"A free man is as jealous of his responsibilities
as he is of his liberties."
Cyril James
(1901-1989) Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist theorist, essayist. Best known as C. L. R. James, who sometimes wrote under the pen-name J. R. Johnson
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What do you say of a man that desires others (the government) to be responsible for him providing for all of his needs, what then becomes of his desire for liberty?
 -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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    If the use of 'jealous' here references a vigilance in guarding a status of being and its natural expression (more than a mere possession) - 5 stars +. Liberty is inherent to the being with no responsibilities required - it just is. The act(s) of being responsible for the exercise of liberty is a requisite to guard against designing and evil parties. Responsibilities entail the lawful manifestations of natural law.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A Free-Man, becomes a servant to Liberty, a burden of responsibility, that reaps great rewards, peace to thyself and others. The out working of natural law, doing that which is right, " The result of righteousness is peace and quiet."
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    True quote and thanks to Ronw13 for not writing a 2000 word tome.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    Freedom comes with a shell of responsibility, if you break that shell, then you may lose your liberty.
     -- Jaime Olguin, San Diego     
    It is not a shell, but a Core of responsibility, never to be made light of, but only with respect, for it is someone's life always on the Line !! Like GRAVITY !! Semper Fi ! Light heartedness is lukewarm water !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    I have been wanting to be responsible for myself for as long as I can remember. When will I be allowed to grow up and make my own decisions? What is freedom without personal responsibility? A ward of the State is not free.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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