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Worth Repeating: Freedom Quotes
Worth Repeating: Freedom Quotes THE NEW AMERICAN My men, yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and ten pence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight, the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow! John Stark (1777)
The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. George Washington (1776)
These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; 'tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated. Thomas Paine (1776)
If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile .... The beauty and cogency of the preamble, reaching back to remotest antiquity and forward to an indefinite future, having lifted the hearts of millions of men and will continue to do .... These words are more revolutionary than anything written by Robespierre, Marx, or Lenin, more explosive than the atom, a continual challenge to ourselves as well as an inspiration to the oppressed of all the world. Samuel Eliot Morison (1965)
No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. Frederick Douglass (1883)
I have often inquired of myself what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of separation of the colonies from the motherland, but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights would be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence .... Abraham Lincoln (1861)
All I've ever tried to tell anyone is that I'm not a black man or a white man or anything else. All I've ever been was an American. George Foreman (1984)
Liberty ... was a two-headed boon. There was, first, the liberty of the people as a whole to determine the forms of their own government, to levy their own taxes, and to make their own laws .... There was, second, the liberty of the individual man to live his own life, within the limits of decency and decorum, as he pleased -- freedom from the despotism of the majority. H.L. Mencken (1926)
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Edmund Burke (1790)
Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man. John Locke (1690)
Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison (1788)
I am for the people of the whole nation doing just as they please in all matters which concern the whole nation; for that of each part doing just as they choose in all matters which concern no other part; and for each individual doing just as he chooses in all matters which concern nobody else. Abraham Lincoln (1858)
While I trust that liberty and free institutions, as we have experienced them, may ultimately spread over the whole globe, I am by no means sure that all people are fit for them; nor am I desirous of imposing or forcing our peculiar forms upon any other nation that does not wish to embrace them. Daniel Webster (1847)
Sir, there have existed, in every age and every country, two distinct orders of men -- the lovers of freedom and the devoted advocates of power.
Senator Robert Y. Hayne (1830)
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1928)
Who then is free? The wise who can command his passions, who fears not want, nor death, nor chains, firmly resisting his appetites and despising the honors of the world, who relies wholly on himself, whose angular points of character have all been rounded off and polished. Horace (25 B.C.)
If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves? If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making? Herbert Spencer (1884)
Freedom cannot be trifled with. You cannot surrender it for security unless in a state of war, and then you must guard carefully the methods of so doing. Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1952)
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