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LIBERTY
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The people's liberties strengthen the king's prerogative, and the king's prerogative is to defend the people's liberties.
      - Charles I

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, France--An Ode
         (V)

Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

If you pinch the sea of its liberty, though it be walls of stone or brass, it will beat them down.
      - John Cotton, Limitations of Government,
        in Perry Miller's "The American Puritans" (1956)

The liberty of a people consists in being governed by laws which they have made themselves, under whatsoever form it be of government; the liberty of a private man, in being master of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with the laws of God and of his country.
      - Abraham Cowley

But slaves that once conceive the glowing thought
  Of freedom, in that hope itself possess
    All that the contest calls for; spirit, strength,
      The scorn of danger, and united hearts,
        The surest presage of the good they seek.
      - William Cowper

'Tis liberty alone that gives the flower
  Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume;
    And we are weeds without it.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. V, l. 446)

Then liberty, like day,
  Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from Heaven
    Fires all the faculties with glorious joy.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. V, l. 882)

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
      - John Philpot Curran, Speech, Dublin

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
      - John Philpot Curran, Speech

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.]
      - Denis Diderot

The love of liberty with life is given,
  And life itself the inferior gift of Heaven.
      - John Dryden, Palamon and Arcite
         (bk. II, l. 291)

O liberty,
  Parent of happiness, celestial born
    When the first man became a living soul;
      His sacred genius thou.
      - Sir Edward Dyer

Liberty is a slow fruit.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To open his lips is crime in a plain citizen.
      - Quintus Ennius

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
      - Harry Emerson Fosdick

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

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
      - Benjamin Franklin,
        motto to Historical Review of Pennsylvania

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Liberty is no negation. It is a substantive, tangible reality.
      - James Abram Garfield

Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.
      - William Lloyd Garrison

Liberty is worth whatever the best civilization is worth.
      - Henry Giles

Not until right is founded upon reverence will it be secure; not until duty is based upon love will it be complete; not until liberty is based on eternal principles will it be full, equal, lofty, and universal.
      - Henry Giles

He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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