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210 Greatest Quotes About Liberty


Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. Plato
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw
One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain. Thomas Sowell
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. Edmund Burke
How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! Thomas Jefferson
I grew up like a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Harriet Tubman
Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain. John F. Kennedy
Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. Thomas Sowell
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. George Washington
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. Thomas Paine
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be. James Baldwin
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. Alexander Hamilton
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. Milton Friedman
Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry. Unknown
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. George Washington
A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort ... is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence. Ayn Rand
Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens. Adam Smith
Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots. John Adams
Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decision on others. Ayn Rand
Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Thomas Hobbes
If virtue & knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great security. Samuel Adams
For there are very few so foolish who would not rather govern themselves than be governed by others. Thomas Hobbes
The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. Ayn Rand
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. Bertrand Russell
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell
Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life. Bob Marley
I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. Audre Lorde
The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Woodrow Wilson
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits. Montesquieu
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. Margaret Thatcher
It was like a new world opened to me, the world of science, which I was at last permitted to know in all liberty. Marie Curie
Security without liberty is called prison. Benjamin Franklin
Liberty is not a right but a duty. Ezra Pound
All I'm for is the liberty of the individual. John Wayne
There's nothing that does so much harm as good intentions. Milton Friedman
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. Thomas Jefferson
Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain. Marquis de Sade
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority. Ayn Rand
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. Milton Friedman
I have no reason to suppose that he, who would take away my Liberty, would not when he had me in his Power, take away everything else. John Locke
I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest. Henry David Thoreau
Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government. Milton Friedman
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela
Those who trade liberty for security have neither. John Adams
The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire. Hermann Hesse
There is only one way to kill capitalism - by taxes, taxes, and more taxes. Unknown
Sham liberty will be proclaimed everywhere. Nostradamus
If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom. Kofi Annan