An owner’s right to exclude others from his property is the means by which he can avoid “bads” from happening: events that will lower the value of his property. By means of an unceasing flood of redistributive legislation, the democratic state has worked relentlessly not only to strip its citizens of all arms (weapons) but also to strip domestic property owners of their right of exclusion, thereby robbing them of much of their personal and physical protection. Hans-Hermann Hoppe
These new technologies are not yet inevitable. But if they blossom fully into being, freedom may irrevocably perish. Bill McKibben
It will probably be asked, Why not retain and incorporate the blacks into the State [instead of colonizing them]? Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites, ten thousand recollections by the blacks of the injuries they have sustained, new provocations, the real distinctions which nature has made, and many other circumstances will divide us into parties and produce convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race. Thomas Jefferson
In the disposition of these unfortunate people, there are two rational objects to be distinctly kept in view. First. The establishment of a colony on the coast of Africa, which may introduce among the aborigines the arts of cultivated life, and the blessings of civilization and science. By doing this, we may make to them some retribution for the long course of injuries we have been committing on their population. Thomas Jefferson
Nobody wishes more ardently to see an abolition, not only of the trade, but of the condition of slavery; and certainly, nobody will be more willing to encounter every sacrifice for that object. Thomas Jefferson
Do not mistake me. I am not advocating slavery. I am not justifying the wrongs we have committed on a foreign people... On the contrary, there is nothing I would not sacrifice to a practicable plan of abolishing every vestige of this moral and political depravity. Thomas Jefferson
Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate, than that these people [blacks] are to be free; nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Thomas Jefferson
It has been the wise policy of these states to extend the protection of their laws to all those who should settle among them of whatever nation or religion they might be and to admit them to a participation of the benefits of civil and religious freedom, and... the benevolence of this practice as well as its salutary effects has rendered it worthy of being continued in future times. Thomas Jefferson
When Men are not allowed to think freely about chemistry and biology, why should they be allowed to think freely about political philosophy? Auguste Compte
The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction. Thomas Jefferson
A heavy aristocracy and corruption are two bridles in the mouths of a people which will prevent them from making any effectual efforts against their masters. Thomas Jefferson
With the laborers of England generally, does not the moral coercion of want subject their will as despotically to that of their employer, as the physical constraint does the soldier, the seaman, or the slave? Thomas Jefferson
Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open. Clive Bell
In the name of all that is dear to you…we ask you to help… Those who have died for liberty…accuse you who are able to help and who have not helped… We have read an appeal to the UN and every honest man… Radio Free Europe
The Soviet monster stands at our gates…the eight days’ victorious revolution have turned Hungary into a free land… Neither Khrushchev nor the whole of the Soviet army have the power to oppress this new liberty… What can you do against Hungary, you Soviet legions? It is in vain to pierce Hungarian souls with your bayonets. You can destroy and shoot and kill: our freedom will now forevermore defy you… Radio Free Europe
An ideal place for the poor man, who needn’t fear that he will be assessed for the zakat or ever face arrest…The poor man lives without worry or care because of the low price and abundance of bread…He feels at ease there because nothing stops him from doing whatever he pleases. He is free to dance in the markets, dress in rags, grow drunk on hashish or other products, and run with scoundrels… Ibn Sa'id
Representative democracy has for its characteristic object and effect…securing its members against oppression and depredation at the hands of those functionaries which it employs for its defense. Jeremy Bentham
Anyone who wants to carry on the war against the outsiders, come with me. I can’t offer you either honours or wages; I offer you hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Anyone who loves his country, follow me. Guiseppe Garibaldi
It was once a fundamental maxim that every subject had the same right to his life, liberty, property, and the law that the King had to his crown; and 'tis yet, I venture to say, as much as a crown is worth, to deny the subject his law, which is his birthright. James Otis
The inhabitants of the English colonies in North-America … are entitled to life, liberty and property: and they have never ceded to any foreign power whatever, a right to dispose of either without their consent. Continental Congress
Every good Englishman, abstracted from all regard for America, must oppose … being taxed by the British Parliament. For my own part, I am convinced that no argument … can be produced in support of this right. Charles Lee
… the sole end of government is the protection and security of the people; whenever therefore that power which was originally instituted to effect these important and valuable purposes is employed to harass and enslave the people, … it becomes a curse rather than a blessing. Massachusetts
In this character of the Americans, a love of freedom is the predominating feature, which marks and distinguishes the whole … Your colonies become suspicious, restive and intractable whenever they see the least attempt to wrest from them by force of shuffle from them by chicane what they think is the only advantage worth living for. This fierce spirit of liberty is stronger in the English colonies probably than in any other people of the earth … Edmund Burke
The Americans will have no interest contrary to the grandeur and glory of England, when they are not oppressed by the weight of it … Edmund Burke
My Lords, I look upon North America as the only great nursery of freedom now left on the face of the earth. Jonathan Shipley
The idea of governing provinces and colonies by force is visionary and chimerical. The experiment has often been tried, and it has never succeeded. It ends infallibly in the ruin of one country or the other. Jonathan Shipley
It is our moral duty to intervene today, straight away, to help the Iraqi people in their difficulty. Iraq has to be given back to the Iraqi people Franco Frattini
The limit of freedom of expression is the point at which there is an attempt to harm a person or a country. William Bourdon
Anyone, who intentionally participates in an action intended to harm the security, peace and leadership of the institutions in Kurdish-Iraq, will be punished by a life sentence or temporary prison sentence Kurdistan Province of Iraq
Anyone, who intentionally takes part in an action intended to harm the state government, the unity of the state or the security of its territory, will be hanged Saddam Hussein
There is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers. Alexander Hamilton
The role of the inhabitants of the American hemisphere has for centuries been purely passive. Politically they were nonexistent. We are still in a position lower than slavery, and therefore it is more difficult for us to rise to the enjoyment of freedom. Simon Bolivar
Generous souls always interest themselves in the fate of a people who strive to recover the rights to which the Creator and Nature have entitled them, and one must indeed be wedded to error and passion not to harbor this noble sentiment Simon Bolivar
El Libertador Anonymous
I personally feel that the teaching of modern science is corrosive of religious belief, and I'm all for that! One of the things that in fact has driven me in my life, is the feeling that this is one of the great social functions of science--to free people from superstition. But I don't think that that attitude of mine should control the high school curriculum. My own personal motivation is irrelevant, just as the motivations of religious people should not affect high school curricula: Science should be taught not in order to support religion and not in order to destroy religion--science should be taught simply ignoring religion. Steven Weinberg
The love of liberty brought us here. Liberia
I saw a passenger per the Underground Railroad yesterday; did he arrive safely? Notwithstanding that abomination of the nineteenth century — the Fugitive Slave Law — men still determine to be free. Notwithstanding all the darkness in which they keep the slaves, it seems that somehow light is dawning upon their minds Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
To all whom these presents may come know ye, that I Peter Hawkins a free black man of the city of Richmond having purchased my wife Rose, a slave about twenty-two years of age and by her have had a child called Mary now about 18 months old, for the love I bear toward my wife and child have thought proper to emancipate them and for the further consideration of five shillings to me in hand paid …. I emancipate and set free the said Rose and Mary and relinquish all my right ... as slaves to the said Rose and Mary. Peter Hawkins
There is no past invasion of our liberties which by its nature could not happen again. Without our constant vigilance, everything that has happened before will happen again. Nadine Strossen
Freedom of expression is freedom of information Paula Dobriansky
The Chinese people are not a new kind of human nature. Human nature in China is the same as it is elsewhere. When you start in a tyrannical regime to hand out freedom there is no place to draw that line and expect that line to hold. And so it’s only a matter of time before this regime comes down Michael Ledeen
There cannot be freedom in Iraq without bringing down the mullahs. Michael Ledeen
A new Russian Revolution is inevitable, and that it may come much sooner than anyone would now dare to hope… I do not believe it possible that the thirst for freedom and decency in the countries of the Soviet Empire can remain much longer unslaked, and that any attempt either to quench it by total repression or to satisfy it by real reforms, will be cataclysmically destructive of the eroded foundations of the entire State system. Bernard Levin
We must be ever vigilant against those who would strong arm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into a dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends be avoiding these beginnings. Sandra Day O'Connor
If you can exchange information freely, isn’t that almost a definition of democracy. Lamar S. Smith
Capitalism is so successful economically that it creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest. Joseph A. Schumpeter
He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Freedom all solace to man gives: He lives at ease that freely lives. John Barbour
I gave my life for freedom--This I know; For those who bade me fight had told me so. W. N. Ewer
