Liberty Quotes


People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

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

Freedom    Liberty    Privacy    Safety    Security

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Democracy    Fascism    Liberty    Loss    Politics    Society    Totalitarianism    War

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.

Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Disobedience    Freedom    Liberty    Obedience    Protest    Slave    Slavery    Slaves

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.

People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.

I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.

There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me'.

This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

Man and Superman

George Bernard Shaw

Man and Superman

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
[Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.

If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.
[Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. ... A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

Areopagitica

John Milton

Areopagitica

The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone.

Liberty," boomed Wednesday, as they walked to the car, "is a bitch who must be bedded on a mattress of corpses.

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

American Gods

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

I love my country, not my government.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.

If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.

On Liberty

John Stuart Mill

On Liberty

Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.

Starship Troopers

Robert A. Heinlein

Starship Troopers

If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.

But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths.

Freedom    Liberty    Truth    Virtue

Why should I fear death?
If I am, then death is not.
If Death is, then I am not.
Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
Long time men lay oppressed with slavish fear.
Religious tyranny did domineer.
At length the mighty one of Greece
Began to assent the liberty of man.

Death    End    Fear    Greece    Liberty    Religious tyranny

Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.

What are you thinking?" he asks.
I know Gage hates it when I cry - he is completely undone by the sight of tears - so I blink hard against the sting. "I'm thinking how thankful I am for everything," I say, "even the bad stuff. Every sleepless night, every second of being lonely, every time the car broke down, every wad of gum on my shoe, every late bill and losing lottery ticket and bruise and broken dish and piece of burnt toast."
His voice is soft. "Why, darlin'?"
"Because it all led me here to you.

Sugar Daddy

Lisa Kleypas - El diablo no invierno

Sugar Daddy
Gage    Liberty    Life    Love    Soulmates

A right delayed is a right denied.

As hatred is defined as intense dislike, what is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion, if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights that they deserve to be intensely disliked?

Atheism    Cults    Hatred    Human rights    Liberty    Logic    Morality    Prejudice    Superstition

You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Winston S. Churchill

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Until we are all free, we are none of us free.

When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . . It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold. . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters.

Democracy in America Volume 2

Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy in America Volume 2

And when I speak, I don't speak as a Democrat. Or a Republican. Nor an American. I speak as a victim of America's so-called democracy. You and I have never seen democracy - all we've seen is hypocrisy. When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don't see any American dream. We've experienced only the American nightmare.

You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state.

Caste    Creed    Jinnah    Liberty    Political    Religion    Social    State

Machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate: only the unloved hate, the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers, don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty! You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure! Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world . . .

Hate    Heart    Humanity    Liberty    Love    Machines    Mind    People    Power    Slavery

Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.

Democracy    Freedom    Law    Liberty    Respect    Right    Wrong

Every election is determined by the people who show up.

My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.

Curiosity    Education    Liberty    Reading    Time

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

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