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Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks.
      - David Herbert Lawrence

No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
      - Nikolai Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.
      - Abraham Lincoln

As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate--we cannot consecrate--we cannot hallow--this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us,--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
      - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

I intend no modification of my oft-expressed wish that all men everywhere could be free.
      - Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Horace Greely

While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important.
      - Walter Lippmann

Finally, I want to speak through you, directly, to those who came to London today to take lives. I do know that you do not fear to give your own lives. That is why you are so dangerous. But I do know that you fear you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society.
  I can show you why you'll fail. In the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports, and look at our railway stations. And even after your cowardly attacks, people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.
    They choose to come to London, as so many have come before, because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves.
      They flee you, because you tell them how they should live. They don't want that. And however many of us you kill, they will not stop their flight to our cities where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another.
        Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.
      - Ken Livingstone

Is it worth the name of freedom to be at liberty to play the fool?
      - John Locke (1)

Slow are the steps of freedom, but her feet turn never backward.
      - James Russell Lowell

Freedom needs all her poets; it is they
  Who give her aspirations wings,
    And to the wiser law of music sway
      Her wild imaginings.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Memorial Verses--To the Memory of Hood
         (st. 4)

All go free when multitudes offend.
  [Lat., Quicquid multis peccaturm inultum est.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (V, 260)

The remaining liberty of the world was to be destroyed in the place where it stood.
  [Lat., Libertas ultima mundi
    Quo steterit ferienda loco.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (VII, 580)

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
      - Rosa Luxemburg

As freedom is the only safeguard of governments, so are order and moderation generally necessary to preserve freedom.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Many politicians are in the habit of laying 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.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Service cannot be expected from a friend in service; let him be a freeman who wishes to be my master.
  [Lat., Non bene, crede mihi, servo servitur amico;
    Sit liber, dominus qui volet esse meus.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (II, 32, 7)

Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do.
      - Mencius

The only kind of freedom that the mob can imagine is freedom to annoy and oppress its betters, and that is precisely the kind that we mainly have.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or implode their efforts to obtain it.
      - John Stuart Mill

Nations grow corrupt, love bondage more than liberty; bondage with ease than strenuous liberty.
      - John Milton

The whole freedom of man consists either in spiritual or civil liberty.
      - John Milton

Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 99)

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