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Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Where liberty is, there is my country.
Liberty consists in wholesome restraint.
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.
What do we mean by setting a man free? You cannot free a man who dwells in a desert and is an unfeeling brute. There is no liberty except the liberty of some one making his way towards something. Such a man can be set free if you will teach him the meaning of thirst, and how to trace a path to a well. Only then will he embark upon a course of action that will not be without significance. You could not liberate a stone if there were no law of gravity -- for where will the stone go, once it is quarried?
Liberty has no crueler enemy than license.
Once we roared like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security! The solution for America's problem is not in terms of big government, but it is in big men over whom nobody stands in control but God.
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
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.
What light is to the eyes -- what air is to the lungs -- what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.
Show me the country that has no strikes and I'll show you the country in which there is no liberty.
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
It is not one man nor a million, but the spirit of liberty that must be preserved. The waves which dash upon the shore are, one by one, broken, but the ocean conquers nevertheless. It overwhelms the Armada, it wears out the rock. In like manner, whatever the struggle of individuals, the great cause will gather strength.
The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.
Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal -- well-meaning but without understanding.
Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
There can be no liberty that isn't earned.
No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.
If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve.
The history of liberty is the history of the limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. When we resist the concentration of power we are resisting the powers of death. Concentration of power precedes the destruction of human liberties.
I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.
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.
Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.
It would seem that man was born a slave, and that slavery is his natural condition. At the same time nothing on earth can stop man from feeling himself born for liberty. Never, whatever may happen, can he accept servitude; for he is a thinking creature.

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