We’ve collected the best Liberty Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Olympia Snowe, Nick Rahall, Jeremy Bentham, Toussaint Louverture, Eric Metaxas. Use them as an inspiration.
I represent what I think is a traditional Republican… a limited government, fiscal responsibility, strong national defense, individual freedom and liberty.
A resilient people cherishing liberty and equality and the rule of law will endure.
Every law is an infraction of liberty.
Defending birthright citizenship is about being on the right side of liberty. The 14th Amendment is a great legacy of the Republican Party.
Liberty and security are often in direct confrontation and must be balanced in a way that protects us without destroying what is worth protecting.
It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.
Only by acknowledging the success and sacrifice made by those who came before us can we fully understand what we must do to ensure the liberty of those who will succeed us.
As a boy, the very words ‘Liberty Bell‘ and ‘Independence Hall’ fired my imagination and made a profound and lasting impression on my mind. Throughout my struggle to secure national freedom for China, I have continuously dreamed of the day when she would assume the full stature of an independent, democratic nation.
The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.
Government should enforce rule of law. It should enforce contracts, it should protect people bodily from being attacked by criminals. And when the government does those things, it is facilitating liberty. When it goes beyond those things, it becomes destructive to both human happiness and human liberty.
At the end of the day, every member of the conservative movement, from our political commentators and thinkers to our elected officials, share an important and common purpose in advancing the cause of liberty, reigning in a bloated federal government, and defending our traditional family values.
It is easily and often overlooked that when Thomas Jefferson asserted that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were inalienable human rights, he did so on the ground that they had been endowed by God, our Creator.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence did not pledge their fortunes and sacred honor so the federal government could play ‘helicopter parent’ to a free people. They saw government as our shared project to secure liberty, doing a few big things and doing them well.
Life in cyberspace seems to be shaping up exactly like Thomas Jefferson would have wanted: founded on the primacy of individual liberty and a commitment to pluralism, diversity, and community.
The question is whether voters, particularly independents, believe that Obama truly values personal liberty and responsibility as much as the government-bought safety net.
The biggest thing I’ve learned from my dad is he’s had adoring crowds of 8,000 at Berkeley, and 6,000 at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. That’s an amazing feat to have people coming out in one of the most liberal universities and one of the most conservative.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
This election presents a stark choice – we can continue down the road of the Obama Democrats, more and more spending, debt and government control of the economy, or we can return to the founding principles of our nation – free markets, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.
The People have a right to the Truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Originally, I thought the story of the Alamo was all these men defending their liberty when they could have left, knowing they were going to die. That’s without a doubt what appealed to me, the romance and the nobility. But, as in life, the more you dig the more you find out that things weren’t quite like that.
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.
Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
Liberty is the breath of progress.
Such security is equal liberty. But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth.
Our nation was founded on the principals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Conservatism as a formal political doctrine didn’t exist in America in 1940. The word ‘conservative’ was associated primarily with fringe groups – anti-industrial Southern agrarians and the anti-New Deal tycoons who led the Liberty League.
What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty; and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.
The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman.
I’m a conservative. I believe in the idea of freedom and liberty, but more importantly, look at my voting background. I voted against bailing out Wall Street. I voted against, never voted for, a tax increase.
I want to err on the side of constitutional liberty and freedom.
It gives me pleasure to find that public liberty is effectually secured in each and all the policies of the United States, though somewhat differently modeled.
All great enterprises have a pearl of faith at their core, and this must be ours: that Americans are still a people born to liberty.
The king knows with what ardor and perseverance I have at all times been devoted to the cause of liberty and to the principles of humanity, equality and justice.
If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it’s that the terrorists can attack us, but they can’t take away what makes us American – our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that.
There is no such thing as liberty. You only change one sort of domination for another. All we can do is to choose our master.
Under the rule of a repressive whole, liberty can be made into a powerful instrument of domination.
Therefore, if God existed, only in one way could he serve human liberty – by ceasing to exist.
In this context, the church supports and favors every effort today to seek the full development of the personality of all human beings, and to promote their fundamental rights, their dignity and liberty.
