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Liberty quotes
Liberty
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.

- Jefferson, Thomas
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.

- Burke, Edmund
It would seem that man was born a slave, and that slavery is his natural condition. At the same time nothing on earth can stop man from feeling himself born for liberty. Never, whatever may happen, can he accept servitude; for he is a thinking creature.

- Weil, Simone
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.

- Burke, Edmund
The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.

- Amiel, Henri Frederic
The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty -- of the indefinite expansion of possibility.

- Sontag, Susan
What is grace? It is the inspiration from on high: it is love; it is liberty. Grace is the spirit of law. This discovery of the spirit of law belongs to Saint Paul; and what he calls "grace" from a heavenly point of view, we, from an earthly point, call "rigtheousness."

- Victor Hugo
Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.

- Taft, William Howard
No sacrifice short of individual liberty, individual self-respect, and individual enterprise is too great a price to pay for permanent peace.

- Minor, Clark H.
Where liberty is, there is my country.

- Franklin, Benjamin
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

- John Milton
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country!

- Franklin, Benjamin
The condition upon which God has given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.

- John Philpot Curran
EXCEPTION, n. A thing which takes the liberty to differ from other things of its class, as an honest man, a truthful woman, etc. "The exception proves the rule" is an expression constantly upon the lips of the ignorant, who parrot it from one another with never a thought of its absurdity. In the Latin, "_Exceptio probat regulam_" means that the exception _tests_ the rule, puts it to the proof, not _confirms_ it. The malefactor who drew the meaning from this excellent dictum and substituted a contrary one of his own exerted an evil power which appears to be immortal.

- Ambrose Bierce
The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion.

- Hazlitt, William
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

- Herbert, Frank
Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches.

- Will Rogers
I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.

- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
An educational method that shall have liberty as its basis must intervene to help the child to a conquest of liberty. That is to say, his training must be such as shall help him to diminish as much as possible the social bonds which limit his activity.

- Montessori, Maria
Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.

- Howells, William Dean



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