The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Responsibility is the price of freedom.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become prey to the active. The conditions upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.