I am often reminded that the wellspring of Vermont liberty flows from Main Street, not State Street.
Empire and liberty.
Realizing that they can’t get their agenda across: against religious liberty, against a culture of life, they can’t get those issues across through the legislature, as people respond and their elected officials represent them, so they attempt to do it through the courts.
The Right has focused on expanding economic liberty through tax cuts, free trade, and deregulation.
I would sign an executive order protecting religious liberty, our first amendment rights, so Christian business owners and individuals don’t face discrimination for having a traditional view of marriage.
Such a faith would be fatal to my reason, to my liberty, and even to the success of my undertakings; it would immediately transform me into a stupid slave, an instrument of the will and interests of others.
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.
I am not about to be a party to anything having to do with the law that is going to destroy individual freedom and liberty in this country.
Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution. And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action.
The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
Hamas is a terrorist organization dedicated to annihilating the Jewish state. It runs a theocratic totalitarian state in Gaza, with no individual liberty, and no freedom of speech or press.
I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality.
America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men.
The erosion of personal freedom and liberty as a result of federal policy and legislation is alarming.
Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
For Conservatives, all disputes over law, liberty and justice are addressed to a historic and existing community. The root of politics, they believe, is attachment – the motive in human beings that binds them to the place, the customs, the history and the people who are theirs.
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.
It appears first, that liberty is a natural, and government an adventitious right, because all men were originally free.
The most enduring legacy of President Barack Obama is going to be a new generation of leaders standing up for liberty.
Men who are scandalized at the lack of freedom in Russia do not ask themselves how real is liberty among the poor, the weak, and the ignorant in capitalist society.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at liberty to do everything he pleases, for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion.
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.
Descendants of New England pioneers are proud of their ancestry and glad to proclaim the fact that so far as the United States are concerned, New England is in deed the cradle of religious liberty.
The Bill of Rights is a remarkable document because it weaves into the fabric of our democracy the idea that government has a responsibility to protect individual liberty.
I don’t trust that the big-business part of our coalition is ever going to defend federalism and argue against regulatory capture. I don’t trust that populists are going to defend religious liberty and the rights of creedal minorities.
Our common liberty is consecrated by a common sorrow.
The strongest argument against totalitarianism may be a recognition of a universal human nature; that all humans have innate desires for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The doctrine of the blank slate… is a totalitarian’s dream.
Protestantism became identified with the republican presumption in liberty as an end in itself. This presumption was then reinforced by an unassailable belief in the common sense of the individual.
Liberty University will not lend its name or financial support to undermine marriage or to promote abortion.
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.
Wouldn’t it be something if Liberty’s votes were enough to change which presidential candidate won Virginia and maybe even the presidency itself?
Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all.
The British have chosen liberty with Brexit and can congratulate themselves every day.
I spent over ten years in the Central Intelligence Agency as an undercover operations officer serving overseas after 9/11 where I carried out covert operations against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, as well as other countries who are ‘hostile to liberty,’ as I like to say.
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
My grand affair appears settled, for America is certain of her independence, humanity has gained her cause, and liberty will never be without a place of refuge.
Of course, the Supreme Court’s work is vital not just to a region of the country, but to the whole, vital to the protection of the people’s liberties under law and to the continuity of our Constitution, the greatest charter of human liberty the world has ever known.
Democracy rests upon two pillars: one, the principle that all men are equally entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and the other, the conviction that such equal opportunity will most advance civilization.
Our religion is itself profoundly sad – a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man’s own language – so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.
For most of our history, Americans enjoyed both liberty and security from foreign threats.
This submission is a restraint of liberty, but could be of no effect as to the good intended, unless it were general; nor general, unless it were natural.
I think the average American has forgotten the great feel for liberty and accountability that the framers of the Constitution believed.
By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.
I’m a conservative Republican, small-business guy, married to same gal – love of my life – for 36 years. Strong family man, deacon at my church; I believe in America. I know government is not the answer; individual liberty and personal responsibility is the answer.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
The ultimate good in a liberal state is liberty.
Liberty had many friends in the eighteenth century.
