'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild, and government to gain ground.
The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force
Where liberty is, there is my country
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.
But liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government.
Whenever we take away the liberties of those whom we hate we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love.
The free world knows, out of the bitter wisdom of experience, that vigilance and sacrifice are the price of liberty.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them then he is always stirring up some wary or other in order that the people may require a leader.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
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.
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place. Frederic Bastiat
The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.
For now more than ever, we must keep in the forefront of our minds the fact that whenever we take away the liberties of those we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love.
The work of the Spirit is to impart life, to implant hope, to give liberty, to testify of Christ, to guide us into all truth, to teach us all things, to comfort the believer, and to convict the world of sin.
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