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Motivational Liberty Quotes

May these quotes about Liberty inspire and motivate you.

Those who won our independence...
valued liberty as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
- Louis D. Brandeis

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

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

In every country and every age,
the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson


 

Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I would rather be exposed to
the inconveniences attending too much liberty
than those attending too small a degree of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time:
the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
- Thomas Jefferson


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Fourscore and seven years ago
our fathers brought forth on this continent,
a new nation, conceived in Liberty,
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
- Abraham Lincoln

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself,
to resist invasions of it in the case of others:
or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

True justice is not a matter of courts and law books,
but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
- Jimmy Carter

The natural progress of things is for liberty
to yield and government to gain ground.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival,
liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness
is a planet whose resources are devoted
to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.
- Jimmy Carter

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

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

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit
which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men,
in all lands, everywhere.
Destroy this spirit and you have planted
the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
- Abraham Lincoln

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

I am an aristocrat.
I love liberty; I hate equality.
- John Randolph

Liberty is to the collective body,
what health is to every individual body.
Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man;
without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
- Thomas Jefferson

What difference does it make to the dead,
the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought
under the name of totalitarianism
or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

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

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious
liberty from a room of silent,
thoughtful schoolchildren.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people ...
They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

America and Israel share a special bond.
Our relationship is unique among all nations.
Like America, Israel is a strong democracy,
a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty,
a home to the oppressed and persecuted.
- William J. Clinton

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal;
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson

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 F. Kennedy

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

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.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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 tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

I regard the principle of conscription of life as a
flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom,
democratic liberty and Christian teaching.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at
home is to be charged to the provisions against danger,
real or pretended, from abroad.
- James Madison

The love of liberty is the love of others;
the love of power is the love of ourselves.
- William Hazlitt

The common Notions of Liberty are not from School Divines,
but from Nature.
- Algernon Sydney

To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole
body of people always possess arms and be taught alike,
especially when young, how to use them.
- Richard Henry Lee

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals,
seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
- Plato

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy,
for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

So long as you do not achieve social liberty,
whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.
- B. R. Ambedkar

There shall be no solution to this race problem until you,
yourselves, strike the blow for liberty.
- Marcus Garvey

Most importantly, nothing has happened to change my
conviction that freedom and the love of liberty remain
the essential defining attributes of our national character as a people.
- Ibrahim Babangida

If you think of 'Liberty Valance' or 'The Searchers,'
there are moments in there that you'll never,
ever forget...
And it does not matter what century you are from.
- Kevin Costner

Most people want security in this world,
not liberty.
- H. L. Mencken

Well, we can't afford blindness anymore.
There are tens of thousands of thugs who loathe liberty and love death,
and want to annihilate Western civilization.
- Tony Snow

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to
man is eternal vigilance.
- John Philpot Curran

A University should be a place of light,
of liberty, and of learning.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos,
so the strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos
and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects.
- Judge Dalzell

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
- Edmund Burke

I therefore beg that you would indulge me with the
liberty of declining the arduous trust.
- Christopher Gadsden

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

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which
liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
- Dorothy Thompson

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance;
they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
- George Washington

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty,
but also by the abuse of power.
- James Madison

All government, of course, is against liberty.
- H. L. Mencken

It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.
- John C. Calhoun

For scholarship - if it is to be scholarship -
requires,
in addition to liberty, that the truth take precedence
over all sectarian interests,
including self-interest.
- John Charles Polanyi

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
- David Hume

The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil,
political and religious rights of an Englishman.
- Junius

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force.
When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
- Dorothy Thompson

Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the
pledge that assures fidelity.
- Ellen Key

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


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