Liberty quotes and sayings

There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.
Charles Kingsley

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
Erich Fromm

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
Frank Herbert

The last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Dr. Viktor Emil Frankl

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
Edmund Burke

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
Samuel Adams

It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have frequently been forged in cases involving not very nice people.
Felix Frankfurter

Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others.
John Locke

When liberty returns, I will return.
Victor Hugo

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.
Will Durant

Civil liberty can be established on no foundation of human reason which will not at the same time demonstrate the right of religious freedom.
John Quincy Adams

Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.

Liberty has a thousand charms to show,
That slaves, howe’er contented, never know.
William Cowper

Liberty’s in every blow! Let us do or die.
Robert Burns

Who speaks of liberty while the human mind is in chains?
Francis Wright

It must be obvious that liberty necessarily means freedom to choose foolishly as well as wisely; freedom to choose evil as well as good; freedom to enjoy the rewards of good judgment, and freedom to suffer the penalties of bad judgment. If this is not true, the word “freedom” has no meaning.
Ben Moreell

Courage is what preserves our liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents, our country and children. Courage comprises all things.

The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself.
James Madison

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
James Madison

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.
Thomas Jefferson

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
Edmund Burke

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

We are all of us the worse for too much liberty.

Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.
T.S. Eliot

Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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

What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.
B. R. Ambedkar

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.
Francis Bacon

The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatable things, called by the same name-liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatable names-liberty and tyranny.
Abraham Lincoln

Yes, while I stood and gazed, my temples bare, And shot my being through earth, sea, and air, Possessing all things with intensest love, O liberty! my spirit felt thee there.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.
Andrew Jackson

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
John Philpot Curran

Who dares not speak his free thoughts is a slave.

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

This young century will be liberty’s century.
George W. Bush

I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.
Woodrow T. Wilson

To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.
John Quincy Adams

While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.
Jose Rizal

Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.
Emile M. Cioran

Irresponsible power is inconsistent with liberty, and must corrupt those who exercise it.
John Calhoun

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.
Stephen R. Covey

Most importantly, nothing has happened to change my conviction that freedom and the love of liberty remain the essential defining attributes of our national character as a people.
Ibrahim Babangida