Liberty quotes and sayings

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
H. L. Mencken

While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.
Charles Evans Hughes

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or 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 most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty.
Mahatma Gandhi

If a nation values anything more than liberty, it will Lose its liberty: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.
William Somerset Maugham

Nations grown corrupt
Love bondage more than liberty;
Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty.
John Milton

When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.
John Milton

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
Edward Everett

The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
Daniel Webster

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

I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
George Orwell

Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.
Marquis de Sade

Liberty is one of the choicest gifts that heaven hath bestowed upon man, and exceeds in value all the treasures which the earth contains within its bosom, or the sea covers. Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
Cervantes

Without liberty, no one really has a name.
Milton Acorda

America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men.
Woodrow Wilson

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Daniel Webster

Liberty, whether natural, civil, or political, is the lawful power in the individual to exercise his corresponding rights. It is greatly favored in law.
Henry Campbell

Let us have justice, and then we shall have enough liberty!
Joseph Joubert

Listen, when you take my liberty away, you’ve taken away more-something more precious than life. I mean, what good is a life without liberty? Huh? None.
Jack Kevorkian

The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
Matthew Arnold

You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
William Blake

Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Louis D. Brandeis

Liberty is being able to live with the consequences of your decisions.
James X. Mullen

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
Edmund Burke

For now more than ever, we must keep in the forefront of our minds the fact that whenever we take away the liberties of those we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love.
Wendell Willkie

Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.
Bryant H. McGill

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
James Madison

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Nadia Boulanger

Give me liberty to know, to think, to believe, and utter freely, according to conscience, above all other liberties.
John Milton

Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
James Madison

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.
Nadia Boulanger

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say:” This is my country.”
Benjamin Franklin

Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable.
Daniel Webster

History teaches us that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.
Thurgood Marshall

When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.
Will Durant

I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted, and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.
Harriet Tubman