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Friedman, Milton
A society that puts equality...ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality or freedom.

The two ideas of human freedom and economic freedom working together came to their greatest fruition in the United States. Those ideas are still very much with us. We are all of us imbued with them. They are part of the very fabric of our being. But we have been straying from them. We have been forgetting the basic truth that the greatest threat to human freedom is the concentration of power, whether in the hands of government or anyone else. We have persuaded ourselves that it is safe to grant power, provided it is for good reasons.

from Free to Choose
We have been forgetting the basic truth that the greatest threat to human freedom is the concentration of power, whether in the hands of government or anyone else. We have persuaded ourselves that it is safe to grant power, provided it is for good reasons. Fortunately, we are waking up. We are again recognizing the dangers of an overgoverned society, coming to understand that good objectives can be perverted by bad means, that reliance on the freedom of people to control their own lives in accordance with their own values is the surest way to achieve the full potential of a great society.

from Free to Choose
History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.

1962 - from Capitalism and Freedom
The most unresolved problem of the day is precisely the problem that concerned the founders of this nation: how to limit the scope and power of government. Tyranny, restrictions on human freedom, come primarily from governmental institutions that we ourselves set up.

Jun. 1992 - from an interview published in The Region, a publication of the Woodrow Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Gairdner, William D.  
What is perhaps most ironic and extraordinary about our current sense of democracy ... is how its constituent words: freedom, choice, equality, and rights, are used to defend the blatantly contradictory notions of individualism and collectivism simultaneously. Although many Canadians died defending the former against the latter, we now embrace both with an equal fondness.

Jun. 25, 2001 - from Commentary, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Gandhi, Mahatma Mohandas
Freedom received through the efforts of others, however benevolent, cannot be retained when such effort is withdrawn.

Gardner, John W.
America's greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.

Gibbon, Edward
A people who still remembered that their ancestors had been the masters of the world would have applauded, with conscious pride, the representation of ancient freedom, if they had not long since been accustomed to prefer the solid assurance of bread to the unsubstantial visions of liberty and greatness.

1788 - from Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 29
In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.

1788 - from Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Gilder, George
Capitalists are motivated not chiefly by the desire to consume wealth or indulge their appetites, but by the freedom and power to consummate their entrepreneurial ideas.

Giuliani, Rudolph
 Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do and how you do it.

1998 - from a speech
Goldwater, Barry
Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.

[The conservative politician] looks upon politics as the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.

from The Conscience of a Conservative
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.

from The Conscience of a Conservative
I believe that the problem of race relations, like all social and cultural problems, is best handled by the people directly concerned. Social and cultural change, however desirable, should not be effected by the engines of national power... Any other course enthrones tyrants and dooms freedom.

from The Conscience of a Conservative
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice... Moderation in the pursuit of freedom is no virtue.

1964 - from his speech accepting the Republican nomination as its presidential candidate, at the Republican National Convention
Gompers, Samuel
When the government undertakes the payment of money to those who are unemployed, it places in the power of the government the lives and the work and the freedom of the workers. ... [State unemployment insurance programs] are not advocated for the good of the workers. They are advocated by persons who know nothing of the hopes and aspirations of labor which desires opportunities for work, not for compulsory unemployment insurance.

Gramm, Phil
Government doesn't empower you. Freedom empowers you.

1994 - from an interview, responding to then-President Clinton's assertion that people wanted government that "is not a burden to them, but empowers them."
Grant, R.W.
... the doctrine of self-sacrifice is no longer in the ivory tower - it has entered the political arena, and the philosophical 'thou ought' has finally become the legislated 'thou must.' What was previously only a 'moral obligation' has now become a 'duty.' Every tyranny in history has been based on some variation of the altruist theme. Under Stalin and Lenin it was the duty of the individual to serve the Proletariat. Under Hitler it was the Fatherland. Under Mussolini it was The State. The altruist ideal of service to some 'greater good' is the cornerstone of tyranny.

