Quotations on Liberty

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We need international support so that our people live a life of normality, of dignity, of liberty and freedom. I hope that our cry for freedom may be heard.
- Mahmoud Abbas
(Keywords: Life, People, Hope, Dignity, Freedom, Liberty, May, Normality, Support)

Liberty is the prevention of control by others.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Control, Liberty, Prevention)

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Authority, Custom, Duty, Influence, Liberty, Man, Opinion)

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.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Being, Conscience, Duty, Free will, Liberty, Safety, Sin)

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Power, Liberty, Right)

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Absence, Liberty, Responsibility, Restraint)

Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Liberty, Mankind, Property, Right)

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Politics, War, Liberty, Mathematics, May, Philosophy, Sons, Study)

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.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Government, Power, Trust, Danger, Liberty, Living, Man, Maxim, Public)

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Power, Thought, Choice, Liberty, Metaphysics, Self)

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.
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Power, Authority, Earth, Law, Liberty, Man, Will)

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: Earth, Liberty, Mankind, Religious)

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.
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: Life, First, Rights, Liberty, Property)

I keep telling myself to calm down, to take less of an interest in things and not to get so excited, but I still care a lot about liberty, freedom of speech and expression, and fairness in journalism.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: Care, Expression, Freedom, Interest, Journalism, Liberty, Speech)

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.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Conflict, Discrimination, Rights, Inequality, Liberty, Order, Reform)

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.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Equality, Life, Religion, Constitution, Liberty, Today)

When virtue is at liberty, so to some extent is vice.
- Barbara Amiel
(Keywords: Virtue, Liberty, Vice)

This liberty will look easy by and by when nobody dies to get it.
- Maxwell Anderson
(Keywords: Liberty, Will)

Our Founders warned against this. They said don't... that your liberty is only as secure as the people are. Because once they, um, get the ability to vote themselves entitlements from the largesse of the government, liberty is done; freedom is over with. We were warned. We are there.
- Sharron Angle
(Keywords: Government, People, Ability, Freedom, Liberty, Vote)

Your Majesty, I took the liberty because I was so desirous of visiting alone with you for a few minutes before the rest of the other peasants arrived.
- Walter Annenberg
(Keywords: Liberty, Rest)

The spirit of Ubuntu, that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent black nation in 1804, helped Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador attain liberty, and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States' independence, cannot die. Today, this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti.
- Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(Keywords: Blood, First, Independence, Liberty, Nation, Solidarity, Spirit, states, Today, United, Will)

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Government, Equality, Thought, Democracy, Liberty, Will)

The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Love, Instinct, Liberty, Light, Man)

The key to the survival of liberty in the modern world is the embrace of multiple identities.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: Survival, Key, Liberty, World)

Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Men, Religion, Thought, Infinite, Liberty, Variety, Worship)

If you ask me to summarise our mission, I would put it this way: We were a military regime that sought to lay the foundations for freedom and liberty in a complex society.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Society, Freedom, Liberty, Military, Mission)

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.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Change, Love, People, Character, Conviction, Freedom, Liberty, Nothing)

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Power, Desire, Liberty, Man, Self)

If we really want liberty - if we really want liberty - then we need to go out and get it, we need to take it, because nobody is going to give it to us. And we need to do it now.
- Michael Badnarik
(Keywords: Liberty, Now, Want)

NAFTA and GATT have about as much to do with free trade as the Patriot Act has to do with liberty.
- Michael Badnarik
(Keywords: Act, Liberty, Trade)

A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: God, Humanity, Liberty, Respect)

He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: God, Humanity, Liberty, Worship)

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.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Faith, Success, Liberty, Reason, Will)

The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Nature, Laws, Liberty, Man, Will)

Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases, and vice versa.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Liberty, State, Vice)

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Desire, Liberty, Struggle, Tyranny)

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.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Men, Society, Freedom, Liberty, Poor, Russia)

I regard the principle of conscription of life as a flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom, democratic liberty and Christian teaching.
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Keywords: Life, Christian, Contradiction, Freedom, Ideals, Liberty, Teaching)

The generation which lived through the Second World War is disappearing. Post-war generations see Europe's great achievements - liberty, peace and prosperity - as a given.
- Jan Peter Balkenende
(Keywords: Peace, War, Europe, Generations, Liberty, Post, Prosperity, World, World war)

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Peace, Science, Fate, Tax, Gifts, Liberty, Nation)

What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.
- Bruce Barton
(Keywords: Men, Sacrifice, Liberty, Will, World)

The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice. It is fitting that the House act to protect it as we approach our nation's birthday, and as our men and women in uniform rally behind it in Iraq's battlefields.
- Joe Barton
(Keywords: Men, Women, Birthday, Act, American, Democracy, Iraq, Justice, Liberty, Nation, Symbol)

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.
- Frederic Bastiat
(Keywords: God, Liberty, Property, Right)

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.
- Frederic Bastiat
(Keywords: Men, Life, Fact, First, Laws, Liberty, Property)

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.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Religion, Language, Liberty, Man)

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.
- Anne Baxter
(Keywords: Charity, Liberty, Unity)

Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all.
- Richard Baxter
(Keywords: Charity, Liberty, Unity)

The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: God, Idea, American, Liberty, Man)

Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Society, Effort, Law, Liberty, Man, Selfishness)

A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself.
- George Berkeley
(Keywords: Entertainment, Liberty, Mind, Nothing, World)



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