Liberty quotes and sayings

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

There is no such thing as liberty. You only change one sort of domination for another. All we can do is to choose our master.
David Herbert Lawrence

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.
Thomas Jefferson

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
Louis D. Brandeis

Liberty is obedience to the law which one has laid down for oneself.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Liberty, then, is the sovereignty of the individual, and never shall man know liberty until each and every individual is acknowledged to be the only legitimate sovereign of his or her person, time, and property, each living and acting at his own cost.
Josiah Warren

Liberty is the prevention of control by others.
John Acton

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
Thomas Jefferson

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Thomas Jefferson

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
D.H. Lawrence

Tis liberty alone that gives the flower Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume; And we are weeds without it.
William Cowper

To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
Mohandas Gandhi

Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.
Isaiah Berlin

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
Margaret Thatcher

Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world.
Earl Warren

Liberty is not enough.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
John Adams

Intellectual liberty is the air of the soul, the sunshine of the mind, and without it, the world is a prison, the universe a dungeon.
Robert Green Ingersoll

Liberty is the soul’s right to breathe and, when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight.
Rev. Henry Ward Beecher

Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Liberty is the right to do as the law permits.
Montesquieu

Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.
Bertrand Russell

Liberty is the most jealous and exacting mistress that can beguile the soul and brain of man.
Clarence Seward Darrow

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.
Mary McCarthy

Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class.
Annie Besant

Liberty is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.
Miguel de Cervantes

Liberty is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond.
Jeffrey Borenstein

Give me liberty, or give me death.
Patrick Henry

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
Theodore Roosevelt

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
Edmund Burke

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.
Harriet Tubman

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
Vladimir Lenin

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
Clarence Seward Darrow

Like bones to the human body, the axle to the wheel, the wing to the bird, and the air to the wing, so is liberty the essence of life. Whatever is done without it is imperfect.
Jose Marti

The more liberty you give away the more you will have.
Robert Green Ingersoll

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
W. E. B. Du Bois

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
David Hume

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
John Philpot Curran

When the People contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything for their Victory but new Masters.
George Savile

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
John Adams

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
Douglas MacArthur

So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.
B. R. Ambedkar

Man loves liberty, even if he does not know that he loves it. He is driven by it and flees from where it does not exist.
Jose Marti

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
H.L. Mencken

He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew.
Goethe

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
Ronald Reagan

There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.
Andre Breton

Liberty consists in wholesome restraint.
Daniel Webster

By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
Saint Thomas Aquinas

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
Marcus T. Cicero

Liberty is meaningless if it is only the liberty to agree with those in power.
Ludwig von Mises

The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.
Samuel Adams

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
Edmund Burke

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
Daniel Webster

It is not good to have too much liberty. It is not good to have all one wants.
Blaise Pascal

The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people’s hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice.
John Adams

Liberty is from God; liberties, from the devil.
Berthold Auerbach

Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.
Ho Chi Minh

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
Charles Caleb Colton