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Liberty And Freedom Quotes


“Inciting others to hate, persecute or kill, is hardly in keeping with freedom of expression
and civil-religious liberty, but rather, is acting in opposition to such.”

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The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)


We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr (1841-1935)


If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Eric Arthur Blair, pen name George Orwell (1903-1950)


The price of freedom may be high, but never so costly as the loss of freedom.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)


The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning
but without understanding.
Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941)


The loss of freedom seldom happens overnight...Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with
toothbrush moustache and swastika armband. It creeps up insidiously; step by step; and all of a
sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone.
Baron Lane (1918-2005)


The purpose of freedom of speech -- especially in a properly protected political debate -- is to allow a verbal
outlet in the marketplace of ideas, and to thereby avoid conflict and violence.
Becky Hawkins


I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.
Jean Jaqueas Rousseau (1712 -1778)


Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)


The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.
Albert Camus (1913-1960)


Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797)


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)


If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
George Washington (1732-1799)


They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Emiliano Zappata (1879-1919)


God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Daniel Webster (1782-1852)


The condition upon which God has 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.
John Philpot Curran (1750-1817).


He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemies from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)


Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.
Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938)


No man survives when freedom fails, The best men rot in filthy jails, And those who cry 'appease, appease' Are hanged by those they tried to please.
Hiram Mann


The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.
Charles-Louis De Secondat (1689-1755)


Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom
of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)


True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)


If I am to be hedged in on every side, to be fretted by the perpetual presence of arbitrary will, to be denied the exercise of my powers, it matters nothing to me whether the chain is laid on me by one or many, by king or people. A despot is not more tolerable for his many heads.
William E. Channing (1780-1842)


It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)


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.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)


The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Tacitus (AD 56-AD117)


When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)


Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)


My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)


A nation of well-informed men, who have been taught to know and prize the rights that God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins!
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)


Many journalists now are no more than channelers and echoers of what George Orwell called the 'official truth'. They simply cipher and transmit lies. It really grieves me that so many of my fellow journalists can be so manipulated that they become really what the French describe as 'functionaires', functionaries, not journalists.
John Pilger, Australian journalist


It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it.
John Pilger, Australian journalist


There are two histories: official history, lying, and then secret history, where you find the real causes of events.
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)


Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.
Edward Bernays (1891-1995)


Official truths are often powerful illusions.
John Pilger, Journalist


The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people.
Justice Hugo L. Black


Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private.
Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)


One of the things that bothers me most is the growing belief in the country that security is more important than freedom. It ain't.
Lyn Nofziger (1924-2006)


Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)


To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man’s nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)


Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
Edward Everett (1794-1865)


According to Gestapo records…they had little need to engage in direct spying on the citizens since the citizens themselves were more than willing to do their spying for them.
Kort E. Patterson


Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)


Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense -- the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independant and untrammeled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live, you are a subject and not a citizen.
William E. Borah (1865-1940)


The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965)


If cruelty is no longer declared unlawful, but instead is applied as a matter of policy, it alters the fundamental relationship of man to government. It destroys the whole notion of individual rights. The Constitution recognizes that man has an inherent right, not bestowed by the state or laws, to personal dignity, including the right to be free of cruelty. It applies to all human beings, not just in America -- even those designated as 'unlawful enemy combatants.' If you make this exception the whole Constitution crumbles.
Alberto J. Mora, former Navy General Counsel


Liberty may make mistakes but tyranny is the death of a nation.
Giacomo Matteotti (1885-1924)


A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)


There hasn't been peace on earth because people cant seem to figure out that the real enemy is the people manipulating world events from behind the scenes for their own selfish interests.
James Dye


People don't start wars, governments do.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)


We are on the precipice of being so ignorant that our democracy is threatened.
Walter Cronkite ( 1916-2009)


Government is never more dangerous than when our desire to have it help us, blinds us to its great power to harm us.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)


Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted, it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)


When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)


Government is not a solution to our problem; government is the problem.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)


I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or
social goals.
The Libertarian Party of the United States


How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.
Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)


Democracy lies in the public knowing the state's doings.
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