My angel,--his name is Freedom,-- Choose him to be your king; He shall cut pathways east and west, And fend you with his wing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here the free spirit of mankind, at length, Throws its last fetters off; and who shall place A limit to the giant's unchained strength, Or curb his swiftness in the forward race? William Cullen Bryant
For Freedom's battle once begun, Bequeath'd by bleeding sire to son, Though battled oft is ever won. George Gordon Byron
England may as well dam up the waters of the Nile with bulrushes as to fetter the step of Freedom Lydia M. Child
To freemen, threats are impotent. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Freedom has a thousand charms to show That slaves, howe'er contented, never know. William Cowper
The agricultural and industrial system of a free people, like their political system, ought to be an accurate reflex of the democratic principle by the people for the people, solely in the interests of the people. James Connolly
His Imperial Highness, the Czar of All the Russias, has issued a manifesto in favor of universal disarmament …. whatever seriousness there is in his latest pronouncement may be translated into an appeal to his brother despots throughout Europe to cease warring with each other in order that their hands may be free to throttle the infant liberty in their own dominions. James Connolly
I believe in the Corporal Works of Mercy, the Ten Commandments, the American Declaration of Independence and James Connolly’s outline of a socialist society… Most of my life I’ve been called a lunatic because I believe that I am my brother’s keeper. I organize poor and exploited workers, I fight for the civil rights of minorities, and I believe in peace. It appears to have become old-fashioned to make social commitments — to want a world free of war, poverty and disease. This is my religion Michael J. Quill
We may very well be making history here ... in the presence of the man who is entrusted with the banner of American liberty that was taken from Lincoln when he was shot 95 years ago … Dr. King was almost stabbed to death, has been shot at, has been arrested more often than anybody in the United States, south and north … Dr. King’s life at this moment is in just as great danger as was Lincoln’s. And he has to walk with care if he is to continue to lead this crusade Michael J. Quill
For generations the shamrock was banned as a national emblem of Ireland, but in her extremity England uses the shamrock as a means for exciting in foolish Irishmen loyalty to England. For centuries the green flag of Ireland was a thing accurst and hated by the English garrison in Ireland, as it is still in their inmost hearts. But in India, in Egypt, in Flanders, in Gallipoli, the green flag is used by our rulers to encourage Irish soldiers of England to give up their lives for the power that denies their country the right of nationhood. James Connolly
Apostles of Freedom are ever idolized when dead, but crucified when living. James Connolly
We went out to break the connection between this country and the British Empire, and to establish an Irish Republic …. We succeeded in proving that Irishmen are ready to die endeavoring to win for Ireland those national rights which the British Government has been asking them to die to win for Belgium. As long as that remains the case, the cause of Irish freedom is safe…. I personally thank God that I have lived to see the day when thousands of Irish men and boys, and hundreds of Irish women and girls, were ready to affirm that truth, and to attest it with their lives if need be. James Connolly
The free man is as courageous in timely retreat as in combat Baruch Spinoza
He who seeks to regulate everything by law, is more likely to arouse vices than to reform them. It is best to grant what cannot be abolished, even though it be in itself harmful. Baruch Spinoza
In a free state every man may think what he likes, and say what he thinks. Baruch Spinoza
Sasha, aren’t you a good communist? How can you allow so much ideological freedom? Do something!. Leonid I. Brezhnev
Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave. Andrew Fletcher
Man is born free, yet he is everywhere in chains. Jean Jacques Rousseau
And now that the legislators and do gooders have futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems. And try liberty … Frederic Bastiat
Those who have more power are liable to sin more; no theorem in geometry is more certain than this. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz
Anyone who believes in tolerance and freedom will support Denmark and publish all 12 cartoons. Michelle Malkin
Deprived of national pride in their lifelong beliefs, Russians experienced a bit of my eyes of the Soviet era as the end of empire, and a sense of national identity. In a state of moral, material and physical despair, they yearned to feel better about themselves and their land. Nina Khrushcheva
If officials are too forceful, people will revolt. Song Baorui
This cleaning up of our culture must extend to nearly all domains. Theater, art, literature, movies, the press, posters, and window displays must be cleaned of the symptoms of a rotting world and put into the service of a moral idea of state and culture. Adolf Hitler
Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a freeborn Briton can do. William Makepeace Thackeray
We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to practice faith or not, and those who believe are free and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief. Ronald Reagan
It’s often safer to be in chains than to be free. Franz Kafka
The Emancipation Proclamation was fraught with consequences, immediate and remote, such as human foresight could not penetrate….. Gideon Welles
Buxton is certainly a very interesting place. Sixteen years ago it was a wilderness. Now, good highways are laid out in all directions through the forest, and by their side, standing back 33 feet from the road, are about 200 cottages, all built in the same pattern, all looking neat and comfortable; around each one is a cleared place of several acres which is well cultivated. The fences are in good order, the barns seem well filled, and cattle and horses, and pigs and poultry, abound. There are signs of industry and thrift and comfort everywhere; signs of intemperance, of idleness, of want nowhere. There is no tavern and no groggery; but there is a chapel and a schoolhouse. Most interesting of all are the inhabitants. Twenty years ago most of them were slaves, who owned nothing, not even their children. Now they own themselves; they own their houses and farms; and they have their wives and children about them. They are enfranchised citizens of a government [Canada] which protects their rights … Samuel R. Howe
I have declined to move any such colony to any State [country] without first obtaining the consent of the government, with an agreement on its part to receive and protect such emigrants in all the rights of freemen…. Liberia and Haiti are as yet the only countries to which colonies of African descent from here could go with certainty of being received and adopted as citizens; and I regret to say such persons contemplating colonization do not seem so willing to go to those countries Abraham Lincoln
It is essential in the highest interests, not merely of this country, but of the world, that Britain should at all hazards maintain her place and her prestige amongst the Great Powers of the world. Her potent influence has many a time been in the past, and may yet be in the future, invaluable to the cause of human liberty. It has more than once in the past redeemed Continental nations, who are sometimes too apt to forget that service, from overwhelming disaster and even from national extinction David Lloyd George
As long as there are men who would hate and destroy, we must find the courage to resist Lyndon B. Johnson
The important thing is the spirit of Islam. That is all about tolerance…and human dignity…Islam…doesn’t impose anything on other people…. Rania Al-Abdullah
Not a single slave is to be found among them, but all are free, exchanging services with each other, and they denounce the owners of slaves, not merely for their injustice in outraging the law of equality, but also for their impiety in annulling the statute of Nature, who mother-like bore and reared all men alike, and created them genuine brothers, not in mere name, but in very reality Philo Judaeus
The traffic in slaves is a matter on which all sects and nations have agreed from the time of the sons of Adam . . . up to this day. I am not aware of its being prohibited by the laws of any sect, and no one need ask this question, the same being manifest to both high and low and requires no more demonstration than the light of day. Abd ar-Rahman
Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted. A. Philip Randolph
Big is bad - the corollary of Schumacher's small is beautiful. The centralized state, particularly the mass-society state of the 20th century, is inherently a failure: it is authoritarian and anti-liberty, imposing checks and laws on all individual actions; it is hierarchical and arbitrary, with power at the top and subservience for the great majority below; it is bureaucratic in order to function at all, but it functions poorly nonetheless because bureaucracies are always inefficient and clumsy and self-perpetuating; it is undemocratic, because it is too big to allow direct face-to-face decision making and substitutes various forms of representation, all of which take power from the individual. Kirkpatrick Sale
We, the men and women, full and free, are conscious that the war that we have declared is our last resort, but also a just one. The dictators are applying an undeclared genocidal war against our people for many years. Therefore we ask for your participation, your decision to support this plan that struggles for work, land, housing, food, health care, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace. Subcomandante Marcos
All the political rights and liberties which people enjoy today, they do not owe to the good will of their governments, but to their own strength Rudolph Rocker
The deputies of the people should not and cannot be the people's representatives, they can only be its servants.... The moment that people give power to their representatives, they abdicate their liberty. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Contrary to public understanding, Anarchism means 'peace on earth, good will to men'. Acts of violence done in the name of Anarchy are caused by men and women who forget to be philosophers - teachers of the people - because their physical and mental suffering drive them to desperation Voltairine de Cleyre
Sexist anarchists do exist, but only by virtue of directly contradicting their own anarchism …. Anarchism must be feminist if it is to remain consistent. L. Susan Brown
The mandatory Power shall use its best endeavours to ensure than an area situated in the territory of the Jewish State, including a seaport and hinterland adequate to provide facilities for a substantial immigration, shall be evacuated at the earliest possible date and in any event not later than 1 February 1948. United Nations
In everything finite there are accidental elements Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
