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Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.

Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world.
What a pity we don't pursue the salvation of humans with the same verve we pursue the salvation of animals
They who are in the highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are the most observed.
Old England liberty -- to be robbed by the Ministry, and insulted by the populace without redress.
The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave.
A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
It is not true that democracy will always safeguard freedom of conscience better than autocracy. Witness the most famous of all trials. Pilate was, from the standpoint of the Jews, certainly the representative of autocracy. Yet he tried to protect freedom. And he yielded to a democracy.
I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty.
How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty: most treacherous, indeed, of all phantoms; for the feeblest ray of reason might surely show us, that not only its attainment, but its being, was impossible. There is no such thing in the universe. There can never be. The stars have it not; the earth has it not; the sea has it not; and we men have the mockery and semblance of it only for our heaviest punishment.
Liberty is God's gift, liberties the devil s.
A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.
I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty.
He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
An educational method that shall have liberty as its basis must intervene to help the child to a conquest of liberty. That is to say, his training must be such as shall help him to diminish as much as possible the social bonds which limit his activity.
Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.
License they mean when they cry liberty.
I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
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.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
We are as great as our belief in human liberty -- no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.
Then we are assured by Sartre that owing to the final disappearance of God our liberty is absolute! At this the entire audience waves its hat or claps its hands. But this natural enthusiasm is turned abruptly into something much less buoyant when it is learnt that this liberty weighs us down immediately with tremendous responsibilities. We now have to take all God's worries on our shoulders --now that we are become men like gods. It is at this point that the Anxiety and Despondency begin, ending in utter despair.
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.
The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
The more liberty you give away the more you will have.
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.
When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.
The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion.
Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty.
It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you.
Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
One's liberty should end when it becomes the curse of his neighbor.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.
Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.

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