Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.
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.
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
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.
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
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.
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
Naturally the common people don't want war. . . but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along. . .
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
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.
All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
The Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.
Look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin.
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
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