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LIBERTY
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Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.
      - Unattributed Author,
        inscription on the Liberty Bell from Bibles's Leviticus 25:10

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

A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty
  Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act II, sc. 1)

Liberty is from God; liberties, from the devil.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Liberty begets anarchy, anarchy leads to despotism, and despotism brings about liberty once again. Millions of human beings have perished without being able to make any of these systems triumph.
      - Honore de Balzac

The tree of liberty grows only when watered by the blood of tyrants.
  [Fr., L'arbre de la liberte ne croit qu'arrose par le sang des tyrans.]
      - Bertrand Barere,
        Speech in the Convention Nationale

What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.
      - Bruce Barton

The tidal wave of God's providence is carrying liberty throughout the globe.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
      - Bible, II Corinthians (ch. III, v. 17)

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 Black

Liberty is to the collective body what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
      - Edmund Burke

Liberty, without wisdom, is license.
      - Edmund Burke

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

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Speech at a County Meeting at Bucks

My vigour relents. I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Speech on the Conciliation of America
         (vol. II, p. 118)

Liberty's in every blow!
  Let us do or die.
      - Robert Burns,
        Bruce to His Men at Bannockburn

The love of liberty that is not a real principle of dutiful behavior to authority is as hypocritical as the religion that is not productive of a good life.
      - Bishop Joseph Butler

The wish, which ages have not yet subdued
  In man, to have no master save his mood.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Eternal Spirit of the chainless Mind!
  Brightest in dungeons, Liberty! thou art,
    For there thy habitation is the heart--
      The heart which love of thee alone can bind;
        And when thy sons to fetters are consign'd--
          To fetters and damp vault's dayless gloom,
            Their country conquers with their martyrdom.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Sonnet--Introductory to Prisoner of Chillon

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, Power of Eloquence

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 (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

The spirit of liberty is not merely, as multitudes imagine, a jealousy of our own particular rights, but a respect for the rights of others, and an unwillingness that any man, whether high or low, should be wronged and trampled under foot.
      - William Ellery Channing


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