Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
But freedom, liberty, is an attribute of the soul and it may exist even when the body is in bondage.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Freedom, liberty, individual rights, that idea of dealing with other people in a matter that is not initiating force against them, is critical to me.
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
To disarm the people is the best and most effectual
Way to enslave them.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
The Constitution shall never be construed . . . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
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