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Quarrels never could last long, if on one side only lay the wrong.

Real freedom comes from the mastery, through knowledge, of historic conditions and race character which makes possible a free and intelligent use of experience for the purpose of progress.

The cause of freedom is identified with the destinies of humanity, and in whatever part of the world it gains ground, by and by it will be a common gain to all who desire it.

The cause of freedom is the cause of God.

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.

The less freedom there is, the more there is talk of the "new freedom." Yet this new freedom is a mere word which covers the exact contradiction of all that Europe ever understood by freedom. ... The new freedom which is preached in Europe is, however, the right of the majority against the individual.

The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.

The only freedom worth possessing is that which gives enlargement to a people's energy, intellect, and virtues. The savage makes his boast of freedom. But what is its worth? He is, indeed, free from what he calls the yoke of civil institutions. But other and worse chains bind him. The very privation of civil government is in effect a chain; for, by withholding protection from property it virtually shackles the arm of industry, and forbids exertion for the melioration of his lot. Progress, the growth of intelligence and power, is the end and boon of liberty; and, without this, a people may have the name, but want the substance and spirit of freedom.

The success of society is to be evaluated... primarily by the substantive freedoms that the members of that society enjoy. See quote detail

The value set by her people on the freedom and sanctity of the individual, on justice and fair play, on mercy and tenderness towards the weak, and their dislike of lawless violence and their capacity to tolerate, forget and forgive have been, for all England's past mistakes and faults, a very real factor in human evolution.

There are two freedoms, the false where one is free to do what he likes, and the true where he is free to do what he ought.

There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment and expose the pretensions of tyrants and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant. And that is the force of human freedom.

There must be no tampering with the delicate machinery by which religious liberty and equality are secured, and no fostering of any spirit which would tend to destroy that machinery.

This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.

This is what I call the American idea, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people - a government of the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God.

To have freedom is only to have that which is absolutely necessary to enable us to be what we ought to be, and to possess what we ought to possess.

True freedom consists with the observance of law. - Adam was as free in paradise as in the wilds to which he was banished for his transgression.

Void of freedom, what would virtue be?

War - hard apprenticeship of freedom.

We are serving in freedom's cause -- and that is the cause of all mankind.


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