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty – of the indefinite expansion of possibility.
The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
The sovereignty of one’s self over one’s self is called Liberty.
A good society is characterised not just by liberty but by mutual respect and responsibility. When this breaks down it takes a lot more than police officers to put things right.
All great enterprises have a pearl of faith at their core, and this must be ours: that Americans are still a people born to liberty. That they retain the capacity for self-government. That, addressed as free-born, autonomous men and women of God-given dignity, they will rise yet again to drive back a mortal enemy.
Of course it’s why you want to become a writer – because you have the liberty to do that, but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it.
Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times.
Every one of our greatest national treasures, our liberty, enterprise, vitality, wealth, military power, global authority, flow from a surprising source: our ability to give thanks.
The truth is that men are tired of liberty.
The ancients understood the regulation of power better than the regulation of liberty.
I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.
American 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.
Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.
Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life.
Four score 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.
Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
We believe in liberty, we believe in limited government, we believe in free enterprise, we believe in family values and the sanctity of human life, and we all believe Washington needs a good dose of Economics 101.
Ted Kennedy‘s inspiration will loom large over our politics for years to come, uplift us in the healthcare fight, and help to achieve his dream of liberty and justice for all.
To some, incredibly, Russia has become a human rights leader. Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower, has succeeded in his asylum application in Russia, and White House spokesman Jay Carney appears flummoxed and wrong-footed as the mantle of free speech and liberty appears to pass from West to East.
Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
The power of the American people, when we rise up and stand for liberty, knows no bounds.
We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.
Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
I have been in dialogue with my family about what can actually be done. We’ve come up with this philosophy that in a truly multicultural society, the only way to have liberty and justice for everybody is to have multiple parties. And by multiple parties, I mean 50 parties, not one or two.
This country was founded upon the principle that we are all endowed with certain inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – those rights are what make America great, and they belong to each and every one of us.
There is only one kind of freedom and that’s individual liberty. Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator. It has nothing to do with government granting it.
All share complicity in the destruction of that much under-rated phenomenon called liberty.
We are as great as our belief in human liberty – no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.
The excitement right now is coming from the Liberty movement. And the Republicans want a piece of it.
Every friend to the liberty of his country is bound to reflect, and step forward to prevent the dreadful consequences which shall result from a government of events.
While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.
Men of New England, I hold you to the doctrines of liberty which ye inherit from your Puritan forefathers.
The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of.
It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
The nation is arming. What are they arming for if it isn’t that they are so distrustful of their government? They’re afraid they’ll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways.
Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.
It has been suggested that those of us who are fighting to defend liberty – fighting to turn around the out-of-control spending and out-of-control debt in this country, fighting to defend the Constitution, it has been suggested that we are wacko birds.
If there was one word on a motivation or world view, that one word would be ‘liberty.’ That’s what inspires me and motivates me more than anything – just the concept of freedom, liberty, what it means.
I was practically driven to Rome in order to obtain the opportunities for art culture and to find a social atmosphere where I was not constantly reminded of my color. The land of liberty had no room for a colored sculptor.
Our armed forces will fight for peace in Iraq, a peace built on more secure foundations than are found today in the Middle East. Even more important, they will fight for two human conditions of even greater value than peace: liberty and justice.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
I have no sympathy for debunking human achievements that, in the end, gave ordinary people liberty.
The sacrifices ordinary American men and women from communities large and small have been willing to make, often before they were past their teenage years, have secured our nation unprecedented freedoms and made us the world’s bulwark of liberty.
Liberty is the only thing you can’t have unless you give it to others.
All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
Radical multicultural types will, in the end, destroy the things they claim to like, because they don’t understand that liberty and reasonable equality are features of stable, free, conservative societies based on Christian ideas, which guard their borders and are proud of their civilisation.
Sham liberty will be proclaimed everywhere.
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.
Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.
When my grandchildren ask, ‘Where were you when Donald Trump took a sledgehammer to Lady Liberty?’ I want to make sure I can tell them I was there protecting America.
Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all – liberty!