1999 - from The Incredible Bread Machine, published by Fox and Wilkes

There are better ways to run things. ... The political state is in its twilight. It has served its limited historical purpose. As [author of The Art of Community, Spencer H.] MacCallum put it, government is merely the 'unstable transition' between the society of kinship and the society of contract. The next plateau in social evolution - if we can achieve it - is a society based not on political force but on the voluntary alternatives of the marketplace. And this, finally, is what a free society is all about.

1999 - from The Incredible Bread Machine, published by Fox and Wilkes
Greene, Graham
Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.

Greer, Germaine
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.

Grudin, Robert
The secret of liberal intolerance lies in the limited definitions that liberalism ascribes to these and other key words. To the liberal mind, for example, “tolerant” and “open-minded” carry with them a sense of guilt and the spirit of relativism: an anxious unwillingness to make value judgments, particularly ethical or aesthetic, and a resentment for people who do ... Fairness and equality imply not just concern for the underprivileged but an unwillingness to set any standards but those that can be met by the great mass of humanity ... Freedom and expression connote limitlessness, randomness, and whim, and enlightened is a term reserved for individuals who use exactly these words in exactly these ways.

1990 - from The Grace of Great Things
Guinness, Os
Truth matters supremely because in the end, without truth there is no freedom. Truth, in fact, is essential to freedom; it is freedom, and the only way to a free life lies in becoming a person of truth and learning to live with truth.

Feb. 2000 - from Time for Truth, quoted in "Skepticism as society's 'death knell'" by Ian Hunter, published in the National Post
Gunter, Lorne  
[Re: the Canadian Supreme Court's reversal of its own two-month-old decision on Mi'kmaq fishing rights] Laws are meant to be greater than the men and women who write and administer them. Such a rule of law preserves individual rights and freedoms from the ideological fashion of the times, from the grasping government of the day and, in extreme cases, from tyrants. If our laws are merely what the Supreme Court say they are on any given day, subject to change without notice, then Canada has ceased to be a nation governed by laws and has become a nation governed by judicial fiat.

Nov. 21, 1999 - from his column in the Edmonton Journal
Hand, Learned
A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few - as we have learned to our sorrow.

May 20, 1945 - from a public speech delivered in New York's Central Park, quoted by William Safire in Lend Me Your Ears
Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers.

1927 - from "The Preservation of Personality" in The Spirit of Liberty
Hanson, Virginia
We must determine whether we really want freedom - whether we are willing to dare the perils of... rebirth... For we never take a step forward without surrendering something that we may have held dear, without dying to that which has been.

Hayek, Friedrich
It may be that a free society as we have known it carries in itself the forces of its own destruction, that once freedom has been achieved it is taken for granted and ceases to be valued, and that the free growth of ideas which is the essence of a free society will bring about the destruction of the foundations on which it depends.

1949 - from The Intellectuals and Socialism

Those who have concerned themselves exclusively with what seemed practicable in the existing state of opinion have constantly found that even this has rapidly become politically impossible as the result of changes in a public opinion which they have done nothing to guide. Unless we can make the philosophic foundations of a free society once more a living intellectual issue, and its implementation a task which challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our liveliest minds, the prospects of freedom are indeed dark. But if we can regain that belief in the power of ideas which was the mark of liberalism at its best, the battle is not lost.

1949 - from The Intellectuals and Socialism
While every law restricts individual freedom to some extent by altering the means which people may use in the pursuit of their aims, under the Rule of Law the government is prevented from stultifying individual efforts by ad hoc action. Within the known rules of the game the individual is free to peruse his personal ends and desires, certain that the powers of government will not be used deliberately to frustrate his efforts.

1944 - from The Road to Serfdom
Heinlein, Robert Anson
You can have peace, or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at the same time.

1973 - from Time Enough for Love
Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.

1959 - from Starship Troopers
Henry, Patrick
Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

Heschel, Abraham Joshua
When I was growing up, the word 'discipline' was rarely heard. When it was, it was the older generations, my grandparents age, bemoaning the lack of discipline in my generation. As in 'these kids today, they have no discipline. Why, when I was young, we had to get up a five in the morning to do all the chores before walking twenty miles to school in the snow. Uphill. Both ways.' The implication was that our parents were spoiling us by a lack of discipline. You see, they had the idea that children, being naturally good, if given a sufficient degree of freedom, would evolve free of societies prejudices and become good people quite on their own. Well, we know now that this is not the way it works. Our grandparents were right. My generation, and the succeeding generation, now in high school and college, were harmed rather than helped by a lack of discipline. There is something essential about discipline that helps us through the tough parts of every life, and those of us who were raised with little of it had to learn our lessons the hard way.

