"Freedom may come quickly in robes of peace,
or after ages of conflict and war;
but come it will, and abide it will,
so long as the principles by which
it was acquired are held sacred."
Edward Everett
(1794-1865) American politician and educator from Massachusetts. US Representative, US Senator, 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, US Secretary of State, professor and president of Harvard
Orations and Speeches. Address, Aug. 25, 1835. Before the Literary Societies of Amherst College.
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The principles by which freedom was acquired in the States United have not been held sacred. Conflict, war, tyrants and despots now replace the sacred with doctrines and cannons of poverty, pain, slavery and worse.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    It's too bad that our colleges and universities aren't run today by men like Mr. Everett.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Americans are still learning what it means to be a free country. We have yet to truly embrace the sacred principles of Liberty. Our Constitution cannot protect us if these principles are not within us first. A return to these sacred principles like honest money, the Common Law, no tax on labors, no tax on private property, hanging government officers who debase the currency or use their office to line their pockets, no more prohibitions of food, drink, herbs, vitamins, no more corporate subsidies/monopolies -- man, I think this kind of a return to principles has never been done -- Liberty is as radical an idea as ever!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Unfortunately many of the principles by which Liberty was founded are not necessarily honorable. Whose liberty and freedom are we protecting when we kill millions in the name of freedom and liberty.
     -- RBESRQ     
     -- jim k, Austin      
    There is no guarantees for freedom. The principles held sacred are not in the interest of the average politician. You believe providence is on your side, but God only sides with His natural laws and not man.
     -- Don Lee, Reno     
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    Everett doesn't say freedom is guaranteed. Read the whole quote.  "so long as the principles by which it was acquired are held sacred."  Then you start with the religious lecturing...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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