Nations grow corrupt, love bondage more than liberty; bondage with ease than strenuous liberty.
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.
The whole freedom of man consists either in spiritual or civil liberty.
There is no truth sure enough to justify persecution.
When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered, and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty obtained that wise men look for.
None can love freedom but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license, which never hath more scope than under tyrants.
Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to bid restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.
For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them; they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
The conquer'd, also, and enslaved by war, Shall, with their freedom lost, all virtue lose.
For what can war but endless war still breed?
License they mean when they cry, Liberty!
For who loves that, must first be wise and good.
No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.
Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall.