Some Thoughts On Liberty

Liberty is the legislation of the Golden Rule. — Ethan Indigo Smith

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. — Thomas Jefferson

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. — Samuel Adams

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. — Henry David Thoreau

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. — W. E. B. Du Bois

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself in acts of bravery and heroism. — Alexander Hamilton

The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer… form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws. — Andrew Jackson

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. — John Adams

What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man. — Robert Green Ingersoll

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. — Abraham Lincoln

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

To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body. — Mahatma Gandhi

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. — Woodrow Wilson

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. — Khalil Gibran

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. — John Stuart Mill

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. — Edward Everett

Peace is liberty in tranquility. —Marcus Tullius Cicero

All I’m for is the liberty of the individual. — John Wayne

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. — George Bernard Shaw

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. — George Orwell

People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo. — Max Eastman

A certain kind of rich man afflicted with the symptoms of moral dandyism sooner or later comes to the conclusion that it isn’t enough merely to make money. He feels obliged to hold views, to espouse causes and elect Presidents, to explain to a trembling world how and why the world went wrong. — Lewis H. Lapham

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. — Mark Twain

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution. — John Adams

We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain justice and freedom who has not had a chance to imagine them as attainable. — Ursula K. Le Guin

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