Quotations od Freedom & Liberty


Quotations of Freedom and Liberty

Frank Watkinson

Copyright 2016 by Frank Watkinson

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Freedom flows like a mighty river, forever changing with the humanity that defines it, an ideal, a reality, an action, a surge, a lull, a constriction by governments, and a restless struggle for release by the people.

Here is a collection of what some personalities have had to say about the freedom and liberty they lived and breathed and experienced deep in their hearts and souls, exposed in their actions and beliefs.

Freedom and Liberty is individual in concept and belief, and universal in desire.

Samuel Francis Smith (1809-1895)


My country ‘tis of thee;
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrim’s pride,
Let freedom ring.

George Washington (1732-1799)

“Born, sir, in the land of liberty, for whose
sake I have spent the best years of my life in
war, I cannot but feel a trembling of anxiety
whenever I see an oppressed people drawing
their swords and rearing aloft the sacred
banners of freedom.”

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

“Heaven knows how to put a proper price
upon its goods; and it would be strange
indeed if so celestial an article as freedom
should not be highly rated.”

Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal; that they are
endowed by their creator with inalienable
rights; that among these are life, liberty, and
the pursuit of happiness.”

George Washington:

“And since the preservation of the sacred
fire of liberty, and the destiny of the
republican model of government… [is] the
experiment entrusted to the hands of the
American people.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)

“we look forward to a world founded upon
four essential freedoms. The first is freedom
of speech and expression… The second is
freedom of every person to worship God in
his own way… The third is freedom from
want… the fourth is freedom from fear.”

Thomas Paine:

“…and so effectually the tyranny and the antiquity of habit established itself over the mind, that no beginning could be made in Asia, Africa, or Europe, to reform the political condition of man. Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had men afraid to think.”

Poncho Villa (1878-1923)

A note:

“Senorita, as you seen not displeased with my desire to see you and talk with you, let me know when and where I can meet with you alone and we can talk at liberty.”

James Lowell (1819-1891)

And I honor the man who is willing to sink
Half his present repute for the freedom to think,
And, when he has thought, be his cause
strong or weak,
Will risk ‘t other half for the freedom to speak.

Etienne Francois Choiseul (1719-1785)

“The Americans will not lose out of view
their rights and privileges; and next to
fanaticism for religion, the fanaticism for
liberty is the most daring in its measures and
the most dangerous in its consequences.”

George Washington:

“The time is now near at hand which must
probably determine whether Americans are
to be freemen … We have therefore, to
resolve to conquer or die.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

“What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion?…and what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

John Locke (1632-1704)

“He that… would take away the freedom of anyone…must necessarily be supposed to have a design to take away everything else, that freedom being the foundation of all the rest…and so be looked on as in a state of war.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.”

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919)

“Freedom is always and exclusively
freedom for the one who thinks differently.”

William James (1842-1910)

“Furthermore, these undeniable feelings of freedom are fundamental to our experiences of moral striving and our convictions that life’s quality can be improved.”

“The meaning and intelligibility of our lives depend largely on the existence of freedom…that gives us sufficient practical grounds for believing in freedom…”

Louis D. Brandies (1845-1941)

“Those who won our independence….

Valued liberty as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness, and courage the secret of liberty.”

Poncho Villa:

“He had tried to be a tyrant without regard for the aspirations of the people. Seeing he could not, he now promised within the frame work of tyranny the things we were seeking within the frame work of liberty.”

George Washington:

“Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a freeman contending for liberty on his own ground is superior to any … mercenary on earth.”

Thucydides (460-400) BC

“For heroes have the whole earth for their tomb, and in lands far distant from their own,…there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart, these take as your model and, judging happiness to be the fruit of freedom and freedom of valor,…”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

“We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom.

We, and all others who believe as deeply we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”

1st Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the right of the people peaceable to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Morris Bishop (1893-1973)

“We acclaim freedom, but we love the word freedom more than the fact. Most of the people most of the time would rather be secure than free, they cry for law and order.”

