Thursday, July 04, 2013

In support of liberty

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.  Benjamin Franklin

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free. Thomas Jefferson

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. Thomas Jefferson

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. Jimmy Carter

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine

The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties. Thomas Jefferson

Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice. John Adams

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. Woodrow Wilson

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam, 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! God mend thine every flaw, 
Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law.


Barbara H. said...

Happy Independence Day to you and yours!

BerlinerinPoet said...

Nice mix of quotes here.

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