Liberty

Liberty has many meanings including, “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views”.  For me, liberty goes hand in hand with justice.  From time to time I will be writing on this most important topic.  In the  mean time, below are quotes from respected leaders.

 

Benjamin Franklin made many wise statements, including:

  • Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.

  • They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” John Adams

“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.” Harriet Tubman

“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.” Samuel Adams

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” Alexander Hamilton

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people – women as well as men.” Susan B. Anthony

“It is easily and often overlooked that when Thomas Jefferson asserted that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were inalienable human rights, he did so on the ground that they had been endowed by God, our Creator.” Tom Stoppard

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.” W. E. B. Du Bois