The revelation that the National Security Agency has been secretly amassing data on countless law-abiding American citizens has aroused great concern about the potential threat such an effort poses to liberty.
For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity, but also about responsibility.
Our Constitution exists to secure individual freedom, the essential condition of human flourishing. Liberty is not provided by government; liberty preexists government. It’s our natural birthright, not a gift from the sovereign. Our founders upended things and divided power to enshrine a promise, not a process.
It is not necessary to argue to those for whom I write that the two great needs of mankind, that all men may be lifted up into the light of the highest Christian civilization, are, first, a pure, spiritual Christianity, and second, civil liberty.
The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.
But freedom, liberty, is an attribute of the soul and it may exist even when the body is in bondage.
The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.
We should never forget that Americans continue to advocate for individual liberty, equality and self-governance. We often step in when it’s necessary to help countries in need. But our history needs no whitewashing. To attempt this does us a terrible disservice.
I think there was a freedom in the 1920s and 1930s: a certain liberty and evolution of women.
The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.
It’s important to every American that the law protect his or her basic liberty.
The notion of religious liberty is that you cannot be forced to participate in a religious ceremony that’s not of your choosing simply because you’re out-voted.
I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty.
We are all of us the worse for too much liberty.
It will appear evident upon attentive consideration that equality of intellectual and physical advantages is the only sure foundation of liberty, and that such equality may best, and perhaps only, be obtained by a union of interests and cooperation in labor.
When the United States aligns with dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, it compromises the basic democratic principles of its foundation – namely, life, liberty and justice for all.
I had displeased the jacobins by blaming their aristocratic usurpation of legitimate powers; the priests of all sorts by claiming religious liberty; the anarchists by repressing them; and the conspirators by rejecting their offers.
Now they have come to the place where their faith can no longer feed on the bread of repression and violence. They ask for the bread of liberty, of public equality, and public responsibility. It must not be denied them.
Liberty is not the unique right of Americans or even Westerners, but is mankind’s right.
I have always been an outstanding football player, I have always had uncanny abilities, great arm strength, an immense ability to play the game from a quarterback standpoint. The problem was that I wasn’t given the liberty to do certain things when I was young.
The State lives by its very existence on the two-fold and pervasive employment of aggressive violence against the very liberty and property of individuals that it is supposed to be defending.
As liberty and intelligence have increased the people have more and more revolted against the theological dogmas that contradict common sense and wound the tenderest sensibilities of the soul.
We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white.
Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
‘Liberty Brass‘ is a small machine that unfolds in a single unpunctuated wave, which is interrupted by the rotating sign, the refrain. Each part is meant to do its work in relentless progression.
In my lifetime, I have seen how greater liberty, greater justice, and greater respect ultimately does prevail, but it prevails only when people are willing to fight for it and willing to lose for it.
If technology has finally caught up with individual liberty, why would anyone who loves freedom want to rethink that?
Challenging snow is one of my favorite kinds of skiing, and I like being able to switch techniques at liberty.
If our hard-earned liberty, our desire to be irreverent of the old and to question the new, can be reduced to one, basic and indispensable right, it must be the right to free speech.
Liberty does not exist where rights are on one side and power on the other. To be liberty, rights must be armed with vital powers. A people cannot be free who do not participate in the control of the government which operates upon them.
Civil liberty is the status of the man who is guaranteed by law and civil institutions the exclusive employment of all his own powers for his own welfare.
We have been taught to regard a representative of the people as a sentinel on the watch-tower of liberty.
What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.
Freedom does not die from frontal attack. It dies because men in power no longer believe in a system based upon liberty.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
The love of liberty and the sense of human dignity are the basic elements of the Anarchist creed.
To talk about liberty and freedom is nice, lovely, but the important thing is to allow people to act in liberty and freedom.
It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood, and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women. As men become aware that few have had a fair chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance.
Democracy is liberty – a liberty which does not infringe on the liberty nor encroach on the rights of others; a liberty which maintains strict discipline, and makes law its guarantee and the basis of its exercise. This alone is true liberty; this alone can produce true democracy.
Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, rampant illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are pushing our nation into unchartered territory.
It has always been the aim of royalty and aristocracy to lower the individual liberty and independence of the common people. A baron and a minute-man could not breathe the same air.
Amending the U.S. Constitution, the document most sacred to those who love freedom and liberty, is a delicate endeavor and should be done only on the basis of the most clear and convincing evidence that a proposed amendment is necessary.
In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law were the stuff of dreams. But in Paris I discovered the value of those words.
It is our happiness to live under the government of a PRINCE who is satisfied with ruling according to law; as every other good prince will – We enjoy under his administration all the liberty that is proper and expedient for us.
My grandfather was a man, when he talked about freedom, his attitude was really interesting. His view was that you had obligations or you had responsibilities, and when you fulfilled those obligations or responsibilities, that then gave you the liberty to do other things.
At its core, our military is comprised of service members who are proud of their country and are willing to go to great lengths to protect American virtues of liberty and justice. I was one of them.
To think, I have had more than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel.
Why is freedom such a hard sell? That’s the question. In this country, why has the idea of individual liberty and responsibility become such a hard sell? That’s something I never thought would happen here.
I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.
That a man be willing, when others are so too, as far forth as for peace and defence of himself he shall think it necessary, to lay down this right to all things; and be contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow other men against himself.
People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right – constitutional right.
And what is liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties – liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, or labor, or trade?
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
England has been called, with great felicity of conception, ‘the land of liberty and good sense.’ We have preserved many of the advantages of a free people, which the nations of the Continent have long since lost.
Religious liberty should be a bipartisan issue.
I am not unconscious of the persuasive power exerted by these considerations to drag men along in the current; but I am not at liberty to travel that road.
In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between the personal right to liberty and the personal right to property.
Without children, men have more liberty to earn less – that is, they are free to pursue more fulfilling and less lucrative careers, like writing or art or teaching social studies.
New Hampshire is one of the birthplaces of American freedom and independence – a place with a love and a passion for liberty.
Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.
A government capable of controlling the whole, and bringing its force to a point, is one of the prerequisites for national liberty. We combine in society, with an expectation to have our persons and properties defended against unreasonable exactions either at home or abroad.
It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.
Living in New York City, I am reminded by the Statue of Liberty that the United States of America has always welcomed those yearning to breathe free and seek a better life.
When the people contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything by their victory but new masters.
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
There are quite a lot of YouTube clips of me that have gone viral. One that I think of is of a young woman at a lecture I was giving – she came from Liberty University, which is a ludicrous religious institution. She said, ‘What if you are wrong?’ and I answered that rather briefly, and that’s gone viral.
Freedom from menial work should be a rallying cry, not a cudgel to be used against the Left. How much liberty is there in having to do something you hate in order to survive?
The Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we’ve seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy.
I believe that, as Americans, our freedoms come from God and not government, and include the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is essential that all Americans take the time to honor and remember those individuals who gave their lives in defense of our liberty.
We believe, as our founders did, that ‘the pursuit of happiness’ depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.
When virtue is at liberty, so to some extent is vice.
Give me liberty or give me death.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
To threaten the institution is to threaten fair administration of justice and protection of liberty.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
As home secretary, I gained a reputation for being ‘tough’; less concerned with liberty than with public protection.
The higher your station, the less your liberty.
Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world.
Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
When we say that the persistence of competition is ensured by fate, we mean that individual freedom is so guaranteed. The one thing to which fate binds us is liberty.
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
There would be no difficulty in securing the rights of the people and the liberties of Texas if men would march to their duty and not fly like recreants from danger. Texas must be defended and liberty maintained.
While the struggle for religious liberty had proceeded without large-scale bloodshed in New England and elsewhere in the United States, the struggle for political liberty had not fared so well.
I launched Imperia at the Statue of Liberty because I wanted to use something symbolic. I like American society because it always wants to do something new and better.
It’s very hard to uphold individual liberty when the person you’re representing is often a crook.
Having federal officials, whether judges, bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new definition of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering profoundly hostile to liberty.