We can neither ignore the history of the past nor create the future. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Broad local self-government; regional self-government for localities with special conditions of life or a particular make-up of the population. Unrestricted freedom of conscience, speech, press and assembly; the right to strike and to form trade unions. Freedom of movement and occupation. National self-determination for all nations forming part of the state. Russian Social Democratic Labour Party; Bolshevik Communist Party; Communist Party
The new woman is essentially an independent labour unit whose energy is used not to serve the interests of a private family economy, but to perform socially useful and necessary labour. Alexandra Kollontai
Which of us in our childhood did not gaze in awe at the mighty Statue of Liberty, its burning torch lighting the entrance to an international port, to a New World that still retained all its alluring, fairy-tale strangeness for the European? Which of us in our childhood was not struck by its grandeur as it soared above the New York skyscraper skyline? How pitifully small and insignificant did the huge ocean-going ships appear in these pictures as they scurried at the feet of proud and victorious Freedom!...Could a 1st-class passenger, carrying in his pocket cheques for a Wall Street bank, be an unwelcome foreigner in the great republic? The red carpet is put down for the 1st-class passenger, and for him the Statue of Liberty makes her dim torch blaze anew. But how dimly that same statue lights the way to that New World for those who were only able to buy a 3rd-class ticket... Alexandra Kollontai
In Russia the workers are powerless, kept in spiritual as well as physical bondage. The American workers are free to take up the fight, free to act, to read, to publish, to discuss, to instruct themselves, to combine in unions, to assemble in meeting, to strike. Hence it is only here [America] that the fight for peace can begin…. The [solution] consists in mass-actions of American workers against capitalist power. If they should proceed to wrench the decision on policy from big capital, the most essential step to deter the threat of atomic war would be made Anton Pannekoek
Socialism will never substitute one class rule for another …. The aim of Socialism is to do away with rule and exploitation in every form, men becoming free and equal, no masters and servants, but comrades, bothers and sisters. Karl Kautsky
What distinguishes Germany from America and Western Europe is control by titled land-holders, the lack of civil liberty and free institutions, and the cowardliness of the middle class Anton Pannekoek
We [Arabs] export not only oil but techniques and tools of torture. Our states, run by ministries of the interior and the security services, are regimes bereft of legitimacy and based on violations of dignity and human rights. Khaled Chouket
Our political life is closed, and our freedoms usurped, and our people are oppressed, and fearful… if you don’t say what the ruler wants, you’re exiled beyond the sun. Khaled Chouket
The record of Arab regimes is disgraceful and outrageous … worse than that of the occupier or the colonialist. Khaled Chouket
My goal for the Arab world is to change the status quo, which is horrible politically, religiously, economically, in every way. Faisal Al-Kasim
This fight is the fight for freedom by the Hungarian people against the Russian intervention, and it is possible that I shall only be able to stay at my post for one or two hours. The whole world will see how the Russian armed forces, contrary to all treaties and conventions, are crushing the resistance of the Hungarian people. Imre Nagy
Freedom of expression is guaranteed within the framework of Islamic and national objectives and values. Saudi Arabia
The mass media in Saudi Arabia should oppose destructive, trends, atheistic tendencies, materialistic philosophies and attempts to divert Muslims from their faith. Saudi Arabia
We live now in the freeist time in the freeist country. Penn Jillette
For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of brainwashing under freedom to which we are subjected and which all too often we are as willing or unwitting instruments Noam Chomsky
We hold these truths to be self evident: That all species are created different but equal; That they are endowed, each one, with certain inalienable rights; That among them are Freedom to Live, Freedom to Grow, and Freedom to pursue Happiness in their own style; Timothy Leary
The more choices you have--the more options you have, the better off you are. Nick Gillespie
If you give people an opportunity for self government and freedom, most people will reach for freedom William S. Cohen
There’s always this struggle in a war between liberty and security … during war time we have these excesses and afterwards we apologize. William Safire
The ability to take advantage of freedom and democracy is proportional to the size of your bank account. Lech Walesa
Cling to freedom because among God’s favorite creations, freedom is most beautiful and delicate. Abdul Karim Soroush
Freedom of speech, freedom to criticize pillars of government, freedom to form parties and freedom of the press within the framework of the constitution are among the absolute rights of the public. Mohammed Khatami
Nor is there liberty if the power of judging is not separated from legislative power and from executive power. If it [the power of judging] were joined to legislative power, the power over life and liberty of the citizens would be arbitrary, for the judge would be the legislature if it were joined to the executive power, the judge could have the force of an oppressor. All would be lost if the same … body of principal men … exercised these three powers Charles de Montesquieu
The end of all political associations is, the preservation of the rights of man, which rights are liberty, property, and security; that the nation is the source of all sovereignty derived from it... Thomas Paine
the ministry of interior may censor newspapers and ban them if they include anything that violates public security, threatens national unity, or contradicts Islam Russell B. Long; Mauritania
There is a very long history of oppression in the Arab world, particularly in the states he mentions: Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, as well as in Sudan and Tunisia. These regimes are not based on democracy and their legitimacy comes from military dictatorships or inherited systems. The basic right of an individual to voice his or her opinion is not granted in any kind of form in the Arab world. Ibrahim Nawar
Freedom of speech is freedom to offend. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Neo-Islam's attempt at destroying individual freedoms is as much a threat to Islam as the Inquisition was to Christianity. Amir Taheri
The Emancipation Proclamation was really a tool of war. Barnet Schecter
Liberty has its roots in blood. Albanian Proverb
It is better to die standing, than to live bending. Albanian Proverb
… the only security men can have for their political liberty, consists in their keeping their money in their own pockets, until they have assurances, perfectly satisfactory to themselves, that it will be used as they wish it to be used, for their benefit, and not for their injury Lysander Spooner
This Senate, is a sanctuary; a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty; and it is here — it is here, in this exalted refuge; here, if anywhere, will resistance be made to the storms of political frenzy and the silent arts of corruption; and if the Constitution be destined ever to perish by the sacrilegious hands of the demagogue or the usurper, which God avert, its expiring agonies will be witnessed on this floor. Aaron Burr
The justice of our cause and not the greatness of our race makes us confident. But we are not ruthless enough, not vicious, not aggressive, therein lies a weakness. Children of a free and sheltered people who have lived the generous life, we have not the poor nations’ disposition of those oppressed beasts, our enemies who must fight or starve George S. Patton
It’s indisputable that people use libraries to commit crimes because they think they can conceal their identity. Kevin J. O'Connor
Behind every citizen lies a graveyard. Alan Wolfe
These carefree young Americans were freedom incarnate: our own and also the freedom that was about to spread – we had no doubts on this score – throughout world. Simone de Beauvoir
No law to combat terrorism should undermine the basic freedoms which we are trying to defend. Michael Howard
Colonial societies could not become too oppressive, because their members — surrounded by direct examples of free life — always had the option to vote with their feet.. . .Historians have been puzzlingly reluctant to acknowledge this Indian contribution to the end of tyranny worldwide. Alan Taylor
Why do people willingly choose lives that restrict their intellectual freedom? What becomes of modern societies founded on Islam, whose strictest adherents long for a return to the time of Muhammad? V. S. Naipaul
Our young people in increasing numbers are rejecting all forms or authority. Grayson Kirk
Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons. Canada
Only freedom can make security secure. Karl Popper
I regard those men as vile and contemptible who subject themselves to the yoke of someone else when they can live as free men. I and all my people have vowed to die a hundred deaths to maintain the freedom of our land. This is our answer, both for the present and forevermore. Anonymous
We [Russia] and America both have freedom of speech. The only difference is that Americans have freedom after they speak. Anonymous
Arbeit Macht Frei Work will make you free Anonymous
As soon as control eases, there is chaos. [Yi fang, jiu luan.] Anonymous
Bread and Freedom Anonymous
Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem Anonymous
Each citizen of a state who lends his aid to the support of it, has an equal claim to all the privileges, liberties and immunities with every of his fellow countrymen. Anonymous
Every human being whose life is in peril has the right to protection. Anonymous
Free Discussion, Virtue, Liberty and Independence Anonymous
NO FREE GOVERNMENT CAN SURVIVE THAT IS NOT BASED ON THE SUPREMACY OF LAW Anonymous
Free Silver and Free Cuba Anonymous
Freedom and unity Anonymous
Freedom resides within the soul. Anonymous
The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few; and the possessors of these, in turn, despise the Republic and endanger liberty. From the same prolific womb of governmental injustice we breed the two great classes—tramps and millionaires. Anonymous
We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot-box, the Legislatures, the Congress, and touches even the ermine of the bench.... The newspapers are largely subsidized [by political interests] or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished and the land concentrating in the hands of the capitalists. The urban workmen are denied the right to organize..., imported pauperized labor beats down their wages.... The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few...; and the possessors of these, in turn, despise the Republic and endanger liberty. Anonymous
God did not create the people slaves to their prince. Anonymous
If freedom is good for any, it is good for all. Anonymous
Jefferson and Liberty Anonymous
