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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
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)
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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