I have always compared our traditions of liberty, like those of Abraham Lincoln and Ho Chi Minh.
It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.
Where liberty dies, evil grows.
We all want prosperity, but not at the expense of liberty. Poverty is not as great a danger to liberty as is wealth, with its corrupting, demoralizing influences. Let us never have a Government at Washington owing its retention to the power of the millionaires rather than to the will of millions.
Liberty never had to file bankruptcy, thanks to God’s blessings, but we did go through tough times and painful debt restructuring in the 1990s.
Religious liberty doesn’t include encouraging a fellow American to engage in violent jihad and kill an American here. That is not protected free speech. That is not protected religious belief.
People don’t seem to understand that the separation of powers is not about the power of these branches; it’s there to protect individual liberty – it’s there to protect us from the concentration of power.
Liberty is worth paying for.
Pastors can lead the way in motivating the faithful to wise stewardship of their citizenship responsibilities. Without a healthy culture and civil society, limited government and ordered liberty will be impossible.
Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
There really is only one difference between the two. Mr. Trump promises to support religious liberty and the dignity of the unborn. Mrs. Clinton promises she will not.
Political freedom is to be cherished indeed. But there is no political freedom that is not indissolubly bound to the inner personal freedom of the individuals who make up that nation: no liberty of a nation of conformists, no free nation made up of robots.
I believe in Liberty for all men: the space to stretch their arms and their souls, the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love.
The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.
In time, all of Korea will be united in liberty.
Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvellous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.
And we can celebrate when we have a government that has earned back the trust of the people it serves… when we have a government that honors our Constitution and stands up for the values that have made America, America: economic freedom, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.
Look at how beautiful history is when liberty succeeds through the will of the people!
Today is a celebration of hope for the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people can now take control of their government and their future by creating a society that protects the rights endowed to us by our creator – life, liberty and freedom.
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.
Liberty is the prevention of control by others.
As long as every generation rises to its challenges and stands up in defense of liberty – as Americans have done in the past and as our men and women continue to do today – our nation will remain free and strong.
As far as Gary Johnson is concerned, he is not a credible person on foreign policy. We need somebody like that. He doesn’t understand religious liberty. I have some other concerns about his suitability and reliability in, you know, for the presidency. I just don’t think he’s a credible option.
Millions upon millions of people came here full of hope and aspiration to this extraordinary land of liberty and opportunity, and helped build the United States. So the Atlantic Ocean was absolutely critical to the story of America.
The petty logic of political parties cannot be allowed to stifle the French people’s legitimate aspirations to safety and liberty.
Like everywhere in the world, people of the Middle East aspire to liberty and justice. They wish to have a better life and a decent education for their children.
I do love doing films; I love going out and creating different characters for each film, and not having to be stuck with one role for many, many years. It’s a creative liberty that I love.
Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases, and vice versa.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority – literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political.
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
It is not a liberty of circumstance, conceded to us alone, that we wish; it is the adoption absolute of the principle that no man, born red, black or white, can be the property of his fellow man.
Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
The men of the future will yet fight their way to many a liberty that we do not even miss.
Having the right to show up and speak are basic to survival, to dignity, and to liberty.
It’s an honor to be awarded the Liberty Medal.
The little platoon of the black community is the church. Our Christian faith is based on individual freedom from sin and the personal decision to find spiritual liberty that leads to a better life here on Earth and for eternity. On Sundays in America, the most conservative people can be found in black churches.
Socialism values equality more than liberty.
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.
If one is going to err, one should err on the side of liberty and freedom.
The Malagasy people must have the liberty to choose their own future.
A liberty subject to law and subordinate to the common welfare.
Everybody in the world is – is ready for liberty. It’s a question of how you do it.
Here, also, has been evolved the form of government consistent with the largest possible civil liberty.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
There can be no liberty without the law.
Individuality is the aim of 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 freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner.
The proper balance between individual liberty and central authority is a very ancient problem.
Every principle of liberty enunciated in any civilized country on earth, with very few exceptions, was intended entirely for men, and when women tried to force the putting into practice of these principles, for women, then they discovered they had come into a very, very unpleasant situation indeed.