Liberty and independence Anonymous
Liberty and Property Anonymous
Life is precious and so is love, but freedom surpasses all. Anonymous
Live free or die Anonymous
Montani Semper Liberi [Mountaineers are always free] Anonymous
Do thou Great Liberty inspire our souls— and make our Lives in thy Possession happy— Or, our Deaths glorious in thy just Defense. Anonymous
Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain Anonymous
Police are empowered to seize editions of newspapers which attack the government in the foreign policy, or which injure the national credit at home or abroad, or which alarm the people without justification. Anonymous
Laboring men of America, the voices of 1776 ring down through the corridors of time and tell you to strike monopolies and combinations that are eating out the heart of the Nation. Not with glittering musket, flaming sword or deadly cannon, but with the silent, potent and all-powerful ballot, the only vestige of liberty left. Anonymous
The Negro’s first want is, not the ballot, but a chance to live,—yes sir, a chance to live. Why he can't even live without the consent of the white man! He has no land; he can make no crops except the white man gives him the chance. He hasn't any timber; he can't get a stick of wood without leave from the white man. We crowd him into the fewest possible employments, and then he can scarcely get work anywhere but in the rice-fields and cotton plantations of a white man who has owned him and given up slavery only at the point of a bayonet... What sort of freedom is that? Anonymous
The New Freedom Anonymous
This is a free country but the upkeep is killing us. Anonymous
To be literate is to be liberated. Anonymous
Union and Liberty Anonymous
Virtue, liberty and independence Anonymous
Do not talk too freely, watch what you say. Do not express your innermost thoughts even when you are alone. What you say in haste you may regret later. Exert yourself to restrain your speech. Anonymous
Wilkes and Liberty! Anonymous
Liberty and prosperity Anonymous
They refused to be servants of kings, and were never ruled by any. But when they were called on for help in war, they responded gladly. Abid ibn al-Abras
The only genuine form of democracy is that practiced freely without restrictions, threats or any form of intimidation. Bassam Abu Sharif
This country will never sacrifice humanity in order to carry out any policy. Dean Acheson
He who is the most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power is as eager after for the prerogatives of government. Abigail Adams
I most sincerely wish there was not a slave in the province. It has always seemed a most iniquitous scheme to me—to fight ourselves for what we are daily robbing and plundering from those who have as good a right to freedom as we have. Abigail Adams
I have sometimes been ready to think that the passion for liberty cannot be equally strong in the breasts of those who have been accustomed to deprive their fellow creature of theirs. Abigail Adams
Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States. John Adams
The tendency of the spirit of the age is strong toward religious liberty. John Quincy Adams
What can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend on the color of the skin. John Quincy Adams
Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. John Quincy Adams
It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment—Independence now and Independence forever! Independence now and forever! Independence forever! John Adams
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. John Adams
Negro slavery is an evil of colossal magnitude. John Adams
Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property. Samuel Adams
A standing army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the liberties of the people. Soldiers are apt to consider themselves as a body distinct from the rest of the citizens ... They soon become attached to their officers and disposed to yield implicit obedience to their commands. Samuel Adams
We may look up to armies for our defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any State should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored. Samuel Adams
Religion and the public liberty of a people are interwoven, and cannot exist separately. Samuel Adams
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 arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. Samuel Adams
Death is a better, milder fate than tyranny Aeschylus
The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. Herbert Sebastian Agar
Authoritarianism provides a kind of negative stability. Democracy creates space to do a lot of things, sometimes bad things, dangerous things. Olisa Agbakoba
Remember, this is a country where even the non-Jews know they have no rights. Marcos Aguinis
Our freer, but yet far from freed, land is the asylum, if asylum there be, for the hope of man. Amos Bronson Alcott
Is there anything in the existing condition that makes the duty of Congress to put the liberty of all the people of the United States in jeopardy?... Are we going to take up the question of what a man shall eat and what a man shall drink, and put him under severe penalties if he is eating or drinking something different from what the chemists of the Agricultural Department think desirable? Nelson W. Aldrich
I will assist you in your amour if your mistress be to be gained either by presents or persuasions; but we must use no other means, because she is free-born. Alexander III
Your creation of this Committee is, in my opinion, the greatest venture in the protection of civil liberty officially undertaken by the government since reconstruction. Sadie Tanner Alexander
Censorship is the conscience of society. Thuraya Al-Ghindi
Blush Ye pretended votaries of freedom. Ye trifling patriots who are making a vain parade of being advocates for the liberties of mankind, who are thus making a mockery of your profession by trampling on the sacred, natural rights and priorities of Africans. John Allen; Isaac
Much depends upon us for the help of our color—more than many are aware. If we are lazy and idle, the enemies of freedom plead it as a cause why we ought not to be free … by such conduct we strengthen the hands of oppression and keep many in bondage …. I entreat you to consider the obligations we lie under …. Richard V. Allen
We all know that those who instigate those doubts are the enemies of God, the enemies of religion and the enemies of all humanity. Their hearts are full of hatred. Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al-Sheikh
You'll never know how sweet freedom can be unless you've lost it for eight and a half years. Everett Alvarez Jr.
It took America three-quarters of a century of agitation and four years of war to learn the meaning of the word "Liberty." God grant to teach us by easier lessons the meaning of the words, "equal rights. American Freedman
Health is the first of all liberties. Henri Frederic Amiel
The USA was founded in the name of democracy, equality and individual freedom, but is failing to deliver the fundamental promise of protecting rights for all. Amnesty International
If a man and a woman come willingly, as men and women, and have intercourse, there shall be no punishment Anatolia
When a government takes over a people's economic life, it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute, it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs. Maxwell Anderson
The Constitution protects people from the federal government and in some cases from the states, but it doesn't apply to private companies unless there is a specific statute dealing with the issue. Lori B. Andrews
The United Nations is an organization of sovereign states, but the rights that it upholds belong to individuals. Kofi Annan
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people—women as well as men. Susan B. Anthony
Jewish citizens of ours have come to me and pointed out that from the earliest times they have had an association of their own in accordance with their native laws and a place of their own, in which they decide their own affairs and controversies with one another; and upon their request that it be permitted them to do these things, I decided that they might be maintained, and permitted them so to do Lucius Antionius
We will take up the ball of the Revolution where our fathers stopped it and roll it to the final consummation of freedom and independence for the masses. Anti-Renters
Modernity, democracy, and change have enabled more and more Muslim women activists, and Muslim democrats all over the world, to realize they can work within the Islamic framework to find liberation within Islam…. We feel strongly that we have a right to reclaim our religion, to redefine it, and to make sure Islam is codified and implemented in ways that take into consideration the realities of women’s lives today. Zainah Anwar
We fight not for glory, nor for wealth, nor for honour, but for that freedom which no good man will surrender but with his life. Arbroath Manifesto
Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers. Aristotle
Liberty and equality ... will best be attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. Aristotle
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil—and if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty. Aristotle
The basis of a democratic state is liberty. Aristotle
Freedom depends upon something. The rule of law. Richard K. Armey
I remain unvanquished Armstrong Clan
Men may die, but the fabric of free institutions remain unshaken. Chester A. Arthur
To affirm my own rights I must define and affirm the rights of others. Hanan Ashrawi
The most potent combination is that of religion and politics, because then if you object, you are a heretic. Margaret Atwood
Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance. Saint Augustine
A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than leave free the energies of mankind. Walter Bagehot
The Puritan character has ever ... been willing to put restraints on freedoms when the goal, which in modern times tends to be moral uplift, requires it. Russell Baker
We don’t want an extremist Islam. We don’t want a Taliban brand of Islam. We want an Islam of independence, justice and freedom. Muhammad Bakr
Respect for the freedom of someone else constitutes the highest duty of men Mikhail Bakunin
Liberty without socialism is privilege and injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality. Mikhail Bakunin
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be. James Baldwin
The passion and will for freedom is always contradicted by the necessity of the state. James Baldwin
We have loosened the formal bonds of unity with the great dominions. The destinies of their peoples are guided by their own governments. No rigid framework cramps our conversations with one another or with the world outside the family circle. When we meet together in equal freedom we are united by common allegiance to the Crown. In that model unity lies our strength. Stanley Baldwin
There is a wind of nationalism and freedom blowing round the world. Stanley Baldwin
The soul of liberty is love of law. Honore de Balzac
It is the indispensable duty of those, who maintain for themselves the rights of human nature, and who profess the obligations of Christianity, to extend their power and influence to the relief of every part of the human race, from whatever burden of oppression they may labour under. Benjamin Banneker
