If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free. - John 8:31-32

And the chief captain answered: With a great sum obtained I this freedom.
And Paul said: But I was born free. - Acts 22:28

Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - II Corinthians 3:17

Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again
with the yoke of bondage. - Galatians 5:1

No man is free who cannot command himself. - Pythagoras

No man is free who is not master of himself. - Epictetus

The human race is in the best condition when it has the greatest degree of liberty. - Dante Alighieri

Do you wish to be free? Then above all things love God, love your neighbor, love one another, love the common
weal; then you will have true liberty. - Giromala Savonarola

License they mean when they cry liberty! For who loves that must first be wise and good. - John Milton

Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take that for a hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love and in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above, enjoy such liberty.
Richard Lovelace

Reason and virtue alone can bestow liberty. - Anthony Ashley Cooper

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants. - William Penn

An hour of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity of bondage. - Joseph Addison

Whatever makes man a slave takes half his worth away. - Alexander Pope

A Bible and a newspaper in every home, a good school in every district, all studied and appreciated as they merit
are the principal support of virtue, morality and civil liberty. - Benjamin Franklin

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. - Jean Jacques Rousseau

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land, praise the power that hath made
and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must when our cause is just,
and this be our motto - "In God is our trust."
And the Star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
- Francis Scott Key

Thy spirit, Independence, let me share, Lord of the lion heart and eagle eye;
Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare, Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.
- Tobias Smollett

People never give up their liberties but under some delusion. - Edmund Burke

What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? Such liberty is the greatest of all possible evils,
for it is a vice and folly and madness, without tuition or restraint. - Edmund Burke

Freedom has a thousand charms to show that slaves, however contented, never know. - William Cowper

He is the freeman whom the truth makes free, and all are slaves beside. - William Cowper

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death. - Patrick Henry

The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time. - Thomas Jefferson

Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and the freedom of persons under the protection of habeas corpus,
these are the principals that have guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.
- Thomas Jefferson

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. - Thomas Jefferson

Freedom is so beautiful a word that even if it did not exist one would have to believe in it.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

How does the little meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free
down to its root, and in that freedom, bold. - William Wordsworth

Blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a "halter" intimidate. For under God,
we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit,
we will die free men. - Josiah Quincy

We hold these truths to be self-evident - that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
- The Declaration of Independence

Hereditary bondsman! know ye not who would be free must strike the first blow? - George Gordon

The spirit of liberty is not a jealousy of our own particular rights, but a respect for the rights of others,
and an unwillingness that anyone, whether high or low, should be wronged or trampled underfoot.
- William Ellery Channing

God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Let our object be our country. And, by the blessing of God, may that country itself
become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror, but of wisdom,
of peace and of liberty, upon which the world may gaze upon with admiration forever.
- Daniel Webster

Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free
until they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved
not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.- Thomas Babington Macauley

Personal liberty is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness.
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Christianity is the companion of liberty, in all its conflicts, the cradle of its infancy,
and the divine source of its claims. - Alexis De Tocqueville

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead
we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion,
that we here highly resolve that those dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God,
shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people and for the people
shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincoln

In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give
and what we preserve. - Abraham Lincoln

The only freedom worth possessing is that which gives enlargement to a people's energy, intellect and virtue.
- Theodore Parker

It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible reading people. The principles of the Bible are the
ground-work of human freedom. - Horace Greeley

There is no liberty to men in whom ignorance predominates over knowledge. - Henry Ward Beecher

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God goes marching on. - Julia Ward Howe

There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes;
the true where a man is free to do what he ought. - Charles Kingsley

Liberty is to be preserved, whatever occurs. - Walt Whitman

There must be no tampering with the delicate machinery by which religious liberty and equality are secured,
and no fostering of any spirits which would tend to destroy that machinery. - James Cardinal Gibbons

Liberty has restraints but no frontiers. - David Lloyd George

Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired. - David Lloyd George

The spirit of man grows in freedom; it withers in chains. - Bernard M. Baruch

In the moral battle that engulfs the world, we must make firm our faith
that the voluntary association of informed, free men
is stronger than any police-whipped multitude. - Thomas E. Dewey

When Freedom, from her mountain-height, unfurled her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night, and set the stars of glory there;
Flag of the free heart's hope and home, by angel hands to valor given;
Thy stars have lit the welkin dome, and all thy hues were born in heaven.
Forever float that standard sheet! Where breathes the foe but falls before us,
With Freedom's soil beneath our feet, and Freedom's banner streaming o'er us?
- Joseph Rodman Drake

True freedom consists of the observance of law. Adam was as free in paradise as in the wilds
to which he was banished for his transgression. - W.L. Thornton

There is a vast difference between toleration and liberty. Toleration is a concession; liberty is a right;
toleration is a matter of expediency; liberty is a matter of principle; toleration is a grant of man;
liberty is a gift of God. - George W. Truett

If we define freedom, we limit it, and if we limit it, we destroy it altogether. - Edith Nourse Rogers

Now more than ever we must keep in the forefront of our minds that whenever we take away the liberties
of those whom we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those whom we love. - Wendell Wilkie

Religious liberty is spiritual democracy. - George E. Stewart, Jr.

The greatest glory of a freeborn people is to transmit that freedom to their children. - W. Harvard

No soul forced to live alone is free. We can be free souls only in interaction between souls. There cannot
be free souls without free enterprise and there can be no free enterprise without free souls. - Walt N. Johnson

To have freedom is only to have that which is absolutely necessary to enable us to be what we ought to be,
and to possess what we ought to possess. - I. Rahel

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty.
It is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. - Anonymous

There is no liberty in wrong-doing. It chains and fetters its victims as surely as cause and effect. - Anonymous

There will be no freedom without democracy; no democracy without God;
no help from God unless we make Him the focus of our loyalty and the Source of our strength
to whom we will give,"The last full measure of our devotion." - Anonymous
Americans are no longer familiar with the concept of Liberty, myself included. Our primary concern is complying
with government laws so that we can keep what is left of our Liberty. If we don't pay our property tax, men with
guns threaten our lives and the theft of our property. If we don't pay our income tax (in violation of our 5th
amendment right) men with guns threaten our lives and the theft of our property. What used to be an expansive
continent of Liberty is now reduced to an island of Liberty drowning in a sea of tyranny.  

America is about Liberty; it is not about tyranny. America is about the Sovereignty of the People; (the government
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed - the Declaration) and not about the un-American,
tyrannical concept of a "unitary executive."

America is about our rights, granted by God and not about executive orders, homeland security or "national
security" which amounts to little more than a cover-up of past, present and future crimes. We should, once again,
become familiar with the concept of Liberty. Without Liberty, the Nation that we know and love will cease to exist;
as will many of us!

Liberty quotations taken from "I QUOTE," By VIRGINIA ELY.
While the book is out of print, there are still used copies for sale
on the internet, usually for under ten dollars.
I highly recommend it.
Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired. - David Lloyd George

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty. It is a blessing that
must be earned before it can be enjoyed. - Anonymous

People never give up their liberties but under some delusion. - Edmund Burke

Liberty is to be preserved, whatever occurs. - Walt Whitman

The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time. - Thomas Jefferson
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