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Quotes About Liberty

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Benjamin Franklin
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

Bob Marley
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
Bob Marley

Søren Kierkegaard
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Abraham Lincoln
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

Mahatma Gandhi
“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 in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
Mahatma Gandhi

George Orwell
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
George Orwell

Nelson Mandela
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela

Henry David Thoreau
“I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”
Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

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

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

Theodore Roosevelt
“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.”
Theodore Roosevelt

James Baldwin
“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be”
James Baldwin

Robert G. Ingersoll
“This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

Emma Goldman
“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”
Emma Goldman

Leon Trotsky
“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.”
Leon Trotsky, Their Morals and Ours

George Washington
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
George Washington

Napoleon
“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”
Napoleon

Thomas Paine
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
Thomas Paine

Philip K. Dick
“There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me'.”
Philip K. Dick

George Gordon Byron
“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.”
George Gordon Byron

Patrick Henry
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
John Philpot Curran

Thomas Jefferson
“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves ; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

George Bernard Shaw
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

John F. Kennedy
“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

[Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]
John F. Kennedy

James Madison
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
James Madison

John Adams
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

Martin Luther King Jr.
“A right delayed is a right denied.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

John F. Kennedy
“Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.”
John F. Kennedy

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