Islam … is a story of the struggle between reason and belief, between consent and authoritarianism, between resistance to tyranny and tyrants. Benjamin R. Barber
No Arab in the Arab world enjoys the civil freedoms that the Arabs in Israel enjoy. I. Y. Bar-Itzhack
In the 19th century, the chains [of slavery] were metal. Today, the chains are debt—the worker has to repay his transportation, his tools, his food. Carlos Eduardo Barroso
The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free—which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state. Alan Barth
Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Alan Barth
I would hope to glorify freedom and liberty over there [America] in the hope that it may be regained over here [France.] Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
Prohibition is a deathblow to the liberty of the individual … Richard Bartholdt
Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has the right to be wrong in his facts. Bernard Baruch
We do not want to be anybody's pawns. We are an ancient people. We want our autonomy. We want sarbasti—freedom. I do not know who will take my place one day. But they cannot crush us. Massoud Barzani
There is little doubt that religious liberty is best exercised within the setting of the secular state. Bert B. Beach
Christianity is the enemy of liberty and of civilization. It has kept mankind in chains. August Bebel
A traitor is a good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty. Henry Ward Beecher
Liberty is the soul's right to breathe. Henry Ward Beecher
... organized, institutional liberty—liberty through law, and laws for liberty. Henry Ward Beecher
The real democratic idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other, but that every one shall have liberty, without hindrance, to be what God made him. Henry Ward Beecher
The trade union, which originated under the European system, destroys liberty. Henry Ward Beecher
The abetters of slavery are weaving the thread in the loom, but God is adjusting the pattern. They are asses harnessed to the chariot of Liberty, and, whether they will or no, must draw it on. Henry Ward Beecher
[The American flag] ... means the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny, to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world has ever known, or has since known—the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties. Henry Ward Beecher
The Europeans do not respect human rights alone but go further and defend animal rights in the manner of that tart Brigitte Bardot. They even defend vegetation rights like those of trees in public parks. Indeed they equate liberty and permissiveness, notably in sexual matters. Ali Belhadj
You’ve got to have safeguards [on law enforcement authorities] if we’re going to continue to have the freedom we’ve had for the past 200 years. Griffin Bell
I think I see a free and independent kingdom delivering up that which all the world hath been fighting for …, to wit a power to manage their own affairs by themselves without the assistance and counsel of any other. John Hamilton Bellhaven
Liberty, as a counterweight to servile docility which receives everything without scrutiny ... will without question be the theme of this university. Andres Bello
A Free Czechoslovakia in a Free Europe Eduard Benes
All men ... are born in subjection. In this subjection he continues for years ... and the existence of the individual and the species depends upon his so doing. Jeremy Bentham
Every law is an evil for every law is an infraction of liberty. Jeremy Bentham
Capitalism robs you and makes a wage slave of you. The law upholds and protects that robbery. The government fools you into believing that you are independent and free. In this way you are fooled and duped every day of your life. Alexander Berkman
Disorder is the child of authority and compulsion. Liberty is the mother of order. Alexander Berkman
Real freedom means opportunity and well-being. If it does not mean that, it means nothing. Alexander Berkman
If you have maximum liberty then the strong can destroy the weak, and if you have absolute equality, you cannot have absolute liberty …. Total liberty can be dreadful, total equality can be equally frightful. Isaiah Berlin
We stand for a nobler America; we stand for a broader liberty, a fuller justice; we stand for intelligent co-operation instead of reckless competition; we stand for mutual helpfulness instead of mutual hatred; we stand for equal rights as a fact of life instead of a catch-word of politics; we stand for the rule of the people as a practical truth instead of a meaningless pretense. Albert J. Beveridge
You can easily rebuild wealth, but you cannot create liberty when it has gone. Ernest Bevin
The genuine desire to prevent acts of sabotage or of espionage, a highly necessary concern in the face of danger, takes the form of attempts to control and punish the spread of ideas whose radical flavor is believed to cause the acts. Francis Biddle
The contest is becoming—has become—one, not alone of freedom for the black, but freedom for the white. James G. Birney
A necessary corollary of giving individuals freedom to choose how to conduct their lives is acceptance of the fact that different individuals will make different choices. Harry A. Blackmun
The Bill of Rights William Blackstone
In all tyrannical governments the supreme magistracy, or the right both of making and of enforcing the laws, is vested in one and the same man, or one and the same body of men; and whenever these two powers are united together, there can be no public liberty. William Blackstone
In this distinct and separate existence of the judicial power in a peculiar body of men, nominated indeed, but not removable at pleasure, by the crown, consists one main preservative of the public liberty; which cannot subsist long in any state unless the administration of justice be in some degree separated from the legislative and also from the executive power. Where it is joined with the legislative, the life, liberty, and property of the subject would be in the hands of arbitrary judges, whose decisions would be regulated only by their own opinions, and not by any fundamental principles of law; which, though legislators may depart from, yet judges are bound to observe. Were it joined with the executive, this union might soon be an overbalance for the legislative. For which reason, by the statute 16 Car. I, c.10, which abolished the Court of Star Chamber, effectual care is taken to remove all judicial power out of the hands of the King's privy council, who, as then was evident from recent instances, might soon be inclined to pronounce that for law which was most agreeable to the prince or his officers. Nothing, therefore, is more to be avoided, in a free constitution, than uniting the provinces of a judge and a minister of state. William Blackstone
I believe in individual freedom, equal opportunity at the starting line without a preordained order of finish. Kenneth Blackwell
Don’t apologize for your values. Tell the world why you are proud of America …. Being American means being free … Tony Blair
We are four millions of Britons who were not free. Edward Blake
The government should not present the anomaly which it now presents—a government the freest, perhaps the most democratic in the world with reference to local and domestic matters in which you rule yourselves as fully as any people in the world, while in your foreign affairs, your relations with other countries, whether peaceful or warlike, commercial, financial, or otherwise, you may have no more voice than the people of Japan. Edward Blake
All men are born free. Richard Bland
The first responsibility of the press is to use its freedom to protect the rights and liberties of all individuals …. If the occasion arises, raise bloody hell. Herb Block
Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even specially, the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts. The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities. Allan Bloom
Only the suppressed word is dangerous. Ludwig Borne; Juda Loew
We are unable to recognize the laws of necessity if we believe we are free Ludwig Borne; Juda Loew
Because I was born a slave, I love liberty more than you. Ludwig Borne
The difference between liberty and liberties is as great as between God and gods. Ludwig Borne
It is not the mind, but the heart that makes free. Ludwig Borne
Tyrants of our day are the most dangerous preachers of liberty. Ludwig Borne
In today's society a zoning commissioner or a tax assessor can have far greater impact on personal liberty than a president. Clint Bolick
Death is the supreme celebration on the road to freedom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; in enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not abandon it to his enemy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It is infinitely easier to suffer in obedience to a human command than to accept suffering as free, responsible men. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It is not slogans or bullets but only institutions that can make (and keep) people free. Daniel J. Boorstin
Our prosperity comes from something that is really marvellous—that is unlimited freedom. Daniel J. Boorstin
The mission of our country is not to make other people like us but to enable them to be free to be themselves. Daniel J. Boorstin
Republics are not in and of themselves better than other forms of government except in so far as they carry with them and guarantee to the citizen that liberty of thought and action for which they were established. William E. Borah
No more fatuous chimera ever infected the brain of man than that you can control opinions by law or direct belief by statute. William E. Borah
It is necessary to establish the proposition that the [Constitution's] framers' intentions with respect to freedoms are the sole legitimate premise from which constitutional analysis may proceed. Robert Bork
Is there anything in the Constitution which makes our Government the Guarantors of the Liberties of the World? Boston Advertiser
It is the duty of the liberal to protect and extend the basic democratic freedoms. Chester Bowles
Better a thousandfold abuse of speech than a denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race. Charles Bradlaugh
Liberty's chief foe is theology. Charles Bradlaugh
Once you have lost control over your people, you are on the road toward a potentially democratic society. William W. Bradley
Be most on guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Louis D. Brandeis
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Louis D. Brandeis
Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Louis D. Brandeis
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. Louis D. Brandeis
Liberty is the great developer. Louis D. Brandeis
Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis
No one is free from the history he has inherited. Willy Brandt
The way to preserve the flag's special role is not to punish those who feel differently about these matters. It is to persuade them that they are wrong.... Our decision is a reaffirmation of the principles of freedom and inclusiveness that the flag best reflects, and of the conviction that our toleration of such criticism [flag-burning] is a sign and source of our strength. William J. Brennan, Jr.
