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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 can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means to detect lies.

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

There is no liberty to men whose passions are stronger than their religious feelings; there is no liberty to men in whom ignorance predominates over knowledge; there is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves.

There is not a truth to be gathered from history more certain, or more momentous, than this: that civil liberty cannot long be separated from religious liberty without danger, and ultimately without destruction to both. Wherever religious liberty exists, it will, first or last, bring in and establish political liberty. Wherever it is suppressed, the church establishment will, first or last, become the engine of despotism, and overthrow, unless it be itself overthrown, every vestige of political right.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

To do what we will, is natural liberty; to do what we may consistently with the interests of the community to which we belong, is civil liberty, the only liberty to be desired in a state of civil society.

To everything we know there is a season - a time for sadness, a time for struggle, a time for rebuilding. And now we have reached a time for hope. This young century will be liberty's century.

True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will.

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....

What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?-It is the greatest of all possible evils, for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.

What is life? It is not to stalk about, and draw fresh air, or gaze upon the sun; it is to be free.

When I see the spirit of liberty in action, I see a strong principle at work and this, for a while, is all I can possibly know of it. The wild gas, the fixed air, is plainly broke loose: but we ought to suspend our judgment until the first effervescence is a little subsided, till the liquor is cleared, and until we see something deeper than the agitation of a troubled and frothy surface. I must be tolerably sure, before I venture publicly to congratulate men upon a blessing, that they have really received one.

Where liberty dies, evil grows.

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.


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