Liberty quotes and sayings

One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, “I have it,” merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it.
Henrik Ibsen

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
Alexander Hamilton

Justifying conscription to promote the cause of liberty is one of the most bizarre notions ever conceived by man! Forced servitude, with the risk of death and serious injury as a price to live free, makes no sense.
Ron Paul

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
Lin Yutang

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
John Stuart Mill

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Daniel Webster

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
Aristotle

The sun of liberty is set; you must light up the candle of industry and economy.
Benjamin Franklin

The higher your station, the less your liberty.
Sallust

None can love liberty heartily but good men; the rest love not liberty, but license.
John Milton

I dare not exercise personal liberty if it infringes on the liberty of others.
Billy Sunday

One’s liberty should end when it becomes the curse of his neighbor.
Frederick Farrar

That the greatest security of the people, against the encroachments and usurpations of their superiors, is to keep the Spirit of Liberty constantly awake, is an undeniable truth.
Edmund Burke

Too much liberty corrupts us all.
Terence

Liberty is worth paying for.
Jules Verne

The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Charlie Chaplin

The right of nature… is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.
Thomas Hobbes

Every law is an infraction of liberty.
Jeremy Bentham

Liberty, as it is concieved 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 behaviour.
Mary Mccarty

The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
William Hazlitt

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free.
Thomas Jefferson

History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.
Charles de Gaulle

My vigour relents. I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.
Edmund Burke

Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all – liberty!
James Monroe

O Liberty…! is it well
To leave the gates unguarded?
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
Thomas Jefferson

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
Benjamin Franklin

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