We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so we dilute the freedom that this cherished emblem represents. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Ask an American about human rights and he'll say: freedom of speech. Ask an African woman about human rights and she'll say: the right to feed her children. Reed Brody
Freedom Danced Before My Eyes Tom Brokaw
… the Civil Liberties Union was defending the right of Abramovitch to lie without interruption or heckling. Earl Browder
Because the shouts for European freedom at New York, and the poeans of the Fourth of July are drowned in the clanking of the chains in Washington and New Orleans, is the rising spirit or our free Canada to be drilled and broken down to suit the mock liberty of the model Republic. If they have no sympathy for their own oppressed children, they should feel indebted to those whose hearts are large enough to take in the oppressed of every land and of every color. George S. Brown
Freedom is internal. Another group cannot give you freedom. Tony Brown
The only color of freedom in America is green. Tony Brown
The only color of freedom in America is green. Tony Brown
Twinkie Tax Kelly D. Brownell
Freedom is great, but expensive. Silviu Brucan
The right to discuss freely and openly, by speech, by the press, by the pen, all political questions, and to examine and animadvert upon all political institutions ... [is] a right as clear and certain, so interwoven with our other liberties, so necessary, in fact to their existence, that without is we must fall at once into despotism and anarchy. William Cullen Bryant
Men who proclaimed it a great advance for human freedom, when 4,000 unborn children are daily shredded in the abortuaries of the United States, are to be laughed at when they profess moral horror over the shredding of documents. Pat Buchanan
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom on those who are not free. Pearl S. Buck
Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found. Edmund Burke
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot last long. Edmund Burke
Connivance is the relaxation of slavery, not the definition of liberty. Edmund Burke
If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so, and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of the matter. Edmund Burke
Liberty, too, must be limited in order to be possessed. Edmund Burke
It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. Edmund Burke
Parties must ever exist in a free country. Edmund Burke
Party divisions, whether on the whole operating for good or evil, are things inseparable from free government. Edmund Burke
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away for expedients. Edmund Burke
Any individual right or freedom is properly extended only to those who accept the fundamental rules of democracy. How … could any society survive which deliberately nursed its own avowed and irreconcilable assassin, and freely exposed its heart to his knife. James Burnham
It's very easy for liberals and conservatives to agree upon liberty, but it is harder for them to agree upon equality. James MacGregor Burns
The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty, but to have a slave of his own. Richard Francis Burton
America is not ready to ban abortions. George W. Bush
Freedom is found in pluralism. George W. Bush
One of the greatest migrations in history was one of the greatest crimes in history. George W. Bush
The advance of freedom is more than an interest we pursue. It is a calling we follow. Our country was created in the name of freedom. And if the self-evident truths of our founding are true for us, they are true for all. George W. Bush
The price for freedom is high but it is never too high. George W. Bush
There ought to be limits to freedom. George W. Bush
Freedom taken for granted can be freedom taken away. George W. Bush
One conquered nation is one too many. George W. Bush
If it [the American flag] is not defended, it is defamed. We can't forget the importance of the flag to the ideals of liberty and honor and freedom. To burn the flag, to dishonor it, is simply wrong. George W. Bush
Every attempt, by whatever authority, to fix a maximum of productive labor by a given worker in a given time is an unjust restriction upon his freedom and a limitation of his right to make the most of himself in order that he may rise in the scale of the social and economic order in which he lives. Nicholas M. Butler
The more unpopular an opinion is, the more necessary is it that the holder should be somewhat punctilious in his observance of conventionalities generally. Samuel Butler
Everything that we are about as African people in terms of our struggle for justice and freedom started in the church. There is no separation of the sacred and secular—of the church and state—in Black America. There is no separation. Calvin Butts
There’s nothing more important than people’s conscience and there’s nothing that needs more protection. Maurice Hearne Byers
George Washington had thanks and naught beside, Except the all-cloudless glory (which few men's is) To free his country. George Gordon Byron
We Caladonians, the most distant dwellers on earth are the last of the free. Calgacus
Liberty Dearer Than Union John C. Calhoun
With Freedom's lion-banner Britannia rules the waves. Thomas Campbell
A free press can of course be good or bad, but most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. Albert Camus
Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that is celebrated with champagne … It's a chore, on the contrary, and a long-distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting. Albert Camus
I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship God in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. Canada
Freedom of the press and a free society either prosper together or perish together. Richard J. Cardamone
Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Free discussion is the only necessary Constitution. Richard Carlile
The Republic may not give wealth or happiness; she has not promised these. It is the freedom to pursue these, not their realization, which the Declaration of Independence claims. Andrew Carnegie
In a free country there is much clamor with little suffering; in a despotic state there is little complaint, but much suffering. Lazare Nicholas Marguerite Carnot
All they wanted was freedom. Joe Carolla
The very freedom we seek cannot be attained until we chain some of our exaggerated individuality. Gerald Emmett Carter
Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere. Jimmy Carter
I am not a Republican. I do not believe in criminalizing the activities of the people I disagree with. James Carville
When George Washington and the others created U. S. independence, they did not free the slaves; not long ago, a U. S. black athlete could not play baseball in the major leagues. And yet you called yours the freest country in the world. Fidel Castro
A State is not morally free to allow anarchy and license ... even if the majority should so desire. Catholic Association for International Peace
The majority are not morally free to become a tyranny and destroy the rights of minorities. Catholic Association for International Peace
Freedom demands conditions of an economic, social, political and cultural kind which makes possible its full exercise. Catholic Church
Freedom is not the liberty do anything whatsoever. It is the freedom to do good Catholic Church
Institutions and laws, when they are in conformity with the natural law and ordered to the common good, are the guarantees of people's freedom and of the promotion of that freedom … Catholic Church
Man's freedom is finite and fallible Catholic Church
A free church in a free state. Camillo di Cavour
Freedom is not safety but opportunity. Zechariah Chafee Jr.
We must choose between freedom and fear – we cannot have both. Zechariah Chafee Jr.
Only the history of free peoples is worth our attention; the history of men under a despotism is merely a collection of anecdotes. Nicolas Chamfort
The right to free discussion is ... to be guarded by the friends of mankind, with particular jealousy ... He who would rob his neighbor of it, should have a mark set upon him as the worst enemy of freedom. William Ellery Channing
For the People ... I must tell you that their Liberty and Freedom consists in having the Government of those Laws, by which their Life and their Goods may be most their own; 'tis not for having a share in Government, that is nothing pertaining to 'em. A Subject and Sovereign are clean different things. Charles I
You shall none of you suffer for your opinions or religion, so long as you live peaceably, and you have the word of a king for it. Charles II
Democracy is not an easy form of government, because it is never final; it is a living, changing organism, with a continuous shifting and adjusting of balance between individual freedom and general order. Ilka Chase
We have assembled, as a union of freedom for the sake of freedom, forgetting all past differences in a common resolve to maintain the rights of free labor against the aggressions of Slave Power, and to secure a free soil for a free people.... Our calm but final answer is, no more slave states, and no more slave territory. Let the soil of our extensive domain be kept free. Salmon P. Chase
Freedom of the Press and Constitutional Liberty must live or perish together. Salmon P. Chase
Make no mistake. Without individual property, none are free. Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
The greatest threat to our freedom is an all powerful federal government. Dick Cheney
I have no doubt that if you were to ask a cannibal, he would plead his religion for the heinous acts he does. Shanmukhan Chetty
The grandest proclamation ever issued by man Chicago Tribune
The grandest proclamation ever issued by man. Chicago Tribune
England may as well dam up the waters from the Nile with bulrushes as to fetter the step of freedom. Lydia M. Child
Democracy is a value in itself. It doesn't have to be defended [justified] any more than freedom has to be defended. Noam Chomsky
Free I was born, have lived, and will die. Christina
The yearnings of freedom are not a Western import; they are a human instinct. Warren Christopher
The world is not a big Red sea in which this country is being scuttled, but a vast arena of political upheaval, in which the quest for freedom, ever stronger, has overthrown the colonial empires of the past. It isn't a tidy world, nor is it a secure one. But it is one in which the United States set the revolutionary example. Frank Church
Everyone is in favor of free speech ... 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. Winston Churchill
We are in bondage to the law so that we may be free. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The practice of public speaking flourishes in every peaceful and free state. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Wars are to be undertaken in order that it may be possible to live in peace without molestation. Bella suscipienda sunt ob eam causam, ut sine injuria in pace vivatur. Marcus Tullius Cicero
What we want is not freedom but its appearances. Emile M. Cioran
A free man is a noble being; a free woman is a contemptible being. Tennessee Claflin
Political freedom is rare enough in the world, but the kind of social and cultural freedom which is the hallmark of Canada is even less common. Joe Clark
The goal of economic progress is the extension of human liberty, not ... the open-ended servicing of human greed. Joe Clark
All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All separated from government, are compatible with liberty. Henry Clay