1955 - from God In Search of Man
Hitler, Adolf
 It is thus necessary that the individual should come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation; that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole ... that above all the unity of a nation's spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit and will of an individual. ... The greater the readiness to subordinate purely personal interests, the higher rises the ability to establish comprehensive communities ... This state of mind, which subordinates the interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the first premise for every truly human culture ... we understand only the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow man.

1925 - from Mein Kampf
Hoffer, Eric
The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.

There can be no freedom without freedom to fail.

1963 - from The Ordeal of Change
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views also deprives others of the right to listen to those views.


If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought -- not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.

1928 - from the decision U.S. v. Schwimmer
Hook, Sydney
To silence criticism is to silence freedom.

Sep. 30, 1951 - from an essay in The New York Times Magazine
Hunter, Ian  
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a by-product of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's 1982 patriation package, fundamentally changed 115 years of Canadian constitutional history. Essentially, the Charter meant a shift from a system of parliamentary supremacy to one of constitutional supremacy. Since April 17, 1982, it is the Charter of Rights, not parliament, which is sovereign, "the supreme law of the land", to use the language of section 52 of the Constitution Act. The Canadian electorate still goes to the polls quadrennially, but it is now judges, not legislators, who decide such important issues of public policy as abortion, euthanasia, and even the legitimacy of Quebec secession.

Nov. 1998 - from "From Christian Virtues to Judicial Values", his George Goth Memorial Lecture
[The "notwithstanding clause", Section 33, of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms] This myth has grown up that any government that wants to opt-out of a charter ruling must be Nazi or something, but it's just not true.... At some point, the court will do something really stupid, and provoke a crisis of legitimacy. At that point, the provinces will have to find the courage to correct them. Once two or three of them opt out of stupid judgements, the use of the notwithstanding clause will cease to be a big issue.

Jan. 19, 1998 - quoted in "The makings of a counter-revolution", an essay in Alberta Report
... ever since [John Stuart] Mill's essay On Liberty in 1859 we have come to think of liberty almost exclusively in individualistic terms, a view the [Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms] embodies. But the claim to individual liberty may often mask harm to the collectivity. After all, we are not just atomized individuals, we are also members of a community, citizens of a society. The individual's claim to liberty, albeit expressed in the high-minded rhetoric of rights, often conceals selfish, sometimes (as in the British Columbia child pornography case) perverse, interests. The lone, brave individual standing his ground against the menacing omnipotent State was Mill's archetype, and this is a powerful symbol; the sadistic criminal going free and making citizens ever more fearful, even in their own homes, is the more common reality.

Feb. 23, 1999 - from "Democracy and its discontents", published in the National Post newspaper
... the problem is that we look to the [Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms] for that which it cannot give -- the discernment of an appropriate balance between freedom and restraint, between liberty and license, between indulgence and self-discipline. The Charter cannot provide such discernment because that must come from within, not from without, from the heart and mind and soul.

Feb. 23, 1999 - from "Democracy and its discontents", published in the National Post newspaper
Huxley, Thomas Henry
The only freedom I care about is the freedom to do right; the freedom to do wrong I am ready to part with on the cheapest terms to anyone who will take it of me.

1893 - from Collected Essays I: Method and Results
The higher the state of civilization, the more completely do the actions of one member of the social body influence all the rest, and the less possible is it for any one man to do a wrong thing without interfering, more or less, with the freedom of all his fellow-citizens.

1893 - from Collected Essays I: Method and Results
Probably none of the political delusions which have sprung from the "natural rights" doctrine has been more mischievous than the assertion that all men have a natural right to freedom, and that those who willingly submit to any restriction of this freedom beyond the point determined by the deductions of a priori philosophers, deserve the title of slaves. But to my mind, this delusion is incomprehensible except as the result of the error of confounding natural with moral rights.

