Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
Author: Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)
Profession: American Historian
Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.
Author: John Adams (1735-1826)
Profession: Second President of the USA
The ingrained idea that, because there is no king and they despise titles, the Americans are a free people is pathetically untrue. There is a perpetual interference with personal liberty over there that would not be tolerated in England for a week.
Author: Margot Asquith (1864-1945)
Profession: British Socialite
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.
Author: Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876)
Profession: Russian Political Theorist
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
Author: William Blake (1757-1827)
Profession: British Poet, Painter
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal -- well-meaning but without understanding.
Author: Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)
Profession: American Judge
There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.
Author: Andre Breton (1989-1966)
Profession: French Surrealist
The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.
Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
It is not one man nor a million, but the spirit of liberty that must be preserved. The waves which dash upon the shore are, one by one, broken, but the ocean conquers nevertheless. It overwhelms the Armada, it wears out the rock. In like manner, whatever the struggle of individuals, the great cause will gather strength.
Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Profession: British Poet
Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
Author: Marcus T. Cicero
Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.
Author: John Philpot Curran (1750-1817)
Profession: Irish Lawyer, Politician
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
Author: Angela Y. Davis (1944)
Profession: American Political Activist