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LIBERTY
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Give me liberty, or give me death.
      - Patrick Henry, in a speech

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
      - Patrick Henry

If liberty with law is fire on the hearth, liberty without law is fire on the floor.
      - George Stillman Hillard

Perfect love holds the secret of the world's perfect liberty.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The doctrine that man is infinitely tough and resourceful and not easily cheated of his freedom to sin.
      - George C. Homans,
        said on the British Broadcast System and published in the "Listener," August 16, 1956

A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
      - Thomas Jefferson

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a feather bed.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
      - Thomas Jefferson,
        Summary View of the Rights of British America

They make a rout about universal liberty, without considering that all that is to be valued, or indeed can be enjoyed by individuals, is private liberty.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

They who most loudly clamour for liberty do not most liberally grant it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

As so often before, liberty has been wounded in the house of its friends. Liberty in the wild and freakish hands of fanatics has once more, as frequently in the past, proved the effective helpmate of autocracy and the twin-brother of tyranny.
      - Otto Hermann Kahn,
        Speech at the University of Wisconsin

The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied. Liberty is not foolproof. For its beneficent working it demands self-restraint, a sane and clear recognition of the practical and attainable, and of the fact that there are laws of nature which are beyond our power to change.
      - Otto Hermann Kahn,
        Speech at the University of Wisconsin

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        in his inaugural speech, January 20, 1961

Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.
      - Henry Cabot Lodge

The liberty of the people, he says, whom power restrains unduly, perishes through liberty.
  [Lat., Libertas, inquit, populi quem regna coercent,
    Libertate perit.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (bk. III, 146)

The inescapable price of liberty is an ability to preserve it from destruction.
      - General Douglas MacArthur

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
      - General Douglas MacArthur

Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an ailment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.
      - James Madison, The Federalist (no. 10)

True liberty can exist only when justice is equally administered to all.
      - Katherine Mansfield


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