1893 - from Collected Essays I: Method and Results
There are men ... to whom the satisfaction of throwing down a triumphant fallacy is as great as that which attends the discovery of a new truth; who feel better satisfied with the government of the world, when they have been helping Providence by knocking an imposture on the head; and who care even more for freedom of thought than for mere advance of knowledge. These man are the Carnots who organise victory for truth, and they are, at least, as important as the generals who visibly fight her battles in the field.

1893 - from Collected Essays III: Science and Education

No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed man.

1893 - from Collected Essays III: Science and Education
... the ideal of the ethical man is to limit his freedom of action to a sphere in which he does not interfere with the freedom of others; he seeks the common weal as much as his own; and, indeed, as an essential part of his own welfare. ... He tries to escape from his place in the animal kingdom, founded on the free development of the principle of non-moral evolution, and to establish a kingdom of Man, governed upon the principle of moral evolution. For society not only has a moral end, but in its perfection, social life, is embodied morality.

1894 - from Collected Essays IX: Evolution and Ethics, and Other Essays
I am as strongly convinced as the most pronounced individualist can be, that it is desirable that every man should be free to act in every way which does not limit the corresponding freedom of his fellowman. But I fail to connect that great induction of political science with the practical corollary which is frequently drawn from it: that the State - that is, the people in their corporate capacity - has no business to meddle with anything but the administration of justice and external defence. It appears to me that the amount of freedom which incorporate society may fitly leave to its members is not a fixed quantity, to be determined a priori by deduction from the fiction called 'natural rights'; but that it must be determined by, and vary with, circumstances. I conceive it to be demonstrable that the higher and the more complex the organization of the social body, the more closely is the life of each member bound up with that of the whole; and the larger becomes the category of acts which cease to be merely self-regarding, and which interfere with the freedom of others more or less seriously.

1894 - from Collected Essays IX: Evolution and Ethics, and Other Essays
Ibsen, Henrik
A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth.

1882 - from An Enemy of the People
Ickes, Harold
[Anti-democrats] They shout - from public platforms, in printed pages, through the microphones - that is is futile to oppose 'the wave of the future.' They cry that we ... hold moth-eaten ideas. They exclaim that there is no room for free men in the world any more ... the shameful point is that many of us ... almost believe them. ... Destroy a whole generation of those who have known how to walk with heads erect in God's free air, and the next generation will rise against the oppressors and restore freedom. ... freedom still lives in the hearts of men. It will endure like a hardy tree gone into the wintertime, awaiting the spring.

May 18, 1941 - from a speech delivered on New York's Central Park Mall
Inge, William Ralph
The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

Jackson, Robert H.
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities ... One's right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly and other fundamental rights... depend on the outcome of no elections.

1943 - from the decision in the flag salute case
Jefferson, Thomas
The principles on which we engaged, of which the charter of our independence is the record, were sanctioned by the laws of our being, and we but obeyed them in pursuing undeviatingly the course they called for. It issued finally in that inestimable state of freedom which alone can ensure to man the enjoyment of his equal rights.

1809 - from a speech to the Georgetown Republicans
I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

Dec. 20, 1787 - in a letter to James Madison
Laws abridging the natural right of the citizen should be restrained by rigorous constructions within their narrowest limits.

1813 - from a letter to I. McPherson

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

from a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey
Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Jan.28, 1786 - from a letter to James Currie
Johnson, Paul
Throughout history, the attachment of even the humblest people to their freedom, above all their freedom to earn their livings how and where they please, has come as an unpleasant shock to condescending ideologues. We need not suppose that the exercise of freedom is bought at the expense of any deserving class or interest - only of those with the itch to tyrannize.

1977 - from Enemies of Society
Free institutions will only survive when there is the rule of law. This is an absolute on which there can be no compromise: the subjection of everyone and everything to the final arbitration of the law is more fundamental to human freedom and happiness than democracy itself... Once the law is humbled, all else that is valuable in a civilized society will vanish, usually with terrifying speed. On the other hand, provided the rule of law is maintained intact, the evil forces in society, however powerful, will be brought to book in the end.

