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Liberty Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Liberty are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

Those who won our independence...
valued liberty as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
- Louis D. Brandeis

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

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

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

 

Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Fourscore and seven years ago
our fathers brought forth on this continent,
a new nation, conceived in Liberty,
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
- Abraham Lincoln

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson


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It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself,
to resist invasions of it in the case of others:
or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
- Thomas Jefferson

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

In every country and every age,
the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

True justice is not a matter of courts and law books,
but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
- Jimmy Carter

The natural progress of things is for liberty
to yield and government to gain ground.
- Thomas Jefferson

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time:
the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
- Thomas Jefferson

The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
- Thomas Jefferson

We are not to expect to be translated from
despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
- Thomas Jefferson

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.
The obedient must be slaves.
- Henry David Thoreau

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Thomas Jefferson

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival,
liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness
is a planet whose resources are devoted
to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.
- Jimmy Carter

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal;
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people ...
They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

What difference does it make to the dead,
the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought
under the name of totalitarianism
or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To deprive a man of his natural liberty
and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life
is worse then starving the body;
it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will
within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
I do not add "within the limits of the law"
because law is often but the tyrant's will,
and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
- Thomas Jefferson

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
- Douglas MacArthur

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

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
- Khalil Gibran

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit
which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men,
in all lands, everywhere.
Destroy this spirit and you have planted
the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
- Abraham Lincoln

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
- Edward Everett

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

I am an aristocrat.
I love liberty; I hate equality.
- John Randolph

America and Israel share a special bond.
Our relationship is unique among all nations.
Like America, Israel is a strong democracy,
a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty,
a home to the oppressed and persecuted.
- William J. Clinton

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

Liberty is to the collective body,
what health is to every individual body.
Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man;
without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious
liberty from a room of silent,
thoughtful schoolchildren.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

If you pinch the sea of its liberty,
though it be walls of stone or brass,
it will beat them down.
- John Cotton

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to
man is eternal vigilance.
- John Philpot Curran

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free,
but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum
on earth for civil and religious liberty.
- Samuel Adams

The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the
provisions against danger,
real or imagined, from abroad.
- James Madison

The shallow consider liberty a release from all law,
from every constraint.
The wise man sees in it, on the contrary,
the potent Law of Laws.
- Walt Whitman

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization.
It was greatest before there was any civilization.
- Sigmund Freud

Man loves liberty, even if he does not know that he loves it.
He is driven by it and flees from where it does not exist.
- Jose Marti

What more felicity can fall to creature,
than to enjoy delight with liberty?
- Edmund Spenser

I have always compared our traditions of liberty,
like those of Abraham Lincoln and Ho Chi Minh.
- Hanoi Hannah

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty,
but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like,
but the right to do what we ought.
- Lord Acton

All mankind...
being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life,
health, liberty or possessions.
- John Locke

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end.
It is itself the highest political end.
- Lord Acton

The only security men can have for their political liberty,
consists in keeping their money in their own pockets.
- Lysander Spooner

Liberty will not descend to a people;
a people must raise themselves to liberty;
it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
- Charles Caleb Colton

If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve.
- Philip Wylie

The truth is that men are tired of liberty.
- Benito Mussolini

Listen, when you take my liberty away,
you've taken away more-something more precious than life.
I mean, what good is a life without liberty? Huh? None.
- Jack Kevorkian

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins
of liberty abused to licentiousness.
- George Washington

Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words,
but human rights is very specific.
- Joichi Ito

Too much liberty corrupts us all.
- Terence

Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit.
- Charles de Secondat

When the American spirit was in its youth,
the language of America was different:
Liberty,
sir, was the primary object.
- Patrick Henry

Every one of our greatest national treasures,
our liberty, enterprise, vitality, wealth,
military power, global authority, flow from a surprising source:
our ability to give thanks.
- Tony Snow

Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary,
and Charity in all.
- Richard Baxter

Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of
the modern world and for that reason assert that individual
liberty is at least part of the common good.
- Tom G. Palmer

Having federal officials, whether judges,
bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new definition
of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering
profoundly hostile to liberty.
- Ron Paul

Therefore, if God existed, only in one way could he serve human liberty -
by ceasing to exist.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Every law is an infraction of liberty.
- Jeremy Bentham

Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.
- Isaiah Berlin


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