I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
Freedom is never given; it is won.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
Freedom is not won on the battlefields. The chance for freedom is won there. The final battle is won or lost in our hearts and minds.
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.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
The more freedom we enjoy, the greater the responsibility we bear, toward others as well as ourselves.
The freedom from something is not true freedom. The freedom to do anything you want to do is also not the freedom I am talking about. My vision of freedom is to be yourself.
Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
If we don't believe in free expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves.
Only the educated are free.
Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.
Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice and the exercise of choice a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
Man is free at the instant he wants to be.
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