Personal liberty is not personal license.
My fellow Americans, from the battlefield to the capitals of our allies and friends and partners, the free peoples of the world look to America as the last best hope for peace and for liberty for all humankind, for we are the greatest country on this planet.
In seeking an empire of liberty, Jefferson wished not only to expand the country’s territorial holdings, but also to extend American institutions around the globe.
Those who hope to nurture genuine religiosity should first establish liberty.
Liberty University is pro-life and believes that marriage between one man and one woman provides the best environment for children.
If you’re so committed to liberty that you see the Soviet Union as a threat, you’re a Republican. If you’re kind of indifferent to freedom and the level of the lack of freedom in the Soviet Union is just a question of extent and not really threatening to anybody, then you’re a Democrat.
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
Whenever we take away the liberties of those whom we hate we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love.
I am a woman, and as such, I experience the ever-increasing restrictions on our liberty in our country through the development of Islamic fundamentalism.
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
When I was a boy, the priest, my uncle, carefully inculcated upon me this proverb, which I then learned and have ever since kept in my mind: ‘Dico tibi verum, Libertas optima rerum; Nunquam servili, sub nexu vivito, fili.’ ‘I tell you a truth: Liberty is the best of things, my son; never live under any slavish bond.’
The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.
We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. ‘America, land of liberty and freedom?’ You know, that’s baloney. More than 2 million Americans are behind bars now. Communist China has four times the population and they have 1.5 million people behind bars.
Let not ambition take possession of you; love the friends of the people, but reserve blind submission for the law and enthusiasm for liberty.
The loss of liberty which must attend being a wife was of all things the most horrible to my imagination.
We haven‘t usually had to face the extreme questions about liberty and order because we’re not a nation of extremists. We love freedom and good government both.
When you’re allowing the Executive Branch to deprive somebody of a constitutional liberty without any process, that is something that affects all Americans because that’s a precedent that can be used.
I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.
Obama’s personality traits, coupled with his extreme-leftist agenda, make him particularly dangerous to the American ideal and to the preservation of our founding principles, as well as to the liberty and prosperity they guarantee.
Nobody else in the world can do what we can do. And nobody else is willing to do it for altruistic reasons. I mean, we don’t go into places like Iraq to grab their oil or colonize their country. We go there to deliver, as George W. Bush said, the blessings of liberty.
I developed the concept of the Happy Warrior as a rallying cry for those of us who want to restore America to its great foundational principles: individual freedom, personal responsibility, fiscal restraint, and economic liberty.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
The power to arrest – to deprive a citizen of liberty – must be used fairly, responsibly, and without bias.
The common Notions of Liberty are not from School Divines, but from Nature.
Today’s multiracial Americans are at greater liberty to choose how they’d like to be seen, and under less pressure to pass for white.
What Washington desperately needs now are citizen legislators that are dedicated to leading a free people and to maintain our God-given right to the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Our religious liberty was threatened by the Obama administration as part of the Obamacare law. I was in the courtroom when that law was, I think unjustly, held constitutional.
Defender of the liberty that I idolize, myself more free than anyone, in coming as a friend to offer my services to this intriguing republic, I bring to it only my frankness and my good will; no ambition, no self-interest; in working for my glory, I work for their happiness.
We believe that Liberty will redefine what is considered an academically prestigious university in the future.
It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men’s liberty will soon care little for their own.
If you’re writing a book that takes place in New York in the moment, you can’t not write about 9-11; you can’t not integrate it. My main character‘s view is the Statue of Liberty and the Trade Center. It doesn’t have to take over, but it has to be acknowledged.
What the U.S. should do consistently is to support the liberty of the Egyptian people.
While Democrats fussed with the details of health care reforms, conservatives spent months telling the nation that the real issue is freedom, that what’s on the line is American liberty itself.
America was founded to be a beacon of liberty, particularly religious liberty. The framers of our Constitution sought to preserve religious liberty to such an extent that they made it the first right protected in the Bill of Rights.
