Liberty quotes and sayings

There is a sacred realm of privacy for every man and woman where he makes his choices and decisions-a realm of his own essential rights and liberties into which the law, generally speaking, must not intrude.
Geoffrey Fisher

The basic delusion that men may be governed and yet be free.
Henry Louis Mencken

Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man’s knowledge.
Sir Francis Bacon

There shall be no solution to this race problem until you, yourselves, strike the blow for liberty.
Marcus Garvey

The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.
Woodrow Wilson

Man was predestined to have free will.
Hal Lee Luyah

It is terrible to speak of you, Liberty, for one who lives without you.
Jose Marti

The distinguishing part of our Constitution is its liberty. To preserve that liberty inviolate seems the particular duty and proper trust of a member of the House of Commons. But the liberty, the only liberty, I mean is a liberty connected with order: that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.
Edmund Burke

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered…staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
George Washington

The truth is that men are tired of liberty.
Benito Mussolini

Solitude is the beginning of all freedom.
William Orville Douglas

Anxiety is the dizziness of liberty.
Søren Aaby Kierkegaard

Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall that the basic principle is freedom of choice, which saying many have on their lips but few in their minds.
Dante Alighieri

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Jawaharial Nehru

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.
Frederic Bastiat

A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself.
George Berkeley

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
Eric Hoffer

Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.
George Berkeley

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwater

Personal liberty is not personal license.
Billy Sunday

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt

We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.
Robert J. McCracken

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Plato

Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
Henry Ward Beecher

A society will remain as free or as enslaved as the conscious dispositions of individuals determine it shall be. Just as the roots of oppression are found in passivity, the foundations of our liberty reside in highly energized and focused minds that insist upon their independence. There are no shortcuts, no structures or doctrines that can be erected, no hallowed documents to be revered, to save us the effort of continually challenging those who would presume to exercise authority over our lives.
Butler Shaffer

The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, and we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
Thomas Jefferson

Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
Mortimer Adler

This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
Elmer Holmes Davis

A free man is as jealous of his responsibilities as he is of his liberties.
Cyril James

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.
Ronald Reagan

Next in importance to Freedom and Justice is popular education, without which neither Freedom nor Justice can be permanently maintained.
James Abram Garfield

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty.
James Russel Lowell

Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.
John Adams

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.
Daniel Joseph Boorstin

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.
Thomas Paine

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
George Washington

Just, harmonious, temperate as is the spirit of liberty, there is in the name and mere notion of it a vagueness so opposite to the definite clearness of the moral law….
Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
Lord Macaulay

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you and may posterity forget that ye were once our countrymen.
Samuel Adams

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
William Orville Douglas

I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty.
Phaedrus

Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
Thomas Babington

I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it…
Learned Hand

The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.
Thomas Campbell

No man is free who is not master of himself.
Epictetus

When Liberty from Greece withdrew, And o’er the Adriatic flew, To where the Tiber pours his urn, She struck the rude Tarpeian rock; Sparks were kindled by the shock– Again thy fires began to burn.
Henry Francis Cary

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility-I welcome it.
John F. Kennedy

Once an individual who would advance liberty has settled on self-perfection as correct method, the first fact to bear in mind is that ours in not a numbers problem. Were it necessary to bring a majority into a comprehension of the libertarian philosophy, the cause of liberty would be utterly hopeless. Every significant movement in history has been led by one or just a few individuals with a small minority of energetic supporters.
Leonard E. Read

If you like small government you need to work hard at having a strong national defense that is not so militant. Personal liberty is the purpose of government, to protect liberty – not to run your personal life, not to run the economy, and not to pretend that we can tell the world how they ought to live.
Ron Paul

What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?
James Madison