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88 Liberty Quotes

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 Quotes , Source: France--An Ode (V)

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'Tis liberty alone that gives the flower Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume; And we are weeds without it.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. V, l. 446)

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Then liberty, like day, Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from Heaven Fires all the faculties with glorious joy.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. V, l. 882)

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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

John Philpot Curran Quotes , Source: Speech, Dublin

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The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.

John Philpot Curran Quotes , Source: Speech

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To brand man with infamy, and let him free, is an absurdity that peoples our forests with assassins. [Fr., Rendre l'homme infame, et le laisser libre, est une absurdite qui peuple nos forets d'assassins.]

John Philpot Curran Quotes , Source: Speech

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

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Palamon and Arcite (bk. II, l. 291)

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes , Source: in correspondence

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Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes , Source: motto to Historical Review of Pennsylvania

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Where liberty dwells, there is my country.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes , Source: motto to Historical Review of Pennsylvania

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Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

Patrick Henry Quotes , Source: in a speech

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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes , Source: Summary View of the Rights of British America

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As so often before, liberty has been wounded in the house of its friends. Liberty in the wild and freakish hands of fanatics has once more, as frequently in the past, proved the effective helpmate of autocracy and the twin-brother of tyranny.

Otto Hermann Kahn Quotes , Source: Speech at the University of Wisconsin

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

Phaedrus Quotes

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The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal -- well-meaning but without understanding.

Louis D. Brandeis Quotes

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Peace is liberty in tranquillity.

Marcus T. Cicero Quotes

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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

John Adams Quotes

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One's liberty should end when it becomes the curse of his neighbor.

Frederick Farrar Quotes

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

John Milton Quotes

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For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?

Georges Jacques Danton Quotes

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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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Every law is an infraction of liberty.

Jeremy Bentham Quotes

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

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Liberty, as it is conceived 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 behavior.

Mary McCarthy Quotes

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Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.

Henry Brooks Adams Quotes

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