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

License they mean when they cry, Liberty!
  For who loves that, must first be wise and good.
      - John Milton,
        On the Detraction which followed upon my Writing Certain Treatises

Justly thou abhorr'st
  That son, who on the quiet state of men
    Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue
      Rational liberty; yet know withal,
        Since thy original lapse, true liberty
          Is lost.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XII, l. 79)

Liberty is the right to do whatever the law permits.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Oh! if there be, on this earthly sphere,
  A boon, an offering Heaven holds dear,
    'Tis the last libation Liberty draws
      From the heart that bleeds and breaks in her cause!
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
         (st. 11)

Few persons enjoy real liberty; we are all slaves to ideas or habits.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

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

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
      - Thomas Paine, Reflections on Titles

Natural liberty is the right of common upon a waste; civil liberty is the safe, exclusive, unmolested enjoyment of a cultivated enclosure.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

Liberty knows nothing but victories. Soldiers call Bunker Hill a defeat; but liberty dates from it though Warren lay dead on the field.
      - Wendell Phillips

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
      - Wendell Phillips

Give me again my hollow tree
  A crust of bread, and liberty!
      - Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace
         (bk. II, satire VI, l. 220)

Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of liberty.
      - Henry Martyn Robert

Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
      - Will Rogers

O liberty! liberty! how many crimes are committed in thy name.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

O liberty! how many crimes are committed in thy name!
  [Fr., O liberte! que de crimes on commet dans ton nom!]
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland,
        Memoirs--Appendix

I tell the American people solemnly that the United States will never survive as a happy and fertile oasis of liberty surrounded by a cruel desert of dictatorship.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
        in his 1941 Independence Day Broadcast

Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us.
      - Benjamin Rush

Wise laws and just restraints are to a noble nation not chains, but chains of mail,--strength and defense, though something of an incumbrance.
      - John Ruskin

That treacherous phantom which men call Liberty.
      - John Ruskin, Seven Lamps of Architecture
         (ch. VIII, sect. XXI)

Do you wish to be free? Then above all things, love God, love your neighbor, love one another, love the common weal; then you will have true liberty.
      - Girolamo Savonarola

Reason and virtue alone can bestow liberty.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity.
      - William Shakespeare

Headstrong liberty is lashed with woe.
      - William Shakespeare


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