Liberty quotes and sayings

A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
Baron de Montesquieu

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.
Abraham Lincoln

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.
Edmund Burke

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
Thomas Jefferson

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.
John Acton

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
Thomas Paine

The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A day an hour of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity of bondage.

The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
Walt Whitman

Personal liberty is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
Miguel de Cervantes

Liberty, without wisdom, is license.
Edmund Burke

A useful definition of liberty is obtained only by seeking the principle of liberty in the main business of human life, that is to say, in the process by which men educate their responses and learn to control their environment.
Walter Lippman

By physical liberty I mean the right to do anything which does not interfere with the happiness of another. By intellectual liberty I mean the right to think wrong.
Robert Green Ingersoll

The spirit of liberty is the spirit that is not too sure that it is right.
Learned Hand

Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.
John Adams

Liberty is always unfinished business.
American Civil Liberties Union

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, – Necessity and Free Will.
Thomas Carlyle

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.

As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.
Will Durant

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.
Archibald MacLeish

Liberty is the opportunity to make decisions…
Kenneth Hildebrand

There is only one kind of freedom and that’s individual liberty. Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator. It has nothing to do with government granting it.
Ron Paul

You have liberty when you’re easy in your harness.
Robert Frost

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
George Washington

Men fight for liberty, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.

The love of liberty with life is given, And life itself the inferior gift of Heaven.
John Dryden

All government, of course, is against liberty.
Henry Louis Mencken

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
John Milton

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.
Archibald MacLeish