The glorious spectacle of eighteen millions of people, struggling to burst their chains and be free. Henry Clay
There is no rest for free peoples; rest is a monarchical idea. Georges Clemenceau
Make no laws whatsoever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech will be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that "freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license;" and they will define and define freedom out of existence. Voltarine de Cleyre
History does not furnish a single instance of a government once established, voluntarily yielding up its powers to secure the rights and liberties of the people. George Clinton
Somehow economic growth and prosperity, political democracy and freedom are not enough—that we lack at some core level of meaning in our individual lives and meaning collectively, that sense that our lives are part of some greater effort, that we are connected to one another, that community means that we have a place where we belong no matter who we are. Hillary Clinton
Freedom strengthens stability. Bill Clinton
The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce and the diffusion of education, then upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices. Richard Cobden
We stand at present on the confines between the liberty of the subject and the prerogatives of the king. Edward Coke
Bur what is Freedom? Rightly understood, A Universal license to be good. David Hartley Coleridge
A people are free in proportion as they form their own opinions. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
We have a right to know or may lawfully know any truth. And a right to know any truth whatsoever implies a right to think freely. John Anthony Collins
I do not know which is the more dangerous to liberty—Romanism or Protestantism. Either is fatal if it predominates. Lucy Colman
Resolved, That the fundamental principle of the Protestant reformation, the right of individual conscience and judgment in the interpretation of scripture, heretofore conceded to and exercised by man alone, should now be claimed by woman. Lucy Colman
The new United States took the lead among the nations of the earth in the establishment of religious freedom. That is one reason America has never had any religious wars or any religious persecutions. Henry Steele Commager
Secularism and the separation of religion from the state are the basic pre-conditions for women’s liberation in the Middle East Committee to Defend Women's Rights in the Middle East
Books are feeders of brothels. Anthony Comstock
You may rob the army of its commander-in-chief, but you cannot deprive the humblest peasant of his opinion. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
It was mother's day. A lot of policemen were at home with their mothers. Eugene 'Bull' Connor
To use government interference as a weapon to try to enforce one’s personal moral standards on other people is wrong … I have never been able to understand how one could be a conservative and also say that government ought to be imposing itself into private decisions by consumers. Charles D. Cook
Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom Charles Horton Cooley
Institutions-government, churches, industries, and the like-have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction. Charles Horton Cooley
No matter what a man does, he is not fully sane or human unless there is a spirit of freedom in him Charles Horton Cooley
We made freedom a birthright. Calvin Coolidge
Liberty is not collective. It is personal. Calvin Coolidge
The Constitution is the sole source and guaranty of national freedom. Calvin Coolidge
All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. James Fenimore Cooper
Only where liberty unfetters and expands the human mind, can science flourish. Samuel Cooper
For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? I Book of Corinthians
Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. I Book of Corinthians
Why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience? I Book of Corinthians
We do not believe in having happiness imposed upon us. Jose Correa
All the English slaves in the whole island of Ireland should be immediately emancipated, and restored to their former liberty. Council of Armah
I had much rather starve in England, a free woman, than be a slave for the best man that ever breathed upon the American continent Ellen Smith Craft
No people will be truly free until all are free. Benedetto Croce
The main task of a free society is to civilize the struggle for power. Richard Crossman
A free society means that you might have to put up with a lot of things you despise. Stanley Crouch
He frequents the company of antisocials with whom he exchanges mutual negative influences, he has rude opinions about the revolutionary process, he ignores official warnings, he is provocative, and he disrespects the norms of social coexistence. Cuba
Every family in America has the right to live anywhere they can afford. Andrew Cuomo
Scotland has long groaned under the chains of England and knows that its connection there has been the source of its greatest misfortunes …. We bartered our liberty, and with it our morals, for a little wealth. Lord Daer
By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes to be his duty against the influences of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Liberty and good government do not exclude each other. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Liberty is not a means to higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Let France be free, and I care not if my name is dishonored. Georges Jacques Danton
Ignorance and fanaticism are ever busy and need feeding. Clarence Darrow
Liberty is the most jealous and exacting mistress that can beguile the brain and soul of man. Clarence Darrow
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other mans freedom. You can only be free if I am free. Clarence Darrow
To Arms! ... they [the French] would enslave the free-born mind, and compel us meanly to cringe to usurpation and arbitrary power. Samuel Davies
If they come for me in the morning, they will come for you at night. Angela Davis
The road to freedom has always been stalked by death. Angela Davis
Men are free and claim the right to think for themselves in religious as well as political matters. Emerson Davis
The slave must be made fit for his freedom by education and discipline and thus made unfit for slavery. Jefferson Davis
… so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. Voltairine de Cleyre
America’s ancestors give them the love of equality and of freedom, but God Himself gave them the means of remaining equal and free by placing them upon a boundless continent. Alexis de Tocqueville
The American motto is "fair play." Boycotting is not fair play—it is not in consonance with American ideas of justice ... it does not recognize personal liberty and personal rights. Eugene V. Debs
While there is a lower class I am in it. While there is a criminal element I am of it. While there is a soul in prison I am not free. Eugene V. Debs
In the battle for the hearts and minds of mankind, "cruci-FICTION" is the only card the Christian holds. Free him from his infatuation and you will have freed the Muslim world from missionary aggression and harassment. Ahmed Deedat
… for promoting the liberty, safety, and interest of America. Delaware
Though a man escape every other danger, he can nether wholly escape those who do not want such a person as he to exist. Demosthenes
Personal liberty shall be inviolable. No Danish subject shall in any manner whatever be deprived of his liberty because of his political or religious convictions or because of his descent. Denmark
If the citizens of the United States are to regain their freedom from excessive government, they must do so by means of a counterrevolution. Robert DePugh
When a nation is at war many things that might be said in time of peace are such a hindrance to its efforts that their utterance will not be endured. Alan Dershowitz
Freedom isn't a gift, it's a task. Jean Paul Desbiens
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. Bernadette Devlin; Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
My government will protect all liberties but one—the liberty to do away with other liberties. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz
[The freeholders are] the best guardians of liberty, and the restrictions of the right [of suffrage] to them was a necessary defense against the dangerous influence of those multitudes without property and without principle with which our country, like all others, will in time abound. John Dickinson
The good of the people must be the great purpose of government. By the laws of nature and of reason, the governors are invested with power to that end. And the greatest good of the people is liberty. Denis Diderot
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. John G. Diefenbaker
Never participate in anything without consulting the American Legion or your local Chamber of Commerce. Martin Dies
If thought were left perfectly free from ban of legislative or ecclesiastical censor, the best thoughts would as naturally prevail over the worst as the best seeds of the forest naturally triumph over the worst seeds. Ellen Battelle Dietrick
The most beautiful thing in the world is freedom of speech. Diogenes
Permissive legislation is the characteristic of a free people. Benjamin Disraeli
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. Benjamin Disraeli
Throughout history there have been no ideal ends which were attained with non-ideal, inhumane means, just as there has been no free society which was built by slaves. Nothing so well reveals the reality and greatness of ends as the methods used to obtain them. Milovan Djilas
In a free state there must be free speech. In libera civitate etiam linguas esse liberas. Titus Flavius Domitian
Zealous groups threaten to infringe civil liberties when they seek government support to impose their own religious views on non-adherents. This has taken many forms, including attempts to introduce organized prayer in public schools, to outlaw birth control and abortion, and to use public tax revenues to finance religious schools. Norman Dorsen
Marxism has not only failed to promote human freedom. It has failed to produce food. John Dos Passos
Starting from unlimited freedom, I conclude with unlimited despotism. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The first step toward liberation is to use the power in hand ... and the power in hand is the vote. Helen Gahagan
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. William O. Douglas
Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. William O. Douglas
Every one of us should be ashamed to be free while his brother is a slave. Frederick Douglass
He who would be free must strike the first blow. Frederick Douglass
My motto is EXTERMINATION.... The slave-holders not only forfeit their right to liberty, but to life itself. Frederick Douglass
Oppression makes a wise man mad. Frederick Douglass
When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world. Such a truth is woman's right to equal liberty with man. She was born with it. It was hers before she comprehended it. It is prescribed upon all the powers and faculties of her soul, and no custom, law nor usage can ever destroy it. Frederick Douglass
I do not believe that the State Education Department should tell the people how they must spell. Andrew Draper
Personal bondage was the prevailing form of labor in most of the world …. Freedom, not slavery, was the peculiar institution. Seymour Drescher
Freedom is the English subject's prerogative. John Dryden
