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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
1897 - from
Following the Equator
There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
from "License of the Press", a speech
...the liberty of the Press is called the Palladium of Freedom, which means, in these days, the liberty of being deceived, swindled, and humbugged by the Press and paying hugely for the deception.
No people in the world ever did achieve their freedom by goody-goody talk and moral suasion: it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed must being in blood, whatever may answer afterward.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
No one escapes when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cried, 'Appease, appease!' are hanged by those they tried to please.
Freedom has a special meaning for those of us who have fought for it, that the protected shall never know.
attributed to an unidentified U.S. Marine at the siege at Khe Sahn, Vietnam. Published by Tom Vorwald and Detachment #651 Marine Corps League
... idealism is sometimes the only way to achieve an important practical result. Some [people] will take this idealism seriously, and come to value their freedom strongly enough to help defend it when it is threatened. And that is what our community needs more than anything else.
Apr. 6, 1999 - attributed to Richard M. Stallman
Ubi dubium ibi libertas: Where there is doubt, there is freedom.
The elections are like the Pick 'n Pay of politics — there are 33 tins of beans and we have the freedom of choice.
from his character Evita Bezuidenhout
van Doren, Mark
To be what no one ever was, to be what everyone has been: Freedom is the mean of those extremes that fence all effort in.
Whether you have an abortion, what you put in your own body, with whom you have sex - these are not the affairs of the state. A government does not exist to control the citizens. When it does, it is a tyranny, and must be fought.
For the average American freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more.
The conservative principles par excellence are proportion and measure; self-expression through self-restraint; preservation through reform, humanism and classical balance; a fruitful nostalgia for the permanent beneath the flux; and a fruitful obsession for unbroken historic continuity. These principles together create freedom, a freedom built not on the quicksand of adolescent defiance but on the bedrock of ethics and law ... The core and fire-center of conservatism, its emotional élan, is a humanist reverence for the dignity of the individual soul. This is incompatible with fascist or Stalinist collectivism; incompatible with a purely mechanistic view of man; incompatible with a purely economic view of history.
1949 - from
... so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free.
1764 - from
von Mises, Ludwig
The essential characteristic of Western civilization that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified civilizations of the East was and is its concern for freedom from the state. The history of the West, from the age of the Greek polis down to the present-day resistance to socialism, is essentially the history of the fight for liberty against the encroachments of the officeholders.
Repression is the seed of revolution.
Freedom is an indivisible word. If we want to enjoy it, and fight for it, we must be prepared to extend it to everyone, whether they are rich or poor, whether they agree with us or not, no matter what their race or the color of their skin.
1943 - from his book
Will, George F.
Freedom is not only the absence of external restraints. It is also the absence of irresistible internal compulsions, unmanageable passion, and uncensorable appetites.
Statecraft as Soulcraft
Williams, Walter E.
In terms of natural resources, Africa is the world's richest continent. It has 50 percent of the world's gold, most of the world's diamonds and chromium, 90 percent of the cobalt, 40 percent of the world's potential hydroelectric power, 65 percent of the manganese, millions of acres of untilled farmland as well as other natural resources. Despite the natural wealth, Africa is home to the world's most impoverished and abused people. Of the 41 black African nations, only three (Senegal, Botswana and Mauritius) allow their people the right to vote and choose their own leaders. Only two (Botswana and Senegal) permit freedom of expression and criticism of government policies. In countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Sudan, Chad and others, ethnic genocide has taken the lives of untold millions of innocent victims. Slavery is still practiced in the Sudan and Mauritania.
1999 - from
More Liberty Means Less Government
Wilson, Edmund O.
We are not compelled to believe in biological uniformity in order to affirm human freedom and dignity.
1978 - from
On Human Nature
, Harvard University Press
Wilson, James Q.
Character is not the enemy of self-expression and personal freedom, it is their necessary precondition.
1995 - from
Since the 1982 adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms ... Canada's judges have moved boldly into the public policy arena, shaping laws to fit their own peculiar biases and ideologies. In effect, Canada's top judges have become the supreme rulers of the land, and that has turned the [Supreme Court justice] selection process into a back-room brawl between competing interests.
Jan. 19, 1998 - from "Rumblings of a counter-revolution",
We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.
True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right.
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.
The [Canadian] founding fathers clearly envisioned the federal government to have the senior powers [over the Supreme Court] ... What we're seeing now is that the Supreme Court is continually being driven by the dynamism of the [Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms]. The decision-making process often becomes a form of scholastics that is not of this world but of Utopia.
Jul. 24, 1999 - quoted in "Who runs Canada?", by Neil Seeman, published in the