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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"We will never be through with our fight for Liberty, because their will always be people who do not want the responsibility of freedom, and the will always be people who will gladly take that responsibility away from them, for the power it brings." N. Scott Mills

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end." Lord Acton

"Philosophy is harmonized knowledge making a harmonious life; it is the self-discipline that lifts as to serenity and freedom. Knowledge is power, but only wisdom is Liberty." Will Durant

"Liberty has never come from Government. It is always come from the subjects of Government. The history of Liberty is the history of resistance." Woodrow Wilson

"America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal-to discover and maintain liberty among men." Woodrow Wilson

"Individuality is the aim of all political Liberty. By leaving the citizen as much freedom of action and of being as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a free Man. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner." James Fenimore Cooper

"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty or give me death." Patrick Henry

The basis of a democratic state is Liberty." Aristotle

"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first Revolution. Let the word Go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.... Let every Nation know, whether it wishes as well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to ensure the survival and success of Liberty." John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Fourscore and seven years ago our forefathers brought forth upon this Continent and New Nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all Men are Created Equal." Abraham Lincoln

"A frequent reference to fundamental principles is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of Liberty, and keep a Government free." Benjamin Franklin

"If none were to have Liberty but those who understand it, there would not be many freed Men in the world." Lord Halifax

"If we truly cared about our children and future generations, instead of demagoging about them, we'd worry more about saving Liberty than saving Social Security." Walter Williams

"Without Liberty, Law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without Law, Liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness." James Wilson

"The object and practice of Liberty lies in the limitation of Governmental power." General Douglas MacArthur

"When the same man, or set of men, holds the sword and the purse, there is an end to Liberty." George Mason

"The main political problem is how to prevent police powers from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all struggles for Liberty." Ludwig Von Mises

"In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual Liberty is permanent, unsolvable, and necessary." Kathleen Morris

"My language has always been that of Liberty and humanity, and I know by experience that nothing so exults a nation as the union of these two principles, under all circumstances." Thomas Paine

"We have a solution for war. It is to expand the sphere of Liberty." Rudolph Rommel

"Few Men desire Liberty; most Men only wish for a just master." Sallust

"Liberty is an opportunity for doing good, but only so when it is also an opportunity for doing wrong." F. A. Hayek

"The argument for Liberty is not an argument against organization, which is one of the most powerful tools human reasoning can employ, but an argument against all exclusive, privilege, monopolistic organization, against the use of coercion to prevent others from doing better." F. A. Hayek

"It is seldom that any Liberty is lost all at once." David Hugh

"The true danger is when Liberty is nibbled away, for expedients and by parts.... The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men do nothing." Edmund Burke

"The God that gave us life, gave us Liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but it cannot disjoin them." Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants." Thomas Jefferson

"Of Liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its existence, is unobstructed action according to our will. But Rightful Liberty is within limits drawn around us by the Equal Rights of others. And I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’, because the law is often but the Tyrants-will, and always so when it violates the Rights of an individual." Thomas Jefferson

"I would rather be exposed to the inconvenience attending too much Liberty than those attending too small degree of it." Thomas Jefferson

"A government big enough to supply you with everything you need is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.... The course of history shows that as the government grows, liberty decreases." Thomas Jefferson

"Liberty is the great parent of science and virtue; and a Nation will be great in both, in proportion as it is free." Thomas Jefferson

"The equality of the general rules of law and conduct, however, is the only kind of equality conducive to Liberty and the only equality which we can secure without destroying Liberty. Not only has Liberty nothing to do with any other sort of equality, but is even bound to produce inequality in many respects. This is the necessary result and part of the justification of individual Liberty; if the results of individual Liberty did not demonstrate that some manners of living are more successful than others, much of its case would vanish." F. A. Hayek

"Free institutions are not the property of the majority. They do not confer upon majorities’ unlimited power. The Rights of the majority are limited Rights. They are not only limited by the Constitutional guarantees but by the moral principles implied in those guarantees. The principal is that Men may not use the facilities of Liberty to impair them. No Man may invoke a Right in order to destroy it." Walter Lippmann

"Individuality is freedom lived". John Dos Pessos

"In its larger and juster meaning...a man has property in his opinions and the free communication of them...in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them. In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights." James Madison

"The right of freedom being a gift from God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." Samuel Adams

"No Man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation." General Douglas MacArthur

"Throughout its history, America has given hope, comfort and inspiration to freedom's cause in all lands. The reservoir of goodwill and respect for America was not built-up by American arms or intrigue; it was built upon our deep dedication to the cause of human Liberty and welfare." Adlai Stevenson

"Any Man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave. Alex De Tocqueville

"Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against force." Thomas Sowell

"Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of Tyrants; it is the Creed slaves." William Pitt

"He who does not love solitude will not love freedom." Arthur Schopenhauer

"The world's problem is not too many people, but the lack of political and economic freedom." Julian Simons

"Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric." Thomas Sowell

"None can love freedom but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license, which never hath more scope than under Tyrants." John Milton

"There is only one basic human Right, the Right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes only one basic Human Duty, to take the consequences." P.J. O’Rourke

"Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men." Milton Friedman

"The greatest glory of a freeborn people is to transmit that freedom to their children." William Harward

A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own, which he is entitled to follow, can have no respect for the dignity of the individual, and cannot really know freedom." F. A. Hayek

"The aspiration towards freedom, is the most essentially human of all human manifestations." Eric Hoffer

"Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will become clear if we grasp the principal of liberty is freedom of choice, which many have on their lips, but few have in their minds." Dante Alighieri

"The basic tests of freedoms are perhaps less in what we are free to do, then what we are free not to do." Eric Hoffer

"Make men wise and by that very operation you make them free. Civil Liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurp power can stand against the artillery of opinion." William Godwin

"Every device to bolster individual freedom must have as its chief purposes the impairment of the absoluteness of power. The indications are that such impairment is not brought about by strengthening the individual and pitting him against the possessors of power, but by distributing and diversifying power and by pitting one category or unit of power against another. Were power is one, the defeated individual, no matter how strong and resourceful, can have no refuge and no recourse." Eric Hoffer

"True freedom has only the power of individuals; to think for themselves, to choose for themselves, to take responsibility for the themselves, their actions and their lives." N. Scott Mills


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