Of all the tyrannies of humankind, the worst is that which persecutes the mind. John Dryden
Liberty trains for liberty. W. E. B. Du Bois
The cost of liberty is less than the price or repression. W. E. B. Du Bois
We shall never secure emancipation from the tyranny of our oppressor until we have achieved it in our own souls. W. E. B. Du Bois
It's about time we make welfare contingent upon birth control. David Duke
[Addressing the Korean parliament:] You are not alone. You will never be alone as long as you continue to play worthily your part in the great design of human freedom. John Foster Dulles
Don't ask f'r rights. Take thim. An' don't let anny wan give thim to ye. A right that is handed to ye fer nawthin has somethin the matter with it. Finley Peter Dunne
I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. Will Durant
Don't put no constrictions on da people. Leave 'em the hell alone. Jimmy Durante
Freedom looks differently when you are the one it is being practiced on. Andrea Dworkin
How many years can some people exist Before they're allowed to be free? Bob Dylan; Zimmerman. Robert Allen
The real guarantee of freedom is an equilibrium of social forces in conflict, not the triumph of any one force. Max Eastman
The real guarantee of freedom is an equilibrium of social forces in conflict, not the triumph of any one force. Max Eastman
A subject to which few intellectuals ever give a thought is the right to be a vagrant, the freedom to wander. Isabelle Eberhardt
Bolshevism means the death of peace. And it means the death of liberty. Friedrich Ebert
Happy are you, O land, when your king is a free man. Book of Ecclesiastes
Liberty and equality do not … sit happily side by side. Indeed, in many respects they are in conflict. Economist
How far are we to go in pursuit of greater security at the cost of essential liberties? Anthony Eden
True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to well, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to do. Jonathan Edwards
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. Albert Einstein
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in this world must first come to pass in the heart of America. Dwight D. Eisenhower
against the form or meaning of any restraint or ordinance, contained or to be contained, in any statute of this realm. Elizabeth I
One must not put manacles upon science. Edward Law Ellenborough
Freedom is sweet fat. Edward Kennedy [Duke] Ellington
For what avail the plough or sail, / Or Land or life, if freedom fail? Ralph Waldo Emerson
[A Southerner is] as animal, given to pleasure, frivolous, irritable, spending his days in hunting and practicing with deadly weapons to defend himself against his slaves and against his companions brought up in the same idle and barbarous way …. I do not see how a barbarous community and a civilized community can constitute one state. I think we must get rid of slavery or we must get rid of freedom. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The word liberty in the mouth of Mr. [Daniel] Webster sounds like the word love in the mouth of a courtesan. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Suppression of expression conceals the real problems confronting a society and diverts public attention from the critical issues. It is likely to result in neglect of the grievances which are the actual basis of the unrest, and thus prevent their correction. Thomas I. Emerson
When it becomes possible to speak of freedom, the state, as such, will cease to exist. Friedrich Engels
The United States is a country of no distinct religious denomination, but one of perfect freedom, and of a vast variety of religious opinions; one whose inhabitants have solemnly interdicted to its government any interference, direct or indirect, with the subject of their religion. John England
No man or boy within Scotland … shall wear of put on the clothes commonly called highland clothes, the plaid, … kilt, trouse or wear tartan … England
Petition of Right England
The liberties, franchises, and privileges of parliament are the ancient and undoubted birth-right and inheritance of the subjects of England. English Parliament
Freedom and liberty should not be sold for all the gold and silver in the world. English Proverb or Saying
Freedom is a noble thing. English Proverb or Saying
Who hath freedom hath all sufficient. English Proverb or Saying
Who loseth his freedom, he loseth all. English Proverb or Saying
The liberty of the press would be an empty sound, and no man would venture to write on any subject however pure his purpose, without an attorney at one elbow and a counsel at the other. From minds thus subdued by the fear of punishment, there could issue no works of genius to expand the empire of human reason, nor any masterly compositions on the general nature of governmetn ... Thomas Erskine
If you don't think a television news show represents the truth, you can turn off your TV. If you don't think a magazine represents the truth, you can cancel your subscription. You have the right to expose yourself to whatever information you want. But to have the government prescribing what the truth is or limiting the information available for the citizen is contrary to the 1st Amendment. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The idea of liberty has been held up in so dazzling colours that some of us may not be willing to submit to that subordination necessary in the freest States. Essex Result
Strong rights presume strong responsibilities. Amitai Etzioni
Is it possible that the people of the U.S. enjoying the blessings of freedom under the only republican government on earth have not virtue enough to support it? Amos Evans
Let my people go! Book of Exodus
Freedom—When? James Farmer
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner
Liberty unregulated by law becomes anarchy. Millard Fillmore
... to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.... Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia in order to raise an army upon their ruins. Elbridge Gerry
Most governments are designed for the purposes of oppression and personal ambition. Elbridge Gerry
Our country has liberty without license and authority without despotism. James Gibbons
He who murders a black man shall be hanged ... he who robs the black man of his liberty or his property shall be punished like other criminals. [This shows that there were members of Congress who were concened about equal protection under the law for Blacks. However, the Southerners killed any chance of Senate passage and there was no effort in equal justice until Reconstruction. That was not very effective, and it took the Civil Rights Act of 1963 to start the process that improved the fairness of law enforcment with Black victims slowly. By the turn of the 21st century, substantial progress had been made, but equal justice still had not been completely attained. Joshua Reed Giddings
The more a regime claims to be the embodiment of liberty the more tyrannical it is likely to be. Ian Gilmour
The advance of freedom is the surest strategy to undermine the appeal of terror in the world. Newt Gingrich
People have rights and government must be kept from trampling on them. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Unless men are taught to rely upon themselves they can never be truly worthy of the name of freemen. William E. Gladstone
We cannot change the profound and resistless tendencies of the age toward religious liberty. It is our business to guide and control their applications. William E. Gladstone
It is yours [the state’s right] to shackle the body, and restrain our external actions; that is a restraint we understand. Announce your penalties, and we will make our election of submission or suffering. But do not seek to enslave our minds. William Godwin
An attempt to scrutinize men’s thoughts and punish their opinions is of all kinds of despotism the most odious: yet this is peculiarly character of a period of revolution.... There is no period more at war with the existence of liberty. William Godwin
If we grant freedom to man, there is an end to the omniscience of God. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
And only law can give us freedom. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Republicanism stands for vested rights, for imperialism, for graft, for the annihilation of every semblance of liberty. Its ideal is the oily, creepy respectability of a McKinley, and the brutal arrogance of a [Theodore] Roosevelt. Emma Goldman
… true emancipation begins neither at the polls nor in the courts. It begins in woman's soul. History tells us that every oppressed class gained true liberation from its masters through its own efforts. Emma Goldman
It is ... difficult to induce a number of free beings to co-operate for their mutual benefit. Oliver Goldsmith
Show me a country in which there are no strikes and I'll show you that country is which there is no liberty. Samuel Gompers
Socialism holds nothing but unhappiness for the human race. It destroys personal initiative, wipes out national pride ... and plays into the hands of the autocrats.... Socialism is the end of fanatics, the sophistry of so-called intelligentsia, and it has no place in the hearts of those who would secure and fight for freedom and preserve democracy. Samuel Gompers
The love of individual freedom has stood in the way of the appreciation of social obligations. Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
Freedom of choice is a universal principle that ... applies both to the capitalist and the socialist system. Mikhail Gorbachev
This is the first step on the odious ground of conscription—a plan sir, which never will and never ought to be submitted to by this country while it retains one idea of civil freedom. Christopher Gore
Each man must grant himself … the morality that suits him. Remy de Gourmont
I will never inflict my values on you. Phil Gramm
The white man says there is freedom and justice for all. We have had "freedom and justice," and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this. Grand Council of American Indians
No political party can or ought to exist when one of its corner-stones is opposition to freedom of thought and to the right to worship God. Ulysses S. Grant
A country as enlightened as Ireland, chartered as Ireland, armed as Ireland, and injured as Ireland, will be satisfied with nothing less than liberty. Henry Grattan
The power even to refuse a good ... confers unspeakable satisfaction, and is essential to freedom. Even the simple consciousness in the bosom of a freeman, that he is absolutely one—that he is the untrammeled artificer of his own destiny, is in its very self a fund of happiness, richer, purer, and more precious than could be purchased by all the wealth in the world. P. W. Grayson
The perception of the right of every man to do pretty much as he pleases…. [which will produce] a general profligacy and corruption such as this country has never known. Horace Greeley
Who believes that a score of victories over Mexico, the annexation of half her provinces, will give us more Liberty, a purer Morality? Horace Greeley
Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought. Graham Greene
Freedom of speech cannot be rationed; it is a single entity that belongs to all. Vartan Gregorian
... the worst plague of all, namely, unrestrained liberty of opinion and freedom of speech. Gregory XVI
Bad as despotism is, doomed as it is to work its own ruin, the first fruits of its overthrow are not love and liberty. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Desmond Tutu
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln

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