On films, you have the liberty of working out the details, the psychology, taking maybe more risks and takes than you can in television just because you can’t be figuring things out on the day.
I’m a Libertarian. I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all.
To be safe at the expense of the liberty of other people is a difficult equation.
Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
It’s not exactly under the radar, but when I’m in London, I love to visit Liberty. It’s my favorite department store, and they have a room entirely dedicated to chocolate and truffles.
Liberty is the condition of duty, the guardian of conscience. It grows as conscience grows. The domains of both grow together. Liberty is safety from all hindrances, even sin. So that Liberty ends by being Free Will.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.
Among the chartered responsibilities of the federal government were, in those areas where appropriate – such as facilitating interstate commerce – to provide for justice and domestic tranquility, the common defense, and to secure the blessings of liberty.
Sometimes I wonder if there is any hope left for an Israeli–Palestinian discourse that is built on equality and liberty rather than a fruitless discourse of master and servant.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Other lands may have their charms, and the sunny skies of other climes may be regretted, but it is with pride and gladness that the wanderer sets foot again on British soil, thanking God for the religion and the liberty which have made this weather-beaten island in a northern sea to be the light and glory of the world.
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
Contrary to what you might assume, I didn’t start with any advantages and neither did most of the successful people I know. I am the grandson of immigrants who came to this country seeking basic economic and personal liberty.
The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.
I want anyone who believes in life, liberty, pursuit of happiness to succeed. And I want any force, any person, any element of an overarching Big Government that would stop your success, I want that organization, that element or that person to fail. I want you to succeed.
President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go. It’s about time all people of faith fought back against this unprecedented encroachment on religious liberty. First, they came for the Catholics. Who’s next?
Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.
The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.
The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress.
A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself.
Democracy matters because it reflects an idea of equality and an idea of liberty. It reflects an idea of dignity, the dignity of the individual, the idea that each individual should have an equal vote, an equal say, in the formation of their government.
A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty.
You simply cannot continue a nation as America without that Christian base of liberty.
Look at liberty’s greatest historic advances: ending slavery. Giving women the vote. Outlawing legal segregation. Each and every time, the people at the forefront of advancing those reforms – often putting their lives on the line – called themselves liberals.
Liberty is the most precious gift we offer our citizens.
Tensions exist in any free society. But the freedom we enjoy rests on a foundation of individual liberty and shared moral values.
There is nothing wrong with describing Conservatism as protecting the Constitution, protecting all things that limit government. Government is the enemy of liberty. Government should be very restrained.
Liberty University is the world’s largest and fastest-growing evangelical university.
You would think with me living in Los Angeles I would go to the beach all the time, but we don’t. It’s the same as visiting the Statue of Liberty. If you don’t live in N.Y.C., it’s the first stop on your family vacation, but if you live there, you only go if you have relatives visiting from out of town!
I think our model is sustainable. If all schools operated like Liberty and charged what we charge, there wouldn’t be a student loan problem in America.
Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.
Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.
The United States was the first country in the history of the world to be consciously created out of an idea – and the idea was liberty.
American government did not originate in any abstract theories about liberty and equality, but in the actual experience gained by generation after generation of English colonists in managing their own political affairs. The Revolution did not make a breach in the continuity of their institutional life.
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.
Dr. King challenged our country to fulfill the promises of liberty, equality, and justice prescribed in the founding of our great nation. Leading by example, he stressed the teachings of tolerance, service, and love, regardless of race, color, or creed.
We are in this business, whether it be intelligence or the government, to protect freedom, democracy and liberty, not to violate that.
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.
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
The Church must actualize, be present in the public debate, in our struggle for a true concept of liberty and peace.
Laws and constitutions ought to be weighed… to constitute that which is most conducing to the establishment of justice and liberty.
If you like small government you need to work hard at having a strong national defense that is not so militant. Personal liberty is the purpose of government, to protect liberty – not to run your personal life, not to run the economy, and not to pretend that we can tell the world how they ought to live.
In the real world, as lived and experienced by real people, the demand for human rights and dignity, the longing for liberty and justice and opportunity, the hatred of oppression and corruption and cruelty is reality.