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Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches.

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint. See quote detail

Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.

Liberty has restraints but no frontiers.

Liberty is a duty, not a right. See quote detail

Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.

Liberty is the right and hope of all humanity.

Liberty is the right to do what the laws allow; and if a citizen could do what they forbid, it would be no longer liberty, because others would have the same powers.

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.

Liberty is worth paying for.

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.

Liberty's in every blow! Let us do or die.

Life without Liberty is far worse than death.

Man's liberty ends, and it ought to end, when that liberty becomes the curse of his neighbors.

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love of 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. Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon the will and appetite is placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be of it without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate habits cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

Men do things which their fathers would have deprecated, and then draw about themselves a flimsy cordon of sophistry, and talk about the advance of humanity and liberal thought, when it is nothing after all but a preference for individual license.

Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.

O liberty, how many crimes are committed in thy name!


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