1977 - from Enemies of Society
Throughout history, the attachment of even the humblest people to their freedom ... has come as an unpleasant shock to condescending ideologues.

1977 - from Enemies of Society
Jonas, George  
I'm part of Canada's 'multicultural reality.' I can confidently say that the immigrants I've known ­ and I have known many ­ had no difficulty swearing an oath of loyalty to the Queen. On the contrary. We came to Canada precisely because we liked, and wanted to adopt, the tradition that the Queen symbolized to us: Individual freedom, liberal democracy and the rule of law. It was indeed a 'British' tradition, because... it existed in few places outside of Great Britain and countries that have elected to model their systems after the best British institutions.

Aug. 1, 1999 - from "May the Queen preserve us", published in the Montreal Gazette newspaper
Katzen, Leo
In Africa, at least, all the socialist economies did badly [after independence]. (Many economies which were not avowedly socialist also did badly, but for much the same reasons as the socialist countries.) The few economies that did relatively well [Malawi, Ivory Coast and Kenya] gave much more freedom to market forces. ... There is now... a much greater consensus in both East and West and indeed in North and South that the informational and allocative efficiency of markets and the price system is an essential ingredient of economic and social progress.

1989 - from "Africa's man-made crisis", Encounter No. 72
Kennedy, John F.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.

If men and women are in chains, anywhere in the world, then freedom is endangered everywhere.

Oct. 2, 1960 - from a campaign speech
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.

Jun. 26, 1963 - from his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, delivered in Berlin after communists erected the Berlin Wall
Kennedy, Robert F.
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.

Kesler, Charles
The abandonment of natural right imperils both property rights and popular virtue, freedom and morality, limited government and good government. Unfortunately, many conservatives ... have renounced the central principles of the American founding, leaving conservatism in many respects almost indistinguishable from liberalism. If in the next century the United States is to regain its republican spirit and rescue constitutional government from its new nullifiers and secessionists, then the conservative movement will first have to rediscover what about America it is trying, after all, to conserve.

Jun. 08, 1998 - from his essay "What's Wrong With Conservatism"
Kierkegaard, Soren
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Kilpatrick, James J.
Our right to freedom of expression is not an absolute right. Everyone knows that. We have no right to speech that is fraudulent, libelous or obscene. But when we punish speech that is merely grossly offensive, we strike at [constitutional] bedrock principle. I would leave that great principle alone.

Jul. 22, 1998 - from his column "Weighing the Flag Amendment"
Kimball, Roger
[Radical university professors] ... these champions of freedom and pluralism are only interested in supporting those values insofar as you agree with them about what freedom and pluralism mean. If you show any signs of dissent, then they very quickly retreat to calling you all sorts of names, like a reactionary fascist, conservative, that sort of thing.

Aug. 12, 1990 - from an interview on Booknotes, a program on C-SPAN television
Kingsley, Charles
There are two freedoms; The false, where man is free to do what he likes; The true, where man is free to do what he ought.

Kipling, Rudyard
All we have of freedom -- all we use or know -- this our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.

Kirk, Russell
The good society is marked by a high degree of order, justice, and freedom. Among these, order has primacy: for justice cannot be enforced until a tolerable civil social order is attained, nor can freedom be anything better than violence until order gives us laws.

from The Roots of American Order
Kirkpatrick, Jeanne
Freedom is for the brave.

Jun. 29, 1993 - on The Larry King Show

Knox, Vicesimus
Fear must of necessity become the predominant passion in all countries subject to the uncontrolled dominion of an individual and his ministers: but fear chills the blood, and freezes the faculties. Under its icy influence there can arise no generous emulation, no daring spirit of adventure. Enterprise is considered as dangerous, not merely from the general casualty of all human affairs, but because it excites notice, and alarms the jealousy of selfish power. Under a despotic government, to steal through life unobserved, to creep, with timid caution, through the vale of obscurity, is the first wisdom; and to be suffered to die in old age, in the course of nature, without the prison, the chain, the halter, or the axe, the highest pitch of human felicity.

