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A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.
~ Francis Picabia

 

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A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
~ Seneca

 

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Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
~ Henry Brooks Adams

 

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Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty.
~ Lord Quintin Hogg Hailsham

 

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An educational method that shall have liberty as its basis must intervene to help the child to a conquest of liberty. That is to say, his training must be such as shall help him to diminish as much as possible the social bonds which limit his activity.
~ Maria Montessori

 

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Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
~ Edward Gibbon

 

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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
~ Abraham Lincoln

 

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He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
~ Thomas Paine

 

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How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty: most treacherous, indeed, of all phantoms; for the feeblest ray of reason might surely show us, that not only its attainment, but its being, was impossible. There is no such thing in the universe. There can never be. The stars have it not; the earth has it not; the sea has it not; and we men have the mockery and semblance of it only for our heaviest punishment.
~ John Ruskin

 

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I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.
~ Mikhail Bakunin

 

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I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.
~ Patrick Henry

 

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I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty.
~ George Santayana

 

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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

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I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.
~ Woodrow T. Wilson

 

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I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty.
~ Phaedrus

 

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.
~ Barry Goldwater

 

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If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve.
~ Philip Wylie

 

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It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

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