Quote from H. L. Mencken,
"I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air -- that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave."
H. L. Mencken (more quotes by H. L. Mencken or books by/about H. L. Mencken)
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic
Government, Liberty, Police, Safety, Slavery, Tyranny