1795 - from The Spirit of Depsotism
The excessive Love of Distinction and Power which prevails wherever the Spirit of Despotism exists, deadens some of the finest Feelings of the Heart, and counteracts the Laws of Nature.

1795 - from The Spirit of Depsotism
L'Amour, Louis
Beware of those who would use violence, too often it is the violence they want and neither truth or freedom.

1984 - from The Walking Drum
When one has lost his freedom is it always a long walk back.

1984 - from The Walking Drum
Lasky, Melvin J.
One by one, [the illusions of Eldridge Cleaver, the exiled American 'Black Panther', collapsed]. In Castro's Cuba, he found a racism as bad as that he had complained about in the United States; even worse, since back home he at least had the freedom to complain. He began to feel that perhaps bourgeois liberties were not a farce, but the very real basis for extending democratic rights. The 'Left-Fascist' dictatorships of North Africa disillusioned him completely ... [Returning to the USA, agreeing to face trial, his new book, Soul on Fire, 1978] referred to his latter-day sense of burning mission. He reconsidered the importance of constitutional liberties, recognised the collective inhumanity of totalitarian forms of government, and made a return to religious values the basis of personal morality in a free society.

1990 - from an essay in Encounter No. 71
Leacock, Stephen  
Speech is not free now and never has been free and never will be free. Freedom of speech only exists in proportion to indifference to the thing spoken of.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Leishman, Rory  
Canadian constitutional scholars used to view the excesses of American judge-politicians with smug condescension, noting that Canadian courts would never second guess the wisdom of a statute that had been duly enacted into law by elected representatives of the Canadian people. Unfortunately, scholars can no longer make such statements. Since the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was incorporated into our Constitution in 1982, the Supreme Court of Canada has routinely struck down laws enacted by Parliament or a provincial legislature on grounds of policy, amended statutory laws from the bench, ignored the law altogether, and told legislators what laws to enact. In the past, such high-handed judicial encroachments by non-elected Canadian judges were unthinkable. Today, the inconceivable has become routine.

1998 - from "Robed dictators", published in The Next City Magazine
Unlike libel, slander and the anti-hate law provisions of the criminal code, truth is not a defence against a charge of violating the bans on statements expressing hatred or contempt for members of protected groups in the Canadian or Alberta human rights codes. Furthermore, the Supreme Court of Canada -- the most fearsomely oppressive institution in Canada today -- has decreed that the absence of truth as a defence in these codes does not violate the guarantee of freedom of expression in Section 2 of the Charter.

Apr. 24, 1999 - from "'Civil Rights' Trump Free Speech in Canada", a presentation to the Civitas National Conference, Toronto
Lemelin, Roger  
Is it freedom when your children are forced into unilingualism while English is indispensable for earning a living in North America?

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
 Why should freedom of speech and freedom of press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it believes to be right allow itself to be criticized? It would not allow opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas are much more fatal things than guns. Why should any man be allowed to buy a printing press and disseminate pernicious opinions calculated to embarrass the government?

quoted in Political Power and the Press (1972) by William Small

Lewis, C.S.
The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation.

1943 - from Christian Reflections, "The Poison of Subjectivism"
Lieber, Francis
In its ultimate sense, freedom is perfect self-determination: Absolute freedom... can be imagined only in conjunction with perfect power. The Almighty alone is perfectly free. To all other beings we can attribute freedom, but only in an approximate or relative sense.

1881 - from Miscellaneous Writings
Lincoln, Abraham
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...We here highly resolve that the 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.

Nov. 19, 1863 - from his Gettysburg address
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

May 19, 1856 - from a speech
Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.

Lippmann, Walter
Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.

It is all very well to talk about being the captain of your soul. It is hard, and only a few heroes, saints, and geniuses have been the captains of their souls for any extended period of their lives. Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort which it brings.

1929 - from A Preface to Morals
A free mind is an understanding mind, a mind that has found its place, judged its power, and made its peace with the natural order of which it is part.

Llosa, Mario Vargas
Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose. I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.