100+ Best Liberty Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational liberty quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Liberty Quotes

Our homeland is the whole world. Our law is liberty. We have but one thought, revolution in our hearts. — Dario Fo

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity. — Anne Baxter

The first requisite of a sound monetary system is that it put the least possible power over the quantity or quality of money in the hands of the politicians. — Henry Hazlitt

The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. — Alexis de Tocqueville

Extremism in defense of liberty is not a vice, but I denounce political extremism, of the left or the right, based on duplicity, falsehood, fear, violence and threats when they endanger liberty. — George W. Romney

The Union – It is dear to us, but liberty is dearer. — Duff Green

The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty. — Fisher Ames

Liberty cannot be preserved, if the manners of the people are corrupted . . . — Algernon Sidney

I have accordingly considered it, and now appear not only in obedience to your order, but likewise in behalf of the inhabitants of this town, who have presented another petition, and out of regard to the liberties of the subject. — James Otis

Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us. — Benjamin Rush

Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence. — Norman O. Brown

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. — James Madison

We need international support so that our people live a life of normality, of dignity, of liberty and freedom. I hope that our cry for freedom may be heard. — Mahmoud Abbas

All share complicity in the destruction of that much under-rated phenomenon called liberty. — Barbara Amiel

In the early centuries of Islam, the great schools of Islamic jurisprudence were built upon the above principles. Basic to all their legal systems they developed the doctrine that liberty is the fundamental basis of law. — Aly Khan

The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of. — Gilbert Murray

When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads. — Ron Paul

As we continue to fight the war on terror, we express our gratitude to our troops whose valor over the last three years provided freedom to the Iraqis, while protecting our liberty here at home. — Tim Murphy

I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it. — John Thune

Under the rule of a repressive whole, liberty can be made into a powerful instrument of domination. — Herbert Marcuse

Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations. — James Madison

We do many things at the federal level that would be considered dishonest and illegal if done in the private sector. — Donald T. Regan

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn’t even get out of committee. — F. Lee Bailey

Americans need to understand the significance of having their civil liberties dismantled. It doesn’t just affect terrorists and foreigners, it affects us all. — Bianca Jagger

When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered. — Christopher Dodd

Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. — Frederic Bastiat

Human rights are not a privilege granted by the few, they are a liberty entitled to all, and human rights, by definition, include the rights of all humans, those in the dawn of life, the dusk of life, or the shadows of life. — Kay Granger

In the over two centuries since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, millions of Americans have bravely served our nation in uniform so that all generations can continue to enjoy those same liberties. — Doc Hastings

The right of conscience and private judgment is unalienable, and it is truly the interest of all mankind to unite themselves into one body for the liberty, free exercise, and unmolested enjoyment of this right. — Ezra Stiles

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country. — Marquis de Lafayette

There are a lot of things that fit on a bumper sticker in terms of either liberty or equality or progress that when made more concrete just don’t pan out. — Laurence Tribe

Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times. — Florence Ellinwood Allen

I’ve always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty. — David Antin

Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects. — Andrew Johnson

The ‘private sector’ of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and the ‘public sector’ is, in fact, the coercive sector. — Henry Hazlitt

The painting develops before my eyes, unfolding its surprises as it progresses. It is this which gives me the sense of complete liberty, and for this reason I am incapable of forming a plan or making a sketch beforehand. — Yves Tanguy

I claim for Canada this, that in future Canada shall be at liberty to act or not act, to interfere or not interfere, to do just as she pleases, and that she shall reserve to herself the right to judge whether or not there is cause for her to act. — Wilfrid Laurier

How I longed to see these things; how I longed to see the Liberty Bell and walk on the streets where Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine and Benjamin Franklin had walked. — Burl Ives

Obama’s personality traits, coupled with his extreme-leftist agenda, make him particularly dangerous to the American ideal and to the preservation of our founding principles, as well as to the liberty and prosperity they guarantee. — David Limbaugh

That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution. — William Blackstone

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or knaves. — Claude Adrien Helvetius

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance. — Wendell Phillips

I began taking liberties a long time ago; now it is standard practice for most directors to ignore the rules. — Michelangelo Antonioni

Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs. — Isaiah Berlin

The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied. — Otto Hermann Kahn

The free nations of the world will not be pushed around by terrorist cowards whose goal is to spread fear and destruction and destroy our liberty and way of life. — Eliot Engel

The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups. — Henry Hazlitt

The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster. — Ludwig von Mises

When there is life and mankind, a person will live striving for good deeds, liberty and a bright life, and wish that goodness and justice will reign in the world. — Islom Karimov

Cable had a latitude to move which created less censorship and bestowed upon the artists, the writers and the creators, more liberty to create their shows. — Daniel Gillies

What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty? — Edmund Spenser

The love of liberty and the sense of human dignity are the basic elements of the Anarchist creed. — Federica Montseny

As so often before, liberty has been wounded in the house of its friends. — Otto Hermann Kahn

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. — Alexis de Tocqueville

Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. — Samuel Adams

In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car. — Lawrence Summers

To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm. — Friedrich August von Hayek

I am not unconscious of the persuasive power exerted by these considerations to drag men along in the current; but I am not at liberty to travel that road. — Benjamin F. Wade

There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all. — Antonin Scalia

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else. — Epictetus

I don’t feel I’m at liberty to speak about the actions of any one CEO. That’s not fair; given CEOs have duties to their shareholders. — Kenneth C. Griffin

Other lands may have their charms, and the sunny skies of other climes may be regretted, but it is with pride and gladness that the wanderer sets foot again on British soil, thanking God for the religion and the liberty which have made this weather-beaten island in a northern sea to be the light and glory of the world. — Isabella Bird

What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights. — B. R. Ambedkar

The notion of religious liberty is that you cannot be forced to participate in a religious ceremony that’s not of your choosing simply because you’re out-voted. — Ira Glasser

Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces. — Charlie Dent

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. — George Washington

Our Founders always wondered about how long it would last. The price of liberty is everlasting vigilance. You’ve got to be on your guard every minute or you will lose it. — Michael Novak

The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor. — William Cobbett

My sentiments for the American cause, from the Stamp Act downward, have never changed… I am still of opinion that it is the cause of liberty and of human nature. — Christopher Gadsden

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. — Thomas Reed

Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation. — Fletcher Knebel

The king knows with what ardor and perseverance I have at all times been devoted to the cause of liberty and to the principles of humanity, equality and justice. — Marquis de Lafayette

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society. — Thomas Jefferson

A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state. — Isabel Paterson

The Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we’ve seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy — Tommy Franks

Liberty is the most precious gift we offer our citizens. — Tom Ridge

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. — Milton Friedman

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. — Wendell Phillips

Terrorism is escalating to the point that Americans soon may have to choose between civil liberties and more intrusive means of protection. — William Cohen

Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior. — Mary McCarthy

A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty. — Nadia Boulanger

Americans want our leaders to defend our values, our culture, our legacy of liberty and our way of life, not apologize — Christine O’Donnell

We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution. — Charles Evans Hughes

Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self-defense; of punishing injustice? — Frederic Bastiat

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another. — Milton Friedman

To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening. It is the duty of each citizen to be vigilant, to protect liberty, to speak out, left and right and disagree lest be trampled underfoot by misguided zealotry and extreme partisanship. — Robert Byrd

Do people really want liberty, equality, fraternity? Is it not some manner of speaking? — Krzysztof Kieslowski

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives. — Dorothy Thompson

There has to be so many other ways of approaching airline security than demeaning ourselves by giving up a lot of our dignities and our liberty to do this. — Quico Canseco

I have a wonderful make-up crew. They’re the same people restoring the Statue of Liberty. — Bob Hope

A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself. — George Berkeley

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare. — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

I regard the principle of conscription of life as a flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom, democratic liberty and Christian teaching. — Roger Nash Baldwin

Every friend to the liberty of his country is bound to reflect, and step forward to prevent the dreadful consequences which shall result from a government of events. — Henry Knox

Voters are hungry for principled, conservative fighters – because the threat to our liberties from Washington never has been greater. — Ted Cruz

Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. — Oliver Ellsworth

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

‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. — Friedrich August von Hayek

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon. — George Washington

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