Quotes About Liberty
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Economic freedom is... an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom.
True freedom is to share, all the chains our brothers wear.
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
We are living in a world where everything is based on security.
Security is an attempt to try to make the universe static so that we feel safe.
Never surrender opportunity for security.
The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.
I never want to feel that I'm playing it safe.
It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.
A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.
People want security in this insecure world.
Most bad behavior comes from insecurity.
Silence is safer than speech.
There can be no security where there is fear.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
Is it security you want? There is no security at the top of the world.
Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
Knowing what to expect next gives children a sense of security.
One cannot have economic growth without security.
The balance between freedom and security is a delicate one.
In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
There's a way to do it better - find it.
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Force always attracts men of low morality.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
What worries you, masters you.
The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.
Revolt is the right of the people.
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free.
We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
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.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
All men have equal rights to liberty, to their property, and to the protection of the laws.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
He who is brave is free.
Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.
He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them.
He that's secure is not safe.
We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
Where liberty is, there is my country.
Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion.
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Honesty is the best policy.
God helps those who help themselves.
Well done is better than well said.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
If you would not be forgotten, do things worth remembering.
Would you live with ease, do what you ought and not what you please.
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.
Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
The best freedom is being yourself.
Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
People never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
To be true to one's own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others.
If everyone played it safe, we wouldn't get anywhere.
Security is a kind of death.
I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.
The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.