By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.
more Lord Acton quotes
The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.
more John Adams quotes
But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.
more John Adams quotes
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.
more Samuel Adams quotes
It is the duty of the officials to prevent or suppress the threatened disorder with a firm hand instead of timidly yielding to threats…. Surely a speaker ought not to be suppressed because his opponents propose to use violence. It is they who should suffer from their lawlessness, not he.
more American Bar Association quotes
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
more Sir Francis Bacon quotes
The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people.
more Justice Hugo L. Black quotes
Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it.
more Pearl S. Buck quotes
To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
more Buddha quotes
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
more Edmund Burke quotes
The love of liberty that is not a real principle of dutiful behavior to authority is as hypocritical as the religion that is not productive of a good life.
more Bishop Joseph Butler quotes
No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
more Edwin Hubbel Chapin quotes
Our duty, as men and women is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.
more Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quotes
Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
more Sir Winston Churchill quotes
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
more Sir Winston Churchill quotes
The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.
more Colorado Constitution quotes
Social positivism only accepts duties, for all and towards all. Its constant social viewpoint cannot include any notion of rights, for such notion always rests on individuality. We are born under a load of obligations of every kind, to our predecessors, to our successors, to our contemporaries. These obligations then increase or accumulate, for it is some time before we can return any service. ... Any human right is therefore as absurd as immoral. Since there are no divine rights anymore, this concept must therefore disappear completely as related only to the preliminary regime and totally inconsistent with the final state where there are only duties based on functions.
more Auguste Comte quotes
If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
more Confucius quotes
You can’t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty.
more Joseph Conrad quotes
Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven.
more Pierre Corneille quotes
The holier-than-thou activists who blame the population for not spending more money on their personal crusades are worse than aggravating. They encourage the repudiation of personal responsibility by spreading the lie that support of a government program fulfills individual moral duty.
more Patrick Cox quotes
Whereas civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.
more Tench Coxe quotes
They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.
more Eugene Debs quotes
But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
more Declaration of Independence quotes
Free speech is essential to education, especially to a liberal education, which encourages the search for truths in art and science. If expression is restricted, the range of inquiry is also curtailed... The beneficiaries of a free society have a duty to pursue the truth and to protect the freedom of expression that makes possible the search for a new enlightenment.
more Norman Dorsen quotes
Every member of the society spies on the rest, and it is his duty to inform against them. All are slaves and equal in their slavery... The great thing about it is equality... Slaves are bound to be equal.
more Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes
By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.
more Albert Einstein quotes
It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.
more Albert Einstein quotes
The highest destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
more Albert Einstein quotes
When I'm not thanked at all, I'm thanked enough; I've done my duty, and I've done no more.
more Henry Fielding quotes
There are some weapons that are just so dangerous that society has a right and the obligation even to take those weapons out of circulation.
more Jim Florio quotes
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.
more Anne Louise Germaine de Stael quotes
He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth or duty.
more Khalil Gibran quotes
Not until right is founded upon reverence will it be secure; not until duty is based upon love will it be complete; not until liberty is based on eternal principles will it be full, equal, lofty, and universal.
more Henry Giles quotes
[It is not the purpose nor right of Congress] to attend to what generosity and humanity require, but to what the Constitution and their duty require.
more William Branch Giles quotes
The one predominant duty is to find one's work and do it.
more Charlotte Perkins Gilman quotes
How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking; always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
Before the advent of Hitler or Stalin, who took their power from the German and the Russian people, measures were thrust upon the free legislatures of those countries to deprive the people of the possession and use of firearms, so that they could not resist the encroachments of such diabolical and vitriolic state police organizations as the Gestapo, the Ogpu, and the Cheka. Just as sure as I am standing here today, you are going to see this measure followed by legislation, sponsored by the proponents of such encroachment upon the rights of the people, which will eventually deprive the people of their constitutional liberty which provides for the possession of firearms for the protection of their homes. I submit to you that it is a serious departure from constitutional government when we consider legislation of this type. I predict that within 6 months of this time there will be presented to this House a measure which will go a long way toward taking away forever the individual rights and liberties of citizens of this Nation by depriving the individual of the private ownership of firearms and the right to use weapons in the protection of his home, and thereby his country.
more Edwin Arthur Hall quotes
If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.
more Alexander Hamilton quotes
Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.
more Judge Learned Hand quotes
The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty". Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute, get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.
more Robert A. Heinlein quotes
The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
more Abbie Hoffman quotes
It is the duty of a citizen in a free country not to fit into society but to make society.
more John Holt quotes
The true patriot scrutinizes the actions of his own government with unceasing vigilance. And when his government violates the morality and rightness associated with principles of individual freedom and private property, he immediately rises in opposition to his government.
more Jacob G. Hornberger quotes
The biggest threat to the American people today lies with the United States government. ... [T]he long-term solution is to dismantle, not reform, the iron fist of the welfare state and the controlled economy. This includes the end (not the reform) of the IRS, the DEA, the BATF, the SEC, the FDA, HUD, the departments of HHS, Labor, Agriculture, and energy, and every other agency that takes money from some and gives it to others or interferes with peaceful behavior.
more Jacob G. Hornberger quotes
The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.
more Indian Proverb quotes
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.
more William Ralph Inge quotes
The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and his fellow men.
more Robert G. Ingersoll quotes
The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger.
more Andrew Jackson quotes
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