Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.
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Every time I criticize what I consider to be excesses or faults in the news business, I am accused of repression, and the leaders of various media professional groups wave the First Amendment as they denounce me. That happens to be my amendment, too. It guarantees my free speech as it does their freedom of the press… There is room for all of us – and for our divergent views – under the First Amendment.
more Spiro Agnew quotes
That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.
more Alabama, Declaration of Rights Article I Section 35 quotes
We now have so many regulations that everyone is guilty of some violation.
more Donald Alexander quotes
Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall that the basic principle is freedom of choice, which saying many have on their lips but few in their minds.
more Dante Alighieri quotes
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
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Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall that the basic principle is freedom of choice, which saying many have on their lips, but few in their mind.
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Liberty cannot be caged into a charter or handed on ready-made to the next generation. Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times. Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves.
more Florence Ellinwood Allen quotes
Freedom of thought and freedom of speech in our great institutions are absolutely necessary for the preservation of our country. The moment either is restricted, liberty begins to wither and die...
more John Peter Altgeld quotes
Liberty is always unfinished business.
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We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture.
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We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe.
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The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack… These actions apparently arise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals.
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Why is Intellectual Freedom Important? Intellectual freedom is the basis of our democratic system. We expect our people to be self-governors. But to do so responsibly, our citizenry must be well informed. Libraries provide the ideas and information, in a variety of formats, to allow people to inform themselves.
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I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful. I love liberty as well as anybody. I am proud of it, as the true title of our people to distinction above others; but ... I would guard it by making the laws strong enough to protect it.
more Fisher Ames quotes
Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent.
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Liberty, equality -- bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
more Henri-Frédéric Amiel quotes
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means to push back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
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Philosophy means the complete liberty of the mind, and therefore independence of all social, political or religious prejudice... It loves one thing only... truth.
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When a government takes over a people’s economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.
more Maxwell Anderson quotes
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.
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Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them.
more Saint Thomas Aquinas quotes
Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.
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In politics, love is a stranger, and when it intrudes upon it nothing is being achieved except hypocrisy. All the characteristics you stress in the Negro people: their beauty, their capacity for joy, their warmth, and their humanity, are well-known characteristics of all oppressed people. They grow out of suffering and they are the proudest possession of all pariahs. Unfortunately, they have never survived the hour of liberation by even five minutes. Hatred and love belong together, and they are both destructive; you can afford them only in private and, as a people, only so long as you are not free.
more Hannah Arendt quotes
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil -- and if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty.
more Aristotle quotes
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 the government to the utmost.
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He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
more Aristotle quotes
The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
more Aristotle quotes
...[W]e insist on the principle that no danger or crisis, foreign or domestic, will be solved by Americans surrendering more of their constitutional liberties, in the foolish hope that a bigger government will provide greater security.
more Larry P. Arnn quotes
The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
more Matthew Arnold quotes
To those who scare peace loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: your tactics aid terrorists for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America’s enemies and pause to America’s friends.
more John Ashcroft quotes
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
more Isaac Asimov quotes
The use of “religion” as an excuse to repress the freedom of expression and to deny human rights is not confined to any country or time.
more Margaret Atwood quotes
Liberty is from God; liberties, from the devil.
more Berthold Auerbach quotes
Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man’s knowledge.
more Sir Francis Bacon quotes
It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty, or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self.
more Sir Francis Bacon quotes
The Democrats and Republicans stand at two extremes, characterized by which parts of our lives they emphasize their desire to control.  Libertarians reject both extremes in favor of the government leaving control of your life to you.
more Michael Badnarik quotes
Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
more Mikhail A. Bakunin quotes
Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
more James Baldwin quotes
The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
more James Baldwin quotes
Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.
more Tallulah Bankhead quotes
Cocaine habit forming? Of course not. I ought to know, I've been using it for years.
more Tallulah Bankhead quotes
A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.
more Imamu Amiri Baraka quotes
The tree of liberty could not grow were it not watered with the blood of tyrants.
more Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac quotes
Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions.
more Alan Barth quotes
The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free – which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state.
more Alan Barth quotes
What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.
more Bruce Barton quotes
What, then, is the law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. ... since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force -- for the same reason -- cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individual groups. ... But, unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
And what is this liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties -- liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, of labor, of trade?
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