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

“The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, [rather] than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”

“The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self –protection.”

George Washington:

“…then what a triumph for the advocates of Despotism, to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves; and that systems founded on equal liberty are ideal and fallacious.”

Sam Houston (1793-1863)

“When a government like ours undertakes to declare certain acts of individuals unlawful, that a considerable portion thereof honestly believe in, it is an abridgement of their inalienable rights, it cannot be enforced, and is calculated to lessen the respect for the laws of their country …To undertake to prescribe rules for conduct for others … by legislative enactments, is a species of legislation that will not be tolerated in a free land.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

“The same spirit that animated our fathers in their great struggle for freedom, still directs the popular mind to honorable enterprise,…”

Thomas Jefferson:

“…a wise and frugal government, which shall prevent men from injuring one another, shall leave them alone otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965)

“Freedom of the press is not an end in its self but a means to the end of achieving a free society.”

Rosa Luxemburg:

‘…without a free struggle of opinion life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element.”

Montesquieu (1689-1755)

“Were the power of judging joined with the legislative, the life and liberty would be exposed to arbitrary control, for the judge would then be the legislator. Were it joined to the executive power the judge might behave with all the violence of an oppressor.”

Louis D. Brandies (1854-1941)

“What we must do in America is not to attack our judges, but educate them…That the things needed to protect liberty are radically different from what they were fifty years back.”

Thomas Paine:

“But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks is the liberty of appearing. The sun needs no inscription to distinguish him from the darkness; and no sooner did the American governments display themselves to the world, than despotism felt the shock, and men began to contemplate redress.”

The Bible:

“The truth shall set you free.”

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

“Where liberty is there is my country.”

Sam Houston:

“Will we ever be prepared until it comes upon us? Never. It is not in the genius of this people. They are bold, daring, and confident and until the shock of danger comes, every American is proud of the national character; and, glorying in his individual liberty, each feels he is indeed a freeman, and therefore cannot be conquered. They cannot realize the necessity of concert and preparation.”

Stephan F. Austin (1793-1836)

The cause of Texas…”is the cause of light and liberty;…the same holy cause for which our forefathers fought and bled; – the same that has an advocate in the bosom of every freeman.”

Aristotle (384-322) BC

“Democracy rises from the idea that those who are equal in any respect are equal absolutely; because men are equally free, they claim that they are absolutely equal.”

Tocqueville (1805-1859)

‘…but there exists also in the human heart a deprived taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.”

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

‘…concerning those who have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them, the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws,…”

Sam Adams (1722-1803)

‘Let me observe, how fatal are the effects, the danger of which I long ago mentioned, of posting a standing army among a free people.”

Mark Twain:

“It is by that goodness of God that in our country we have these three unspeakably precious things; freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence to never practice either of them.”

James Otis (1725-1783)

“Mr. Speaker, the liberty of this country is gone forever, and I’ll go after it.”

From the Constitution of the United States

Preamble : “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

“Born as I was a citizen of a free state and a member of its sovereign body. The very right to vote imposes on me the duty to instruct myself in public affairs, however little influence my voice may have in them. I am happy to find that my studies always give me fresh reasons for admiring that of my own country.”

Thomas Paine:

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

From Gettysburg Address Nov 19, 1863

“…That we here highly resolve that these Dead shall not have died in vain; that this Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Francis Scott Key (1779-1843)

Oh, say, does that Star – Spangled Banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and home of the brave?

Quotations od Freedom & Liberty

Quotations of Freedom & Liberty, all contain the words free, freedom, liberty. There quotes that are War like, Peace like, Legal, serious, humorous. A lot to think about. One thing for sure the people in this country will never really be Free while beholden to the extraordinary National Debt. We are free other countries invading us but we are not free from our own government.

  • ISBN: 9780983702436
  • Author: Frank W Watkinson
  • Published: 2016-08-17 23:20:12
  • Words: 2075
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